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Old 03-30-2004, 07:04 PM
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Default Cheap 1/2A starter

Here's a pic of a little 1/2A starter I made with stuff laying around the hobby room.
Materials:
Old R/C Car motor - 05
Door Bell button
Heavy duty Paint stick
Tamiya connetor
Some fiber tape and Silicone glue...
Prop adapter
9/16 socket and some silicone tubing (insert)
Power comes from a little 5 cell 1700 mah pack

Works like a charm!!!...
Full sized image here - http://www.crazyherb.com/CheapDelta/halfAstarter.jpg

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Enjoy!
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Old 03-30-2004, 07:39 PM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

Very Nice Herb. I have an old 550 can motor and was thinking of doing somthing similar. Looks like you've done all the R&D for me! I think I'll make one.

Darren
Old 03-30-2004, 08:24 PM
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I made mine last year from an old dustbuster motor and a 1500 mha 6 cell r/c car battery. The driver is a foam paint brush handle drilled and epoxied to the motor shaft and a section of 3/8 inch hose on the end. It works great!
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Old 03-30-2004, 09:37 PM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

Ya....that's cool....good idea....dustbuster..heheh...

But does yours GLOW!!!
hehehe...


Works as a nice battery discharger too...if you leave it plugged in accidently....
might take a couple days....but you'll drain that battery eventually...hehehe..


Fly Hard!! Land soft...

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Old 03-30-2004, 10:15 PM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

Astro flight made one of those years ago, I only found out about it when a friend asked me to fix the slipping starter cone. When I took it apart to fix the sticky switch, I saw the good old mabuchi 540 motor inside the plastic case. The whole thing was the diameter of a v-8 juice can with a push button switch on one side. It had the cord to the power panel just like any other starter.
Old 03-30-2004, 11:35 PM
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Ya....that's cool....good idea....dustbuster..heheh...

But does yours GLOW!!!
hehehe...

Hey -- I watched your video; I saw you fly -- you've obviously spent too much time turning in circles!! With all that spinnin' around, you probably have neuroflubbery or psycoshift or somethin'. All you young guys -- what will you think of next? [8D] Why, why --- dang, where's my mouse ....

Well, anyway, I bought a sheet of styrofoam tonight -- if that Delta thing flies into me, it'll be your fault.
the "other" Andrew
Old 03-31-2004, 12:13 AM
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"Ya....that's cool....good idea....dustbuster..heheh...

But does yours GLOW!!!
hehehe... "

The horn button on mine is a bit of overkill since it cost around $5. I was in a hurry and didn't look around for anything cheaper. The doorbell button is a good idea. It is really a handy item to have.
...talk about discharging the battery... I learned not to try to run the the battery down by spinning a wheel with it. I burned the first motor out doing that.
Old 03-31-2004, 02:14 AM
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Well, anyway, I bought a sheet of styrofoam tonight -- if that Delta thing flies into me, it'll be your fault.
Haaaa! Dude...I love the CheapDelta.... I have mine balanced at nearly 23%....WAY too far back....but funny thing is...still doesn't stall...just VERY elevator sensitive...but that works in my favor....I use the turning to act as a big "air brake"....Delta's create a lot of drag in a hard bank or stall....that's why I can run a non-throttled motor...and always spinning around me....slows the plane down.....

I'm going to slap another CheapDelta together as soon as I get a couple hours free....and try to do it lighter....HS-81's instead of standard servos...
and a 350 mah pack instead of full sized 600 mah....Maybe even cover it...with some moneykote...

You can't beat it with a stick.....
$60 - 2 channel single stick radio
$35 - Norvel .061
$1 - Worth of 3/4 in pink foam
$1 - Worth of packing and fiber tape
Elevon horns are popsicle stick cut in half (one for each elevon)....and glued into the foam...

Total cost - $97

Go back to the 1/2A main part...just posted PLANS for the little fireball....(make sure you disable your browsers AUTO-RESIZE function under tools/options)..
http://www.crazyherb.com/CheapDelta/cheapdelta.jpg
ENJOY!!

Weee haaa...
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Old 03-31-2004, 04:25 AM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

Cool, I just used a piece of metal from a hose clamp for my switch, seen at the following link.


http://www.northlandflyer.com/Tips__...r/starter.html
Old 03-31-2004, 08:27 AM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

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Astro flight made one of those years ago, I only found out about it when a friend asked me to fix the slipping starter cone. When I took it apart to fix the sticky switch, I saw the good old mabuchi 540 motor inside the plastic case.
Yep, I got one too that I've been using for years & years....good little starter. It's not a standard 6-cell 540 motor though; it's their ferrite 075 wound for 12v. I use a stack of 10 3AH NiMH cells with the starter zip-tied on top.
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What I ended up doing for it was changing the thrust washers and bearings on the cone's back side and I drilled / tapped the cone for the set-screw, then I just ground a flat on the shaft to accept it. Put a dab of loc-tite on the 4-40 set screw and gave it back to him that day. I wish someone would make those again, it was the sweetest little starter I saw.
Old 04-02-2004, 09:38 PM
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Speaking about old starters, does anyone remember the old Glowbee 1/2A starters?

I managed to resurrect mine (circa -1983).

It could use a new starter cone. Any suggestions?

Bob
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

In a couple of threads I read that you want some on to make a 1/2a starter. What about the Sulivan 1/2a starter. Is it that bad or is it a well kept secert???

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCLY7&P=7

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That is really similar, I will order one for my small engines. They work very well, and they can fit in small areas, taking up almost no room. Plus you don't have to hold a plane and a 5 lbs starter!, What I like most is the starting cone for the spinner. I'm going to be using it on the little gem I have now from HOB, the FW-190.
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Old 04-05-2004, 03:18 PM
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Default RE: Cheap 1/2A starter

I made mine using a 540 motor and PVC tubing. The motor fits just right in an end cap. I drilled a holes in it for the shaft to go through as well as vent and mounting screw holes. I put on a short length the PVC tube with a small push button switch, more vent holes and put an end cap on it. You can make it long enough to put batteries in it or you could use wires to go your flight box panel. It's all in one smooth enclosed case.

Sorry no pics

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Old 04-05-2004, 05:05 PM
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ORIGINAL: blvdbuzzard

In a couple of threads I read that you want some on to make a 1/2a starter. What about the Sulivan 1/2a starter. Is it that bad or is it a well kept secert???

http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXCLY7&P=7

Dru.
Nothing wrong with buying a factory made starter....but it is kinda fun to use spare parts to make one that works and doesn't cost anything...well I did buy the switch and ended up buying a motor after burning out my first one.
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I have the small one from Lite Machines..the helicopter people..I'm not sure who makes it but it works great for 1/2a stuff(spins really fast),,and I got that tiny 12v battery from tower for $12...Rog
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What tiny 12 volt battery for $12?
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tower hobbies has 2"x3"x4" 12v battery for.$11.99
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Thanks for the tip. Jim

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