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Old 07-21-2005, 03:29 AM
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Just thought I'd kick things off here with a general "what's it all about" thread. So, my question to fellow users--what size and performance level planes are you currently flying with electron propulsion?

These days, I'm into the smaller end of things. Because of financial concerns, I have thus far limited my electric experience to planes that need about 150 watts or less to fly well. My "high performance" ship is a Projeti, my "biggest" e-plane is a 20-odd ounce Mini Telemaster measuring 45" span. Somewhere in the middle you'd find my Shockflyer and GWS Spitfire, both running small lithium batteries and 50-75 watt brushless outrunners. But, with the current trend in brushless and lithium polymer pricing on the larger items, I can see some of my .40-size and up IC planes getting and electric makeover in the next year or so.

How about you?
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Old 07-21-2005, 04:20 AM
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Hmm..Well I fly anything from an 80 watt shocky to a 4800 watt 50cc conversion and a few in between. The 50cc was a conquest and thankfully I had good people backing me in the project and Atlantahobby.com sponsership.

Electric components are still pricey compared to IC, but this propulsion option is just in the infancy stage. If last years model (so to speak) is an option, then there is always money to save. It is definately an exciting time to be in this hobby.

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Old 07-21-2005, 05:07 AM
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homemade fanfolds, and the occasional depron arf
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Old 07-21-2005, 01:19 PM
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I have been flying the GWS lineup - trying to keep my planes in the sub 20oz weight, 15-20oz propulsion area, to minimize cost and keep compatibility. I am now looking at my first balsa kit - will either be a Mini-Funtana or a G-Ride, depending on whether I choose to build or not.

Right now, in my stable are the following:

GWS Formosa: Himax 2015 w/ 3S 1300 - 15.5oz
GWS Beaver: 350B w/ 3S 1300 - 13.5oz
GWS PT-17: Himax 980 Outrunner w/ 3S 1300 - 22oz (She's a porker)
GWS E-Starter: Himax 2015 w/ 3S 1300 - 17.9oz
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Old 07-21-2005, 06:36 PM
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Stable as follows:

Herr Fokker D7, Scale FF converted to EP, 2s ET700's, HM CDR motor, AUW 5oz.
Knuffel, 3D, 2s, ET450's, HM CDR Motor, AUW 5oz.
HL Yak55, 3D, 2s TP730's, AXI 2208-26, AUW 8oz.
Lanier 1/2A Shrike EP, sport, 3s Irate 850's, Astro 010 14t, AUW 10.5 oz
Alfa LA-7 Sport Scale, 3s TP1320's, MP-Jet AC 28/7-35D Outrunner, AUW 15.5oz.
Wing Warior Edge 540T, 3D, 2s PQ880's, Hacker A20-30m, AUW 10oz.
E-Flite Mini Funtana, Sport 3D, 3s Irate 2200's, Razor 2500 Cobri GB, AUW 25oz.
Parkjet F15, Sport Scale, 3s Apex 1600's, ACW CDR Kit, AUW 17.5oz

Next project will be a Tim Hart Votec 322 3D.

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Old 07-21-2005, 07:05 PM
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@ Mike Parsons:

4800 WATTS?! As in, 4.8 KiloWatts?! (think Doc Brown in "Back to the Future" exclaiming "1.21 Gigawatts??!!!") My Lord, that's a LOT of power . I think I'll take my piddly little parkflyers and crawl back under my rock now...:o
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Old 07-21-2005, 07:52 PM
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I am currently flying a new Hobby Lobby Airblaster with an E-flite 400 size 920 kv outrunner. I have an E-flite Ascent , century hummingbird, and multiplex microjet in the hanger.
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:08 PM
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Buzz - how do you think I feel? I'm just flying foamies! I get excited when my motor approaches the 100w mark!
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Old 07-21-2005, 08:18 PM
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GWS Beaver, J3, E-STARER, P-51D and my trainer was GWS ZERO!

Now I enjoy the heavier models such as the World Models High and Low wing Sport Trainers known as the Sky Raider Mach-I & II, and the Electric versions of same company such as J3, Clipped Wing J3, P-51D Miss America, and Rambler EP.

