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Posted by GLSJr | Jul 28, 2020 @ 12:29 PM | 7,677 Views
I'm trying to find a big wing trainer that I saw in a magazine many years ago. It was available in a smaller version too. Lots of dihedral and could take off with the Tx on the ground!
Posted by GLSJr | May 28, 2020 @ 09:06 AM | 4,261 Views
I have been trying to find some information on the toxic effects of soldering fumes. Now that I have switched over from nitro to electric, I am spending A LOT of time soldering. Web searches always assume I am talking about wave soldering in a factory. Does anybody know of a site that can give me an answer to this? I can only hold my breath so long. Thanks
Posted by GLSJr | Jan 09, 2020 @ 09:26 AM | 2,874 Views
I haven't used my batteries since I bought them ( due mostly from life/time constraints). However, They were (mostly) all checked out on my Graupner charger. What is considered the "shelf life" of these batteries before they should be discarded? I think this charger can discharge them fully. Thanks.
Posted by GLSJr | Nov 30, 2019 @ 07:28 AM | 2,828 Views
I was browsing Amazon the other day for a fireproof/explosion proof lipo storage & charging bag. Naturally I checked out the user reviews. I was astonished to read that almost all who bought them were praising the fact that they could store a lot of batteries in one bag. Now I may be missing something, but it seems that if one battery goes, then the entire bunch will go off with it! I put one in one bag. Really big ones go in a metal cash box.
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 28, 2019 @ 01:13 PM | 3,197 Views
The other day I was digging through all my unfinished projects when I came across the Aero-Lectric. This is a 0.20 size park flyer with a cheap brushed motor stuck in the nose (two speeds, on and off). I'm planning to gut it and put in a Hacker brushless and with an ESC, etc. Could this be the Missing Link, back to haunt me on Halloween??
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 25, 2019 @ 07:33 AM | 3,940 Views
I found a battery cut-off switch on Amazon that comes with XT60 connectors. However, the close-up picture revealed it uses 18AWG wire. Is it just me, or does that seem a little small for "heavy duty". I want to use it in an EDF with monster batteries. Maybe I should make a jumper connector with 10- gage wire and 90-150 XT plugs.
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 24, 2019 @ 02:19 PM | 4,064 Views
I was on line today and happened on a battery-kill plug. It uses a Deans plug that plugs into a matching Deans inside the fuselage. It is a neat and inexpensive installation, but I have reservations about it. I just wonder how much amperage a Deans can handle?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 19, 2019 @ 06:17 AM | 2,506 Views
What is the accepted way to go from motor off to motor on? I see switches for sale, with charging ports built in, but I'm still not sure if this is the typical method of controlling the motor. It doesn't seem practical to reach in and disconnect the battery, even with the throttle all the way down.
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 17, 2019 @ 01:57 PM | 2,954 Views
Just when I'm feeling confident that I have a handle on this electric stuff, I get thrown a curve. I just discovered Anti-spark connectors. Apparently they can prevent a massive blast of hundreds of amps to your on-board electronics, such as the ESC. However, they're not fool-proof, and can find themselves melted down. Found it on You Tube (Tech Tuesday). Anyone had any experience with thunder claps inside your plane?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 16, 2019 @ 09:11 AM | 2,533 Views
I'm just starting to acquire an assortment of various connectors. I want to switch all my battery connectors to XT150's. I was perusing You Tube and ran across a guy who was talking about them, and the problems he had with the connectors he had bought from different suppliers. Specifically Hobby King and Amazon. I buy all my connectors (Deans, XT60, bullets) from Amazon, but not the XT150 yet. Since Amazon cites their sources, I kind of feel like maybe I can avoid a knock-off and grade B quality. For instance, the shield around the bullets is quite flexible (and a different color) from Hobby King. But he also said that the male bullets extended beyond its shield from Amazon (Amass). Where do you guys get quality connectors?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 14, 2019 @ 11:05 AM | 3,952 Views
Are drill millimeters the same as bullet millimeter sizes (3,4.5,etc)?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 13, 2019 @ 06:26 AM | 5,258 Views
Does anybody know if there is a gage for determining the size of bullet connectors?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 09, 2019 @ 02:04 PM | 2,820 Views
Well, I went ahead and selected various connectors (Deans, XT60's, etc.) for different applications. Following soldering best practices, I plugged them together male to female. Well, they must have fallen in love, because they could not be unplugged to save my ***! Is there some trick to disconnecting them without ripping your fingernails off? I understand that you don't want them coming apart in the air, but I hate the thought of tearing the connectors all up with pliers and Vice Grips, or prying them apart with a pocket knife (which is a dead short circuit). One thought I have is trying to spray some silicone where they connect. However, it would be difficult to avoid getting it on the terminals. How do you guys handle this problem?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 03, 2019 @ 02:09 PM | 2,192 Views
Back when I used fuel in my planes, I simply hooked a dry cell to the glow plug and flipped the prop. Now that I've gone totally electric, how do I decide which connectors to solder to my components? By wire size, or all the other ratings? And which size and style? I've just about decided to use all bullet connectors everywhere. What do you think I should do? Thanks, George.
