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Old 09-07-2020, 02:01 PM
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Default Byron fan unit to electric conversion

I picked up this very old F-4 phantom unstarted kit it is 98 inches long 63 inch wing span. It is set up for Byron ducted fan units I have 2 byron fan units that I would like to convert to electric. Any help I can get to make this happen would be much appreciated I do not have much experience in electric




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Old 09-07-2020, 02:59 PM
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Awesome looking kit, build nice and light, couple of 100-120 mm units on 10-12S will run it nicely. Your wallet is the choice, there is so much to select from these days. I would go for known brands and reliability. Nice.
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bob ruff, here and on rcg, can help with the byron conversion stuff. he has done more that a few.
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It sounds like from your opening post you are looking at using an electric motor on the Byron fan unit instead of an engine.. While getting a comparable motor size is easy enough you might have problems matching the RPM. Certainly more info on the fan unit is needed.

Of course I could be reading it wrong and the other guys may have it right. Changing to a complete EDF unit would be simpler. But, then, you still have those two Byron fan units.
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I have converted a number or Byron's to EDF using the stock fan. No problem getting the RPM's. I have converted the following Byron jets: Mig 15, F-16, F-86H and Sterner P-80. Working on a Byron BD-5J and Saab Draken (Byron fan) now. Would love to find an Byron F-18 to convert.
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Hello Bob Did you receive my email? I need to find out what motors and esc's to buy...
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yeah and the Byron fan units will bolt right in
Old 09-13-2020, 09:25 PM
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Aren't modern fans (a lot) more effective, and much easier on the ears?

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Originally Posted by bruff View Post
I have converted a number or Byron's to EDF using the stock fan. No problem getting the RPM's. I have converted the following Byron jets: Mig 15, F-16, F-86H and Sterner P-80. Working on a Byron BD-5J and Saab Draken (Byron fan) now. Would love to find an Byron F-18 to convert.
Bob
Bob, I have a Byron fan unit I'm interested in converting to electric. Do you by change have a thread or something that shows the steps/parts needed to do the conversion?
Thanks in advance,
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Hey guys,

Good new for those looking for a Byron Electric Conversion Kit. I'm working on it right now and hope to have something available in the near future. I'll put up some pictures of what I have so far and expect for the conversion kit to be available early next year as long as we are not in a civil war.

I already have a proven conversion kit for the Dynamax. Take a look at my website: www.edfdynamax.com for more info. I plan to do something similar for the Byron fan and will aim to keep the cost between $50-100 for each conversion kit (not including the motor).

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Why?

Outside of the fact you already have the ByroJet "pusher" fans and $ invested...the net return from this investment is not going to yield the power to weight to meet your expectations. There is a reason those two large cheater holes are in the bottom of the fuselage just ahead of the fans. A pair of 110mm JetFan or Hacker on 12s generate 40+ pounds of thrust or 30+ on 10s. Not to come off sounding negative...there is a "huge" blade pitch differential / performance diff.

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Originally Posted by Flite-Metal View Post
Why?

Outside of the fact you already have the ByroJet "pusher" fans and $ invested...the net return from this investment is not going to yield the power to weight to meet your expectations. There is a reason those two large cheater holes are in the bottom of the fuselage just ahead of the fans. A pair of 110mm JetFan or Hacker on 12s generate 40+ pounds of thrust or 30+ on 10s. Not to come off sounding negative...there is a "huge" blade pitch differential / performance diff.

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There’s also the Jetfan 120Eco if you like it cheaper.
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eJets is (Renier's JetFan) direct sales. Hacker has a US sale office in K.C. ECO 120's are no longer available.
Further more the 110's on 12s will save 20% of the AUW...while drawing less amps & cooler running ​​​​​​​with Hacker
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12S Voltage under load: 44.4V Current: 160A Watts: 7,100
Thrust in grams: 9,200 Thrust in pounds: 20.25 lbs
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110's are less expensive than the 120's. Yes, there may be some 120 ECO still in Europe...this plus cost of shipping.
I am guessing it is still going to be more expensive than the 20+ pounds of thrust from each 110. There is nothing to
be gained from use of 120ECO other than weight. The 110 FSA will be closer to that of each inlet on the F4.

Just a thought...

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The Byron fan is unique. Very easy to convert to electric. $45.00 adapter. I'm getting more made as we speak. I found that installing a modern fan in a Byron jet, including the new inlet duct and sealing the cheater hole does not gain that much. Would I put a Byron fan in a new jet, no of course not. I use the Streamfan 110 in a number of my jets. All though in a Byron design jet. I like the simple approach, stock fan, no inlet duct , plenty of static thrust (no dynamic thrust to speak of). They fly great and very relaxing. My lastest is a Sab Draken (mold were used for the movie "Firebirds"). Work great with the original design Byron fan installed. One is flying with the Jetfan 110, another one is near completion as a turbine. The stock Byron fan as an EDF put out more RPM then the OS 91 did by about 2000 RPM.
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