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Old 06-18-2009, 11:42 PM
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Old 06-21-2009, 03:53 AM
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Originally Posted by newjak View Post
At the rate I'm going I might have it done by this time NEXT year
If i crash mine, you have to paint " For PvtZ " on the cowl
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Alright guys,
Im sick of waiting around, so i have to push myself.
The maiden date will be August 15th. During my Clubs funfly.
Just to get a recount. Who here is building or flying a texan?
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:44 AM
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If you're going to use a Turnigy ESC, make sure you get one with a SWITCHING BEC built into it, not a Linear BEC (some of the Turnigy's have linear, some have switching, so make sure to read and check). That, or just buy a separate external BEC (or take Alex up on his kindness. ). I am flying my Hyperion P-51D 25e plane with a Suppo (SuperSimple) 60A ESC with 3A external BEC. I like the Suppo ESC's perfectly fine and use tons of the 20A to 60A ones in various planes, but the Turnigy's are a better ESC if you care to spend the little bit of extra money.

And I wholeheartedly agree, Jeff @ HeadsUpRC is a wonderful source not only to buy from, but to get some help and information with your plane. I just looked, and he carries larger motors than the last time I went through his site, so you have a lot of good options there, too. For $28 shipped, this is hard to beat: http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...lectric/Detail

Now, that motor gets it's best performance when using a 4S battery, but it should do just fine on 3S, too.

If I was ordering from HobbyCity, though, I'd probably get one of the following combinations (actually, I already have one of these combinations, but if I was ordering AGAIN, these would be my picks ):

Motors:
TR 35-48-C 800kv: $22.61 (what I'll be using, planning to use both 3S and 4S batteries, probably with a 13x6.5E prop)
TR 35-48-B 900kv: $22.61 (what I'll be using on my E-Flite Cub. Slightly higher Kv, so you'll want to turn a smaller prop [or use a big one and just suck up a lot more amps so long as you stay in the motor's limits], still ought to be good on 3S or 4S)
TR 35-48-A 1100kv: $22.61 (If I only had 3S batteries and knew I'd never use 4S, I might go with this one, but I'd still probably lean more towards the 900kv or 800kv motors)

The motor I'd get if I hadn't already bought a motor:
TGY AerodriveXp SK Series 35-48 900Kv / 770W: $28.40 (or maybe the 1100kv SK version [$28.40] of this, but same goes for that as above 1100kv ... probably go with the lower kV version and swing a bigger prop)

It's the improved and more powerful version of the 900kv motor listed above. For just a few bucks more, it's what I'd go with so long as there was room in the cowl (I haven't checked yet ... it's about 5mm longer according to some HC user notes). 3S should be plenty powerful, 4S and you'll want to make sure you've really got your wings on tight.

So many choices ... it's hard to pick just one. I went with the 800kv because it was the closest in kV-spec to the Power 32 motor from E-Flite, it had good reviews, and the SK series wasn't available yet back when I bought it.

ESC:
Turnigy Plush 60A with Switching BEC: $43.89

SuperSimple 60A ESC [$16.79] with Turnigy 3A UBEC [$7.83]

Lipos:
2 x ZIPPY Flightmax 2200mAh 3S1P 30C [$23.01 ea.]
2 x ZIPPY Flightmax 2200mAh 3S1P 25C [$19.95 ea.]
2 x ZIPPY Flightmax 2200mAh 3S1P 20C [$17.99 ea.]
2 x ZIPPY Flightmax 3000mAh 3S1P 20C [$24.25 ea.]
1 x ZIPPY Flightmax 5000mAh 3S1P 20C [$41.10]
1 x ZIPPY Flightmax 4000mAh 3S1P 20C [$31.23]

That's my 3S list. I'd follow the same path if using 4S, though I'd probably stick to 25C and up unless I was using a 5000mah pack. Also might look at Rhino and Zippy-H batteries, but they are a little more expensive (my Zippy-H 3S 3300mah 20C packs that I use 2 of to fly my Hyperion P-51D 25e cost over $40 each ... wish they had sold FlightMax back then!). I have no idea which of those packs will fit, so do bear that in mind. List is just for cost illustrative purposes on what you could use to get up in the air for a good price. Check any dimensions before buying, as always!

