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Old Mar 09, 2011, 07:48 AM
The wheels touch down FIRST??
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...pretty much like watching paint dry...

Hope you have a few jubblies to keep you company...

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Old Mar 09, 2011, 09:36 PM
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Went to the local balsa supplier (Ecobalsa)for a few planks of .8 to skin a wing. While i was there I grabbed a box of offcuts for $25.00 God knows what Im gonna do with it, but seemed like a bargain. Theres a lot of wood in there, should be enough to fix some planes and maybe build a control liner. Sticks, boards, square and stuff. Thought ya might like to know.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 01:14 AM
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Good deal Gizzo.
Maybe you can build a few chuck gliders as well.
On the subject of control line does anyone have some old lines?
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 01:42 AM
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Good deal Gizzo.
Maybe you can build a few chuck gliders as well.
On the subject of control line does anyone have some old lines?
That's a novel way to train for DS ...

What are you after, there's a couple of barely active control line pilots in my club I could ask for you.

PS Gizzo you really did get a good deal. That's a chitful of balsa for $25!!
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 02:57 AM
The wheels touch down FIRST??
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Ditto Gizzo - looks like you hit the jackpot of bargains there.

Half a dozen bits like that get shoved into a bag and called a 'Balsa Starter Kit' sells for 8 bucks at Bunnings. Reckon you struck the mother-load

Question for the guys running a Speedo - what battery would you recommend?

There ain't a lot of room inside one of those things.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated...

BJ

PS - I've been hunting the 'Web for a while now to see if there's anyone around in Aus where you can bulk-buy balsa from - particularly 1.5mm etc for sheeting - and turned up bugger-all. Does Ecobalsa have a Vic outlet? Couldn't seem to find one...
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:03 AM
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Hey Dug what are those clean hills you can see from the Hobart CBD, to the East or North East I think, they looked alright.


Regards Dash
There are a few north of Hobart near Brighton, Jews hill is the biggest just to the east of brighton, then there is another just to the south of there near honeywood, (forgotten the name of it). I think there are some more to the NE of brighton but I've never been there.

Are those the one you are thinking of?
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:05 AM
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I've sqeezed 4 AAA in a 2x2 flat config into my old one the elevator servo goes right behind that then the rx behind that, (just in front of the wing saddle).
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:26 AM
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I've sqeezed 4 AAA in a 2x2 flat config into my old one the elevator servo goes right behind that then the rx behind that, (just in front of the wing saddle).
Thx Dug.

Just plain old Duracell 1.5v AAA's soldered in series into a box 4-pack?

Or is it worth going down the rechargable NiCd, 1.2v NiMh/Eneloop path?

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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:31 AM
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Thx Dug.

Just plain old Duracell 1.5v AAA's soldered in series into a box 4-pack?


Ya cant do that!
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:42 AM
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You can squeeze 4 aaa`s in , in a brick pack . If you can get 1/2 aaa`s they`re better . You may have to file the lip of the canopy a bit to squeeze them in .
Are you thinking about putting in non rechargeables ? Don`t do it .
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 03:45 AM
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Check out Andrew's website http://falcongliders.com.au/eneloops.html
He has the AAA eneloops you can use in the speedo.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 04:17 AM
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Dug, Dingo & Swoop119 - just to clarify a few things...

Don't use standard, non-rechargeable AAA's, right? i.e. Do use a rechargeable for starters.

Not sure if you mean I shouldn't solder my own series packs, Swoop. That's all the 1500mAh NiMh JR Rx pack is - 4 AA's soldered in series into a flat inline 4-pack.

Cut-n-shutting LiPo cells I'd be a bit more wary about - but that can also be done if a lot of care is taken (something I wouldn't do myself unless I was totally desperate). Those buggers go off way too easily, specially if you manage to knick one with the tip of a hobby knife.

When you say "half AAA's" Dingo, do you mean those real skinny AAA's - same length, but much narrower diam?

And whichever way I go, what sort of mAh should I be aiming at to run 3 x 9g servo's?

I'm used to flying foamie electric planks, so having to think what capacity battery I need to run the servos has never been an issue. Their ESC's run a BEC and the things die in the arse through LVC when there's no more juice to run the lekkie motor - long before there would be a servo issue.

From my understanding, I could run a LiPo (if I could find one the right shape/size), but I'd have to run a BEC too - single cell 3.7v is too low for the Rx/Servo's, but 2 cell 7.4v is too hot and would probably cook my Rx.

NiMh/Eneloops only run 1.2v/cell, so a 4-pack would be 4.8v but pretty close to the money.

The Dickie Smith rechargeable 1.5v NiCd's would also do the trick, but I'm trying to steer away from NiCd's - which brings me back to 1.2v NiMh, with Eneloops being the preferred option, but those suckers are relatively expensive to buy locally.

BJ

PS - just had a look and Andrews page. Would that AAA square-pack fit - or am I in for some filing etc. ?
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 04:40 AM
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There are a few north of Hobart near Brighton, Jews hill is the biggest just to the east of brighton, then there is another just to the south of there near honeywood, (forgotten the name of it). I think there are some more to the NE of brighton but I've never been there.

Are those the one you are thinking of?
Dug
Stayed one night in the Mecure in the CBD and you could see the hills more or less directly over the Constitution Dock area.

They looked ok for flying, where do you guys slope soar near Hobart?

BTW great hills but too many trees in Tassie.

Regards D
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 04:41 AM
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Actual voltage of a 4cell eneloop pack is around 6v.Nominal voltage is 4.8v.
A 4cell square pack AAA eneloop from falcongliders will be fine.From memory i had to file a little around the canopy but it gets in.
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Old Mar 10, 2011, 04:53 AM
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Hey Gizzo check this out! You jellyfish pilots are crazy!!

FPV meets Speedglider (2 min 51 sec)


Regards Dash.
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