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Old Apr 24, 2006, 10:50 PM
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Where are the Microfan (50mm) kits?

I'm looking for a replacement for my "rekitted" Minx 300 and I am looking for a new microfan kit and all I can find for sale is the Bob-E-Cat at EJF. Are there any other kits still available? Anyone still sell the Kavan HE-162?

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Old Apr 24, 2006, 11:59 PM
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Try this: www.aircadkits.com CRJ airliner. It was designed around GWS 55 fans but the nacelles are very very easily cut to accept 50mm microfans. Mine flies nicely on the micro fans.

RBC kits has an A-10 for microfans.

Then there are the foamies if you want to go that route.

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Old Apr 25, 2006, 01:37 AM
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Cool, thanks. But what about the higher performance jets? I'm not a big fan of foam, give me balsa anyday.
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 07:21 PM
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There's a Steve Neill F-104 if you can find one. It's a rather large kit for a microfan, I'd think about trying to put 300-400 watts into one for that airplane.

Another possible option is the Kevin Cox F-18- somebody did that as a twin microfan version- don't remember who though or if it worked or not.

Maybe convert one of the Today's Hobbies kits? Don't know if it'd work in the F-16.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 08:21 PM
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Oh, shoot-I forgot www.stumaxaircraft.com He has a Panther for microfan.
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 08:47 PM
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Thanks guys. I just got a 23" Bob-E-Cat from a fellow member, so I'll go with that for now. However, I'll look into that Panther when the site gets back online.

BTW, anyone try a CSE Mamba 5400 motor in a microfan yet?

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 09:19 PM
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Yah, I forgot Stu's Panther as well- but I got an email from him a few days back- production on the Panther and F-104 is temporarily down (he's got another project chewing up his time) should be back in a couple of months.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 09:25 PM
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Frank,

I run a Himax clone 2015-5400 in the microfan, pulls 16amps, 11 volts, 176 watts. Should be ok.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 09:43 PM
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Frank,

I run a Himax clone 2015-5400 in the microfan, pulls 16amps, 11 volts, 176 watts. Should be ok.

Eric B.
Awesome, should be about the same with the CSE motor. Do you have any idea on the thrust or efflux numbers for that set up?

No worries... I just had three new projects land in my lap; that Bob-E-Cat, a Great Planes Lancair (for when I'm laid up after my surgery tomorrow), and something cool from Oakdale Aircraft.

-Frank
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Old Apr 26, 2006, 10:27 PM
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Hi Frank,

on the stand it is 9-10oz, in a duct install it will lose an ounce, the efflux speeds are in the 90's, should expect an airspeed of 50-80mph depending on the duct install and airframe drag.

Sounds like a lot of building time ahead. Take care of yourself after the surgery and post when you can.

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Old Apr 26, 2006, 10:31 PM
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Thanks for the numbers. I'm looking forward to starting my new projects.

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Old Apr 27, 2006, 02:36 AM
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The RBC A-10 is available here:

http://www.wemotec.com/prototype/pro...=23&cPath=2_12

The Kavan Salamander ist still available too here:

http://www.wemotec.com/prototype/pro...=37&cPath=2_29

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