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Old 01-05-2008, 03:17 AM
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I have been playing wiht a couple of different props for my Wing Dragon and have come over something new. I have the WingDragon4 with the TowerPro 2408 brushless motor with I like, but I am having issues with getting the right prop to get it to fly nicely.

I have run the GWS 7035 which I liked but was coming apart to the point that when I ran out of my pack of 5, 3 of the weren't even broken, just the leading edges were trashed, and I never crashed.

So I was able to find a APC 7x5 thin elec, which isn't all that bad, but I felt like the plane became very squirrelly under power. I have a couple of GWS 7060 but haven't had a chance to fly them as my wing is broken and the new one hasn't come in yet. But then I found these Orange Nylon GWS props and wondering if the are any different?? Perhaps a little more durable, or is it the same material just dyed orange instead of black?

I have heard a lot of people like this prop on the WD and am waiting to try it, but I am afraid that they are going to come apart just as the 7035 did.
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:35 AM
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Most if not all APC props require balancing. That might have been your problem along with a heavier prop.

The colors don't matter on the GWS props but there are different types. SF = Slow Flyers, DD or HD = Direct Drive or Hyperdrive. These can also include their e-series props like the 7 x 3.5. Yes, it is confusing. Each have there own uses.

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Old 01-05-2008, 05:26 AM
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The DD/HD are the straight looking ones designed for more RPM's.
The elongated figure 8" (fatter) are slow fly (SF) and designed for low KV or geared motors. You are running a 2408 on the edge with a SF prop. Even though it is a slow flying plane it is being operated with a high KV motor and a smaller prop at high RPM.

You might try propping down-maybe a 6x4 even, and stick with the APC thin e or GWS HD. The SF are plain sloppy at high RPM.

As Frank said, make sure any prop is balanced.

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Old 01-05-2008, 06:32 PM
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Not much to add, other than once I tried APC props I decided I'd never use GWS again.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:24 PM
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well I have a couple other sizes of APC props coming in with my new wing (broke the first one when hit a tree at speed), I will be sure to balance them before flying.

I haven't yet flown the GWS 7060, but many WD flyers recommend this prop/motor combo so it can't be that bad. And it fits on the shaft so easily, I almost want to use it.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:28 PM
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I use a number of the GWS HD props and have had really good results with them. I have APC on larger motors and GWS on all the smaller ones.
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Old 01-07-2008, 12:57 AM
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Stick with the GWS on the 2408 motor. They go right on the shaft without the need of an adapter like the APC props. Makes life a whole lot easier.
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Old 01-07-2008, 01:20 AM
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I have found that a GWS DD 1060 cut down 1.5" on each tip to make a 7X6 and then balanced works best for me on the TP2408-21.

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Old 01-07-2008, 01:46 AM
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Stick with the GWS on the 2408 motor. They go right on the shaft without the need of an adapter like the APC props. Makes life a whole lot easier.
this is the reason that I decided to give the GWS7060's a try. My biggest issue with the 7035 was after landing from 1 flight, with no crashes or anyting else that I would expect to damage the prop, I found the entire leading edge chewed up.

Also, I was just checking the balance on the APC 7x5 thin elec, and it was well out. I checked the second one that I have and it seems to be pretty good, except that it is a right hand screw(matches the turn of the GWS) vice a left hand screw of the other, just something I hadn't previously noticed.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:09 AM
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You should try a gws 3 blade prop. the 6x3x3 would out perform all your other props. the only problem is you might have issues braking a blade as the 3 blade can not go horizontal when you land so if you do not have gear it my not be your best option, but I bet it will smoke any of the other props you are using.
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:27 AM
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Hi, I would like to know, What is tearing up the prop the prop sits up high, unless the plane is being landed up side down on a 2408-21 a gws 7x6 sf or a GWS 8x4 sf works great , make sure you balance the props, Take care and have fun, Chellie

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Old 02-29-2008, 09:08 AM
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I have almost the same setup as what you do. I purchased a B24-45-08 inrunner, hooked a 11.1v 1600 LiPo to it.. but litterally melted the innards of the stock prop because the axel of the brushless got to hot.

I went to my LHS looking for a prop of at least the right length so I didnt weedwhack the fuselage. found one... to heavy.. so I looked at the spare parts for other models and found one. a little 7" prop with a little metal nut. and I have not gone back.. I dont have the exact specs on the thing or the name of the model it goes to, but I will get back to you on that this evening because I have to go there today anyway.

720g of thrust is my end result.. which makes the WD go vertical!!! crazy stuff!!
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