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Old Nov 09, 2008, 04:41 PM
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Estarter recommended slow flyer power setups

I'm going to put together an Estarter for my 8 and 11 year old sons to learn on. What is a good slow flying power setup (emphasis on slow) that will give a pretty good amount of flight time?

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Old Nov 09, 2008, 06:57 PM
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If you want the Estarter to fly slowly, then it has to be light. You don't need a lot of power.

For example, I've been pulling 250 mAh from 2S lipos with 6 min flights on my Estarter. If my math is right, that's under 25 watts of power average. This is using the stock 350 motor system, a 500 mAh 2S lipo, and 3 Hitec HS55 servos, stock landing gear, and minimal paint/stickers on it.

It flies quite slow. If I every build another Estarter, I may put a smaller brushless motor on this one, remove the landing gear (belly land) and see just how slow this thing can go.

I only drain those small packs half way and they cost about $6 each at Hobbycity.
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Old Nov 09, 2008, 07:15 PM
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You may be able to use a 24g outrunner, 1300kv on a 2 cell if it built light enough.
I use the same motor on 2 cells, on 7-8oz Flying Wings and Boomers and 3 cells in many planes like the SuperCub, Typhoon, 55" Windrider Glider, Stryker and they all have good low speed and vertical.
Build the E-starter light, install only the servos and then weigh it. Add the weight of the motor/batt that you think will power it, then check the thrust of the motor to see if its close to the total weight. Butch
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Old Nov 09, 2008, 09:52 PM
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I have both of these motors that I could use.

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=2069

http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=5354

You think 2S? I've even got a 10amp esc as well. I guess I should go with rudder and elevator only just to keep it light? And what slow fly prop would you recommend?

When I was a kid I learned to fly on a trainer .40 and my first plane was a cox sportavia with an .049.
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Old Nov 09, 2008, 10:20 PM
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The 1300kv 24g motor will pull about 11ozs of thrust on a 10x47 prop, so you should be able to build it under 11ozs no problem. Just use 6g servos and about a 800-1000mah 2 cell. You'll need to dig out a new batt hole, but thats easy.
Rudder would be easier for a beginner to fly, but most of mine are 3ch, aileron and elevator, using only 2 servos, so the weights the same.
I built mine light, without the wing struts, landing gear and no paint or decals and they are under 12ozs with the stock 63g 350 motor and 1320mah 2 cell. Butch
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