Starting this off my plane is almost done. Technically I need just the transmitter and receiver. But really I also need a LiPo Battery charger and servo centerer. As I am nearing the end of it’s build before flight I had many things goin though my head. Some like “I should have done this correct” and some like “the plane will do fine”. The plane was poorly built.
I built the fuselage without knowing the size of the electronics. The elctronics is also something I worry about. The battery amperage is 55 amps so it’s higher than the 40 amp ESC which is higher than the motors amperage. Now I’m not an RC expert but I felt like the higher amperage would be safer.
Now to the wings and weight. It’s going to be heavy. The motor and battery take care of front and center weight. But in the aft I’ll be putting a camera and a phone if it’s still nose heavy. If i knew the weight that was going to come from this I would have had two motors. So now it’s all going to be on that one motor. I haven’t figured out the CG yet. All in all the plane wasn’t built so great but I still hope for it to take to the skies.
What is your RC plane made of? I suggest you to check the fuselage, look like it’s crooked to left from what I see on the picture. Good luck with your RC build, I have sort of bad luck with RC planes.
I had two foam planes so far, I only got chance to fly one once before it was destroyed by my dog and other saw couple of more flights before getting jailed in its plastic box. Need to find time then I can free it.
Finally, something I know a little something about. Being an avid RC aviator for many years (built my first one in 1982!) and Radio Frequency/Electronics Engineer, I like this and was wondering if I would ever see anyone else on here that “tinkers” with RC flight. That looks like an E Flight / Park Zone brushless outrunner motor with matching E Flight ESC. I’ll have to dig though my parts bin, but I think I still have one of those ESCs. ;) As for a servo or anything servo related, I like Futaba…they generally make pretty reliable stuff, but an E Flight / Park Zone Servo will do just fine. Also, you can check out the Traxxas servos as I have had success using them in a pinch.
Here is where your complication comes in: with a battery that produces a max 55A output @ 11.1V, your ESC will only handle 40A Max input @ 11.1V. That extra 15A of current that you are going to push through the ESC is probably going to let the smoke out of a couple of components. And as well all know, the smoke has to stay inside the components for them to function properly. Make sure that your max input current/voltage for the ESC is never surpassed by the supply current/voltage. Unless you are like me and enjoy spending money on simple mistakes. :)
DM me if you ever need any help or guidance. I’ll be more than happy to guide you in the right direction should you need it. Happy flying!
Depends on what prop he’s pulling. It’s fairly reliant on how much power can be juiced out of the system. Looks like an APC to me with a steep pitch. For a slow and lazy flyer like that, you’d be better off getting a longer prop and a shallower curve.
Get yourself a watt meter, Bulba. It’ll allow you to see whether your propeller/battery/motor setup is overstressing the limits of the individual electronic components used.