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Posted by ChrisWNY | Apr 26, 2011 @ 03:17 PM | 6,964 Views
After taking a hiatus from RCG for about 6 months after dealing with some riff-raff on the site plaguing various threads, I decided to return to RCG for a number of reasons. At any rate, it's time for a new blog entry...

So my next project will be to build a sizable electric powered Aerobatic plane late this Spring before the flying season gets underway out here in soaked WNY. The flying fields are under water in many areas so flying season is still a few weeks out. I decided to invest in a NitroPlanes Extra 330L EP, it has a 53" wingspan and an approximate AUW of 5-5.5 lbs. Considering I own a slew of 3S 2200 and 2650mAh battery packs, I wanted something more appropriate for 6-cell pack use, so I can pair up my 3S packs in series, which is what I use in my 500-sized Trex clone heli.

Here is a photo of the model courtesy of

The NitroPlanes product link can be found below:

I plan on beginning the build this upcoming weekend. So this plane is sort of borderline regarding 6-cell battery use, but I like over-powering planes and this one will not be an exception. Size-wise, the Extra 330L EP is comparable to the the E-flite Carbon-Z Yak 54, but a little larger and heavier (the 330L is composed of balsa/ply rather than z-foam).

Here are the power components I have chosen thus far:

ESC: Castle Creations Phoenix 80-Amp (internal BEC disabled)
UBEC: Turnigy 3-5A Switching UBEC
Motor: Turnigy 50-65A...Continue Reading