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Old 12-29-2020, 08:20 AM
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Hello all,
Just curious, I have a ton of old foamy servos - would these be good for a 1/2a airplane? What are you using for your airplanes? High Voltage servos would be nice, but if I can reuse some of my old servos that would be best.
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Could take a photo of what you have folks can chime in from there.
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This is from my junk draw, any of it good for here?



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Ok the HS 55's will work with a screaming TD
The Eflite will make a good throttle servo.
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The HS 55 has the tiniest gear teeth made out of plastic. I guess that all other 9 gram sized servos that look just like HS 55s are built similar. If you have too much vibration feeding back through the control system..not good.
Well supported control rods should quiet down the bad vibes. Hard landings and rough handling on the ground probably account for some gear train failures.
I've had good luck with the E-flight servos...but not enough time spent using them to recommend them.
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Much Thanks, but what servos do or would you use?
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Much Thanks, but what servos do or would you use?
RP
I am using a pair of old HS 55s to control a very small 100 mph TD 049 plane. The loads on the ailerons and elevator are not too great. The plane is supposed to be flown nice and smooth to record how fast it is. The control surfaces do not have very much throw and the linkage geometry gives the servos maximum leverage.
In a Mach None I would fly it more aggressively with a high roll rate and more carefree, dare devil way. I think a pair of HS 65s would be a good choice, especially if I put a lot of time into making the Mach None a "museum piece"
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Rick, if you're still reading in on this the servos you have would be fine for a lot of 1/2A designs.

By now you might be figuring out that it's all about how fast the model is flying and how big the surfaces are and how far you want to move them. The servos you have would all be fine for any but the fastest models used with larger surfaces. Any of the casual flying around 1/2A stuff or equivalent 80 to 140 watt electric flying would be fine with them. Even a slower flying 2M glider with an .049 on the nose would be fine with the servos you show. The risk there would not be in the air but on the ground where a strike against the rudder on a polyhedral style glider would be inclined to snap the gear teeth. But in the air the small servos shown would be enough for even a slower flying "casual" 2m glider.

Or you could have some 4 channel fun with a 50 to 60 inch span 1/2A warm liner style glider where you put one of the small servos on each aileron with one each on the elevators and rudder.

There was also a category of old timer flying with 45 to 50 inch span lightly built "stick and film" or "stick and tissue" old timer gas models or the Spirite of SAM even for scaled up rubber models at around 40" span that fly quite slowly in a "parkflyer" style manner. The 1/2A Texaco event models would fly just fine with the servos you have there.

Hope that helps out. And sorry I'm late to the party.

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I checked in just to see if there was any activity on the forum and to my surprise, some old members popped up -- had not seen Combatpigg for some time. I don't care for the HS-55, not because of available torque, but because it seems to shed teeth like a drunk in a bar fight. A ground thump or hanger bump and you may lose or crack a tooth, only to find out too late. For the smaller servos, I've gone exclusively to metal gear. They're heavier by about a tenth of an ounce, but I don't have to worry about a gear train breakage. I've had good results from the EMAX ES08MA II. The unbranded version can be had for next to nothing with a little shopping around.
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I checked in just to see if there was any activity on the forum and to my surprise, some old members popped up -- had not seen Combatpigg for some time. I don't care for the HS-55, not because of available torque, but because it seems to shed teeth like a drunk in a bar fight. A ground thump or hanger bump and you may lose or crack a tooth, only to find out too late. For the smaller servos, I've gone exclusively to metal gear. They're heavier by about a tenth of an ounce, but I don't have to worry about a gear train breakage. I've had good results from the EMAX ES08MA II. The unbranded version can be had for next to nothing with a little shopping around.
Wow, great price. I'll keep an eye on them, much better than $20 a piece, I was lamenting about spending $60 on servos... Much Thanks!
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