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Old Aug 19, 2014, 12:51 AM
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Large Tiger Moth

Having owned a .60 nitro powered silk covered Tiger Moth at one time, I always wanted another. I now have plans for such a plane, but in the mean time I came across the GWS Tiger Moth at a good price and bought it. I plan on installing floats, but the $80 price tag for GWS floats is a bit much, so I found a set of floats from another manufacturer for only about $20.00 shipped, so I ordered them.

The one question I have at this time is how robust is the brushed geared 400 power system? Should I just install a brushless motor or is the 400 system powerful enough to fly this plane aerobatically, no not 3D , just mild aerobatics.

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SpadCat
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 04:15 AM
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Hi SpadCat,

The brushed 400 system was powerful enough to fly this plane with 8-cell NiMh, many pilots applied it earlier than the wild introductions of brushless motors. But nowadays I'd apply brushless outrunner 450 size 1000KV + prop EP9050 or EP1060+ 3S lipo instead.
Back to the GWS floats, I wonder why it was quoted that high when you found it out. The suggested retail price is USD15.00 only. Probably it is rare now, so the vendor quoted it higher. Boss told me that there'll be GWS floats again, but it might take long to release the new batch thoguh.

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Old Aug 19, 2014, 02:20 PM
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Hi GWS CHEN,

OK, I will go ahead and install a brushless. Also, when the GWS floats become available, I will order at least another set if not two.

Thanks for the info!

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Old Aug 19, 2014, 04:32 PM
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SpadCat2000, good luck with the 450 brushless motor. You will be very lucky to find a good CG without adding a few ounces of weight to the nose. Here is mine with a 480 motor and a 2650mah 3s battery spinning a 12x6 prop just to find proper CG without adding dead weight.
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Old Aug 19, 2014, 07:35 PM
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I was planning on a 2200 3s and whatever motor I had laying around that would be large enough. If the combination does not help with the CG, I will go larger. I don't like to add dead weight if I can help it either.

My goodness, it must have been really cold that day! Your poor camera person was freezing. It has been a long time since I have experienced that kind of cold.

Thanks Simperfi1970, for the info and video. I always enjoy the videos you post.

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