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Old Aug 18, 2003, 07:35 PM
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General Western Meteor Monoplane

Just had the maiden flight of my new Meteor monoplane. Geared (2.3:1) 6V Speed 400 on 8 old 500AR cells. Weight is 26 oz, wing area is 300 sq. inches. Covering is aluminum Litespan (BOO!) with black craft tissue and Sharpie pen trim.

Was a bit slower with an APC 8X6E than I expected, but showed no bad habits. I only flew it for about 3 minutes, then landed as the Sun was right off of the approach end and made visibility miserable. I'm thinking of putting in a geared brushless, but it has to be able to fit where a Graupner gearbox does -- any suggestions?

I've been shooting photos during the build and have drafted an article on it for submission to Jim.

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Old Aug 18, 2003, 07:40 PM
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Another shot, catching Micki, my wife as she takes photos of the plane for our scrapbook (I'm not allowed to fly anything until she has a picture of it).

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Old Aug 19, 2003, 08:38 AM
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Any ideas on a brushless?
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Old Aug 19, 2003, 08:53 AM
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Very nice model. If you want some more speed, do as I have done and install a SAITO 53 cc 5-cylinder radial engine.

(Just kidding, my model is quarter scale)

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Old Aug 19, 2003, 10:39 AM
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If I bought a glow engine, I'd better have a fast car, too, so I could get away from my wife, because she hates glow engines

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Old Aug 19, 2003, 10:43 AM
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Very pretty plane.

I'm guessing here but a Mega 16/15/7 or /8 would probably be about right as they can swing a pretty big prop and use your batteries. You might want to ask in Power Systems.

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Old Aug 19, 2003, 01:28 PM
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Will a Mega motor fit in a Graupner gearbox?
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Old Aug 19, 2003, 03:10 PM
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Hi Bill
Cute little model - hope the plan escapes into the Great Wide World. Parasols just have a certain 'something'

But if Sue found me publishing shots of her from that angle - I'd be out of hospital around Christmas

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Old Aug 19, 2003, 03:20 PM
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Ah. I THINK that you can use an MPjet25/35 with teh adapter kit that clamps on teh motor to get a beam mount.

Actually, a better upgrade would be a long can 480, and a 9x6 or 10x7, in fact you would probably find a 9x6 on it as it stands would improve matters a lot.

Your original combo is more right for a 22oz plane ...
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Old Aug 19, 2003, 03:22 PM
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Will a Mega motor fit in a Graupner gearbox?
Shaft is wrong at least - 3.2mm v 2.3mm

I think the Mini AC range has the right mounting holes and shaft diameter.

But the FG series box is pretty poor frankly. I'd change the box and make up a new mount.
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Old Aug 20, 2003, 06:36 AM
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With the Mega you wouldn't need a geabox if you went for a high wind (7+). This would also make the plane quieter.

http://www.aircraft-world.com/prodde...161508&from=14

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Old Aug 20, 2003, 11:26 AM
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you could also go for one of the outrunners, I here they swing a pretty big pop with authority.

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Old Oct 07, 2003, 10:33 AM
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Just a quick update. I decided to go the easy way and replaced the 6V S400/Graupner 2.33:1 gearbox with the 7.2V equivalent. Since I just happened to have on hand two 10-cell packs from my wife's Miss 2 that fit fine AND keep the CG good, I thought I'd try it.

Result: I gained almost 10 watts/lb, with only a 2 oz. overall weight increase. The Meteor flies much better now, and doesn't show any sign of the increased weight.

Bill B.

p.s. Yes, Dereck, I know this is what you've been preaching for some time!
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Old Oct 07, 2003, 11:05 AM
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he other option would have been to put a long can 480 in the same box. More power, better efficeincy, and not so much extra weight.

In fact you could drop to 7 cells on that setup...
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Old Oct 07, 2003, 02:35 PM
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Good thought. I went with the 7.2V as I know it works -- it's what's in my wife's Miss 2 as the stock 6V is neither powerful enough nor heavy enough.

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