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Pica Waco 1/6 Biplane Conversion

Old 04-04-2015, 03:33 AM
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I am converting an old Pica kit Waco 1/6 Biplane to electric. Just wondering if these specs are ok:

Wing area=990.5, Total weight = 8.125 lbs. (130 oz.)
I think i'd like to go with the following set-up:
AXI 4130/16 with a 16-10 prop. 70amp controller and a 5000mAh 6S (two 3S 50C packs) battery.

Any thoughts or recommendations?
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Old 04-04-2015, 04:30 AM
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Motor should be a good match. Way more power than the glow you are replacing.

Wattmeter test the prop... just doesn't sound right to me.

And I expect you might have ground clearance issues.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:03 PM
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Yes I will definitely check with the watt meter. I may experiment with some wooden eProps too. This model has been in "almost ready" condition for over 15 years! My dad finally turned all of his RC stuff over to me and this gem was one of the ten planes he gave me. It's all built but not covered so it's perfect for conversion. Going to go with creme and red. What a beautiful kit!!
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I have owned and flown 4 Pica 1/6 Waco`s. They fly great. I found that scale flight only required 1/2 to 2/3 power using a OS 60 fsr. Take off is easy at 1/2 throttle.. I believe mine weighed around 8.5 - 9 lbs.
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Old 05-05-2015, 10:47 PM
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These Stearman conversions are about the same weight and wing area:
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