Lunch hours with my BP 50-E
I've been flying my new BP 50-E at lunch hours at a park near my employer.
I've been having a blast.
It is a simple airplane. It is merely a 1/2 sized version of my BP 100 (MAN article earlier in spring), with a thinner fuselage, no struts, and strip, rather than barn-door ailerons. 50" span, 500 sq in, ~ 3 lbs, 7 X 1700 SCR, Futaba 112b buggy ESC with BEC, Trinity speedworks 350 motor, M/A 2.5:1 gearbox, and APC 10 X 8 sport prop.
I'm getting decent performance (loop at 1/2 throttle) and good duration, even when I push the plane a bit. It's nice to be able to just raid the left-overs from a Kyosho Raider car, and come up with something that is actually a satisfying e-plane. I have to admit, though I'm, upgrading the ESC to something way more efficient, and about 1 1/3 ounces lighter.
I use 2 GWS Naro Max servos for the ailerons, and this allows flapperons, which come in handy on a rough field with 2 1/2" wheels.
It is the Teal airplane on the slide-show on my web-site.
Does anyone else have a "favorite" E-plane that they like to get out to fly with at lunch?
I can't get oil on me (I work with paint, and it would ruin the products), and really appreciate the simplicity and cleanliness of E-flying when I can sneak out in such a short time and have a nice relaxing flight.
Milwaukee Wisconsin, United States
Joined Feb 2001
It used to be my skyscooter. I just left it in the car and when a time window would open up, (I'm a realtor), I would just stop over by the park and put in a few flights. My wife could'nt quite understand why I had to charge up the batts EVERY night. (honey, they lose charge just by sitting there.)
Unfortunatly for skyscooter my skill level has progressed to where I just have gotten kinda bored with it. I hot rodded it, decorated it and learned to fly and lots of tricks with it, but eventually you gotta move on.
Now I do this with foamie tumblewatt. It definately has the perf to keep me interested, but just is'nt a parkflyer due to its speed. That mean I have to go to the real flying field which is kinda far away so I just don't get as much airtime anymore.
I guess that any electric that can easily be kept in the car and can handle reasonable wind could qualify for a "go to " plane.
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