P-51 choices

Hey Gang, I'm trying to decide which P-51 Mustang to purchase.
The models that I'm deciding on are:

1. FMS FMM008PBBD "Big Beautiful Doll" PNP V8 $299.99
2. Dynam P-51 Mustang 1200mm Wingspan-PNP $159.00
3.E-Flite P-51 BNF Basic with AS3X48"Wingspan $269.99
4. Eleen Hobby P-51 "Old Crow" 43" W.S. PNP $189.99
5. A member of our club has a ~60" Motion RC used for $300.00

I'd appreciate any comments and feed back you might have.
Thanks.

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Motion P-51 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a Motion P-51,great fun, lots o hours on it until I went dumb thum and found the ground from which it started Check the used one out, even fly it and see if you like it.
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Boils down to your choice NEW
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1. FMS FMM008PBBD "Big Beautiful Doll" PNP V8 $299.99
2. Dynam P-51 Mustang 1200mm Wingspan-PNP $159.00
3.E-Flite P-51 BNF Basic with AS3X48"Wingspan $269.99
4. Eleen Hobby P-51 "Old Crow" 43" W.S. PNP $189.99
5. A member of our club has a ~60" Motion RC used for $300.00


Each one you listed above will have different flying characteristics. I don't know your flying skill level, but in general warbirds are a 3rd or later plane as they require intermediate piloting skills.

The bigger the plane, the easier to fly and see. But also requires larger space to fly, transport, store and batteries (if electric).

You need to answer the following questions first:
1) What's your pilot skill level? If it's beginner to basic aerobatic I'd recommend you hold off until you get more proficient.
2) Can you identify a tip stall and can you handle taildraggers on the ground? Warbirds require to be flown faster and will tip stall quicker, they typically have LG just behind the CG which makes ground handling tricky as they want to nose over all the time if you aren't using elevator to stay level or tail down (but not so much you cause a stall)
3) What size field do you fly at? This one will determine if the 60" wingspan one is remotely doable.
4) What size battery packs do you own? Will any fit the models listed above? If so, it may prove most economical to go the route of reusing batteries instead of buying all new batteries.
5) Do you want AS3X? AS3X will help the plane fly bigger/easier, but will also hide some ill tendencies of the plane, cause some strange things to happen around a stall, and create bad habits for the pilot. I'd recommend this only if you are new to warbirds.
6) Seriously consider checking the used one out in detail if you have the space for it. This way you can see in detail what condition it's in, negotiate the price, negotiate if any electronics remain with the frame, and test fly it to see if it's something you'll be happy with.

Dynam and Eleen hobby brands can be iffy in regards to quality, especially electronics and the older kits. FMS is good quality and probably the leader in foam RC warbirds with the details they include.

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