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Old Sep 27, 2010, 08:55 AM
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cox 049 for rcpowers extra 300?

hey everyone im new to 1/2a rc and was wondering if i made a balsa wood rcpowers extra 300, will a cox 049 (has the throttle ring) have enough "power" to fly the plane? if so what type of electronics will i be needing? im planning on buying a spektrum dx6i but im not sure if i need a speed controller?

thanks any comment will be much appreciated! and any help full advice will also be appreciated!
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 10:57 AM
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It depend on the size and weight of that Extra 300. You don't need a speed controller for IC power, only a small servo to control the trottle but you need to provide proper voltage to the Rx and servos. Spektrum Rx's needs 4.8V at all time or will suffer brown-out and reboot, so a 5 Ni-cad/Nimh with good mA capacity is in order.
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 07:48 PM
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http://cgi.ebay.com.au/4-8V-2300mAh-...item1e5e35bb71 would this battery be ideal for powering the receiver? if not what battery should i use and can i plug the battery in any slot of the reciever?
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Old Sep 27, 2010, 07:59 PM
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oh and what would be the ideal weight of the planw for the 049? and if balsa is to heavy could i use depron foam? i would film cover the foam of course.
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 07:52 AM
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That pack is WAY too big for a 1/2A model.

I get my packs from www.cheapbatterypacks.com

FOr 1/2A 500 mAH is plenty
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Old Sep 28, 2010, 03:06 PM
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If about 200 square inches, 18<20 Oz would be a maximum for good flight with 1/2A power. And even that would be rather zippy, a 4.8V Rx pack might be a problem with Spektrum system(most uses 5 cells/6V pack). A 500mA pack is gross overkill for 1/2A were weight is always a concern, a same capacity 2 Lipo pack and UBEC would weight a lot less and give same servo power as Nicad/Nimh with less risk of "brown-out" even with a 5 servos set-up.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 02:21 AM
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does anyone have begginer plans for a 1/2a? i beggining to doubt my skills at this topic :P
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 02:38 AM
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I haven't built any of these myself but here are plans for a trainer style plane; LST 1/2a Trainer
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 03:30 AM
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thanks kris ill probably make this one now but im still very tempted to make the extra :P any suggestions anyone? its my first scratch build btw
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 07:31 PM
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If you have no previous experience in RC Extra is not a first airplane you'll crash in a blink, better start with a trainer like LST, dont run before walking.
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Old Sep 29, 2010, 07:59 PM
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ive already been simulating the extra for about 1 month and the only concern i have for it is the weight and the fact that the 049 wont have enough power for it?
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Old Sep 30, 2010, 12:41 PM
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"Simulating" is not the real thing! 1/2A planes tend to fly very fast,specialy when heavy and a sedate trainer would give you a better chance to survive the first flight. Simple trainer are also easier to repair and less prone to damage than a scale job, nothing worst than crash a plane on which you spend lot of detailing time because of a slightly off CG,wrong incidence or wing warp. As alcarafa said its better to learn walking before trying to run
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Old Oct 02, 2010, 08:10 PM
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is 750mh too much for the receiver?
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Old Oct 03, 2010, 05:24 AM
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It is more about size and weight.
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Old Oct 04, 2010, 02:15 AM
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You can use a 2 cell 450 mah lipo for your reciever , it's lighter than any NIcad or Nickel metal batteries.
But your first concern should be size , power plant and weight of plane.
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