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Old 01-10-2004, 08:00 PM
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I just noticed a 14" wing span electric plane offered by Harbor Freight for $7. Has anyone made an indoor RC flyer out of one of those ? Probably on the heavy side but sure would be cheap for an indoor RC project.
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Yep, the $7 plane is known as the Harbor Freight 'Lightning' and also as the Graupner 'Micro Taxi'. It makes a really nice flying electric R/C when converted to micro gear, a decent motor and LiPoly batteries. The foam in it is some of the best, and it can absorb a lot of crashing; we flew in a building w/poles every 50' - I flew into a lot of them... The plane is just as happy outside as it is inside. It thermals off a little league infield, and slope soars along a row of cars in the parking lot.

DWE ( http://www.smallrc.com ) sells them packaged with all the gear to make them into R/C. It makes an excellent first micro flier and even a trainer... Here's a picture of one all tarted-out with bigger wheels to allow outdoor ROGs...
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I can second what Mike says about the Lighting. Tough as nails and ARFs don't get any cheaper.
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What type of micro gear did you install for a plane like this ? What motor ? How much weight did you end up with ? Can you show a closeup picture of what you did.
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Default RE: $7 plane

Apteryx,

The gear is the RFFS radio (drives 2 actuators, and has built-in ESC), 2 actuators, LiPoly cell, and KP-00 motor/U-80 prop. All of this is available at http://www.smallrc.com as a package. Look at the 'Products', then 'Lightning Combos'... There is a construction article on converting the plane in the 'Documentation' section.

Here are a couple of pictures, one showing the radio and a longer shot showing the surface mounted actuators. I've used the 145 LiPolys (8 minute flights), all the way up to the 250 mah LiPoly (20 minute flights).
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