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Todd D 05-14-2013 05:26 PM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
understood, thanks

rcguy59 05-14-2013 05:36 PM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
Here's mine.

av8tor1977 05-14-2013 09:39 PM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
That's just really cool.

sbrackets 05-27-2013 05:59 AM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
Hello All
This electric start really looks cool and the price isn't bad either. I'm going to be starting my giant TF P-47 build soon with a DLE 55RA and would like to add the ES to my plane. Is anyone on this thread using the ES with a DLE-55RA to know if it will work?

One of our club members just showed up at our field this past Saturday with one of these Electric starts on his Aeroworks Pitts with a DLE-55 side exhause and it worked like a champ. It was very impressive, All the fellows gathered around to watch it uncluding me :)

I will try to get some video soon of his plane and will add the video clip to this thread for you all.

No more hand flopping a prop in the HOT SUMMER SUN for me. he,he,he.

sbrackets 05-29-2013 07:09 AM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
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Hey Guys
My buddy came out to the field on Monday to show of his Areoworks Pitts again with the Electric Start. I was able to ask some questions about the Start system and get some pics and video.

He told me that it's got some good safety built into it. Said the when you engage the starter it will only turn oner three times and stop. This is to prevent overheating of the ESC, and start motor.
The only item that needed attention was the magnet pick up for the ei. he had to open the slotted part of the mount to where it would slid back away from the prop hub 1/32" of a inch. He was afraid that the pickup was to close.

trouble loading video without Youtube, so let me edit it and put it up on YT and you'll see it later today.

Oh yeah! one more thing that I might add. The large gears only spin when the engine is starting. Once the engine is started the only part that is turning is the one way bearing on the engine shaft that comes with the kit.

Here is the video clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwaDWdQh3xw

Enjoy Jim

jwrich 06-26-2013 10:40 AM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
I also have the new DLE 35 RA, I wonder if it would fit on it. I plan to install it on a Balsa USA SPAD XIII and I will need the extra weight. I do plan on ordering one of these units for my 55, it will go on a 1/4 scale Mister Mulligan.


emengines 06-28-2013 07:23 AM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
Note gear backlash, the gear must add oil!!

jwrich 06-29-2013 06:42 AM

RE: DLE 55 electric starter
What type oil would you use? A light machine oil maybe or grease? Thanks for the information. Another question, what is the voltage and type of battery is use with this starter system. Also will it fit on the DLE 35?


dasintex 10-15-2013 03:36 PM

I know you need a 1800 to 2500 MaH 3S Lipo, but how high of a Continuous Discharge: 10C, 30C, 60C ? And what about a Burst Discharge Amount?

RAMFlyer 10-15-2013 04:51 PM

A dimension question: What is the distance from center of the prop hub on the DLE 55 to the outside of the starter? Want to see if I can fit one in the cowl of a SkyShark P40!!

radfordc 10-15-2013 06:51 PM

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Originally Posted by av8tor1977 (Post 11511601)
I am afraid that two things would likely happen. One, since nearly all WW2 warbirds were taildraggers with the exception of the P-39, that when trying to run up the engine just against wheel brakes the airplane would just nose over and destroy an expensive prop. If that didn't happen, the wheels would almost certainly just slide when high power was supplied.

I've watched Corsairs, P-51's, etc do runups at airshows. They limit the power to a level that doesn't cause the problems listed above. Why would it be different for a scale model with the same CG and gear geometry? You certainly wouldn't be able to do a full power runup.

Now, if you have a Spitfire and want to do a scale runup, you will need a scale mechanic riding on the tail while you do it.


