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Matthew Jones23/09/2008 21:13:00
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Hi, can anyone help need to know the best prop size for a Seagull 25 with a 25 size motor currently useing a 9x6 gonna try a 10x5..... has any one got any idea's on the perfect prop to give me the best performance cheers Matt.
Mark Lubbock24/09/2008 09:00:00
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I always used a 10x4 or 10x6 on my old .30 size trainers, so you are not far out with what you are using-the larger/less pitch prop is probably best for a relatively slow model-it will give better acceleration on take off.
Eric Bray24/09/2008 10:07:00
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Thinbk of the prop as a gearbox - a larger diameter small pitch prop is first gear, and a smaller dia, larger pitch prop is top.

Try to start off in top, and you get very poor acceleration, and the engine struggles to keep going, but conversely, you cannot go very fast in first, but is good for getting going!

Full-size aircraft have a variable pitch prop, nowadays, for this very reason.

You have to decide, do you want good acceleration, or high speed?

Or, of course, a compromise, which is what your  9 x 6 is.

Try a 9 x 8, and a 10 x 4, and see if they make any significant difference.

Matthew Jones24/09/2008 17:56:00
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many thanks guy's for the info, bought a  few different prop sizes today and i'm gonna try them out at the weekend as long as the rain keeps off........................................
Matthew Jones24/09/2008 18:11:00
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Hello again......which make of prop would you say is best have been using air screw which is a kind of standard glass strand prop but have been told to try APC prop's so i tried a 9x6 APC but thought the thrust was a bit pants compaired to my standard 9x6 so i've got larger props to try in APC and standard with different pitches, about 6 in total........i will get there in the end me thinks......lol....any comments would be great.....cheers Matt.

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