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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #25 on: September 01, 2017, 07:43:35 AM »
Ha Ha should correct this but I won't, Heavenly armed!

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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #26 on: September 01, 2017, 08:55:49 AM »
Ah yes the ol B-25 Mitchell many pilots described them as heavenly indeed!
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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #27 on: October 25, 2017, 07:13:51 PM »
Earlier this year a LHS had these for $50.00 off so purchased two, re-painted the first one
on the first high performance warbird to fly in New Zealand since the 1950s. In 1985 this
Mustang was imported into New Zealand and painted in the markings of one of the three
Territorial Squadron Mustangs that served in the RNZAF.

Have modelled her as a bit of a triple tribute, Sir Tim Walliis a driving force of the warbird
scene in New Zealand. Ray Hanna, more on him soon and the mighty Canterbury Crusaders
my Rugby team which, this year won their seventh Super Rugby competition this year!






The late Ray Hanna a true legend aviator and star pilot of many a movie, one of my favourite
movie scenes from “Empire of the Sun” Ray Hanna flies past a young kid waving. So I made
my little pilot so he can wave, has a simple wire link off the rudder to his arm.

Ray Hanna scene “Empire of the Sun.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ouJ_WyS9v8

Ray Hanna waving from Mustang Warbirds over Wanaka 1996.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyFYrW_Vh8c

Here’s the second P51 this time raised the back and back dated her to a C model or
Mk III when with Commonwealth countries. The Royal Australian Airforce had both P51
Ds and Cs in Italy during WW II. Mine painted in the markings of a 3 Sqn aeroplane.

Here she is this morning painted but pre weathering, the three Sqn P51s had the
southern cross on their tails.


And thus afternoon after adding weathering using pastels.




Here she is with a stock one, mods included obviously raising the back, cockpit
detail, including seat, radio and instrument panel, paint and moving the battery
hatch from underneath to on top, much better access.




Will maiden soon, still a bit more to do, painting the exhaust and tape to protect
the underside when belly landing.

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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #28 on: December 10, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
Latest kit bash, this time another Eflite micro 2 cell Mustang with a local twist, so
this is a start to finish with some stuff about the real one if you hadn't heard of her.

The ultimate Aussie warbird, CA-15 “Kangaroo” will throw that out there for debate.






Bit further down the track, slapped on some paint, detailed exhausts and cockpit,
nearly ready for maiden, will notice not finished around the base of the tail plane ,
the EFlite Mustang is a bit notorious having a decalage issue, so this is just taped
rather than glued for now, once I fly her will sure this up.


The long nose with the smaller canopy gives her a bit of a streamlined look, she
has that looks fast sitting still look to her, what-da-ya reckon?


I used the smaller UM Mustang canopy, scratch built the seat and dash.


Maiden check, got her up and down okay but way too much down angle on the
tail plane, climbed like a home sick angle heading for the moon! Sorted out a bit
more up angle on the tail plane and will fly again, nearly there……

Another one done and dusted, have flown her a fair bit before finishing her off,
flies nice, like most warbirds you have to fly her in for landing, that big radiator
housing is great for both hand launching and landing on!

Decals, there are many available for Aussie modellers out there, choose mine
from a 1/32nd scale set for a Boomarang. Can’t go on enough about Micro Sol
and Micro set for applying and setting decals. Micro Sol brushed onto to where
you want them to sit, allows you to move them to the right spot, Micro set brushed
on after they have dried hardens them up and sits then down so they look like
they are painted on, the stuff won’t damage the foam or paint and water wash up!

Here she in full trim pre weathering with a couple of books I used for reference.


Weathering using pastels, highlighted the panel lines used mainly black with a
little brown and grey in the exhaust stain. Being a prototype she would have been
clean and looked after so subtle apart from the exhaust stains to show she has
been operating at high revs, 450mph!







How the UM RC one came to be.
Raised top of cowl from prop to back of the canopy using a block of blue foam.
Created an insert for exhaust stubs, canopy from the smaller UM Mustang which
is modded so front screen is steeper. New cockpit details include new dash, seat
rear section and pilot scaled. Tail plane moved rearward to correct position and
dihedral added with spars of cf rod along the leading edge. Thanks to this forum
and my Mustang III I knew of the decalage issue so have taped together the tail
plane and rudder to allow for adjustments. With the tailplane dihedral had to run
a second control link and horn, also raised the fin with blue foam. The radiator
housing lengthened with scale detail added, bonus makes a great hand launch
and landing skid! Battery moved to top side under cowl and original battery space
filled with foam.

Internet references.
https://www.facebook.com/CA15Kangaroo/

Ficticious model?
http://www.airwar1946.nl/whif/L46-CA15.htm

https://www.facebook.com/groups/716414401765938/?hc_ref=ARTl3G87O2QjBvfJu-Pzln9GRA2mSitqrr0_LwbJDGzQ9L4iDbN0tdfY7zUIb1geTVw

https://www.warbirdsforum.com/topic/1025-got-the-cac-ca-15-kangaroo/

The CAC CA-15 "Kangaroo"
   (artists impression)

How the real one came to be.
On June 17th, 1936, the Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation (CAC) was founded by initiative of the Australian government for to gain independence for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)from foreign aerial supplies. CAC mainly produced training aircraft, but by proceeding time its knowledge in project engineering and technological capabilities grew so much that it could develop airplanes in complete independence - like the fighter "Boomerang", the single-engined light bomber "Wirraway" and the two-engined "Woomera".