RAMFlyer 10-18-2013 04:04 PM

Ok Guys, I can't get MileHighRC to answer their emails so, ONCE AGAIN, I'll ask: Does anyone have the measurement from the centerline of the engine crankshaft to the outside of the starter motor on this electric starter???? I would like to use it on a DLE55 on a SkyShark P40 but want it to fit within the cowl. Everything I have seen this starter used on has had a round cowl (P47; Pitts)...

airbornrc 10-18-2013 05:26 PM

Why do you need to run the engine up to high power levels? Warm it at a high idle and go fly. Run it up first start of the day to make sure everything is ok. I know I will catch a bunch of flak for that but a properly tuned motor should be good to go with no run up.


jwrich 10-18-2013 07:51 PM

Sorry Ramflyer, I didn't answer sooner, it is late here . I will measure it tomorrow morning. I have one mounted on a Mr. Mulligan. It does not extend more than 3/4 inch the muffler. Ram


jwrich 10-20-2013 08:12 AM

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Ramflyer . I measured from the center of the engine to the outside of the starter motor, 3 /18" Here are some pictures. As you can see the starter motor is less than the muffler and no higher than engine stand off mounts. I bought mine from Mile high RC. I did have problems, first bad controller, they sent new one, then the starter motor just stopped working, they sent another one. All in all, Mike from Mile High was very helpful and made his products good. Mile High is another good company to buy from, I trust them and Mike was great. This should fit inside the cowl of your P-40.


RAMFlyer 10-20-2013 09:24 AM

Thanks jwrich! Mike from Mile High got back to me too and your two measurements are within 1/4 of each other and will allow me to check fit. Now all I have to do is dig out the SkyShark P40 cowl and check. Looks like it should fit... Mike seems to be a standup guy going by your comments, so Mile High is who I'll do business with!

Mpizpilot 01-29-2014 01:54 PM

Just picked one of these for my EME 55. Question, it comes with 4 stand offs. I'm assuming for different motors? Haven't had a chance to really play with it yet.

Todd D 03-09-2014 05:59 AM

OK, I'm back to considering putting one of these on my TF P47, cool factor is just to tempting. Has anyone put a wattmeter in line with the starter to get the actual amp draw when it's being operated? I'd be interested in knowing that.

rcguy59 03-09-2014 10:03 AM

Mine pulls 35 Amps. The earlier version pulled about 19 amps. the motor was updated to be able to start the 60cc engine and the draw went way up. I use a brushed ESC.

dasintex 03-09-2014 10:04 AM

Originally Posted by rcguy59 (Post 11755432)
Mine pulls 35 Amps. The earlier version pulled about 19 amps. the motor was updated to be able to start the 60cc engine and the draw went way up. I use a brushed ESC.

What Size Battery are using?

rcguy59 03-09-2014 10:14 AM

1800 mah, 3 cell, 30c LiPo.

Shaun Evans 10-20-2014 02:05 PM


How on earth did you get the first nut off? I've been wrenching away and can't get it off. I used a wrench like you did on the prop bolts and bent them all.....

g_boxwood 01-01-2015 10:44 AM

Hi guys,

I got an EME 30-35 auto start kit and this thread will surely help me with the assembly. One question though: I saw in the attached .pdf that there are two keys, the original and the so-called new one? Where did you get the new one? Did it come with the starter kit?

Thank you,


jwrich 01-01-2015 04:01 PM

On the 30-35 starter kit you the same key that is on the engine. I put a starter on my DLE-30, works fine


billy31 07-25-2017 03:21 PM

electric starter controller.

Originally Posted by irocbsa (Post 11509235)
For those inquiring about the weight of the system, the starter, battery (3S 1700 mAh), and relay added 1.1lbs to the nose of my ESM Fw-190. That allowed me to remove all of my ballast so it was a net weight gain of about 1 oz in the nose.

If you don't want to pay $30 for that controller, it's easy to rig up a system using a switch and an SPDT relay that will cost you all of $5. That's what I did since when I bought mine they had not release the controller yet.

Cheers to the OP for the nice write up!

hi, can you post a wiring diagram of your controller relay for the electric starter and where i can buy that relay.Thanks!!!!!!

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