The drop tanks easily slide on and off with rails. The wing-mounted
.50-caliber machine guns are molded in plastic.
spinner is screwed in with one screw.
The included external drop tanks
simply slide onto rails molded into the
wing. The antenna mast is installed aft of
the cockpit simply by inserting it in the
slot made for it. Now step back and take
a look at an excellent flying replica of
the iconic P-51D Mustang.
At this point, the model is ready to
fly for the first time. When inserting the
flight battery on the removable sliding
tray, make sure that you hear and feel
a click indicating that the tray is all of
the way in and secure. Set the airplane
on something stationary and plug in the
flight battery, while being mindful not to
move the aircraft for at least five seconds
while the AS3X system gets its bearings.
Flying the E-flite P-51D is awesome.
After setting my timer to five minutes
for the first flights, per the manual, I’m
ready to take to the skies. My center of
gravity (CG) is slightly nose-heavy with
my battery all the way back on the tray,
but it is still in an acceptable range.
The manual suggests taking off in
low rate and landing in high. I decided
to take off in high rate as well,
to help keep the tail planted. For
pilots with less stick time, taking
off in low rate is a good idea. This
helps ensure that sufficient speed is
present before takeoff.
Facing into the wind, I hold
elevator back pressure and slowly
increase throttle. When I have
established forward momentum,
I gently release my elevator back
pressure and let the tail rise. After
building up speed, I add in more
back pressure and the P-51D is off
of the ground.
When I clear the runway, I flip
the gear switch and the landing
gear tucks away. The next order of
business is to climb to a safe height
and do any necessary trimming.
Trim the airplane for cruise
speed at 3/4 throttle while at a good
height, and give no inputs for three
seconds. This allows the AS3X
system to properly work. Now that
that’s done, it is time to explore
the flight envelope of this fantastic-looking model.
After extending the flaps and
Model type: BNF
Skill level: Intermediate
Wingspan: 48 inches
Flying weight: 53. 9 ounces
Length: 42 inches
Radio: Minimum six-channel 2. 4 GHz with
Spektrum DSM2/DSMX technology
and adjustable dual rates
Flight battery: 3S 2,200 mAh 30C LiPo
Power system: BL15 850 Kv brushless outrunner
motor with 40-amp ESC
Receiver: Spektrum AR636A six-channel
• Constructed from durable Z-Foam.
• Removable battery tray and drop tanks.
• Highly visible invasion stripes and paint scheme.
• 15-size BL motor with 40-amp ESC installed.
• Scale four-blade propeller.
• Quick assembly.
• Uses common 3S 2,200 30C LiPo battery.
• Steerable tail wheel.
• Preinstalled flaps and retracts.
• Battery tray placement makes it hard to move
the CG without adding ballast.
• Airplane feels nose-heavy with the battery all the
way aft on the tray. It makes high-rate elevator a
better choice while on the ground.
AT A GLANCE ...
51 Model Aviation JULY 2016