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Old 04-18-2010, 11:04 PM   #21
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Have you flown your 50cc-sized Sukhoi yet?
Not yet, too busy with F3A at the moment to spend any time on it.
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:05 AM   #22
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Re: Difference in Lipo Brands from H.K.

I opted to go electric for IMAC mainly because it was getting harder and harder for me to handle even my 50cc AW Yak 54. Charge 3 batteries, mix oil and gas, haul it to the field, down on my hands and knees to assemble the plane, and put in the fuel, and then down again to flip and flip the prop to get the engine started. And then fuel it up again, check the batteries, and flip flip again for each flight. OR haul a car battery and starter around all day. AND it was not too bad to haul it to the field when I had the van but now with a mid sized car, it's impossible to get it in, so a trailer would be required, and more $$ needed for that.

The electric fits nicely in the car, no gas stinking things up and no gas cans to haul to the field. The wings go on fast, no fueling, no flipping, just plug in the battery and away you go. NO dumping over flow of fuel onto the grass, NO spewing chemicals into the atmosphere, NO noise to speak of, NO slime or exhaust crud to clean off the airframe. AND it cost a fraction for this setup compared to my AW Yak 54.

Granted, i'm talking about a smaller plane @ 70" span but at least it's a manageable size! The motor, ESC/BEC and 2 6S battery packs cost less than $200, the airframe approx $275 tax & shipping in, and servos another $125.00. Misc items like leads, spinner & props perhaps another $50.

Thats a complete 70" span airplane ready to fly for less than $700.00 total. Perhaps add another $110 for a couple more battery packs and I'm done. Depending on how well I care for the Lipos, I have my fuel costs covered for at least the next couple of flying seasons. Not too shabby when you consider the AW Yak 54 setup was somewhere around $2200.00

I know guys love their large gassers and that's great but as said earlier, I needed to down size slightly which made things much more cost effective for me and much easier handling. All the other bits are just gravy!

I figure with 4 battery packs, (approx $220) no need to charge at the field during a competition. Its very rare if ever to fly more than 4 flights for a day of IMAC competition! So there again it becomes even easier. NO large batteries to lug around, or noisy gas powered generators needed. Just charge up at home, go fly, charge them back up when I get home!

Electrics aren't for everyone. But for me, it made it possible to once again join the IMAC competition, taking away most of the work involved just to be at a competition and participate. And it is for me, so much easier on the ole pocket book. And I am sure I'll have just as much fun flying my electric airplane as I did my gassers!
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