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Old Jan 20, 2008, 10:33 PM
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Lanier Husky 106" Electric conversion

I decided a little while ago that I wanted a scale bush plane.

It had to have flaps, large wheels and be capable of STOL.
It would be nice if it was a model of a real plane as well.

I was also looking at getting a large scale plane.
Some reading was done and a few good candidates shined through.

The Sig Rascal 110 (110"ws), the Graupner Taxi (94.25"ws)and (on a suggestion from one of the local club members) the Lanier Husky (106"ws).

I ended up combining the two types of plane I was after and got the Lanier Husky 106 from Tower Hobbies. I see that they just dropped the price for the ARF.... Isn't that the way it goes

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXRLZ7&P=ML



The planned components are as follows

12s2p a123 batteries
CC 110HV speed control
Hitec HS645mg servos for the elevator halves and rudder
Hitec HS475HB servos for the ailerons and flaps
Axi 5345/14 brushless motor
22x12 prop
Spektrum AR7000 receiver
2s1p a123 receiver pack
6" dubro smooth air filled tires
2" foam tail wheel

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Old Jan 20, 2008, 10:34 PM
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When I received the plane and unpacked it, I was very pleased with the quality of the kit.

The covering was done quite nicely. The only thing I don't really like about the trim scheme of the plane is the excessively patriotic theme it has. Red, white and blue is one thing, but the stars on the bottom of the wing???

Those stars were removed by gently peeling them off and removing the adhesive residue with nail polish remover. The stripes may still disappear some time in the future.

I did some assembling before I picked up the servos as I just couldn't wait.

I hinged the flaps and ailerons, installed the stab and hinged the rudder and elevator halves.

The tail lined up perfectly. The hinging slots in the tail were faultless as well.

The wing is pretty good. One of the ailerons got put into the drill jig at the factory backwards and was drilled in the wrong location for the controls to be installed. That was an easy fix by simply drilling a new hole. I'll cover the old hole with some matching covering in the future.

The same aileron had a bend in it as well. The hinge slits in the wing matched this curve, though and I didn't notice when I installed the control surface. I will have to remove it, straighten it and re-hinge sometime.

Some pics from when I mocked the plane up when I first got it.







I put my E-Flite Taylorcraft 450 on top as a size comparison



The room in this photo is 12 feet wide!!



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Old Jan 20, 2008, 10:35 PM
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Horizontal stab hinged



I have my hand next to the stab to give and idea of size. Being 31" wide, it doesn't fit through a standard household door! It will fit turned, though....



Landing gear installed and the wings on. Sure pretty!



Here I have it assembled in my kitchen for a control test once the servos were installed.



Flaps up.....



Flaps down...





Here's a short video of the controls operating. I just need to set the control throws as per the manual.

Video

Now I just need to wait on some parts.

Half my batteries will be arriving on Monday or Tuesday.

The speed controller is on order.

Waiting on prices from local suppliers for the motor.

Main wheels on order.

Will get some pics soon of the radio bay.

Let's hope for a maiden soon!!

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Old Jan 20, 2008, 11:08 PM
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Looks beautiful! Subscribed!
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 05:34 AM
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I'll be watching this thread also.
Currently testing a Hacker A60-16L / CC85-hv / 14s 2p A123 / 21x10xoarE and 2 HV(60v) BEC's in parrallel.
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 10:27 AM
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Cool !!

I've been waiting to see one of these electrified.

To save some $$, why not look at the E-Flite Power 160?

I know you already ordered an ESC, but these have been working great for me at $94, you can't find a better value.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=4691

You could also go with one of their large outrunners, for $65 or so...

Just as an example: http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=3890
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 10:31 AM
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Here is a video of my Decathlon in action...

http://rcuvideos.com/item/CM15GF80S7DVYHXR

Power 160 Outrunner

10S 5300mah TP pro-lites

16 lbs AUW

20x10 APC-E prop

2700 watts
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Old Jan 21, 2008, 06:53 PM
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Quote:
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I'll be watching this thread also.
Currently testing a Hacker A60-16L / CC85-hv / 14s 2p A123 / 21x10xoarE and 2 HV(60v) BEC's in parrallel.
What plane to you have planned for this setup?
What is the projected wattage? thrust?

I ask, because I'm still not 100% sure which motor I'll use.

I would have gone with 14s a123's, but I wanted to leave my options open to use a different charging method.

I will be running 4 6s packs for a total capacity of 4600mAh and 12 cells in series.

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 06:55 PM
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Cool !!

I've been waiting to see one of these electrified.

To save some $$, why not look at the E-Flite Power 160?

I know you already ordered an ESC, but these have been working great for me at $94, you can't find a better value.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=4691

You could also go with one of their large outrunners, for $65 or so...

Just as an example: http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=3890
Thanks for the info on those motors.

I am looking for 3000w minimum.
The Power 160 will do 2700w - The Axi 5345/14 will get pretty close to 4000w if I so desire.

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 06:57 PM
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Here is a video of my Decathlon in action...

http://rcuvideos.com/item/CM15GF80S7DVYHXR

Power 160 Outrunner

10S 5300mah TP pro-lites

16 lbs AUW

20x10 APC-E prop

2700 watts
That plane runs sweet!

I am looking at some more drag with a larger wingspan as well as 2-4 lbs more weight to pull around.

I may want to haul up to 10 pounds into the air in the future.

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Old Jan 21, 2008, 08:17 PM
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What plane to you have planned for this setup?
What is the projected wattage? thrust?

I ask, because I'm still not 100% sure which motor I'll use.

I would have gone with 14s a123's, but I wanted to leave my options open to use a different charging method.

I will be running 4 6s packs for a total capacity of 4600mAh and 12 cells in series.

Karl
I'm going to see a little over 3Kw @ about 460 oz. of thrust
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 06:49 AM
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I got 1/2 my cells!

This will at least allow me to power up my motor once I decide on one and receive it.

I'll post pictures of the packs I made in the next day or so.

Still a bunch left to do:

Glue windows into plane.
Assemble remaining battery packs.
Install larger main wheels.
Install speed controller, motor and prop
Mount cowling
Mount wing struts
Build the high voltage wiring harness c/w charging jacks and arming system

I would love to install a lighting system into this bird.
Has anyone used a nice system that is still available?
It would be amazing to have a nice, scale lighting system for it.

Thanks

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 08:43 AM
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Here's some quick shots of the packs as I began to disassemble them.





Initial charge to check the pack out and make sure that all cells seemed to be working.



Shots of the Hyperion EOS1210i topping off the packs.





The security bit needed to open the packs without hassle.



The screws in the pack that the bit is required for. See the pin in the center? It keeps you from opening the pack with a regular torx bit.



Top cover removed



Removed from the lower case.



I made the following packs from the cells I harvested from the DeWalt packs:
2x 6s1p packs to power the plane
2x 2s1p packs to power the receiver and servos
1x 4s1p pack for powering up to 25 size planes

All packs have balancing taps to hook up the LBA10 balancer.

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 09:12 AM
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BTW, Does anyone know where I can get heat shrink that will cover these packs?

I only know where to get high grade electrically rated versions. They are rated anywhere from 600v on up, so are quite heavy.

Thanks

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Old Jan 22, 2008, 09:37 AM
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Looking good Karl!

You might find some useful inof in my EQC thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=752795 .

I got some heat shrink for my A123-10S packs from Batteries Plus -- I just soldered wires/leads onot the stock tabs.
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