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Old 09-07-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Hello everyone, first thing everyone please forgive my ignorence for i've been flying for a while, however until recently i've always used nitro power and nicads. I have several nitro planes that i would like to convert to e-power. I am on a modest budget, but could anyone suggest a set up sufficient for a Pete n Poke. It's a scatch build up, my current set up weighs about 6 lbs. I have an os max .46 on it with an 11x6 prop. If possible could someone compare it to your current e-power setup. thnx
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I have a Pete N Poke kit still in the box and would like to build it as an EP plane. Did you ever convert yours?
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He only ever had 1 post back in 2009 so I doubt you will get any response
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I have a Pete N Poke kit still in the box and would like to build it as an EP plane. Did you ever convert yours?
If I recall correctly this plane came in several size kits or plans. Can you provide the overall specs on yours as well as the recommended power system.

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https://www.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...P?I=LXWH72&P=0

REQUIREMENTS
Engine: .40-.46cu in (6.5-7.5cc) 2-stroke w/Standard Muffler
(Note: The 2-stroke mounts in an upright position.)
or .40-.52cu in (6.5-8.5cc) 4-stroke w/Standard Muffler
(Note: The 4-stroke mounts in an upright position.)
Radio: 4 Channels
Servos: 5 standard (1-throttle, 1-elevator, 1-rudder, 2-ailerons)
Servo Extensions 6": 2 for ailerons
Y-Harness: 1
Covering: Two 6 foot rolls
Misc. Items: Glow plug, 1/4" foam rubber padding, medium fuel tubing,
10oz fuel tank, fuel filter, propeller, 2.5" spinner, 3" main
wheels, 1" tailwheel, 3/16" and 3/32" wheel collars, building and
field equipment.

SPECIFICATIONS
Wingspan: 59.5" (1510mm)
Wing Area: 809.2 sq in (52.2 sq dm)
Weight: 5.75lb (2.6kg)
Length: 47" (1195mm)
Wing Loading: 16.4oz/sq ft (50g/sq dm)
Airfoil: Flat Bottom, High Wing
Center of Gravity: 3-7/8" (98mm) back from the leading edge of the
wing.
Control Throws- High Rate Low Rate
Ailerons: Up & Down 1" (25mm) ¾" (19mm)
Elevator: Up & Down 1½" (38mm) ¾" (19mm)
Rudder: Right & Left 1½" (38mm) 1" (25mm)
Incidence-
Engine: 3° right thrust and 3° down thrust
Wing: 1° positive
Stabilizer: 0°

Probably recommend a Rimfire .32 or .46 motor, depending how how you want to fly it.
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Yes that’s it. Thanks
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I don't know a lot about your Pete, but here is a comparison

I have a Sig LT-25, it's a little bigger 62" ws and a little bit heavier, 6lb loaded flying weight. High wing but no cabin.

I have a motor in it that is an off brand clone of a power 30, they claim a max of 1100 watts, but I put a 12x6 APC on it and get 850 watts on 4 cells.
If I had known how good a motor I was getting for $37.00 I would have bought several of them. It came with an ESC but it was not so good, it stopped working, but I love the motor. I wish I could figure out the brand.
It will scare you with the acceleration on takeoff and is fully capable of going straight up until out of sight. I absolutely don't want any more power.

Since both of these planes are high wing trainer type with semi symmetrical airfoils, I think a motor like mine would be all the Pete n Poke would need. I would start with a setup to give about 600 watts on first flights, but don't go down into the real low pitch props to get it. You need to be able to get to a good flying speed.

My plane was an uncovered built up kit when I got it, my friend was going to put an OS 40 on it. I just made the top of the tank area removable for battery access, and the motor is mounted using long bolts and 1 1/4" of nylon tube spacers from Home Depot, very solid and easy. I spread the bolt pattern at the firewall a little bit so the bolts look like the legs of a chair. That make a more rigid setup. Only about 1/8" outward per bolt.

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Originally Posted by Av8er1 View Post
I have a Pete N Poke kit still in the box and would like to build it as an EP plane. Did you ever convert yours?
Did you ever do that build? How about a photo of the progress or the finished plane.

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I hope to build it this winter. Life got in the way this last year and haven’t flown much lately. I think when I get to it I’ll take plenty of pics and do a build thread even though I’ve never done anything like this.
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Thanks for the info.
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