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Diver09 07-20-2009 05:45 PM

Set-Up Help
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Hey guys. Not sure if yall have followed my scratch build thread in the regular pattern forum but I'm considering converting my plane to electric. I have had several "small" electric planes (3 cell lipo), but this would be my first heavy-duty set-up. I'm still considering getting a YS 140 unless I'm convinced otherwise. The plane weighs a little more than 8 lbs dry with the YS 110s engine. Reason for wanting a new power plant is because this airframe has a lot more drag than I had anticipated and needs more help on the up lines. I'm looking for a rather cheap set-up since (1) don't have a job (2) will be full time college student starting mid August (3) don't have the time to fly as often as I would like. I've been looking at the Hobby City stuff but see that every once in a while there is someone who gets a dud. If I could get help from you guys that would be awesome!

RC_Pattern_Flyer 07-20-2009 07:36 PM

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Let me point you in the direction of Dualsky Motors. I have flown these for two years and the 110 size would be perfect for this plane. I used this motor in my E-Pentathlon with a takeoff weight of 10 lbs 2 oz. Slightly underpowered but got 3rd in Advanced with it. I used 3750 mah packs to also help keep weight down.

check them out at www.2dogrc.com

Chuck Hochhalter

ExFokkerFlyer 07-20-2009 09:25 PM

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I have experimented with a lot of the cheap Chinese motors/batteries/escs... For the most part I have had good luck, but I have also had issues with batteries bursting, motor bearings going bad after 50 flights, escs that burn up. I would say that I have had on average, about 10% failure rate with that stuff, and I have tried a lot.

My advice is that even though the Chinese stuff is cheaper, stay away from it until you have more money to burn, especially with flying pattern. We need equipment that is reliable and durable.

As a college student, staying glow would probably be a little cheaper in the long run. That is assuming that you buy a second hand engine that's in good shape... you already have all the support equipement... and you can buy your fuel as you go, rather than all at once with electric.

To go to electric, even if you go with 8s batteries, you are likely going to need new chargers, at least two sets of batteries, wattmeter (if you don't already have one), etc.

If you feel that you REALLY NEED to go electric. Go with True RC batteries or something similar that will stand behind their products...

Tom M

tIANci 07-21-2009 01:48 AM

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I like DualSky motors for medium powered aircraft, I have been using quite a few and some have taken the abuse, they are pretty good. But as what Tom says, pay more and you will not have any headache. Look out for the Hyperion, they are quite great value for money and many have also been talking I used from Turnigy to DualSky, from AXI to Hyperion and Plettenberg. I love the Plettenberg. Alas, they are expensive.

Diver09 04-04-2010 02:46 PM

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Hey guys, sorry to revive an old thread here but I figured posting in this one would be better than posting a completely new one. Anyways, it's about that time to do the conversion of my plane. Need to figure out what to order so it will be here when I come home from college for the summer.

So after doing some more research I think I've narrowed my motor choice down to:
EFlight Power 160 (650g) [245Kv] $150
Himax 6330 (610g) [200Kv] $200 (If preordered - List: $250)
MonsterPower 160(645g) [245Kv] $50 Link: [link=http://www.hobbypartz.com/mo1602brmo.html]Here[/link]
Hacker A60 (Not sure which version to get)

I would like this setup to last a few years so i can use it with newer planes. I figured trying it out on my GT Express would be a good test bed. Let me know what you guys think.

-Chris K

Ryan Smith 04-04-2010 04:56 PM

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Cough, cough, EFlite Power 160.

waltervh 04-04-2010 05:24 PM

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EFlight 160

It works:D

Diver09 04-04-2010 05:30 PM

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Alright, sounds good to me, I believe Don Szczur has a Power 160 in a Passport. In his thread he claims that it flies 2010 sequences well.

waltervh 04-04-2010 05:38 PM

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Yes it works well
I mounted mine at the back, better cooling


Diver09 04-04-2010 05:40 PM

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Wally, do you have any pictures of your setup? I'd like to see how you have it mounted.

waltervh 04-04-2010 05:50 PM

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will do so

Diver09 04-12-2010 06:01 PM

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Thanks to underdw, I now have an AXI 5330 F3A. Now I'm just waiting for my Castle HV-85 to come in. I still have some modifications to do to the plane before i can install anything. And that can't be done until I move back home. 4 More weeks of school left.....

Diver09 05-06-2010 11:33 PM

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Getting very anxious to start the conversion....will be home this weekend. Getting ready to order some batteries. I got a question though and I may need to ask this in another forum but is there any chance a 5s 5000mah setup will work in my Venus II? I need to have a use for these batteries for when I go back to school in late August. I still wont have a car on campus to go to a legit flying field with the GT Express but there is a field big enough for a Venus right on campus.

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