FMS P-51 B Mustang 1400mm Review
Review by Gunnar Hovmark, Staff Contributor
Receiver: Spektrum AR610 6 Channel
Transmitter: Spektrum DX6
Battery: Gravity 4s, 3300 mAh, weight 370 grams
- Beautiful scale model
- Excellent flying qualities.
- Very nice retracts
- Very good ground handling.
- Left flap pushrod was too short
FMS has a motto: ” To create the finest RC plane models.” With this plane they have come very close to the perfect foamie warbird.
I bought the plane directly from the FMS web shop in China. The reason was that I wanted a special version, a plane painted all silver so I could easily make my own paint scheme. The paint scheme that FMS delivers at the moment is ”Dallas Darling”. The shipping of single boxes from China is quite costly, so in many countries it’s cheaper to buy from your local distributor.
This is a plug-and-play plane, so all you need to add is a battery and a receiver. Assembly is easy, just a few screws and some glue. Glue is included, and necessary, even though the text on the outside of the box says it’s not. The wiring is almost completely ready, you just need to connect the receiver and the wing wires to the central connection point in the fuselage. You also have to attach control horns, pushrods and clevices yourself. I had a little trouble interpreting the manual when it came to control surface travel, especially for the elevator, so I just did what looked right to me, and that worked fine. The distance between the flap control horns and the servo horns are slightly different on the right and left sides. The effect of this is that the left flap pushrod is too short. It reaches only a few mm into the clevice. I actually flew that way a few times, but it didn’t look good so I replaced the pushrod. I had a little trouble getting the wing and fuselage to fit together well at first, but when I started with tightening the screws at the rear and the forward screws afterwards it looked good.
A little warning, remember to always remove the canopy before you lay the plane down on its back. Otherwise the antenna on top of the canopy will break. The cockpit interior model is quite large. This means that there is surprisingly little room to install things inside the fuselage, so I don’t think this is the right plane if you want to experiment with things like sound modules. With my battery it was very easy to get the C.G. in the right position, and the battery tray keeps the battery firmly in place and is easy to get in and out. To be sure I added strips of Velcro to the battery and tray. Total weight of the plane complete with battery: 2.1 kg.
The motor points a little to the right and down. This makes a straight takeoff very easy.
Handling qualities are excellent. To make turns look good a little rudder is needed. Extending the flaps hardly changes pitch trim at all. Some people say that the FMS warbirds are underpowered. I don’t agree. This is a scale model. I don’t want it to fly like a rocket, I want it to fly like a Mustang, and it’s got power to spare for that. Watching the gear go in and out is beautiful. First the wheel doors open, the gear goes in and the wheel doors close. Again after the gear has been extended the wheel doors close, just like on a real Mustang. That way the doors are protected if you make a lousy landing.
I’ve made around twenty flights so far, and still not a bad landing, which says something about the handling qualities of this plane. Still, when I put some force on the landing gear it feels very robust, so I think it will survive even if I have a bad day. The wheel size and the landing gear geometry are very well suited for flying off a ”normal” grass field.