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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:18 PM
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I also have a wrecked ptm here that crashed a couple of years ago. I never had the heart to throw it away. It is the old thin foam style. Well the motor has made me decide to try and bring it back to flight status.

So hopefully in a few weeks it will be back in the air too.
Never throw away a crashed TM. Send it to me and I will turn it into something else. I have 3 sets of unused GWS TM decals if any one wants a set PM me. I have a new TM I am going to bash into a Swordfish. I will have some parts let over from it. I know I have an extra cowl.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 02:29 PM
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Wes,
I will shoot you a PM, thanks.

I personally think the old LensRC motors are perfect for the Moth. As I mentioned mine has over 1000 flights on it and while I have had to solder some wires and reattach the bell to the shaft a few times it just keeps going.

I received my batteries...yahoo....

Cheers,
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 05:52 PM
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I need to dig up an esc for the Lensrc motor. I borrowed one to test it. And dig up a prop adapter for it. I had forgot how beefy the shaft on them is for their size!
I agree I think it is the perfect motor for them too. I wish he had never stopped making them.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 09:15 PM
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I need to dig up an esc for the Lensrc motor. I borrowed one to test it. And dig up a prop adapter for it. I had forgot how beefy the shaft on them is for their size!
I agree I think it is the perfect motor for them too. I wish he had never stopped making them.
I like motors with threaded shaft so I don't need a prop adp. An easy way to put threaded shaft on 3mm motor is to take a CDROM drive and remove the slide guides. Most of them are 3mm and will ca on the motor shaft. Then cut the head off a 3mm bolt and ca into the guide. Another way I have made motor with threaded shaft is to change the shaft out. 3mm threaded motor shafts are easy to find.
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Old Nov 16, 2012, 11:31 PM
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I don't really want to change out a perfectly good shaft. I may have a prop adapter somewhere. I will look. And it won't be that hard to come up with one if I don't have one.

Not to mention my hands are not really steady and I have trouble controlling them.
Thanks for the suggestion though!
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:23 PM
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I have had one of these kits given to me recently, and have been doing some reading on this thread. From what I hear, it is a good idea to use a more modern brushless motor such as a "Blue Wonder". Do I need to buy or make some kind of mount to put that motor in the Tiger Moth?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 05:32 PM
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One like THIS should work well. You might need to add a popsicle stick shim to fit on the stock motor stick, but that's not at all difficult. I like that it has a little bit of a heat-sink effect with the motor enclosed in the cowl.

Does it actually make it run any cooler? I don't know, but it's comforting to think it might.
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Old Nov 19, 2012, 01:14 PM
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Finally maidened Moth #4 at lunch. I tried Saturday but the plane failed a range check on two different GWS RX's. Both these RX's have been sitting in the basement for a number of years but it is heated and I run a dehumidifier so I don't know what the issue was and I have not checked them in another set up. The only change I made was to go from a Curtek lighting system to a TinyBrightLights system....maybe the TBL system is more "noisy" then the Curtek system?

Good to have a Moth back in the arsenal...hoping for favorable conditions tonight for a little night opps action.

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Good morning folks!

Oh, the possibilities!!! This version is called the DH-71 Tigermoth...

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Good morning folks!

Oh, the possibilities!!! This version is called the DH-71 Tigermoth...

Corey
Very cool! Bet if that was kitted it would sell!
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 10:01 AM
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Kind of looks like the Parkflyer Pete I built a long time ago... Would be a really neat homebuilt aircraft as well!

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Old Nov 21, 2012, 10:04 AM
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I wonder.... Did that guy trailer that plane to that location? Or fly it there?
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Old Nov 21, 2012, 10:06 AM
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Outerzone.com.uk has this plan for the DH 71. This Tiger Moth racer has been a favorite with free flighters for years.

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=1190
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Old Nov 22, 2012, 03:01 PM
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This is what my Pico Moth looks like pretty much every time I fly it. I'm about ready to give up and strip the gear for another model.

As I've posted before, the wings on this one are made of eggshells. It's the most fragile plane I've owned. Maybe I got a bad batch of foam, I dunno. I may give it one more try and glass the underside of the wings, or add CF or something.

Disappointed.
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Old Nov 23, 2012, 10:44 AM
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This is what my Pico Moth looks like pretty much every time I fly it. I'm about ready to give up and strip the gear for another model.

As I've posted before, the wings on this one are made of eggshells. It's the most fragile plane I've owned. Maybe I got a bad batch of foam, I dunno. I may give it one more try and glass the underside of the wings, or add CF or something.

Disappointed.
I honestly don't think this is all the fault of the plane. It was a great idea to put ailerons and no dihedral in it, but I think that is your culprit. If you built it the way it supposed to be.... rudder and elevator only with plenty of dihedral I don't think there would be so much stress on the wings. The beauty of a Tiger Moth kit is to have it fly very slowly with rudder and elevator only. I'm not knocking your build by any means. If you try to keep it at about 8 or 9 oz there will be a lot less chance of breaking the wings at that point.

I must admit that I have altered one that looks remarkably like the "racing moth" that guy has in the pictures that Corey posted. But, the only thing stock on my "super moth" is the fuselage. I have THICK airfoil wings on it that are full of carbon rod and which are bolted together inside. If you go back a ways in this thread there is a picture of it. I've flown it 3 times and every time it goes so fast the tail feathers blow off. I've been lucky that it goes into a flat spin and so far has landed in soft grass or bushes. I've never had it at full throttle and I think it's still going above 50mph at half throttle. No ailerons! Still rudder and elevator only.

The build was done by Wes. He put a ton of time in on it. I can't remember where I got the wings made.......... do you remember Wes?

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