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Old Feb 20, 2002, 02:33 PM
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best set up for SLOW flying GWS tiger moth

Hi there
I am new to this forum and really joined mainly to learn about inddor electric helicopters but I saw an advert and review of the GWS tiger moth and would love to get one for my father. He is a great fan of the Tiger moth.
He has Always wanted to get into RC modelling and we built a Schluter helicpter years back together. Unfortunately the hassles of finding flying fields and the mess and so on with glo engines meant we never got time to really fly it. What I want ideally is an RC plane at least 3 channel that flies slowly enough to at least fly in the local park 300ft x 140ft but even better in a 60 ft x 40 ft Garden. Clearly the TM will be able to fly in the local park but could we make it slow enough to fly in the garden?

My question is will the GWS Tiger moth fit the bill. What is the best choice of motors, batteries and RC reciever servos to use to get the best slow performance? He still has the 6 channel Futaba helicopter radio and all standard size servos but I am happy to buy whatever would be best and lightest etc. Reviews here and elsewhere suggest it is easy enough to fly to act as a trainer and it just is so much what he has always wanted. If possible does anyone know a UK suppier of this model if not Ill import it direct.

Thanks for any advice you can offer.
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 02:48 PM
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You could probably fly a tmoth in a 60 x40 foot area but I don't think you would enjoy it much. I'd say 100' x50' is more realistic minimum for the average flyer. That would allow more than just a constant turning pattern.
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 02:49 PM
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Well, welcomoe to the EZone for a start!

You will want to keep it as light as possible for small area flying, and use max control throws.

One of the GWS flightpacks would works fine, but I would go to a nimh battery for longer flights.
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 03:04 PM
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Hello Aubrey,
Since the Moths are also flown inside a gym, the TM specialists can tell you with which setup (I guess it will be out of the box equipment but with a 10x4/7 GWS prop) you can fly as slow as possible
I got mine from Hillcott Electronics in the UK, quickly delivered!
Good luck!
HB

http://fp.hillcott.plus.com/kit_gws.htm
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 04:14 PM
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Since the Moth comes with prop/motor/gearbox, all you need to add is the electronics. I'd get a GWS Pico Flight Pack - comes with GWS R4P 4 channel receiver, 2A speed control and 2 pico servos.
I'd replace the nicad pack with a 300 ma 7 cell NiMH pack, which is lighter and will give him much longer duration.
Your Dad will love it!
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 04:57 PM
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I sometimes fly in my cul de sac that is about 60 X 40 with plane eating trees, mailboxes that jump out in front of you, building and hedges that are tough to fly through, etc. You end up doing a lot of going around in circles and flying around a lot of crap and it is NOT RELAXING. You had better have a bunch of flight time under your belt before you even attempt it in that small a space! (having a good supply of epoxy and CA on hand for reconstruction is also a must)
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Old Feb 20, 2002, 09:22 PM
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Thanks to all

Yes you are probably right it is a wee bit ambitious to try the garden-- though with the friencly neighbor we could get "airpsace" rights from it might be possible thenwe would have about 200x 100 feet (their garden is huge) we would then only have to be good enough to be able to land it moslty in our garden. We have this awfully tempting long path and patio that would make a lovely runway

Anyway thanks especially to Harm and Maulvr? )sorry cant quite remember spelling and just discovered if I hit back on my browser it wipes the message!) for the link to the UK supplier and the tip on the battery is the 7 cell Nimh the same voltage as the nicad? obviously longer duration.
Will the futaba computer helicopter radio be compatible with the GWS servo set you mention? It is years since I looked at it so cant remember what the spec is. It was bought back in 1987. would like to avoid buying a new one if possible also have a four channel JR set. Im pretty sure though that that is 27 Mhz. It came with the electric Skylark helicpoter I had years back. If I need to get a new radio what is a good buy these days?

Scott


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Old Feb 21, 2002, 05:56 AM
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Hi Scott:
The Gws flight pack comes with a negative shift for Futaba and Hitec radios etc. and a positive shift for Jr and Airtronic radios. It is for FM not AM radios. Just tell them the shift you need when you purchase. Michael Heer
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 08:50 AM
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Hi Scott,
You may have a problem with compatibility, because of where you live. I'm not certain you can get the GWS flight pack on a frequency to match your transmitter. Hopefully that won't be a problem.
The GWS flight pack is only available in the US on 72 mhz.
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 10:34 AM
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mauilvr & scott,
According to their web site they make both the TX and the RX's in all the freq. used world wide so you should be able to get it in the freq. used by what ever country you live in.
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 10:52 AM
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I am new to R/C and electric and this is the place to learn.

I bought the TM and quickly decided I needed a good charger and a NiMh 7-cell pack. This worked well until I decided to take off from my driveway on a slightly windy day with my parrot on my shoulder. I think it was about my 6th flight.

All went well and I was feeling good about taking off, keeping it fairly level, turning and heading back toward in (with the wind). When it got close my parrot squawked, hit me in the face with its wing as it flew to the ground, I move the control in the wrong direction (a newbie error), and my plane ended up on the roof with a broken motor mount. AND I LIVE ON 30 ACRES! How stupid is that!??!

Anyway, your dad will have a great time with this slow flyer but do get a bigger battery and a good charger. And stay away from houses and keep the parrot inside!

Pat Murphy
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 12:15 PM
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Pat,
The Parrot must have suffered a glitch from being too close to your TX.
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 12:22 PM
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My Blue Fronted Amazon parrot has already taken a chunk out of my GWS Cub and "shortened" my antenna.
I don't take him flying.
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 01:49 PM
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OK (makes note) NO PARROTS
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Old Feb 21, 2002, 01:49 PM
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I think, as a mostly yellow Sun Conure, he didn't like the competition from something yellow, big and that could fly (at least temporarily).
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