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Thread: Motor / Battery Short Flying Time
11/03/2009 23:46:54
Yes, battery was toasty warm, not red hot.
 
Second battery is currently discharging @ 1A and has been discharging for 20mins so far.
 
I'm guessing 'DP value' is "Delta Peak".
 
It is currently set to the 8mV that you said before, however I will stop the discharge now and set the DP to 6mV and restart the D>C (discharge>charge) cycle.
 
Q: I can't set the discharge value to 1v per cell, only as an overall battery voltage.
So should I set it to 1v or 7v ??? (7 cell battery)
 
I will log and post the results. I will be glad when I have the hang of this elastic trickery stuff, IC is soooo much easier.
Thread: Multiplex Mentor
11/03/2009 23:28:20
I'm having trouble getting hold of a Mentor at my local model shop. They reckon Multiplex can't give them a date of delivery and are on back order.
 
I really wanted to support my local hobby store too but all of them in my local area have been pretty much a waste of time.
 
I have cash in hand too! What's wrong? I though local shops were gagging for people to spend their money!
 
The shopping list has remained the same and I have been quoted £500 as a deal price.
Although again, each supplier saying they can't deliver until they have stock of either the plane or another supplier not having Spektrum radios.
 
Shopping List:
Multiplex Mentor Aeroplane
Multiplex Mentor Power Package (motor, esc, prop, etc)
Multiplex Mentor Servo Package (4x servos & ext cables)
Transmitter & Receiver (Spektrum DX6i)
Flight Battery - 11.1v 3700mAh 3s Li-Po or better
Fusion LX60B Pro Elysium AC/DC Charger
Multiplex Zacki Elapor glue (20g)
 
 £500 package deal price.
 
I think I need to go on the hunt again and find a supplier who can get this to me by the weekend. Suggestions anyone?
Thread: Motor / Battery Short Flying Time
11/03/2009 23:13:18
OK, thanks Timbo - I have edited the post above and put lots of useful links in there for anyone to reference.
 
I have adjusted the delta peak to 8mV per cell and started the charge from where it left off.
As far as I know I should be OK doing this without a discharge cycle first.
 
[...goes away and plays on RealFlight G4.5 while waiting for the charger to do it's job...]
 
beep...beep...beep
 
Chargers just finished. It took 33min 39sec and is reading 9.9v
At least the battery is getting warm now.
 
I think I will try the other identical battery now and see how that goes.
 
Just looked at the battery log and they have both been charged 9 times now, including tonights charge.
Thread: .30 Size Plane Ideas Please
11/03/2009 22:43:04
Bump. Anyone else got any suggestions?
Thread: Motor / Battery Short Flying Time
11/03/2009 22:17:27
Thanks guys I think you are right about upgrading the motor, esc, battery.
 
I have a few Li-Po's for my blade CX2 but I think I may be better off buying another few Li-Po's for this plane.
 
I hate to be beaten however with the current setup.
( Fusion Elysium LX60B charger )
The charger was given an excellent recommendation in RCM&E Oct 2008 issue.
Page 98 and is designed for pretty much any battery too. Article by David Ashby.
 
The battery has just finished charging.
Discharged to 5.5v after 20min @ 1A
Then charged to 9v fresh off the cooker in 9min 6sec.
Charged @ 0.8A - I don't think this right, surely should have taken longer?
The delta peak is currently set at 4mV per cell by default. Not sure if this is OK?
 
Any more suggestions guys? Thanks.
 
 
 
 
 
11/03/2009 12:37:54
What battery would I use with that BRC hobbies set? The ones I already have?
 
I keep a log of how many times my batteries are charged and without checking the log, these batteries have been used about 10 times each. I purchased 2 of these 7 cell 8.4v 1000mAh Ni-Mh batteries at the same time 2 months ago from my local model shop.
 
I'm hoping that my charging regime is not considered bad.
When I get home from a quick fly over the park I charge both batteries and they are stored at room temperature (charged, not cycled). Before going out I top up both batteries and then repeat... (I charge them at 0.8A rate)
 
I will have to get back to you on the voltages fresh off the cooker. I will try a cycle tonight (1.0A discharge & 0.8A charge) and report back with times and voltages.
 
The Wild Hawk is supplied with a 7 cell 8.4v 1300mAh battery, however I purchased this plane second hand and didn't get the original battery pack. All I had was the plane, motor & ESC. I had to source and fit my own RX & battery.
11/03/2009 07:49:22
Thanks Ken, certainly worth the money it seems
Thread: .30 Size Plane Ideas Please
11/03/2009 03:39:53
Can anyone suggest a good plane for my Enya SS30 engine?
 
I have a brilliant engine but no plane to go with it anymore.
It ran in my Prescedent Hi-Boy Trainer (my first plane 18 years ago) but was just a bit too small for that big trainer.
 
