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Old Jan 28, 2013, 04:35 PM
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Eflight Taylorcraft 450 arf - motor choices

Hi,
What are some alternative motor choices for the E-flite's Park 450 BL Outrunner Motor?

Will a Hacker A20-22L give similar flight performance? I'm looking for similar power & torque - just a better motor.

Thanks very much
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 10:24 PM
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I had an e-flite 480 (1020 KV). Great motor, far better for this aircraft than the 450.
I had around 400 flights on mine when I finally sold it. The motor was as strong as it was when new.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:52 PM
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I have installed a Scorpion 3008-32 ( similar to E-Flite 480) in a hand-me-down E-Flite P-47 that was all the rage a couple of years ago. It had an E-Flite brushed geared motor which was just adequate as I recall. I also made the rudder functional. May change to a steerable tail wheel linked to the rudder. These foamies are something fun to fly while working on built up scale models.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:07 PM
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this motor is a little bigger but very powerful

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...idproduct=2127

I had this in a glider (2 meter and a little over 3 lbs) with a folding 9 X 4.5 prop. I think 250 watts (but not continuous) on 3 cells and I have the higher Kv one, 1370 Kv.

There is another KD motor a little smaller in diameter, that may be more sized right.

I will try and find it. Exceed motors are OK too, but if you have to have the top shelf stuff, look at AXI's too.

It is maybe a half ounce lighter and about 1000 Kv.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:17 PM
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http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbycity/s...idproduct=2127

They also have a 20mm long and a 10 mm long version the same diameter.

I have the 22 20 and it pulls my Acrocub which is 43" and about 26 oz around pretty well on a 3 cell battery.

These are all on backorder however.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:19 PM
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http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...ner_Motor.html

I cut and pasted wrong URL in the above post.
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 06:15 PM
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Thanks for the input
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Old Feb 01, 2013, 11:12 PM
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I fly mine with the Eflite 480 1020Kv motor, 40A Lite Pro ESC and an 11x5.5 APC prop and am very pleased... its actually my favorite plane to fly. It moves along pretty nicely, and can perform some nice aerobatics with this setup. I have flown it with an APC 12x6 prop, and it still performed well, but I got a few prop strikes while doing touch and go's, particularly if a previous touch was not too stellar and bowed out the landing gear a little. I haven't had that problem since using the 11x5.5 (not just because it gave me more clearance, but my landings got better lol).

If you're still building it, you may want to wick in some CA in the motor box/firewall area....my only gripe about the plane stems from that area getting a little loose. I have read here and on other sites that I wasn't the only one to have this (albeit small) issue.

My favorite part about flying it is going to the approach end of the runway, lifting up the tail, and slowly gaining speed, finally lifting off almost at the departure end of the runway, doing a pattern, and touching down on the runway threshold and riding the mains for as much of the runway as possible and lifting off again.

I really love this plane... and hope you will also.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 04:17 PM
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Thanks for the tips - yall got some nice folk in here!
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 08:38 PM
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No prob! Its really a great plane... you're going to love it!
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