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Old 10-09-2016, 09:47 PM   #1
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I attended the Joe Nall Model week in South Carolina last May. My granddaughters & my wife flew the electric C/L models that were available for anyone to try.
I wish to build the same model but I can not remember its name. It is approximately 30 " span & looks similar to a Ringmaster.
Can anyone identify the plane & where can it be purchased ?
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Old 10-09-2016, 10:20 PM   #2
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Re: electric control line

I am not really sure what the model is, the tail looks like a Ringmaster but the wing and fuselage are not for sure. I have attached a copy sites that talk some about electric control line. I currently have a 40 size stunt ship on electric and it is working good but I just need to get back to flying it more. Any 25-40 size profile is a good starting point with electrics .

https://www.rsmdistribution.com/

http://brodak.com/control_line_flying
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Re: electric control line

Richard

The airplane is the "Ring Rat" from Stevens Aero.

http://www.stevensaero.com/StevensAe...-Line-Kit.html

It does look a lot like the Ringmaster, either RSM or Brodak, sell ready to use electric setups for a variety of planes.

Personally I use the KR Timer from RSM and Castle esc.

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Old 10-10-2016, 11:05 AM   #4
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Re: electric control line

Thank you !!,
I grew up with control line & still fly them regularly along with a lot of R/C flying. Most at our R/C field cannot fly U/C , some had never seen it before.
My goal is to build / buy a couple or the electric models with a timer & have others in the club try it. The biggest comment I hear from them is " I would get dizzy & crash " . The timer set to a low time would be a plus.
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Re: electric control line

I loaded up my oriental electric with 2 minute training flights and coaxed Nathan a RC guy who had never flown control line before into flying it.
I held the handle for the first few laps then let go and told him not to crash.
He did fine.
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Old 10-12-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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Re: electric control line

I kept looking at the photo & had trouble trying to figure its approximate span, The 18 " span shown on the Ring Rat from the Stevens aero site just didn't look right. It seemed to be more than 18 "
Then I looked further on the site & discovered there is a larger version at 28" span. I have since ordered it & all the recommended electronics.
This is the first control line I have bought in over 50 years ! All my present C/L models have been inherited or scratch built.
The prices have gone up a tad !!
Thanks again for directing me in the right direction.

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Old 11-02-2016, 05:53 PM   #7
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Re: electric control line

I purchased the Ring Rat 250 [28 " span ] from Stevens along with all the recommended electronics , ESC, motor & the timer. I have just finished the build & made up a set of .012 X 52 ft lines as suggested.
I test flew it today & all went well except I am a little disappointed on the amount of line tension, almost none. I built it as per instructions with the proper offset motor thrust, wing weight & rudder offset.
It appears 52 ft is a bit much for this size of plane.
Any thoughts or suggestions ?
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Re: electric control line

What are you getting for lap times? I would guess about 4-4.5 seconds/lap for this size model. What prop are you using? The 3 blade GWS? Personally, I'm not a big fan of GWS props. Try the APC 7x5 and dial in more RPM if required, just watch the current load and temperature of the motor & ESC. If you then feel it's too fast you can slow it down and shorten the lines a little, maybe 48'.

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Thanks, I will change that 3 bladed prop, I only used it as it is recommended by the manufacturer. I have a 2nd set of .012 x 52 ft lines that I will shorten to 48 ft . I am not sure of the lap times but will time them next time. I am just learning the programming on the timer & have not tried to adjust the pot for more power.
I had my son trying it today, all went well. I like the concept of constant engine runs & predetermined flight times.
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