I also, enjoy the small kit jobs such as Herr Engineering Mini-Sport, Air Boss, both 36 inch wing span and the larger kit P-51D of 47 inch wing span.

I have an Carl Goldberg ARF Gentle Lady and a Combat Wing 48 inch wing span powered by a Mega brushless.

Oh, for night time flying I have the GWS Slow Stick with the Astro Flight 010, 14-turn!
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I have to admit - that SS is insane!
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Old 07-22-2005, 12:37 AM
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I have recently been bitten by the speed bug so most of my stuff satisfies that urge.

My current lineup is:
-Banchee E3D, Mega 22/20/2, 3s3p Tanic 7350, ~70oz, ~700 watts
-Omega 1.8 Sailplane, Razor 2500a, 3s Thunder power 2100, 22 oz, 200 watts
-Flash 60e hotliner, Aveox 27/26/1.5, 14.5x14 RFM prop, 10 cell GP2000's, 45 oz 600 watts.
-Zoom Race F5B(ish) plane, Neu 1509/1Y/6.7, 17x10 Aeronaut prop, 16 cells of GP2200's, 1300 watts.
-Turn Left pylon racer, Mega 16/25/2, 5.2x5.2 prop, 3s2p 4200 TP, 30 oz, 400 watts.
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Old 07-22-2005, 04:49 AM
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Current stable includes (by seniority) HL Miss Vintage w/ speed 400, gear drive (my "old Man" airplane); GWS A-10 retired(kept eating stock motors-always the left one!); GWS Me-109; Eflite Ultimate w/ park370 brushless-my first brushless/lipo plane; 3dfoamy Pitts w/100w Himaxx outrunner (FUN!); 3dfoamy Extra300LX w/Eflite brushless and gear drive; working on original 44" Ov-10 Bronco twin w/2 Himaxx 50w outrunners....Jim
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Old 07-22-2005, 11:59 PM
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I'm a fan of scale models & battled away with IC multis for years, modern electrics are a dream come true for me. My elecric fleet at the moment is a 9 foot B-36, 280 size 3 D park flyer, 48" low wing sports model and a Dragonfly heli.

I still fly IC scale competitvely (large 4 strokes) and am currently building an 80 inch span jet with 2 x 300 size electric motors (one starts the turbine, the other drives the fuel pump, does that make it an electric twin?!) - John.
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Old 07-23-2005, 06:17 PM
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Boomerang, I bet that B-36 is an impressive sight in the sky!

I guess I can be added to the list of mid-size/large electric flyers soon......Hobby Lobby has a sale going on AXI motors, so I bought myself a 2826/10 as a birthday present. Now I just have to wait until 45 amp controllers go on sale and find a plane to lug it all around.

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Old 07-23-2005, 10:30 PM
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Yes, buzzbomber, thank you, impressive in the air & impressively simple to operate like all electrics, just flick a switch & go, just like the toaster! I thought it would start the scale guys rushing out to buy electric stuff once they saw how easy & reliable it all is but most of these guys are in god's waiting room & are too old to try anything new. I guess we are the 'next generation' LOL - John.
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Old 07-25-2005, 02:56 AM
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homemade foamies,but i once had a zagi fixx,and a merlin and slow stick and zombie.but then i got a few li-pollys and a himax 2015-4100 and its been homebuilt with the T.L.A.R. method ever since.then you have the queen bee from windrider.hope to try it out sooner than later.
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Old 07-25-2005, 07:07 AM
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Buzzbomber - Mike's Yak might be the single most impressively powered electric i have seen yet.

umm lessee...
Assorted depron and blue jobs
shockflyers by Icarus.
Zagi, Windrider and other wings
Gws Formosa (fabulous) and E-starter(still love how it flies) P-51, Slow Stick.
U-Can-Do-3D .46 conversion to Mega 22/30/2.
Elipsoid 110" motor glider.
a bunch of different small balsa planes 3D-Buddies, CAP232, Switchback, Flashback etc....
Ripmax Coyote.

up soon: Slowfly mini3D, another Shockflyer YAK, FancyFoam Extra 300L, X-Bow, A couple of Aircad custom planes, and the Mega Freedom.
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Old 07-25-2005, 02:55 PM
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I just got a T-Hawk parkflyer. It's a pod/boom configuration with horizontal and vertical tail components. It has a 380 motor, 8.4v/950mA batts. and a 40" wing span, with upswept tips.