Already in 1942, basing on RAAF specification No. 2/42, preliminary work on a very ambitious long-range fighter aircraft started, which received the factory designation CA-15. It was forecasted, that near the end of the war the CA-15 would become the RAAF's basic fighter. Layout was an all-metal cantilever low-wing construction with retractable undercarriage and the pilot's position in a closed cabin. The wing layout reminded on the American fighter "Mustang". Further, it received the identical armament, six machine guns "Browning" of caliber 12.7 mm, while the engine, a radial of type Pratt & Whitney R-2800-21 "Double Wasp", was the same like in another American fighter, the Republic P-47 "Thunderbolt". (A difficult and uninteresting sentence about the Double Wasp's air intake is omitted, RT).

In 1943, a mockup of the aircraft was built, although the development process was delayed because the project engineers wanted to accommodate the fighter to low heights. Furthermore, it was tied down by the decision of exchanging the engine to a water-cooled R-2800-21W. By August 1943, the RAAF accepted the new concept of the machine by specification No. 2/43. In 1944, the mounting of the structural elements of the first prototype started, although the R-2800-21W engine turned out not to be available.

The factory suggested the replacement of the engine to the high-altitude version R-2800-57W. But in August 1944, this further alteration was stopped when the Americans stated not being able to guarantee future supplies of the R-2800-57W for Australia. They also diminished the amount of license-produced items, because in Australia in 1944 already the production of the P-51D "Mustang" under license had begun.

This time, the project engineers were forced to completely change the driving system for the new fighter. The choice fell on British engines of the newest versions, the Rolls-Royce "Griffon" type 120 or 125, although the radial Bristol "Centaurus" had been proposed too. The Griffon turned out to have the smallest frontal surface, and the placing of the liquid cooler under the central part of the fuselage caused an even further similarity to the "Mustang". However, it turned out soon that troubles with the drive should plague the CA-15 from the beginning. At this time, the Griffon version 120/125 had not yet reached its serial production stage, so the British decided to replace it by the weaker version "Griffon 61".

The first two copies of the "Griffon 61" arrived in Australia in April 1945. By this time, the Australian government had lost interest in the furthest development of the CA-15, due to the personal cost of the project, but decided to have the prototype finished. However, the next changes on the driving units caused that the first prototype of the CA-15 - informally called "Kangaroo" - and matriculated under number RAAF A62-1001 was completed only in February 1946, five months after the end of the war in the Pacific Ocean.

It performed its maiden flight on March 4th, 1946. By the way, it is worth a note that at this point of time also no license-produced CA-17 "Mustang" had entered the service in the RAAF (??, hope this is correct, another source says 17 were deivered at the end of the war and took place in the occupation of Japan in 1946. Since June 27th, 1946, the prototype performed test flights at the No.1 Aircraft Performance Unit (No.1 APU) at Laverton. Until then, the prototype already had executed 23 flights of joint 16 hours and 45 minutes. The tests in No.1 APU continued without problems until December 10th, 1946, when the prototype had to do a forced belly landing on the airfield of Point Cook due to a failure of the hydraulic installations in the undercarriage.

For various reasons, the repair of the aircraft was delayed until April 1947. At this time, the RAAF already had its Mustangs, and was preparing for employment of the jet-propelled fighter De Havilland "Vampire" of British production, so the further work on the CA-15 was interrupted.

On May 19th, the aircraft was transferred to the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU),
where several farthest test flights were executed. During a flight on May 25th, 1948, Flt. Lt. J. Archer on the controls, the aircraft gained an unofficial speed record, achieving 808 kph on level flight (in this place a note to the official record of the German Me 209 V-1 is given, RT). In May 1950, the machine was transferred to the No. 1 Aircraft depot, where it was scrapped the same month.

The Commonwealth CA-15 "Kangaroo" without any doubt was the best Australian fighter, under many respects even surpassing the American "Mustang". It belonged to the best fighters of WWII. It was one of the last piston-engine driven fighters. Because of delays in construction and inconvenience of driving units, it remained a prototype only.

1. Jane's All The Worlds Aircraft, rocznik 1947

2. Letectvi + Kosmonautika nr 14/86

3. Skrzydlata Polska nr ?/?

4. W. Green, G. Swanborough "The Complete Book of Fighters", Smithmark, New York, 1994

5. other aerial magazines.

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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #29 on: December 10, 2017, 05:05:21 PM »
Cool , flying something like that at full stick must be an unreal feeling.
"Don't get your panties in a bunch , we still got hand weapons and the fifty".

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Re: Repainted rc Ultra Micros
« Reply #30 on: December 11, 2017, 08:10:08 AM »
Wow great job Pete love them all  8)
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