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Dec 08, 2001, 04:59 PM
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the fearenstein GWS motor is no more!!

early morning I hit the skies -- a little windy but ok.well the new batteries were doing sooooo well 35 mins into the flight and at about 300' high the wind picked up a little again not bad controllable but I was working the little bird to keep it on track -- then I tried a quick 180 to orientate myself better into the headwind-- GOOD MOVE JOYCE!!!-- the rear wing mount couldnt take the strain-- SNAP!!! I saw one wing go flutter flutter flutter before it ripped itself off the crippled bugger,the remaining wing did a credible job of auditioning for a javelin job at the next Olympics and guided therest of the plane straight down like an arrow!! 300' to zero in about 5 seconds so intent on pulling up during a VNE (velocity never exceeded) manouveur I actually pulled the stabaliser off the fuse-Note (says to himself ) A Litestik cannot employ full up elevator at a pure vertical at 30 mph
Well nows the chance to build that VEE-Tail beauty I always wanted to
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Dec 08, 2001, 05:14 PM
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I have broken so many Bamboo skewer sticks in minor (& Major Crashes) that I just went ahead & bought a Pack of them at Walmart. All they had was a Pack of 100! I sure hope I don't break that many!
I still love my Litestick! I got a Deal from Tower, Bought 2 Litesticks for $48 Including Shipping! I did steal the DX-A Motor out of one of the kits but it's nice to know I have a Backup plane in case mine does what the Aussie Man's did!

P.S. - I fly over a Yard that contains (2) Large Dogs, the Dogs have expressed their desire to me that they will eat my Litestick WHOLE if it goes into their Perimeter!
Dec 08, 2001, 05:34 PM
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Mrebman Funnily enough it wasnt the bamboo that let go but the mount actually snapped---- Told you it was windy!
What actually amazed me more than anything was the absolute spear properites this displayed on the way down -- we are talking straight vertical!! I have got back up bits as well -- but the saddest part was that this was my highly modded original DX-A-- the motor survived really well the gear box is in 13 YES 13 pieces!! An awesome display of shatteration!! I did not even bend one of my cooling fins
I take my big vicious Rottweiller to the park with me when I fly and she has expressed a distinct "sookyness" if you even think about buzzing her (shes also afraid of day old chickens )
I do have back up motor units but have never fried a motor so I dont have a spare gearbox for it Dammit!!
This little modded fella now has over 55 hours on it and was pulling like a train when the mount said enough-- Is this a GWS record??
Dec 09, 2001, 07:19 AM
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Its still breathing!!!:D

THE BELLS THE BELLS!!! The V-Tail is now complete!! I now have carbon fibre spars -- alloy mounts -C/F pushrods - a braced V-tail set up-- flush mount wing cover to hide the gap between wings -- (DO THIS!!! heaps more lift!!) Am looking at the Horejsi 7.8:1 three bladed speed 300 ---its shaking in the corner
And getting the heat gun out to remove some of the wing washout-- THE BELLS are getting louder!!!
With all the fun of the newer GWS models its still fun to mod the litestick into the beast it never dreamed it could be
Dec 09, 2001, 11:17 AM
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Hui Aussie Slowman. Sorry to hear of the motors demise. I suggest you bronze it and hang it up somewhere! Will we see a picture of the latest antipode electric flying device anytime soon?Cheers to ya Best Regards
Dec 09, 2001, 01:42 PM
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That motor looks more like something Dr. Frankenstein came up with!

And you say IT survived? (Bleriot's so used to fryin' 'em, he figured you did too! )

Seriously though. What the hades are the copper coils on that thing? And are those homemade cooling fins?


Dec 09, 2001, 02:21 PM
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G'Day guys

Bleriot-- will definately get some piccies up in the next day or so-- I might just send you the motor --- so you can say you owned a GWS that lasted longer than a snowflake in the carribean

DB -- the copper coils are an exercise in cooling as well-- they are pure copper and are sodered direct to the wiper lugs -- my theory was that the more heat I could get away from the wipers and comm. the better-- It seems to work I just cant kill the bugger- I have failed Bleriot Fly n fy 101
The fins are from a modded bourbon can lol and they work a treat too
Dec 09, 2001, 04:19 PM
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I figured the coils MUST be cooling related somehow! Either that or you were constructing a static fiekd generator.

Bleriot fly 'n fry 101: must of us can only aspire to his greatness! I will continue to follow in his footsteps in the hope of equaling him.

Onward and upward gentlmen!!


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