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Old 03-17-2007, 08:48 AM
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Default Airplanes for dummies.

As a newbie I would like to start out by learning the proper names of the differant parts and location on a plane.
Also, on a standard radio, What lever does what? Does any site have this info already?
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:07 AM
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Default RE: Airplanes for dummies.

I found my answers at. AmpAviators Beginner Thoughts
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Old 03-17-2007, 02:04 PM
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carbonater55: ask away my bub, If you need to know anything (I don't care if it's just the time of day!) an I'll see if my bub's and I can help, good luck!! scoooper
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Default RE: Airplanes for dummies.

Here's an overview of the different parts of the airplane:
http://geekhobbies.com/the-parts-of-...trol-aircraft/
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Old 03-19-2007, 01:27 AM
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Default RE: Airplanes for dummies.

Check out www.towerhobbies.com They are a sponsor of these RCUniverse and have been a great supplier of everything R/C for the past 20+ years. They have lots of beginner information, including an index or dictionary of R/C terms.
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ORIGINAL: Carbsumer

Here's an overview of the different parts of the airplane:
http://geekhobbies.com/the-parts-of-...trol-aircraft/
I see that LiPo battery packs come with 2 sets of whires as shown clearly in the picture below, what are they both used for ? (I mean, I know one of em is supposed to go into the ESC, but what about the other one ?)

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Good question, and something I was confused about at first, too. The set of several wires with the white cap goes to a balance charger which can individually charge each of the different cells in the lipo battery.
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Good question, and something I was confused about at first, too. The set of several wires with the white cap goes to a balance charger which can individually charge each of the different cells in the lipo battery.
So if I want to charge a 2 cell LiPo pack, I have to connect my charger to the plug with the white cap and not to the big one that goes into the ESC ?


Also, I read in the manual of my ESC, that you should install 'motor suppressors' on the electric motor ... what are those and how does that work ? (If I'm correct, thenn the picture below is a picture of the back of an electric motor with 3 motor suppressors attached to it)

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It depends on the charger. If you get a more expensive balancing charger, you'll connect it to the white connector. I'm using a cheaper charger that connects to the Deans connector (a big blocky connector with just two wires that's pretty common for batteries nowadays) and charges all three batteries simultaneously. It's ok to charge the battery using the two-wire connector, especially when they're new. Over time, if you don't balance the batteries, you won't get a full charge out of them because one of the cells might not be fully charged.

I'm no expert on batteries, so if someone more knowledgeable wants to speak up, please do.
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