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haha ok cool Tim [smile]

some more tips,
get lots of batteries !!
that way you can lots of flying in each session
(be sure to rest the plane between flights so everything can cool down, I have burned out a couple of motors due to banging through batteries to quickly)

Seriously though, get a cheapy foam 3D plane you do not mind crashing, the more you can relax the better you fly [wink]

I would like to think you might be able to pull off a decent knife edge pass by summer if you can practice at least a couple of times a week (plus sim time etc.)

Another thing I would recommend is to put some discipline into your flying, such as making an (imaginary) aerobatic box that you fly in like the pros do and as you get better you can lower the box to ground level like they do at airshows, as opposed to flying it round and around you willy nilly, set some markers on the ground for a pretend runway and keep the plane above the "runway" airshow styley, low passes straight and level with vertical moves (stall turns and flicks etc.) at each end of the runway, do loops at "show centre" (ie. directly in front of you). Try and imagine you have an audience sat behind you and you are not allowed to over fly them, all the level turns are done out front and not over the audience, just like at an airshow. Thinking and flying in this way allows even the simplest of moves to take on a certain professional edge so to speak plus it gets you good at positioning the aircraft precisely and helps you tune into the plane and keeps you on top of the situation.

Something else you might like to try is putting a 4 minute routine together linking one move into the next, this helps to keep the work load down as you've made lots of decisions before hand rather than making stuff up on the "fly" (so to speak [smile] ), which helps avoid poor decisions in the air (speaking from experience here [wink] ). Doing this to music is even better !! [biggrin]

As you get good at new moves you can add them to your routine or invent a new routine etc. This sort of thing really helps to get the basics good and tight, straight and level really is straight and level, make your turns smooth and constant height, constant rate of turn, constant speed and constant angle of bank, get good at coming out of turns so that you are lined up with the runway for those epic low passes nailing the straight and level. Get those things sweet and your entry into loops, rolls and vertical maneuverers like vertical rolls etc. will also be sweet too.

Get fussy about flying precisely, especially the basics as this is such a good foundation for all the fancy stuff, plus you will look like a pro in no time [biggrin] 

There are couple of easy moves that look great though such as the flicks and tumbles at the top of vertical lines, start with stall turns, nice and easy and then try stuffing the sticks into the corners and pumping the throttle for 3 or 4 seconds, chop the throttle for a vertical dive afterwards, chuck in a roll or two on the way down to make it all look super deliberate ... making sure you pull out into straight and level before the ground (obviously [biggrin] )

Btw cheers for the kind words but that flight was a bit of mess to be honest, fun but messy, willy nilly flying hence the dodgy landing at the end there [smile]

anyway Tim feel free to PM me if you want any help or advice etc. and if you find yourself on the South East coast of the UK I'd be more than happy to give you some free RC flying lessons, helicopters, planes, combat gliders, kites, model setup, Tx programming etc. etc.

Once again sorry for another epic post (not really haha [biggrin] )

Anyhow, I wish you the best of luck with your awesome new toy, I hope you put some videos on youtube at some point [smile]

and oh yeah, I thought an RACF Mustang might be cool as you do not see them modeled very often [smile]

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Thank goodness newer decals were available!
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A little update on this build, I still haven't received the new decals but I thought I'd get started on the display stand.  first up is the piece of wood found around the house...

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Then the design......... a little rough but we'll get there

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Then cut out and fit together to see how it looks.....

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And finally, here is the plane resting on the rough stand to get an idea of how it will all look......

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Next will be sanding and shaping the base, then gluing it together, adding the magnet to hold the model in place and finally finishing with either stain or paint.

I also spent some time this weekend upgrading my work area.  As I'm sure we all have issues with storing our finished kits, I was running out of room.  So, here is my work area before....

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And after........... with lots of room to spare for future models.

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Nice craftsmanship on the base and a working space to be jealous :-)
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What Fabian said!
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Just another quick update on this one, I finally got my second set of decals for this kit and hopefully they are better then the first set.  I don't plan on starting them until the mustang build is finished which should be soon.  I did get some time to sand and I think the stand is ready for stain, here is how it looks all nice and smooth.

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More updates soon, hopefully.....

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Well, after putting the finishing touches on my mustang build I couldn't just sit around doing nothing so I decided to give the new set of decals a try.  With fingers crossed (which makes applying decals very hard) I went at the port side external fuel tank and thankfully, these decals are much better.  No cracking and they set down beautifully, as you can see in the pics after being applied with micro set they conform perfectly, might not even need micro sol.

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So, now that I know the decals will work, I actually have to do this......... slow and steady will be my game plan.

Thanks for looking,

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They really look painted on! Nice!
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Very nice. This is going to look bad ass!!!
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I finally got some time to sit down and start on the stripes last night.  I've read over the instructions a few times and made a bit of a game plan.  The instructions suggest doing the nose, spine and main wing decals first, I assume for proper alignment of all other decals, so that's where I started.  The nose was first and it went down pretty well, these decals are thin but strong and allow time for moving it around and into place.  Not sure I got the nose decal in exactly the right spot but I'm happy with it.  Next was the spine, what a decal.  One decal for then entire length from the rear of the canopy to the engine nozzles.  I wasn't going to attempt it in one shot so I cut the decal in to 3 sections and installed them one at a time.  After that I got the 2 decals on either side of the cockpit in place and decided to call it a night.  

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All in, last nights decal work took me about 2 hours which isn't as long as I thought.  Next task will be the main wings.

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Nice!! This is going to be gorgeous. [smile]
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always been a sucker for tiger stripes on a plane, looking good especially the preshading results [smile]
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Very nice!
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Always admired these patterns but chicken [cluck cluck] to try those decals! GOOD work. its gonna be grand!
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Progress so far on the decals after some bench time last night.

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So far I'm at about 3.5 hrs of work on the decals.  Once I finish the far wing I'll have several little stripes to add all over the plane and then the scariest of all.  The vertical tail fins have one large decal for each surface, going to have to take my time and be very careful with them.

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