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Sep 27, 2010, 09:55 AM
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cox 049 for rcpowers extra 300?

hey everyone im new to 1/2a rc and was wondering if i made a balsa wood rcpowers extra 300, will a cox 049 (has the throttle ring) have enough "power" to fly the plane? if so what type of electronics will i be needing? im planning on buying a spektrum dx6i but im not sure if i need a speed controller?

thanks any comment will be much appreciated! and any help full advice will also be appreciated!
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Sep 27, 2010, 11:57 AM
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It depend on the size and weight of that Extra 300. You don't need a speed controller for IC power, only a small servo to control the trottle but you need to provide proper voltage to the Rx and servos. Spektrum Rx's needs 4.8V at all time or will suffer brown-out and reboot, so a 5 Ni-cad/Nimh with good mA capacity is in order.
Sep 27, 2010, 08:48 PM
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Sep 27, 2010, 08:59 PM
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oh and what would be the ideal weight of the planw for the 049? and if balsa is to heavy could i use depron foam? i would film cover the foam of course.
Sep 28, 2010, 08:52 AM
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That pack is WAY too big for a 1/2A model.

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FOr 1/2A 500 mAH is plenty
Sep 28, 2010, 04:06 PM
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If about 200 square inches, 18<20 Oz would be a maximum for good flight with 1/2A power. And even that would be rather zippy, a 4.8V Rx pack might be a problem with Spektrum system(most uses 5 cells/6V pack). A 500mA pack is gross overkill for 1/2A were weight is always a concern, a same capacity 2 Lipo pack and UBEC would weight a lot less and give same servo power as Nicad/Nimh with less risk of "brown-out" even with a 5 servos set-up.
Sep 29, 2010, 03:21 AM
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does anyone have begginer plans for a 1/2a? i beggining to doubt my skills at this topic :P
Sep 29, 2010, 03:38 AM
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I haven't built any of these myself but here are plans for a trainer style plane; LST 1/2a Trainer
Sep 29, 2010, 04:30 AM
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thanks kris ill probably make this one now but im still very tempted to make the extra :P any suggestions anyone? its my first scratch build btw
Sep 29, 2010, 08:31 PM
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If you have no previous experience in RC Extra is not a first airplane you'll crash in a blink, better start with a trainer like LST, dont run before walking.
Sep 29, 2010, 08:59 PM
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ive already been simulating the extra for about 1 month and the only concern i have for it is the weight and the fact that the 049 wont have enough power for it?
Sep 30, 2010, 01:41 PM
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"Simulating" is not the real thing! 1/2A planes tend to fly very fast,specialy when heavy and a sedate trainer would give you a better chance to survive the first flight. Simple trainer are also easier to repair and less prone to damage than a scale job, nothing worst than crash a plane on which you spend lot of detailing time because of a slightly off CG,wrong incidence or wing warp. As alcarafa said its better to learn walking before trying to run
Oct 02, 2010, 09:10 PM
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is 750mh too much for the receiver?
Oct 03, 2010, 06:24 AM
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It is more about size and weight.
Oct 04, 2010, 03:15 AM
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You can use a 2 cell 450 mah lipo for your reciever , it's lighter than any NIcad or Nickel metal batteries.
But your first concern should be size , power plant and weight of plane.

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