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Old 03-24-2013, 12:55 PM
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I have always wanted something fast, but could never get something fast enough. My f27q stryker could only go 100mph, and my p51 trainer could only do about 120mph, now I think I have found what I'm looking for. I bought a pylon racer called El Bandito that came with a .91 fs engine. I'm taking that off and plan on putting a 5692 540kv inrunner on it to direct drive a 11x14 apc prop with a 6-8s lipo. I estimate it went about 90mph with the nitro engine with a 12x10 prop. I'm hoping for 140mph+. I'll post pics of progress tomorrow.
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Here is a picture of the plane, the motor I plan on using, and the ESC I just mounted to what used to be the panel covering the fuel tank.
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The set-up is much heavier than I expected. I planned for a battery, motor combo to equal the weight of the engine and a full tank, but even with the battery back as far as it can go it will still take those two 4s 3600mah packs in the back to balance it. I'll try to rearrange some stuff just behind the servos, and make a battery tray there where I'll put a smaller battery. I know a light weight plane is ideal for racing, but this is just for straight line speed.
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CG and battery location problem solved. The battery will go anywhere from where the nimh battery is in the above pic to just behind the servos. I still need to build the motor mount. It should be ready for a test flight by the end of this week or next week.
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The motor mount build will be delayed again. As for the weight isssue; the 3600s being taken out will take about a pound off, and depending on how it goes, I might save 200g by downsizing the 2600W motor to a 1700W one. It has a higher kv, so that means even less weight with fewer cells.
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