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August 8, 2006

P51 Mustang

Filed under: Misc — mlah @ 11:50 pm

P51 RC

everyone say hi to my neighbor wade. he’s building a p51 remote control plane in his garage, as y’all can plainly see.

i took several pics tonight.

RC P51

here’s a nother look from the other side. and yeah i made sure the license plate is blurred out.

we sit out here and drink beer and whatever and wave at people. we live in a dead end, off of another dead end, so it’s really quiet.

P51 RC plane

here’s a better look at the tail. and yeah, this whole thing works and will fly. eventually. everyone in the neighborhood knows who wade is. the other night on national night out we went walking around and talked to neighbors. you try to tell people where you live, you give them your address. and then wade just says, yeah, i’m the guy building the plane, and everyone knows who he is.

P51 Remote Control plane

you can see some of the reservoirs here in the wing. yeah, those are places where he can access various replenishables, like reloading the ammo. YES this baby actually shoots! little plastic bb’s though. i’m laughing cause i think they’re going to go about 5 feet before the plane passes them. yeah. he doesn’t know how fast the plane will go yet. he’s got the strongest motor the frame was rated for, which he has had to shore up, and he has an oversized 4 blade prop too. this thing is going to move! i’ve been watching this thing go together for the last year or two. and it’s around a month away from completion. mainly painting left at this point.

P51 Mustang Remote Controled bad ass plane

here’s the engine. those are real aluminum cowlings he had custom made. that big white tank up top is where the fuel goes.

Remote control P51 Mustang

here’s the prop.

RC P51 Mustang

here’s the pilot. scaled to fly. you can see a printout of how the console is going to look in the upper left of the pic.

well, i thought i’d let y’all know what we do at night. wade works on his plane while myself and another neighbor named karlito, from brazil, drink beer and supervise. basically we’re king of the hill. we stand out in his driveway and drink.

but we have fun.

4 Comments »

  1. so karlito is the one that babbles and you can’t understand him??? or would that be YOU after a few beers? lmao!!

    that’s kind of a neat little project though…should be interesting to see what happens when it goes up in flight. you should get a video camera out and put up a video on utube!!

    Comment by Blondie — August 9, 2006 @ 7:54 am

  2. One of my clients built a full-side plane and recently sold it. It was crashed in an airfield yesterday. The buyer was killed.

    Comment by Patrick — August 9, 2006 @ 9:50 pm

  3. cheerful story there, Patrick. Try to think of something less happy next time.

    Comment by Jeanna — August 10, 2006 @ 12:00 am

  4. father in law building the exact modle, P51. Very impressed with the engine and detail in the exhaust manifolds.

    4 stroke engine adds detail and great sound I’m told.

    Thanks for sharing…

    Comment by brad — February 1, 2007 @ 7:31 pm

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