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Old 06-29-2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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Hi There

I recently bought an E-Flite Tensor 4D. I read on the side of the box what was required to complete the kit. I bought all the E-Flite stuff (battery, 370 motor, the proper prop, Phoenix 10 amp brushless controller etc). I used the proper E-Flite part numbers. The only thing that was different was the battery recommended the 860mah and all that was instock was the 800mah. So I went with that.

So here I am putting things together and reviewing all instructions. And then I come to the problem I need some advice on:

A) The shaft of the park 370 motor is 3.2 mm. But the prop they suggest has a 3 mm hole and they don't recommend drilling it out. There is no nut or method of attaching the prop to the shaft (although there is an aluminum spinner that doesn't seem to fit the shaft either) and there were no nuts or goodies in the engine box or the bag for the Park 370 engine. I am lost.

B) The other issue was with the speed controller. Its the Pheonix 10 amp Brushless controller recommended for this setup. The 2 leads that are come out to be connected to the "battery connector". No where can I find a battery connector. Its not included in any of the bags or kits, its not listed under requirements and I can't even find the connector listed as an item on the E-Flite website. You would think if they required it they would include it or add it to the required list of parts.

Am I missing something here? So far my experience with my first E-Flite plane has not been....easy. The instructions for the Pheonix 10 amp controller....well an electrical degree would help (not to mention reading glasses). The programming of the controller will require an evening of review and memory.

So....anyone had any experience with the above. Should I be more patient? My worry is I am selling R/C products and such ( most gas and glow ) and I considered selling a few indoor electric planes. Yikes...this hasn't gone as easy as I would like. Will my customers screw around like I did.

Advice welcome.

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Old 06-29-2006, 12:26 AM   #2
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Hello in land of Rycroft and motorhome accidents.

You need a prop adapter called a prop saver...a small hub that goes on the shaft and two screws thread on either side. The prop is then pressure fit to the shaft with a regular black rubber O-ring.

The connectors you need are called Deans Ultra connector or Deans Mini ultra connector. Both are gold plated for low resistance connections.

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Old 06-30-2006, 08:51 PM   #3
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Hi Gord from another Gord:
Go ahead and drill out the prop. You'll find you'll have to do that quite regularly That 3.2 mm is 1/8 in. so give er. Make sure it's not a tight fit as the prop has to twist off readily, you'll see what I mean when you get the prop saver.Castle creations has a cable for a reasonable price, where you can plug the ESC into your computer and program it there. You can download the program from the CC website. Saves a lot of frustation. For the batt. around here we use the Deans Micro connector 2R part # 1222. It's polarized by having a male and a female output pin so you can't plug them in backwards. Any more questions, just holler.
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