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Feb 22, 2012, 10:03 AM
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Post your ALES setup

I am looking forward to seeing the information explosion continue for ALES. One area that has been intermingled with the all the other good information has been a listing of the planes/power sets that people are bringing to the format.

Please share with us your ALES darlings and your thoughts on what you will do next.
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Feb 22, 2012, 10:09 AM
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I am very close to buying a dedicated ALES setup, but as of yet, have not done so. Our local guys will get more active in the warmer months - right after the spring wind season blows past. I have 45 days to go (more or LESS)

I have an old OLY II that will work for those light lift days, albeit without glide path control.

I have a 2m R/E glass ship from the early 90's called the Palio Jr, again without glide path control.

I have a heavier 1.98m ship with R/E/A/A which uses spoilerons for glidepath. It does not thermal as well - but with roll control and the extra weight it is better suited to those rough air days.

My intended ALES setup is something like the PASSER X or the Advance Version of R2 Hobbies Raptor 2000.

The Phoenix II from Hobby People may just follow me home as well.

Thanks for sharing and Fly well!
Feb 22, 2012, 11:25 AM
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Yippee!!! I was waiting for this new forum. Very interested in any mods.
We are a group of 5 glider fliers and will have ALES informal contests starting this summer and see if we can make it grow in Ontario. We have CAM units on order.
For my planes, I have currently Radian modified similar to Paul Naton's setup. Threw away the motor ( bad bearings) and replaced it with E-flite 480 960kv ( happen to have a couple ), aluminum adapter and original spinner and Graupner 10/8 prop. Climb is better and saves an 1 or 2 oz of the glider weight with 1300ma 40c lipo.
My second plane for more windy conditions is my old Easy Glider Pro which, with added weight, penetrates much better then Radian. It is powered by, again E-Flite 480 960kv with Radian spinner and the same 10/8 Graupner prop. I modified this one a lot, it has full flying tail with HS65 MG right in the tail under the stab. I have added flaps to get full house glider, with camber set at couple of deg negative it really penetrates well. Total weight was kept to 36oz ( have another 10oz to add if needed ) with 1300ma lipo and it'd dead air time is very close to the RE Radian, it has the most development potential in a 2m foamy for me. Had a Radian Pro, did not like it in comparison, sold it.
I have 100" Aquila, which I am also converting to electric and a couple of 3.5m gliders waiting conversion.
Keep the plane specs coming!!!
Feb 22, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Here is mine:

Motor: Neu 1110/1.5Y/5.2
ESC: Castle ICE50 Lite
Radio: Hitec A9
Flight Pack: 3S A123 2300
RX Pack: 2S A123 1100
Weight: 61 oz.
Power: ~350 watts
Feb 22, 2012, 02:40 PM
Red Merle ALES VI
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eSupra Scratchbuilt

Scratch Built eSupra
(Thanks Dr. Drela for the freely available plans)

Motor: Hyperion GS3020-08
Prop: 14x7
ESC: Castle Creations Phoenix 60
Radio: Futaba 72Mhz soon to be Futaba 8FG 2.4Ghz
Wing: Airtronics 94809
Tail: Hyperion DS09-AMD
Flight Pack: 3S A123 2300mah
Weight: 76 oz.
Power: ~450 watts
Time to 200m at 4,000' field elevation is consistently 27 seconds.

This model can be winched launched as it's overbuilt for ALES. Thus I'm building an ALES only version that will be lighter. I hope to shed about 12 ounces.
Wings are done and it's on to the fuselage.

Feb 22, 2012, 03:02 PM
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Hi Curtis, Just completed my Skybench Oly II. I am hoping that the spoilers will help improve my landing scores.I have a Turnigy 3548 in it which is also 1450 Kv. I have another Turnigy only 900 Kv, which I may switch to. I am also awaiting the arrival of some Nano lipos? 1300 45/90C.
Should save a little weight.The weather here is wet and cool, too soon to enjoy a little soaring for this old guy. The old bones need some sunshine! Ken G.
Feb 22, 2012, 03:33 PM
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My ALES ships:

Top Models Avia
98.5" WS
PJS 1300 Hotliner
40mm BB spinner
Castle Phoenix ICE 60 amp ESC
Aeronaut 10 x 7
2200 mah 3S 50C lipo
Full house controls,motor on switch,flaps on throttle stick
AUW 40 ozs.
Soaring Circuits CAM switch
Hitec Optic 6 TX
Hitec Optic Optima RX on BEC
Climb rate about 1400 FPM

Pulsar 3.2 M
126" WS
MVVS 4.6/840
Castle Phoenix ICE 60 50 amp ESC
RFM 14x8
42mm RFM CF spinner
2200 3S 50 C lipo
RES controls,motor on switch,spoilers on throttle stick
AUW 60 oz.
Soaring Circuits CAM switch
Soaring Circuits RAM
Hitec Optic 6 TX
Hitec Optic Optima RX on BEC
Last edited by Leadchucker; Feb 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM. Reason: spelling
Feb 22, 2012, 03:38 PM
AMA 3959
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Top Models Grafas!

