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Old 07-19-2002, 09:36 PM
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I have been flying mine in my basement and the back yard. It has about a 24'' span I'm running a GWS motor, GWS receiver and 8 cell nmh pack. I coverd it with emergency blanket mylar and using 2 JR 241 sub micro servos. It has been a blast to fly. Has any one had trouble burning up speed controllers? I have toasted a 2 amp and a 5 amp. I will probably replace them with a 15 amp if I can get one that is very light and inexpensive .
Old 08-21-2002, 05:32 PM
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A 2 amp controller may burn out since the GWS-A motor pulls close to that on 8 cells. Also, make sure that the prop is sized for the gear ratio of the motor. An oversize prop will make the motor pull a lot of extra current.

A 5 amp controller should work with no problem. What brand is it? I've had good results from GWS, Jamara, and Jeti controllers.

If you are going to be doing a lot of electrics, I recommend getting a wattmeter from Astroflight or a similar one. That will tell you if the problem is too many amps for the controller, or if the controller's a faulty one.

Good luck!
Old 08-21-2002, 05:38 PM
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Thanks I don't know what happened but both are working.
Old 08-23-2002, 07:40 PM
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Im getting ready to order one now. I have a Pico stik motor and pico servos and a 2 amp speed control. Will that be ok to use? What size batteries & prop should I use in order not to burn up my speed control?..........John
Old 08-23-2002, 11:12 PM
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John it turns out I did not burn it up and I can't put my finger on the problem. All I know it works with both the 2 amp and the 5 amp controller fine now. I have used from a 6 cell 50ma nicad, 6 cell 220ma nicad, and my favorite the 8 cell 320ma nmh. The run time is similar between the three but the 8 cell nmh hover the longest. I have tried several sizes of props the best one seams to be the GWS 1047 but the 1147 also works well with the next bigger gear ratio. I suggest if you are going to run it at full throttle for long periods use a heat sink on the motor. I love these little planes. I framed up two for my boys and they decided to wait to fly them until this fall. They are focusing on glow right now. So I sold the ones I had framed up and told them I would build more this fall. They where ok with that and I made a little profit.
Old 08-23-2002, 11:29 PM
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Cbalts, Sending you an email right now.............
Old 09-04-2002, 11:44 PM
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I have a GWS 4 channel and pico stick set up... I'm thinking about the mini IFO due to time and space limitations.... basically need to fly in my front yard,,,, do I have to have elevon mixing (cause I dont) and why? are the elevators not connected , I cant justify another radio at this point... anybody got any answers...thank you ... Rog
Old 09-05-2002, 01:14 AM
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The evevons ar not connected because it is setup for elevons only. There is no rudder on a mini. It will fly great in your front yard I do all the time in the morning and late at night when it is mostly calm. It will not fly in winds much over 5 mph. I understand your plight I had three radios but non had elevon mixing. I bought two elevon mixers for about $39.00 each. I could sell you one for $20.00. I love these planes I am building two more for my sons. We fly in a gym not to far from our home with a bunch of other indoor flyers.
Old 09-05-2002, 02:25 AM
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cbaltz:

Our season is going to start the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in October.
I'll try to keep you posted. Same time 6 to 9 pm.

John: I like using the 8 cell AAA 720 mah NiMH cells from WalMart.
A four pack cost $11.00 Then about 30 min. to solder up a pack of
eight.


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Old 09-05-2002, 02:31 AM
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Thanks Randy are you the one who is setting up the dates?
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You can get those at walmart????????......Dawg on.....
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Cbaltz, I'll be sending you a package by the end of this week..........John
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I am on my way to Walmart!!
Old 09-05-2002, 02:42 AM
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Cool I'll be sending you a package back soon after that. I have to see if my neighbor is healed up enough to go back to work yet.
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Hey,,,,Ya'll tell me somthin.......My GWS receiver on my IFO is going nutz about every 15 seconds....What could cause this? It will be flyin fine and then all of a sudden it starts to dance....Its kinda comical....................John
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Take your time. No hurry.........John
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I had the same thing I watched it and the antenna connection it was rubbing on one of the little other resisters or other "technical term" (electronic thingies) I taped around the antenna and made sure it came out straight and the problem has gone away.
Old 09-09-2002, 05:47 PM
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That helped but it still did it a couple of times. Its good enough to fly though................John
Old 09-09-2002, 07:17 PM
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I don't think these are very sold receivers but when your plane weighs around 10 oz you are not going to hurt much.
Old 09-10-2002, 03:01 AM
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John:

If you haven't done it already, you need to tape the Rx crystal
down since they don't seem to have a real snug fit. This has
caused hits for me in the past until I taped it.

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Old 09-10-2002, 06:28 PM
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Yeah, I already had it taped. It was loose from the begining. I did a really cool looking cartwheel with it the other day. If I could have got it to take back off while it was still rolling that woulda been cool. I did away with my landing gear. I just toss it and catch it when im done..................John
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We play catch in the basement quite a bit. My sons love it. I have one fly and the other catches.
Old 09-16-2002, 06:03 PM
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You ever seen a motor just cut off by itself and then in a few seconds after pulling back to idle on the radio it will cut back on?.......This is confusing me, could it be the motor going bad?..............John
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Yes it is mine does that when the voltage drops down around 4.8 to 5.0 volts. Its ready to be recharged.

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