Jan 18, 2004, 06:31 PM
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I put an amp meter on the cdrom motor and it's only pulling 3 amps. Looks like it could pull a lot bigger prop, maybe even a Piccolo MR?
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Jan 18, 2004, 11:39 PM
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Sounds like a perfict EDP50 brushless replacement motor.Rewrap it to 28 turn of 30gage and you have a 3s pack brushless micro heli tail motor replacement and at less weight.Matt
Jan 19, 2004, 02:51 PM
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Hey Matt,
I stopped by a local computer store and bought a couple of used CDROM's today, one has grey magnets and ball bearings!
Jan 19, 2004, 04:47 PM
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Great find,if its about 16grams you can safely pull 12 to 14 amps with a 4x4 prop with that motor.About speed 400 power.Goes great on a 6oz mini wing.About 100mph.Give it a shot.Matt
Jan 19, 2004, 09:33 PM
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Here we go, home made Piccolo Brushless Power


Gleened a nice CDROM motor today and have started to see if I can convert it for use in my Piccolo. Here are the parts after removing from the drive and removing the old windings.
Last edited by Art Newland; Jan 19, 2004 at 09:58 PM.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:37 PM
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Making a longer shaft


The bearings and motor could be used as-is with a small mount fabricated out of wood, but I need a longer shaft since the power will be transmitted out the bottom to a gear. Here are the parts for the shaft.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:41 PM
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I had to turn down the bearing tube so as to have a nice fit of the larger tubing. I chucked it up in my drillpress and with a small file, ground it down until I had a snug fit. The smaller tubing fits snuggly into the larger, a 8mm bearing fits perfect into the smaller tube.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:43 PM
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Assemble tube


I line it all up with the shaft and bearings, and silver soldered it together.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:44 PM
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I added a little red loctite to the outside of the bearings and put it togther to dry.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:46 PM
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Here is the shaft assembly from the side.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:47 PM
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Had to drive out the old short shaft.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:49 PM
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install the long shaft, which was also removed from the drive, one of the laser guides.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:50 PM
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I knocked the bell off of the hub! Wasn't to hard to put back on, used some more red loctite.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:52 PM
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Installed bell, took a while to get it back on straight, the're hardly precision to begin with.
Jan 19, 2004, 09:54 PM
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Nice job Art,that should work.Have you come up with a 3mm pinion?Matt


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