I have never flown RC before and after two days of practice have progressed to performing a simple loop and have almost got the hang of the left and right reversal coordination. Fortunately I am flying over a large field with very high grass, so my "landings" have been softened. Still, the plane has taken somewhat of a beating, but it still only has a couple minor scratches to show for it.
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Old 07-25-2005, 03:19 PM
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Congratulations John and welcome to the hobby
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Old 07-25-2005, 05:09 PM
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Well, my stable is fairly diversified as many I’ve read here are. Soooo many exciting avenues to explore.

1. Slo-V with the junk park-zone electrics yanked and replaced with some old sky scooter stuff. Works great now. I do miss the light module though.
2. 48” brushless wing warrior e-slayer. ‘Old Trusty’ Take anywhere, fly any time.
3. Brushless LiPo powered space scooter. Quick, stable, agile and very aerobatic.
4. GWS A-10, brushless LiPo powered EDF. This plane taught me about repairing foam!!! LOL! It’s a daily flyer now.
5. GWS brushless outrunner, LiPo powered P-51 Mustang. My latest build and a blast to fly!
6. Currently installing electronics in a 60” wing warrior sloper. I can’t believe I’m wishing for wind!! LOL!
7. And a Velocity, (projeti clone), on deck with a mega 16-15-3 LiPo set-up waiting to go in her. Can you say speed demon?
8. Happy flying!!!
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Old 07-25-2005, 09:21 PM
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E-flite Yak 54 foamy
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Old 07-25-2005, 11:29 PM
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Fokker DR1 1/3 scale...Fokker D V111....1/4 scale...Fokker E 111..22 1/2%,
Catalina.....1/12 scale... 1/4 scale Shoestring.....Venus......R3d 50" 3 D model.....Formosa......Freedom 3D....Lazy Bee......and anything else I can get my hands on.
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Old 07-26-2005, 06:06 PM
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At our field, there is no powered flight before 09:00

To fill the gap, I've put together a Shocky with an AXI 2204, and two Troy Built Monte's. The Monte's fly great, like they're on rails when the conditions are right. I built my first Monte with an AXI 2212/26, and the second with a 2208/34. Both fly really well.

I just parted with an abell rc Adrenaline 3D which I also liked.

I also own and fly 3 40% planes, and one 35% plane.

Take care_bob
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Old 07-27-2005, 05:35 AM
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I caught the E-Bug but its starting to wear off and im going back to my large Glow and Gassrers again! Anyways here my modest list:

Currently flying:

TwinJet - 2 Speed 480's on Lipo
FFF Airliner - custom job bash with 2 J250's
Tensor 4D - Axi 2208/34 for power
Kyoshso T33 - Mega 16/15/3 for oomph on Lipo juice
Ikarus Sukhoi SU-27 - Feigao brushless on 3 cell LiPo


In the box:


Evelox 3D
Robbe Airliner

On the bench:

EDF Models 303 Airliner - Astro 010's for power
Flash Foamie 3D - Little Screamer for power


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Old 07-27-2005, 10:17 AM
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I started with a couple self designed planes powered by a GWS 350 6:1 rato.

I now have a AK Model Cub, balsa and covering, 2.5 lbs using a MPJet AC 26/45-20 D Gearbox with a TP 2100 11.1v LiPo

Wattage Sopwith Camel

GWS Slow Stick with Motor Max 400F brushless, Kokam 1500 11.1v Li-Po
super flying machine! My favorite for general over all practice in turning, close to the ground flying, slow flight, etc.

F-27 Stryker built from replacement parts using a BP-21 brushless and a TP 2100 11.1v Li-Po, BP 18 amp ESC, Hitec HS-55 Servos and Hitec Feather receiver.

Wattage Decathlon 28 in wingspan, using BP-21 brushless same as above.
flies great!

I have others that I have taken off the flight line for now, GWS Stearman (one of my favorites!), Baduis.

If you figure how to access my homepage in my profile, I have several home videos of my planes that you are welcome to view.
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