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Sep 02, 2012, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by kingsflyer
I fly mine with and without floats on a 4-cell 3800 and a 4-cell 4000. It balances without additional nose weight on the plane, but the floats needed a little nose weight. I attached the weights under the front tips of the floats. This way I can switch back and forth without any CG issues.

Huh, this is a good idea. I need something else to fly off of the water and my Escapade doesn't get much love since I got a PA Extra MX. Which float kit did you use?
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Sep 02, 2012, 10:49 PM
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They are the E-flite 25 size fiberglass floats.

They're a little pricey, but they sure are nice.

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Sep 11, 2012, 08:12 PM
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Guys, I think my batteries I got (used, 4s 3000mah zippys) are wearing out. I'm getting a bare 5 min flight time with flying it mostly 3/4 throttle. . What is a good size battery for a stock Escapade 40 w/ Rimfire .46 motor & GP silver 60A esc? A fun plane for sure.
Sep 11, 2012, 08:34 PM
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I fly mine with 5s A123, roughly equal to 4s LiPo, and get 8/10 min with minimall throttle management. A123 are 2300 mAh 20c.
Last edited by arniebud; Sep 16, 2012 at 02:09 PM.
Sep 11, 2012, 09:13 PM
no more glow models for me!!!!
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i'm flying a 4 cell 5000mah 30c pack. i'm conservative flight time wise so i'm getting about 6 minutes, but i'm sure i could stay airborne for at least 3 minutes longer if i had to... i also don't fly full throttle all flight long...i'll do a couple of full bore passes but mostly 3/4 to 1/2 is plenty of speed for loops and rolls
Sep 11, 2012, 10:14 PM
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I'm flying with Turnigy 5 cell 5000 20c.......the weight makes the plane balance and flight time would likely be more than 10 minutes....I usually fly about 7 or 8 minutes,,,
Sep 11, 2012, 10:19 PM
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Thanks guys. A123's are new to me, but I like the flight time there. Grits, does a 4s 5000mah make it nose heavy on yours? Mine seems about balanced with the 4s 3000mah, which weigh 325g, and there's a little elevator UP trim too.
Sep 11, 2012, 10:28 PM
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Mine balances fine with a 4s4000 20C battery as far forward as it will go in the tray.
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Sep 16, 2012, 10:52 AM
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I've ordered new bigger batts, but someone was telling me that the battery hatch has no air circulation and that that was why my batts were a little hot at the end, and suggested adding nacelles / openings on both sides of the fuse to get air flow.

Has anyone done this, or think it's a god idea/hooey? Might not help the looks much. I can see that the esc and motor already get tones of cooling, but it looks like there's few openings for air convection to the batt area.
Sep 17, 2012, 12:04 PM
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I have not done this but there is no reason not to do it. A little more cooling in the area can not hurt.
Sep 23, 2012, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by jumna
...but someone was telling me that the battery hatch has no air circulation ... Has anyone done this, or think it's a god idea/hooey?
I run a 5S, 4000mAh pack in mine and haven't had any serious heat issues. I agree that ventilation is lacking in the Escapade but the space up front isn't so tight to be concerned.

Don't run the motor at 100% throttle the entire flight and you should be fine.

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Sep 23, 2012, 02:29 PM
no more glow models for me!!!!
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it's worth doing. a well vented battery compartment can't possibly HARM your planes performance.
Sep 26, 2012, 11:35 PM
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was realy getting comfortable and flying my escapade right n the edge. this was just after a death spriral i purposely put the bird in that then i seemed to be lazy ont he pull out

very awesome bird
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Last edited by Evan03; Sep 26, 2012 at 11:40 PM.
Sep 27, 2012, 12:29 PM
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Oh nooooze...

I haven't flown mine for quite a while. But it's more because of having to drive 1 mile on a dirt road and not wanting to get my car dirty.
Sep 27, 2012, 06:09 PM
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Evan, how are your building skills? That really sucks.

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