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Old 06-10-2011, 09:20 AM
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I would like to replace my motor and speed control on my Tower Hobies Vista EP sailplane with a brushless inrunner and ESC that will support a Lipo battery. Here is a link to the plane for details... http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMUY1&P=V

Any recommendations on what HobbyKing motor and ESC would work best for this application? I am new to sailplanes and looking for a direct bolt in replacement if possible. Thanks in advance!!
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:43 AM
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I have a Turnigy 35-36 1450kV and Plush 60A ESC with a good quality 10x6 folder on mine. It hovers at half throttle and is so much lighter than the stock setup I had to move the 2200 3S LiPo up to the compartment ahead of the wing to balance it. It's a rocket ship and much lighter wing loading.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4916
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Old 06-11-2011, 12:18 PM
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Yeah, that is the exact combo I want to put in mine. I have the 60 Turnigy Sentry ESC, but waiting on the motors to come back into stock....... grrgh!

I might have a little better shot at balancing mine, going to try out my new AR8000 with the TM1000 in the nose area for voltage, temp and altitude.

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I can tell you it still won't balance...
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Do you know what your total weight was when completed, with battery and all???
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Old 06-12-2011, 05:46 AM
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I'll check...
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Old 06-12-2011, 07:53 AM
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The plane ready to fly but without battery is exactly 2lbs. I use Flightmax 2200 3S 30C batteries that are exactly 7oz so all up as it leaves my hand is 39oz. It's been repaired a few times and I added wood for a battery and ESC tray so a fresh one may be lighter... If I remember right thats about 1/2lb lighter than stock.
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Hey evan, I got a 35-36A, a Turnigy 60Amp Sentry all installed.... I figure that an 8x4 folding is needed, but I can't find anyone that has a spinner that will fit the 4mm shaft on the 35-36A? Any thoughts?
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Old 06-19-2011, 05:03 AM
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I'm using a 10x6. I use Graupner blades (got mine from Atlanta Hobby but others have them too) and a hobby king spinner. I think 45mm? http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=5565
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Geesh, just spent the most on a prop I have ever spent... $43 for prop and spinner adapter.... Hobby Lobby was the onlyplace with the right sizes in stock... oh well.... the price of fun.
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FYI... Finally got the Vista all together, had to add some weight to the nose for balancing. Has a 2200mAH 3s Zippy Flight Max, Turnigy 35-36-A motor, 10-6 folding AeroNaut, Sentry 60AMP ESC, and two standard servos. Got about 40-45 mins flight time on a battery, and almost verticle climbs at 3/4 throttle! Its a rocket! had to mix a little elevator to throttle to make it stay semi-level when under powered flight. My first glider, and so far so good!! Looking to mount my GoPro on it now somehow and get some aerial videos. Anyone got pics of that kinda install on a glider?
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Those times sound a little short, but I'm a new sailer with a stock Radian PNP, AR500, DX8, and running a 1300mAH battery. I set the timer for 10 minutes, and then I fly the timer plus 20 to 30 minutes, and I'm still figuring out the thermaling part. I pretty much motor up to altitude and play with getting lift from the wind and just gliding back to 6 - 60 feet and then motor back up. I'm thinking when I get to thermaling I will be in the 45 - 60 minute lounge chair mode...... :-)
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Philip, where did you put your ESC and liPo? I have the ESC in the front and I built up the floor on either side of it and the LiPo rests on top of that. By front I mean the hatched area forward of the wing.

Sounds like you also have the "sweet" 3D glider set up, it's a lot of fun to fly, you can hover it, do outside loops.... everything a glider should't do.
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I have the battery in the original battery compartment, just added about 3oz of weight to the front. It is a hoot... but what its best purpose is was just discovered yesterday....

I strapped my GoPro HD camera on it and went for a test run......

[link=http://youtu.be/K_UDKknbRUc]Here is the video on YouTube[/link]http://youtu.be/K_UDKknbRUc

It could probably be a little better, but is stable as a rock so far!! The GoPro makes a lot of drag that I had to get use to, shot both from the bottom and the top, just forward of the CG, so I kinda need to pull a little weight back out now for it to balance best.
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Very nice video tailwheel. I've got one of these on the way. Love the classic construction....and the price! No aileron but not needed for a traditional sailplane. If you don't mind me asking, Where can I find a suitable mount for the GoPro?
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