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Old 01-09-2017, 02:42 PM   #1
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Hi. I was thinking with the latest advancement in micro electronics, especially brushless motors for eflite umx planes, it might be a good time to do a successful Guillows model conversion. Most of the stuff I have read is from quite a few years ago and I know weight was always a big issue but maybe the new gear will be better?

Looking at the SE5a. Perfect size for me. I am fortunate to have a nice little flying field right in front of my house. I mainly fly the smaller umx.

Would also like to use more of a fabric covering than tissue and dope.

Anyway great to be here.
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Re: Guillows electric conversion

Welcome Stuart!

Yes I too have entertained the idea of converting Gillows kits to RC. Most of them were too heavy to fly successfully with rubber power but I think, like you say, brushless gear and lipos just might be the ticket.

I have a Gillows Stearman... and a Spirit of St Louis...
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Re: Guillows electric conversion

Many have agreed with me that the wood in the Gillows kits is heavy. I recommend using their wood as templates.
Fabric would be way too heavy!
It has been done but they fly fast to stay in the air.
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I came to the conclusion many years ago that as far as flying them rubber powered - they make good display models. The Eze Built line of kits were way better flyers.
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Re: Guillows electric conversion

I have converted a stick-tissue cub into an indoor electric cub. its a hoot to fly and feels nostalgic to me, considering it was build decades ago and was free-flight rubber powered at the time.

i also converted a Guillows rubber powered corsair to electric as well. Both were very enjoyable projects and made me feel like a kid again :

I highly recommend it to anyone who was at one time in their lives in love with rubber-power stick-tissue models
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