Posted by GLSJr | Sep 25, 2019 @ 09:29 AM | 1,979 Views
Well, I finally got in my shiny new Turnigy Test Stand V3. After disassembling it in search of the mysterious three-volt power source location, I re-read the instruction booklet to realize that it must be tapped from the motor battery. So I figured I just had to power the whole thing up and the proof will be revealed. EXCEPT that it required an XT-60 plug in to the stand, and an XT60 socket out to the motor, neither of which I had. And to further complicate matters, the "recommended" battery came with an EC-5 connector instead of bare wires. Is this just an effort to be helpful, or a clever marketing ploy?
It would too much to expect that component manufacturers would just supply their stuff with bare wire. Now I must cut off the EC-5 and replace it with a plug compatible with the stand's XT60 gear, which makes it necessary to make an adapter for use with the bullets on the motor. How do you guys deal with all this aggravation?
Posted by GLSJr | Sep 12, 2019 @ 03:09 PM | 2,444 Views
Back in my nitro days batteries had a red wire and a black wire, ONLY! Now my batteries are coming in with a little pigtail connector in addition to the big wires. What's the purpose of these (very tiny) wires and connector? Thanks, George.
Posted by GLSJr | Jul 17, 2019 @ 08:24 AM | 4,155 Views
Tried ordering this from HobbyKing, TWICE. Both times my order was canceled for whatever reason I'll never know. I've read similar tales elsewhere. I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Some guys swear by them. Turnigy's no help either. They're still out of stock in the U.S. warehouse, with no known ETA. I may convert my home-made nitro stand to electric. Not as pretty as that V3, though. George
Posted by GLSJr | Jul 17, 2015 @ 10:22 AM | 5,837 Views
Based on my calculations of my flying time/battery usage, I figure I've go to locate a source for buying them by the case. Maybe I should buy stock in Eveready or Duracell. Incredible. Perhaps I should send my twin AM Tx's in for tune-ups. At least I won't have to worry about frequency issues, and I'll stop for ice cream with the money I'll be saving !
Posted by GLSJr | Jul 16, 2015 @ 06:31 PM | 5,733 Views
I just went on the Tower site prepared to snag a brand-new Futaba Tx. As I was checking out all the modern advancements I saw a note saying Batteries Not included! Really!? Even my chumpy old AM had rechargeable batteries! This is like some kind of toy! All I can say is...Are you for real???
Posted by GLSJr | Jul 09, 2015 @ 08:04 AM | 5,954 Views
After much hesitation and trepidation, I am considering buying an up-to-date radio system for my stable of hanger queens and ding bats. I'm looking for a Futaba system in the 6-channel range, but easy on the bells and whistles. Any
advice while I begin my search? I have several planes, so I guess one Tx and multiple Rx will be required? Any thoughts?