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Old 03-23-2004, 11:51 AM
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The model is an Aeropro ARC kit of a Citabria. After years of neglect, I'm going to convert it to electric. Here are the stats:

Wingspan 104"
Wing Area 1612 sq. ins.
Weight (before conversion) 20.5 lbs

I'm looking for power suggestions and any other ideas that come to mind.

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I weighed all the "stuff" that I pulled out of the model so far. I'm looking at a weight loss so far of 4 lbs 7 ozs. I'm replacing the fabric covering more for cosmetic reasons than weight, but I expect to lose some more weight after recovering.

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John,

Anyway you look at it, you better have some spare cash on hand to electrify a plane that size.

Here are some suggestions:
[ul][*] Call or e-mail Shawn Plummer at [link=http://www.hackerbrushless.com/]Aero Model[/link][*] Call or e-mail Tom Cimato at [link=http://www.maxcim.com/MEGAMax.html]MaxCim Motors[/link][*] E-mail or PM Rob Honeycutt on help with a dual brushless setup
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In order of cost...

[ul][*] Hacker C50 Acro[*] MegaMAX from MaxCim Motors[*] Dual Brushless setups
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The C50 Acro may not be sufficient power for this model but I am not certain.

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I'm not looking for 3D proformance, just scale power. Does anyone have experience using the Mega 22/30/x series motors at 50 amps? Their website seems to indicate a max of 70 amps. This would put the power at 1500 watts.

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Go find Modelairtech website, Tom Hunt proprieter, NEAT fair organizer. Tom has geared and belt drive solutions and can provide sage advice tailored to your plane and needs. E-Zone folks can also provide some suggestions. I'm planning to build a vintage Dynaflite P40 ( .30-.40 size) and power it with an old Astro 15FAI geared motor and 12 3000MA cells. Power will be marginal but scale-like, plan to build extra light and do lots of sanding and hole making. Tip, lots of info available on E-Zone too.
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