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Old May 11, 2012, 11:48 AM
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See, I'm afraid to try a 1 cell lipo. I'm worried that my range will suffer too much. I know, you guys are doing it but I'm not sold on the idea..... Yet.
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Old May 11, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Voltage has nothing to do with range. If the receiver has enough voltage to operate, it will be as sensitive as always. Servo response is another matter though; with less voltage, the servo will have less speed and holding power. That being said, I haven't noticed a difference in response from flying a single cell lipo.

The other advantage, is that by operating at a lower voltage, means that you get even more run time for a given battery capacity.

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Old May 11, 2012, 12:12 PM
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Voltage has nothing to do with range. If the receiver has enough voltage to operate, it will be as sensitive as always. Servo response is another matter though; with less voltage, the servo will have less speed and holding power. That being said, I haven't noticed a difference in response from flying a single cell lipo.

The other advantage, is that by operating at a lower voltage, means that you get even more run time for a given battery capacity.

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Hey Lex, are you sure it is not our "Age" that is slowing us down, or our perception with age?

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Old May 11, 2012, 01:50 PM
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See, I'm afraid to try a 1 cell lipo..
I was, too. When you get an old beater DLG that you never use anymore, put a 1S pack in it and give it a try. After a few hours you will likely be over your fears.
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Old May 11, 2012, 04:15 PM
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Well, I flew the Fr3aK again today. It was a bit breezy and there was also some good lift about. I caught a handful of big ones. What I found out was that this plane makes good use of less powerful lift. I was able to stretch out some nice extra time on some low level stuff. I'm getting better with it and more confident every time out. I think it may well be my #1 plane for next Sunday's contest. Hopefully will have the repaired B3 as a backup.
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Old May 11, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Mike,

When I first flew the Fr3aK I thought to myself "Wow, this thing really moves." After a couple of contests with it though, I realized it's much better at staying home and working light lift. It's very simply the best light air ship I've ever owned.
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Old May 11, 2012, 09:55 PM
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I'm still getting use to the way it turns. Its probably still some left over tendency from all those years of flying grossly overpowered airplanes but I still have the tendency to stall it occasionally. It really does slow down very nicely.
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Old May 11, 2012, 11:50 PM
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I am finding the same thing with my Seba Z2 wing. Working little puffs down low is really fun. The ability to bank off the wind and gain 5'+ and hold most of it around the next turn is impressive. Tomorrow will be my first contest with a Zone 2 wing.
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Old May 12, 2012, 09:39 AM
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Good luck at the contest, Dave.
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Old May 15, 2012, 12:23 PM
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Yesterday was my 10 year anniversary on RCGroups. No cake, no fanfare...

Lots of stuff shipped yesterday. If you were waiting on parts from me, they're likely in transit. Bob, your kit goes out tomorrow.
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Old May 15, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Whooo Hoooo

I'm ready to go; Gear is sitting on the bench.
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Old May 16, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Congrats Tom. You have contributed your share over that span. Thanks from all of us.

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Old May 16, 2012, 08:35 AM
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Have been busy getting ready for the marks contest, and BP Composites skunk works has released it's newest Fr3aK. They have also taken steps to increase tail production

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Old May 16, 2012, 09:44 AM
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Thanks for your efforts Tom! Eat Cake!

Brian, that wing looks familiar........Cannot wait to get a turn at the sticks this weekend........hint hint!
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Old May 16, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Thanks for your efforts Tom! Eat Cake!

Brian, that wing looks familiar........Cannot wait to get a turn at the sticks this weekend........hint hint!
Add me to that list too, and to try out the FST Helios also. I wanna see what all the hype is about
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