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Micro rc car = Micro airplane

Old 07-20-2006, 12:50 AM
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Hey how would I make one of those micro r/c "Muscle cars" into a r/c aircraft? Has anyone ever done this?
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no one?
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huh???
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yea...like take the electronics from a micro r/c car and put them into a small balsa airplane so you have a small r/c airplane-get it?
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Default RE: Micro rc car = Micro airplane

i know you got the link over on the other site, but i also know thats a lot of reading to do.

getting the right kind of micro car helps, but i've never done a "bit plane" so i cant say much on which is good and which isnt.

a few basic things though, 99.9% of the time, you'll have to take out the stock transistors on the micro car and replace them with better FETs, so you'll need those soldering skills. you'll also probably need a lipo. nicd/nimh batteries will fly, but its not nearly as easy to get going than it is with a lipo. you could use the AA lipo for sure though.

the cars themselves should give you everything else though, a motor, actuator, gears, ect. some cars use two motors though, and dont have an actuator, some have a bifilar actuator, some dont. this is where that link you were given will help sort out the simple things like that. either way though, LOTS of people fly with bit cars, and when done right, you can do it for super cheap, but it does take some know-how (the folks over on the other site will surely have a few comments and links for you).

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I remember when I attempted the micro rc car plane. It didn't go so well. I used a zip-zap (like the kind you buy at radio shack for $15), The eletronics never really did make it onto a plane. First off the actuators wires are so skinny I broke em hand off. Then I guess I tried putting the motor (as it still has motor control) onto a homade balsa plane, I gave it a throw, and it's off..... Yet suddently decreases altitude and wacks the floor. Well I'll tell you just make sure to get the right size lipo and be super carefull with ALL the electronics, ESPECIALLY the actuators! I'll never try this attempt of making an rc car into a plane again. I'm better off with buying an aeroace and converting eletronics onto a different plane! Well all I can say is good luck!
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Default RE: Micro rc car = Micro airplane

Same here. I bought a tiny RC car for $5 and found everything
just too small to work with. It could've been done with a lot of
time and patience, but in the end I figured the AA was the easiest
way to get a plane in the air.
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Default RE: Micro rc car = Micro airplane

Not really worth it since the range on those cars is pretty small.
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ORIGINAL: Hammerhead808

Not really worth it since the range on those cars is pretty small.
All you have to do to add more range is make the antenna longer.
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Default RE: Micro rc car = Micro airplane

These bit-planes are a great way to do the living room flyer type plane. Range is not a problem if you are looking to build a LRF.

Here is a link to a guy's site that I believe has the best instructions on the web for doing the bit car to plane project.

http://www.freewebs.com/doughtyhobbies/

Good luck with it.

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here.
http://members.aol.com/rchelicam/microszr/microszr.htm
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I have had a couple of the z-cars for some time. Took one apart and got the guts out. Yesterday I received the mosfets called for from Digi-Key. I already have a Square 9 built of balsa & tissue. Will do the mosfet and actuator soon and install the works on the square 9.

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