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Anywho, that's my short list of what I'd stick in the plane. Lots of options to get you to where you want to be (up in the air! ) for under $100 on the total bill.

- Dave
Hey dave
Ive been looking at your list.
Im going to try and average ~6 minute flights with my T-6
Im probably going to use this battery.
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=9183

Do you think i could use deans ultra plug with this battery?
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Old 07-08-2009, 10:44 PM
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Originally Posted by pvtzemerak View Post
Alright guys,
Im sick of waiting around, so i have to push myself.
The maiden date will be August 15th. During my Clubs funfly.
Just to get a recount. Who here is building or flying a texan?
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August? OK now I have a target date to beat! I'm going to make sure I have mine done before that date. Since I read your post I actually did a LITTLE work on mine. My tail feather servos have been installed. Once I complete some of the work I have to do around the house I will move on to the next step. Come on PVT... lets git 'er done!
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Old 07-09-2009, 12:19 AM
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Originally Posted by newjak View Post
August? OK now I have a target date to beat! I'm going to make sure I have mine done before that date. Since I read your post I actually did a LITTLE work on mine. My tail feather servos have been installed. Once I complete some of the work I have to do around the house I will move on to the next step. Come on PVT... lets git 'er done!
oh its on!
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:41 PM
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This is the model im getting as well, what type of motor did you put in it? Also how do you tell what type of ESC to get with the type of motor power??? Please let em know. Also im installing the retractable wheels to mine.
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:46 PM
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Hi lancifer!!
I just did what the manuel stated for me to do.
I would use the following set-up
E-flite power 25
E-flite 60 amp ESC

Pretty much everything you see on this page-
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/...an_completion/
Good luck!
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Old 07-13-2009, 10:56 PM
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but isnt that ESC a crappy one??
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:12 PM
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If i use a Power 110 Outrunner 295Kv what type of ESC would you recommand??
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Old 07-13-2009, 11:39 PM
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No, the E-Flite Pro Series ESC that Pvt linked to is a really nice one. It's name brand and a bit more expensive, but it's a good product.

And if you are thinking of using a Power 110 on this plane, forget it. That is WAY more motor than you need for this plane. It's not even a matter of too much power - it simply would not fit and you'd never be able to get off the ground. If you want to go with an E-Flite motor, the Power 25 is the standard motor and the Power 32 is the biggest motor you'd want to use. The next motor up for E-Flite after that is the Power 60, which is also way too big of a motor for this plane.

Pvt, a Deans Ultra connector on that battery should be fine.

I'm gonna try and beat you guys to your maiden. You've motivated me. Admittedly, I have a bit of an unfair advantage since I bought my plane already built and all I've needed to do is reinforce the wing (it had five successful flights before I got it, but I did find cracks in the wing sheeting when I inspected it and the sheeting and ribs had only spare amounts of glue holding them together from what I could see) and add the ESC.

Got the wing fairly well reinforced with a liberal dripping of Gorilla Glue in key points (at least I hope it's well reinforced now), so all I have to do now is add the ESC and I'm good to go. =)

I'm debating whether or not to glue the outer wings to the center section for added strength or not. Decisions, decisions ...
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Lancifer View Post
If i use a Power 110 Outrunner 295Kv what type of ESC would you recommand??
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Im glad i got you before you bought it.
that will OVERKILL the plane, you will not be satisfied.
Just use the recomended power 25, it has gobs of power

but isnt that ESC a crappy one??
Nope, the ESC is acually a very good one.
Good luck!
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:39 AM
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so u recommand the ESC Pro SB Brushless 60A
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Old 07-14-2009, 12:44 AM
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what type of servos do i need ??? im making my price/checklist now!!im ordering some stuff tonight so please let me know!! It also has to be from www.greathobbies.com Thanks
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Lancifer View Post
so u recommand the ESC Pro SB Brushless 60A

Here is a video to show how much power the texan has on the power 25 set-up that i posted- [media]http://videoserver.rcuniverse.com/rcuvideos/magazine/reviews/1014/EfliteAT6.wmv[/media]






Here is the ESC i recomend- http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/HZ/search/EFLA1060.html



