The extra-long hatch allows
easy access to the electronics.
Full of features at a great
By Mike Gantt Photos By John Reid
Wanting to get in on some warplane sorties, I
happened upon the Tower Hobbies P- 51 series
of Mustangs. There are currently four versions,
and my eye was immediately drawn to the “Berlin
Express” replica. The model is made out of molded
AeroCell foam, which is durable and easy to repair
if needed. Its simple assembly goes quickly and
does not require adhesive; you’ll only need a Phillips
screwdriver and an adjustable wrench. Included
in the Rx-R (receiver-ready) box are the assorted
required items to get flying minus a flight battery
and guidance system. A low-cost 3-cell battery in the
1800–2200mAh range is ideal. If you decide to add
any optional equipment, I suggest using a 6+-channel
receiver for flexibility. Removable fixed landing gear
come standard, but retractable gear can be added.
Provisions for flaps are also included, but you will
need to add two micro servos and a little glue to
hold them in place. I found both the flap and retract
add-ons for about $40.00 on towerhobbies.com and
think they’re worth the investment. Intermediate and
advanced pilots are sure to have a great time with
this World War II workhorse.
The 40-inch-span foam “Berlin express”
Behaves like a fun spor T plane in p- 51
“clo Thing” wi Th a well-ma Tched power se Tup
and speedy performance.