Howdy. I'm a very, very rank beginner here...not even sure you could call
me a beginner being as I have no flight time, but...
I'm interested in putting together a powered glider. I live in south
Alabama so I don't think we have the fancy thermals like someplaces do, but
the buzzards say we do have some of 'em! My interest is in putting together
an electric plane that I can send to a lofty altitude and then hunt for the
thermals. The ability to carry a small camera would be very attractive.
All the ESCs, cobalt, brushless, foam, balsa, pico servos, mini-servos,
3-channel, 4-channel, etc., have got my head swimming. What I'm hoping for
is for someone to point towards a kit, ARF, or maybe even a RTF that would
be a good one. Something solid and power efficient that is good and stable
in flight and that a newbie could put together and with concentration fly.
Practical and functional are much more important to me than "pretty". :)
I'm fairly handy with tools and can follow instructions so a not-to-complex
kit would work good for me in keeping the costs down.
Basically, I guess I'm trying to figure out what specific parts, kits, etc.,
would be a good one for me to look at. I'm trying to get out with less than
$350 total. Currently looking at the JR XF421EX or maybe the Quattro Lite
transmitters which will leave around $200 for the plane.
Help is MUCH appreciated at this point!
will help you sort out the bits and pieces.
In general most electric gliders don't climb that well 'out of the box'
biu spending a little extra on e.g. most usefully a gearbox, will get
you what you want.
Having been in your position, and bought a Protech Alpha, the first
thing that improved it was simply one more cell on the battery pack.
That took it from 'barely flyable' to 'does in fact go up as well as down'
If I had kown then what I know now, I'd have stuck a gearbox and a
bigger prop on it too.
You can get prefectly acceptable results from that without having to
plunge into expensive motors and Lithium batteries.
Thanks for the reply and the tip on the gearbox. I'll certainly keep that
in mind. I've almost decided to opt for a non-motorized plane (see my new
post to the group)...and of course have some question on it, also. Ed
I hope you don't ever catch a turkey buzzard. He'll eat that llittle thing!!
LOL I chase buzzards and stuff a lot and have never hit one. I hope not to.
Just a little fun harrassing the wildlife. Flame suit on for you PETA folks.
| I hope you don't ever catch a turkey buzzard. He'll eat that llittle thing!!
| LOL I chase buzzards and stuff a lot and have never hit one. I hope not to.
| Just a little fun harrassing the wildlife. Flame suit on for you PETA folks.
I hit a buzzard at the local slope (Mansfield Dam) about a year ago
with a foamie flying wing. I guess I snuck up behind him and collided
with him. Certainly, it wasn't intentional.
He squawked, dived and got the hell out of dodge. I guess I scared
him -- he must not have been paying attention. I just barely bumped
into him, the plane barely reacted. But he certainly did :)
I don't see how you could ever actually hit one intentionally.
Generally they fly much better than we do, and are very alert. They
seem to ignore our planes mostly, but do move if we get too close.
(Unlike the swallows, who attack unmercifully if you get too close to
their nest (?). Of course, they really can't do a thing to the plane,
never mind the fact that it's like 10x as big as they are. But it's
We have a hawk were I work and that bird slaughters the squirel
and rabbit poplation. Never attacked my SS.....but whats funny is that
the crows will pester the hell out of him ....yet he has the
andvantage. He could easily slaughter those crows.