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Aug 03, 2006, 11:52 AM
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Electra Fuselage

The fuselage has been finished to this point for sometime. Reading Electra postings here, it is clear that climb out will be much more impressive if either a 3:1 gearbox and a larger prop, or a brushless motor is used instead of the furnished direct-drive T-600 motor and 8-inch prop. For awhile I toyed with going to one of those configurations immediately, but then decided to first use the basic direct drive installation and components as furnished, and then once that baseline is established, make enhancements from there. Going slow… I am new to a lot of this…..

I did distrust the battery compartment latch design as being somewhat flimsy, and instead used a small piece of lite-ply backup and a blind nut to anchor the swivel to the fuselage. I also used a 2-56 nut epoxied in place on the inside of the hatch to anchor the mating swivel post. I’m hoping to avoid the experience described by monty_11!

The next step with the fuselage was to temporarily installed the wing and the stabilizer and make any adjustments necessary so that they are perfectly parallel. So … had to set it aside until I could first complete the wing - which at that point had not yet been started.
Last edited by k4kjf; Aug 03, 2006 at 12:21 PM. Reason: grammer
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Aug 03, 2006, 02:32 PM
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Wow! a blast from my past. I built an Electra back in the last century With the stock direct drive "Turbo 550", 6 subC NiCds and 8X4 MasterAirscrew Electric prop is just barely flew. The batteries may have worked much better after a few cycles but they never got the chance. I wrecked the plane then converted it to HighStart only to learn with. Moved the servos and a small Rx battery, into the nose and carved a foam plug for it. It has since had many hours up in the clouds including 3 one hour flights.
Aug 04, 2006, 11:28 AM
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Grejen - Glad to hear of its versatility. Maybe I'll have reason to follow the same path some day.

I'm thinking of on the Electra using some 2/3C, 8-cell NiMH's that have been powering my slow stick. I suppose the 8-cells will provide a little more kick - but maybe I'll just end up burning out the motor

We'll give it a shot anyway.


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