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Old 11-23-2005, 08:28 PM
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I tried to search for this topic and didn't find anything. I was wondering about converting rubber powered kits, like Comet and Guillow's, to electric power. Can anyone point me in the right spots if they know about this? I have several good kits either here or on the way and converting some of them seems like a good idea once I learn the basics. Most are going to be with wingspans around 18" or less.
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i personally havent converted the rubber powered kits before, but pleanty of others have. it sounds like the biggest thing you need to do first off is to ditch the stock wood that comes in the kit - its much heavier than any contest grade balsa you can get. depending on what electronic gear you have and will put in, the planes can be fairly slow flyers, but probably best suited for outdoors. if you've got all the micro gear, then the wingloading can be a lot better and flying in a gym should be no problem. with a wingspan of 18" you should be able to get it to fly with an AUW of an ounce, but that'll be a fast plane. what electronics (rx, motor, servo/actuator, battery) were you thinkin of using?

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I have both Comet and Dumas kits. The wood is pretty good and near contest grade, but not exactly that high of quality. I'm not sure exactly what motors to look for or what is available for servos. It would need to be a 72 mHz receiver. I'm mostly looking at getting a kit flying for the moment. Once I've done that I'll start thinking about performance, etc. I would like to have one that flew well enough to have fun with it, even if it were a slow flyer. Thanks for the suggestions. I was thinking along the lines of a 3 channel for the first kit.
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Dumas kits are pretty nice, i'm not surprised they have better balsa than say Guillows, i've never done a Comet kit.

the GWS LPS motor systems would probably work fine for it, they're usually pretty cheap too, you could also go with a direct drive setup, depends on what battery you'll go with. as for servos, something like BlueArrow or Blue Bird should work, they're usually less than 5 grams each which is ideal. you can get pretty much everything from this site: http://www.balsapr.com/catalog/byProductType.asp

when you start building, you should post a build thread, i always like seeing how other people go about it.

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Thanks. I'll check the site since you suggested it. The Comet kits had better plans, in my opinion. The kits were simple with not a whole lot of structure, but they were strong enough. It seemed they made more sense over Guillow's. The Dumas kits are excellent. I'll keep checking in to see if there are any more good tips, links, etc.
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how about converting a Dime-store glider to electric. I have the parts, I just need a bit of guidence.
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I've always wanted to buy a 5 dollar glider and stick a motor and servos in it. I might actually do that someday...HM?[>:]
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You can find some conversion projects on my [link=http://www.gregcovey.com/micro-fl.htm]Micro Flight[/link] page. For a rubber to electric R/C conversion, check out my [link=http://www.gregcovey.com/hangar_rat.htm]Hangar Rat[/link] bit-charger conversion.

Here are some links to R/C Micro Flight Vendors.

[link=http://www.bsdmicrorc.com/]BSD Micro RC[/link]

[link=http://www.slowfly.com/index.chtml]Dynamics Unlimited[/link]

[link=http://skyhooks.ca/WES.htm]Sky Hooks and Rigging[/link]

[link=http://www.nyblimp.com/]Air Dynamics[/link]

Good luck!

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