It is a shame to have such a great engine sitting in a box.
 
Any plane suggestion welcome.
(Fun Fly, Trainer, Sport, Aerobatic, Stick, etc)

 
 
Thread: Amazing good service
11/03/2009 03:20:22
I would also agree that Galaxy Models are brilliant. 

Thread: Motor / Battery Short Flying Time
11/03/2009 01:53:32
 
I have a "Wild Hawk plane" also known as a "Merlin Condor" and is a cheap copy of the Multiplex EasyStar.
 
 
On a fresh fully charged battery I'm getting about 1 minute on full throttle before the motor stops (although the servo's are still fully operational).
 
Surely it should last longer than this?
 
Motor: 380 - standard stock motor
Prop: Gunther Electric Push Prop (LINK TO PROP)
Battery: 7 Cell 8.4v 1000mAh Ni-Mh - (1300mAh Ni-Mh supplied as stock)
ESC: unknown - standard stock ESC
RX: Spektrum AR500 (upgraded from stock 35mhz rx)
Charger: Fusion Elysium LX60B (as recommended by RCM&E)
Battery charged at 0.8A
 
What do you think? 
Would a 1300mAh battery make much difference?
Is the Spektrum RX that I put in there having an effect?
Is this battery unable to drive the 380 motor for sustained periods?
Charging / Battery problem?
Do I have a different problem?
 
I feel like replacing the whole power train (motor, battery, esc) as it does seem a bit under powered but can't afford that at the moment (I think it would cost me £60).
Help everyone please!


Thread: Multiplex Mentor
04/03/2009 13:07:06
Well I think I will be getting my dad's Mentor within the next 48 hours for a package price of £500.  Galaxy Models have been the most helpful so far and do deserve the business. I'm amazed how un-interested some model shops have been in quoting me, considering the current economic situation, I thought they would be falling over themselves for the business.

Shopping List:
Multiplex Mentor Aeroplane
Multiplex Mentor Power Package (motor, esc, prop, etc)
Multiplex Mentor Servo Package (4x servos & ext cables)
Transmitter & Receiver (Spektrum DX6i)
Flight Battery - 11.1v 3700mAh 3s Li-Po or better
Fusion LX60B Pro Elysium AC/DC Charger
Multiplex Zacki Elapor glue (20g)
 
The only hold up at the moment is the availability of Spektrum DX6i's, everyone seems to be out of stock at the moment. Something to do with the recall perhaps or maybe just demand? I'm hoping it's down to demand as that is good news for the hobby.
 
It's almost like Christmas! Getting exciting!
Thread: Apprentice versus Multiplex Mentor
04/03/2009 12:57:49
Peter, I presume you have looked on the BMFA website for clubs in your area?
 
It's also worth ringing or callling in at your local models shops too, they tend to know where the flying sites are. Not clubs all are to be found on the BMFA site, I have come across some private sites by word of mouth in shops.
04/03/2009 12:57:29
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04/03/2009 12:56:55
Peter, I presume you have looked on the BMFA website for clubs in your area?
 
It's also worth ringing or callling in at your local models shops too, they tend to know where the flying sites are. Not clubs all are to be found on the BMFA site, I have come across some private sites by word of mouth in shops.
Thread: Looking for a Wot 4 - Wanted ads won't let me post there
03/03/2009 10:37:34
Shaun, I'm after the same, throw me any 'scraps' that come your way if you are not interested in them.
 

Thread: Hi Boy
03/03/2009 10:35:41
Doh! Just noticed, I've already posted here before - lol
 
Getting old, memory going......
03/03/2009 10:34:58
I learned to fly on a Hi-Boy and it is a great plane, perfect for a beginner.
 
I still have mine too! (Must be good then!)
 
I put a .30 in my Hi-Boy but it was slightly under powered. The .40 that you have with yours would be the perfect size.
Thread: Map of RC UK suppliers
01/03/2009 23:12:52
www.midlandmodelcentre.co.uk
01922 422340
stores.ebay.co.uk/Midland-Model-Centre
18 Goodall Street
Walsall
West Midlands
WS1 1QL



ModelCraze
01384 265339
179 Dudley Road
Brierley Hill
Dudley
DY5 1HR


Penn Models
pennmodelsrc.co.uk
01384 400 085
134 Moss Grove, Kingswinford, DY6 9ESTEST
01/03/2009 22:55:42
I can confirm that this works with Internet Explorer but not with Firefox
Thread: Multiplex Mentor
26/02/2009 14:22:37
One model shop told me today that I couldn't fit any other motor in the Mentor as it was only designed for the "Multiplex Power Pack".
 
Is this true? This seems odd to me.
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