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Posted by GLSJr | Oct 19, 2019 @ 06:17 AM | 1,140 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 | 1,640 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 | 1,263 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 | 2,677 Views
Are drill millimeters the same as bullet millimeter sizes (3,4.5,etc)?
Posted by GLSJr | Oct 13, 2019 @ 06:26 AM | 3,988 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 | 1,553 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 | 904 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 | 760 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 | 1,225 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 | 2,906 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 | 4,708 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 | 4,583 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 | 4,806 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?
Posted by GLSJr | Jul 07, 2015 @ 05:44 PM | 4,905 Views
Because I'm volt-challenged I'm asking all you multi-rotors fans a simple question: what's the greatest number of rotors possible on your machines?
Posted by GLSJr | Jun 29, 2015 @ 07:41 AM | 5,406 Views
All my planes are AM equipped. After quite a hiatis I am coming back to the hobby. The matching pair of transmitters have been in my basement for about 20 years. Should they stay or should they go?
Posted by GLSJr | Jun 28, 2015 @ 11:16 AM | 5,003 Views
Since SA has really limited online assistance, I need to figure out how to steer my retractable nose gear. I sent them an email and got back a very short sentence telling me what I need to buy (steering arm). I understand how that works, sticking out to one side, but how to make it pivot with the retract and also stay straight for landing? Pictures please if you have them. Thanks for reading.
Posted by GLSJr | Jun 25, 2015 @ 03:01 PM | 4,665 Views
How do I attach a servo to steer a retractable nosewheel on a tricycle gear setup? Know of any Youtube etc. explanations on the web?
Thanks for reading.
Posted by GLSJr | Jun 25, 2015 @ 04:45 AM | 4,727 Views
I have a glow-fuel O.S. Max 77 VR-DF that has been sitting in the box since the Wright Brothers days. Any suggestions on the safest way to start and run-in this beast so that it can eventually get up to full RPM's (20K+)? Thanks for reading.
Posted by GLSJr | Jun 03, 2015 @ 09:16 AM | 5,370 Views
As a old returning RC hobbyist, I have gone as far as I can with my knowledge of the transmitter and receiver technologies. My specific question concerns a T6XA (yes, I know, it's almost as old as me). I want to change the channel from 45 to 39. I have read everything I can but all this has done is make me more confused, not to mention trying to find a source for 72 MHz gear. This takes me back to the time I walked into the local hobby shop and asked for an "escapement" for my Midwest P-40. Needless to say, I was set straight, after the laughter died down. Soon I was on the phone (this one didn't take pictures or anything) ordering a pair of shiny new Futaba AM transmitters with a training cable. But everything was on the same channel, so no worries. So, now, I have to change over, hopefully without sending both the Tx and Rx off to Futaba.