Field Test of the Tower Pro 3520-07
Gas-to-Electric Conversoin Maiden
Tower Pro 3520-05
This is the first field test of this budget Outrunner motor From Tower Pro. It is in my friend Otto's Phoenix Super Decathlon Gas to Electric conversion. This was his first conversion and first large electric model.
The plane can be had for $120 from Tower and is very sweet indeed.
The specs of the plane with a gas engine are suppose to be 7 lbs, but the plane did not feel that heavey to me - more like 5 lbs. See the pic of the manufactures specs below. His cowl was broken from a previous gas crash.
The model was set up with:
- the Tower Pro 3520-07 from Gorrilla Bob's - $45Shipping to Fl for motor and ESC from Bob was 2 days.
We used the Eagle Tree Data Logger for in flight Data. Tried to connect the temp probe to the back of the bell, but it did not read?? But got in flight amps / watts / volts. Check the graphs below. Amazing power output.
All I can say is wow. This 66" gas to electric conversion was over powered. Flew beautifully. took off in about 25' with only 3/4 throttle from rough grass and we flew it for nearly 8 minutes and still seemed to have plenty of power.
I took the controls at about 5 minutes into the flight (no video), and did loops, stall turns (not enough throws), rolls and high speed low passes. The thing that I was wondering about with this budget equiptment was how well the linear throttle control would be. I was very impressed. I did not do any programing of the controller, but just in flight it seemed as good as the hi dollar ones to me. I did not notice any difference. Very nice controller and nice feel. I am ordering one today.
As to the motor. Excellent! look and construction. Great power, and very quite. No vibration or noise or slop. Over all great set up.
Otto is in the process of selling or giving away all his gas stuff. He is a true convert today
Here is the video of this little power plant:
Video of the Super Decathlon Conversion
If you are looking for a nice .46 - .51 size conversion motor, I could highly recommend this one. BP Hobbies has them in 2 Kv sizes: the 650 which we flew today, and the 730 kv.
Last edited by mrm1; Oct 25, 2007 at 12:43 PM.
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