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  2. SteveH

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    Hi Wookman - I agree that buying into OpenTX is a steep learning curve but there is plenty of information / youtube videos showing how to do it. I once owned a Spectrum transmitter and quite honestly I found it very frustrating. The multi protocol system on the Radiomaster TX16S is definitely plug and play. I have bound all sorts of Frsky receivers and Spectrum receivers without any problems at all.
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  4. I stole this off Zagnut on RC Groups. Not exactly like his but pretty close. I will be putting ply triangles or balsa triangular stock between it and the inner fus sides for extra security. It is intended for soft bungee launches (F3RES) of about 4kg pull. All you need is a 3mm ply base, piano wire and a set of "chocolate block" connectors. Carbon tube of suitable sized inner diameter and a small piece of balsa or ply as a plinth for the carbon tube both coming from the scrap box. I have fibreglassed over these parts to tie it even further together. I used cyano throughout.
  5. wookman

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    All the above is true but you will be buying into OpenTX which is a steep learning curve and the multi protocol system is not entirely plug and play from what i have read.
  6. SteveH

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    How about a Radiomaster TX16S? You will never outgrow the functionality of this transmitter and for around £125 bought in the UK and due to its multiprotocol feature it will bind to all Spectrum receivers and many more manufacturers receivers.
  7. wookman

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    Hi Hex. My threepence ha' pennies worth. Don't go for a Spekky DXs or DXe. Not flexible enough, you will grow out of it too quickly. No model memories on the s and you will need a computer and a lead for the e. No resale value to speak of if you do progress. Go for a DX6e if you don't want it to talk to you, or a DX6 if you do. Combine it with a AR620 rx, tiny full range with internal aerials. Half decent resale value if you don't progress and it will allow you to program much more complex models. Basically you cannot mix manufacturers. Spekky tx means Spekky rxs, though yo
  8. Mig

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    Ps - I use Lemon Receivers on my cheap models and the Spektrum stuff on my more expensive planes. Lemon stuff is great! great value too I think DSX is the older protocol and less compatibility than DSMX.
  9. Mig

    Transmitter / Receiver recommendations please

    Hi there I got myself a Spektrum DX6e. I hated at first and was craving for a good old FM tranny but after a while it started to click in, how the whole things works. I love the way it can take loads of models without carrying crystals.
  10. Back after 30 years, now with a young grandson in tow who's keen to get started after seeing my old Chris Foss Phase 6 (least I think it's a 6) in the loft. I built it to use along with a 33 MHz Sanwa Tx a lifetime ago and never got around to flying it, so I'm in the process of checking it out and fixing a few repairs. Now I'm in the process of buying a modern foam electric powered glider of some sort and a new Tx & Rx. Don't want to spend a fortune so happy to start out with something affordable whilst seeing how far we get. I've seen a Spektrum DXS combo mentioned at ~£120 and a D
  11. Dick Whitehead

    Pike goes electric

    Sounds promising.. The only 17x8 I have is on a Sebart Pitts biplane on 6s, but I have just looked at my data logs and it is doing 6,600 rpm at 688 watts (at part throttle!) even with the big radial cowl behind the prop adding drag, so the performance data looks realistic as I would expect given the source. It will be fine. Looking forward to hearing about the maiden once you have run out of excuses Dick
  12. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    Initially a 17 x 8. 3s - 11V - 17x8, 6924 rpm, 62 amp. 687 watts, thrust 4279g, pitchspeed 84 km / h, Eta 82.4% https://www.reisenauer.de/aid-2400-Tenshock-EDF-1530-8T-4pole-3480KV-br-with-Micro-Edition-5-1N-T.html
  13. Dick Whitehead

    Pike goes electric

    Being scared of props is a good thing - it helps keep your fingers away from them at all times when the battery is connected What size have you gone for? Dick
  14. Baldyslapnut

