Another one of those I just had to get. As a start I love the P-51, and the details look awesome. Price is ridiculously low for such a good RTF EPO model, and all the components are good quality... Hobbyking can really do things at both ends of the spectrum in terms of quality, and this P-51 is certainly on the good one.
...and I didn't even have to buy it, as I received it for my birthday!
Again one more "interesting" FPV platform, which has the advantage of not looking like your standard easystar from the "inside". I quickly ordered a replacement canopy so that I could start cutting away the original one but still have something for it to look good when flying in standard configuration. What's particularly interesting for a model of this class is the included retractable gear and slow-moving flaps, which are a great plus for realism... and it will be the first time I actually have an FPV model with more than the basic controls to work with - not looking forward to the first gear-up landing!
As this airplane is quite small (110cm span), the GoPro was a bit too much for it. I thus used one of those HD minicams, with the optional transmitter that has the advantage of not requiring a separate power supply. I started by cutting the canopy's palstic away, but carefully keeping the "frame" intact to get a clear view without losing the feeling of being inside (this was strongly inspired by a video I found online of a bigger P-51, except that I'll try to NOT lose my canopy in flight like him!).
I mounted the camera on my "standard" pan mount, i.e. a GWS Park HPX servo (which has the advantage of being able to mechanically rotate about 220°), a little CF plate screwed to the round servo horn, and a ServoMAX module to get full rotation. As you might see this required a rather violent beheading of the poor plastic pilot, but that was for a good cause...
Anyway enough chatting, here's a little video of the very pleasing result, with view from the FPV camera as well as additional shots taken with keychain cameras placed in various locations:
I now have a good number of flights on this model, and while the paint starts to get scratched like all foam models will unfortunately do quite quickly it's still a pleasure to fly, both FPV and conventionally. All the included hardware performs brilliantly, no problems with any component, the powertrain is not the most powerful around but perfectly sized to keep a realistic flying style for this kind of model. As a result flight time is very good, I will easily cross the 15-min mark with a 2200mAh 3s Li-Po, which is rather impressive for the AUW of 1250gr (with camera and its added drag).
And again it doubles as a great photo subject!