I don't really know anything about greathobbies.
but for servos i recomend
You will need 7 of these- http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/HZ/eflite_texan/eflite_texan_completion/JSP20030.html

And 1 of these for retracts-
http://secure.hobbyzone.com/catalog/HZ/eflite_texan/eflite_texan_completion/JSP20080.html

If you need anything, ask me, newjak, or pearladdict.
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so this is the ESC....http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=EFLA1060
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Lancifer View Post
yeppers.
Its a little pricy though compared to other Sites. Normaly its around 80$
Do you think youll be using the power 25?
I found it for you on greathobbies
http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...d_id=EFLM4025A
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Old 07-14-2009, 01:54 PM
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Hey thanks again, its pricey due to the fact that those are in canadaian dollars and im in ontario. i just put my order in now and waitng for shipping quote....heres the list and cost's....
Order Items:

1 ROB430 All-In-One Prop Wrench $9.99
1 ROB402 Super Stand II $23.99
1 HOBR0521 7-Pc Ball Tip Allen Wrench Met $7.99
1 HOBR0350 Hobby Craft Knife Set w/Case $23.99
2 APC110080E Electric - 11 X 8 $4.19
1 EFLA250 Park Flyer Tool Assortment 5pk $15.99
1 MER300M2 CA Medium 2oz $10.59
1 MER5T2 CA Thin 2oz $10.59
1 GPMR6042 Pro Epoxy Formula 6min 4oz $7.99
1 SPM6600 DX6i 6-Ch 2.4GHz Tx/Rx $229.99
1 EFL4515 AT-6 Texan 25 ARF Retract Set $48.99
1 EFLA1060 ESC Pro SB Brushless 60A $98.99
1 EFLM4025A Power 25 BL Outrunner 870Kv $98.99
1 EFL4500 AT-6 Texan 25 ARF $266.99

Sub Total: 863.45
GST: 43.17
HST: 0.00
PST: 0.00
Total: 906.62

All Prices are in Canadian Dollars.
Shipping charges are not included in prices and totals shown above.

In-stock orders are shipped generally within 1-2 business days.
We will contact you if any of the items you ordered are currently out of stock.


Thank you again for your order, we appreciate your business.

Sincerely,

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Old 07-14-2009, 02:12 PM
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that video didnt work but i seen some on youtube and man it looks sweet!! Cant wait, i have the parkzone corsair, Trojan, Spitfire and the Suhkoi coming all together and the texan will follow!!!
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Lancifer View Post
that video didnt work but i seen some on youtube and man it looks sweet!! Cant wait, i have the parkzone corsair, Trojan, Spitfire and the Suhkoi coming all together and the texan will follow!!!
Sorry heres the review, you can download the video from here.

Rc universe review- http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/a...rticle_id=1014

Rc groups review-
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=824627

Good luck!
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So i decided that if i do get my servos they are going to be metal gears instead of plastic nylon. If im investing $900 into this plane, well it will be about $1500 by the time i buy 2 batteries and buy my servos. So metal gears it is. Man what an expensive set up. Hopefully i dont crash the baby!!! I would be pissed!!!
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:03 PM
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I also plan on having mine done by the end of augest as well!!
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Old 07-14-2009, 10:25 PM
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So i have a couple of qwuestions about some features on the texan, first off with the retracables, does the plane come ready for the retracables or do you have to make space for them when they fold up?? Also the flaps on the texan, do they come with it or do you have to install them ?? I have been watching videos on youtube and all the videos show them with retracs and flaps!! Let me know ....also i put my order in!!
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You have to cut out the covering for the retracts, but all the structure is already there. You do not have to modify any of the wing to make the retracts fit. The flaps are already pre-installed as well.

Some folks have had problems with their wings breaking apart in the past in the center wing section. You might want to drip some glue (epoxy / gorilla glue / CA / or whatever other glue you prefer) down into the center of the wing around the areas where the ribs meet the balsa sheeting. It will add a little weight, but better safe than sorry!
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:11 PM
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So should i even bother with thsi palne or should i try the eflite mentor??? It comes witha spektrum dx61 and is rtf except it has a 40 amp esc rather then a 60 but comes witha size power 25 motor!! Let me know what you guys and gals think. Thanks
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