    Pete Beadles Laying to Rest

    Pete's family have informed me the service was not recorded. Regards Greg
  15. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    I would like to chuck it off a hill and turn on when in safe air. But I don't have a hill, so need to find a nice remote field with no dog walkers, kids, trees, rocks, motorbikes, turbulence, cattle, irate farmers, and probably the hardest at the moment no swamps. Think I have all my excuses in a row. Big props scare me too.
  16. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    They are batteries I already have Kev. The cells I ordered from hobby king have got lost in the post. Gives Potential to use a single pack if I wish to go lighter. Generally the single 2400 pack I have will be first choice. What battery have you gone with and does it fit through the canopy or require the nose to be taken off?
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  18. knewt

    Pike goes electric

    Why have you gone for two packs? I’m just waiting for the prop and I’m good to go. I’m actually a bit nervous, big electric props scare me! K
  19. Jef Ott

    Pike goes electric

    Make a point of never connecting indoors then (so that you can safely throw the burning battery pack a safe distance).
  20. Baldyslapnut

    Pete Beadles Laying to Rest

    Jeff, Thank you for your comments. If the video can be made available it will. Pete's brother really struggled to deliver his eulogy and Pete's sister was very distressed yesterday. I will be contacting them tomorrow to see if this is possible. In the meantime can I suggest we respect their privacy and give them some time to heal. Thank you for your consideration and respect for the process of grieving. Regards Greg
  21. Nicholls

    Pete Beadles Laying to Rest

    Jef, It's being looked into. I'll revert with any news.
  22. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    Fair comment Jeff, done that way so I can still use them into a JST when using in the Solius. They will require care. I did once connect a + to - on a single battery where I had male and female banana plugs. Pushed the two wires together by mistake. Nothing escapes stupid. I guess making it easy to make mistakes can create a requirement to take it carefully. We will see.
  23. Jef Ott

    Pike goes electric

    A word to the wise... Change the battery terminal connectors so that you cannot inadvertently connect the batteries together in reverse polarity. Surprisingly easy to make a mistake that could cost you a pair of batteries at the very least otherwise.
  24. Jef Ott

    Pete Beadles Laying to Rest

    We need the funeral director to make the video of the service available for viewing again. Unfortunately, with no contact with either the family, nor any clue as to who the funeral director is / where it took place, we have no way of requesting it. Am I alone? I think I am probably not alone in this. If anyone has any info, to enable us to request this service, I am sure that a lot of people that are hurting right now, would appreciate it.
  25. Mig

    Returning after 30 years - Hi.

    I have the Volantex ASW 28 and I love it. My friend has the Voantex Phoenix. Both are awesome but the ASW has a few minor issues around the quality of the canopy. For the price though I’d say you can’t really go wrong. As long as you only buy from uk warehouse once they’re in stock. Also the price varies from £85 to around £200. All down to tax, customs, handling fees abs admin charges if you get it from the EU or China. I’ve also got a Phoenix but it’s still in the box unassembled as I’m enjoying the ASW 28 so much!
  26. Kikapu

    Returning after 30 years - Hi.

    The wings on the Solius detach undamaged if you have a heavy landing. Great thermal soarer too. And I agree with an earlier commentator about Stan Yeo kits. Very good.
  27. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    Lastly - I hope! Due to difficulty buying another flight battery, I have made a lead to couple a couple of Turnigy 3s 90C 1000mah packs I have. So hopefully 2000mah. I had to grind the JST plugs off leaving just the bullets to connect to. The JST plugs are convenient but very bulky. Running them on the belt sander the cutting the last bit off with a Stanley blade worked well in removing them. These small batteries are also used in my Solius so I didnt wish to solder them together as a single pack.
  28. MikeE

    Pike goes electric

    70A Drone ESC soldered directly onto motor. No BEC. Battery connection lead soldered on so that it runs back over the ESC into the nose area. This gives a soft lead to connect the battery to. Aerials put into a partially split tube, with one Hot glued to bottom of fuselage. Marks on Battery top show CG options. Leads taped back to battery to add strength when pulling on them removing the battery. Plenty of room for the wires with the battery this far back but model does require a small amount of nose weight for this battery position.
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