Motor-Hyperion HP-Z3025-12 outrunner
servos-6 Hitec HS-85BB
RX- AR-7000, with remote
40MM turbo spinner
15/7 prop
battery-3S-4200 for windy conditions at 11 ozs ,3S3300 for still air at 8.3 ozs
This motor, prop combo shows 579 watts at 55 amps WOT

66 ozs with the 4200 in it! Vertical performance!

Feb 23, 2012, 08:36 AM
turn, turn, turn.
Neu 1509 1D 6.7 gearbox ...CC Ice Lite 100...RFM spinner and 17x16 slim..TP 3s2250 65c lipo ...2s 910 lipo with CC 10 amp Bec.

All in an RES Topaz S at 57 1/2 ounces.
Feb 23, 2012, 09:47 PM
ago involo ergo sum
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Pulsar 4me

Hacker FAI-F5B (Carbon case): Kv=4870, 6.7:1 planetary gearbox turning an RFM 17x10 wide blade on RFM offset spinner, powered by 3 cell ThunderPower 2700 G6 ProPower (65C).
Launch at half throttle. (Considering 2 cell setup)
Hitec servos.
Airtronics 861 Rx
Soaring Circuits CAM module
Feb 24, 2012, 12:33 AM
Good for what ALES you
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Oly II built from an Airtronics kit about 30 years ago. I built an Electric fuse to go with the wings last season.

Motor: Extreme Flight 2818T/900 104g 35Amps
ESC: Phoenix 45
Spinner: Cermark
Prop: Aeronaut Carbon Classic 14x7
Battery: 3S 1300mAh HobbyKing Nano 45/90C
CAM Limiter

Photo is from before upgrading motor, prop and battery. It was originally only reaching 150m in 30 seconds. It now climbs to 200m in about 24 seconds.
Feb 24, 2012, 10:10 AM
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Helium 2-meter from Stevens AeroModel
Flying weight : 25 oz
Battery : 3s 2100 25C lipo
Motor : Hacker A30-28s
Prop : 9x6 folder
ESC : CC Phoenix 35
CAM altitude limiter
Futaba 617 rx, Hitec 65/56 servos, Ultracote Lite covering. I'm using a Futaba 8FG with the motor on a 3 position switch (off-1/2-full throttle) and the spoiler on the left stick.

The only mod made was to cover the balsa bottom from the firewall to hatch with 1/64 ply for landing protection since the kit landing gear was not used.

From a power system standpoint a smaller/lighter lipo would work but due to the hatch location said lipo couldn't balance the plane. With the 2100 lipo I'm able to take 1 battery to the field and get multiple flights.

Feb 24, 2012, 12:51 PM
Electric Airplane Junkie
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Paragon, built about 28 years ago.
Cermark 600 with 4.2:1 gear box, Graupner CAM 14x9.5 folding prop on home made yoke/spinner.
3S3200 Neu Lipo, Castle Phoenix 60 amp ESC.
Control: Rud, Ele, Spoiler, Motor ESC with CAM unit.

Radio, DX-7

Spoilers are 1 bay longer than that was on the plan.
Last edited by bhchan; Feb 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM.
Feb 24, 2012, 04:20 PM
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Jimnm, thank you for starting this thread. I find it very enlightening. It should save a lot of people from having to ask questions about power setups.I will post a picture and specs of my Skybench Oly II after I have test flown it. Ken G.
Feb 24, 2012, 08:08 PM
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Primary is a 2m Pegasus/eflite450/13x6 rudi/ 3s 900mah 45c Hyperion / hs65mg flaps / hs65 ail,el,rud / futaba 10c tx

Backup is a bone stock Eflite Ascent.

Art Hobby Castor in the works. I'm thinking this will be my 'windy condition' plane. Planning on Hyperion motor, castle esc, spektrum servos, Hyperion battery.

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