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Old 10-07-2006, 02:57 PM
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I have zero electric experience and little knowledge of how to build a power plant for one. They confuse me to no end. I would like a smaller 3D airplane to fly in my backyard. I have no fancy charger. I am looking for something that I can play with in my backyard for relatively cheap. The cheapest I have come up with so far is about $225 (and a need a fancy charger for Lipos), I know a brushed motor is way cheaper, but nobody recommends them anymore.

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LXJRY2 Great Planes LiPo 7.4V 1250mAh 2S 15C Discharge Deans 34.99
LXJVC2 Ultrafly Model B/06/12 Brushless Motor 49.99
LXKZB4 Futaba S3110 Micro High Torq Servo 7.7g 3@ 14.99
LX1683 APC 9x4.7 Slo-Flyer Propeller 2.49
LXKYF1 Ultrafly Model Radix 3D EP ARF 28.3" 29.99
LXKSY4 Great Planes Silver Series 25A Brushless ESC 5V/2A BEC 39.99
LXCRK1 Great Planes ElectriFly 4Ch FM Rx 72MHz Hi w/o Crystal 24.99

$227

I could save about $30 by going with their combo which has a smaller motor 1/4 size battery, but that doesn't seem worth it. I bet the smaller battery wouldn't even give 3 minute flights.

Is that pretty much the cheapest I can get a descent 3D electric for or is there something else I could do?
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Old 10-07-2006, 05:45 PM
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

Look into the 3-dmini Rev on e-foamies.com
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Old 10-07-2006, 06:05 PM
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

Take a look at the motors on BPhobbies.com . I've heard that their motors work well and their only around 15 bucks... I'm not sure what to say about radix 3d.
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Old 10-07-2006, 06:08 PM
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

I bought a geebee from parkflyers.com and loved it. I flew it until I crashed it too many times. I'm thinking about buying another one. It is only $140 RTF and that is with a lipo.
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

Try looking for the ST Models YAK, its powerful to 3D with the stock motor.
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

I can't really rec a plane, but BP-Hobbies has really nice motors for dirt cheap. It's hard to believe that they perform so well at such a low cost, but they certainly do.
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

Thanks guys, from your comments it appears that I have already selected a relatively low cost setup. I could save about $35 on the motor by buying from bphobbies. That drops the cost to $200. I still need to buy a fancy LiPo charger though which will probably run another $100 at least. For such small airplanes these things aren't cheap.
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Old 10-08-2006, 04:38 PM
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I have a $45 lipo charger and it works just fine. Using jumpers to change charge rates can be confusing, but if you mess up and choose the wrong rate, it won't charge. But, I have to have a seperate balancer, which runs me about $20 more. If you can, get a charger with a built in balancer, so you don't have to hastle with seperate things. The first jump into lipos is always pricy, but once you have the basics down, the costs go down as well. Hopefully I'll finally buy a Tx that will last me for as long as I need, so then I can worry more about which plane to get than worry about which transmitter to get. Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:32 AM
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

look in http://www.m-a-e.com/ a wesport 25T ($29) plus 2s450 etecs ($16) works really well on a first gen shocky class plane built light, also, buy some epp or depron and cut your own plane, like the 3dbatix extra 330, Foamy factory`s mini3DX or any other good design around 30`

For brushed setup I highly recomend a GWS 350c Dx (6.6:1 reduction) 12x6 sf prop, 2s 1200 10C lipos give you something like 18 min of intense hovering on a 10oz plane

Cheaper? make your own lipo charger!

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:10 PM
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

GP Polycharger is only $24.95. It has a switch with three popular charge rates. 250, 500, 1000. It's not real sophisticated but works well for me.
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Default RE: Cheapest 3D electric backyard flyer setup?

yes, I have one too, but for chaging 3s packs ... the beauty of making your own lipo charger is to make 2 or 3 to charge various packs at the same time so you can almost fly non stop
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