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Balsacraft Limbo Dancer IC

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Engine Doctor30/09/2019 09:34:44
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​​​​​​Posted by SIMON CRAGG on 30/09/2019 02:14:41:

Having had a plethora of "Fun Fly " models over the years, I would fit an 1100 mah Life pack for the RX, and a more powerful lightweight engine (.36 size ideally). For more grunt fit a power pipe if required. A fine pitch wide blade prop is a good idea as well. These models need to be kept light, and every little helps.

yes + 1 .as Simon says keep it as light as you can . I used to use a 5cell AAA pack and never had any problems but check battery before each flight. A LiFe would be ideal. Fit a heavy engine and they become sluggish at lower speeds . I have had a few fun fly models and generally used a 32 /36 engine with a Weston throttle pipe. They often turn up at the club with a 46 or even an occasional 53 fast vertical or straight line flying but lose the low speed agility.

Edited By Engine Doctor on 30/09/2019 09:36:57

Martin Harris30/09/2019 15:37:34
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I bought my Limbo Dancer second hand with a Super Tigre 45 fitted. I swapped it for an MDS 38 (I know, but I fly it off snow on floats every year in freezing conditions and the only time it stops unexpectedly is when the fuel tank runs dry) which made it a much better model.

kc30/09/2019 16:22:45
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Whilst a lightweight powerful engine seems a good idea if it's an old used model it might be worth checking whether it would need some weight to get the CG right. If it does need weight then not so much point in getting a lightweight engine. So maybe the Enya 46 after all ( is that a 4 stroke?)

If anybody has built an electric Limbo Dancer then I would be interested to know how you got access to the Lipo. I have the electric kit to build but the instructions are not very helpful. it seem the wing has to be removed, so I wonder if anyone has put a hatch ( for connecting) on top in front of the wing.

J D 830/09/2019 16:37:12
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If Enya 46 is a 4 stroke I think it may be to heavy.

Andy C30/09/2019 19:23:30
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The model is the original balsacraft version, so I would imagine its heavier than its SLEC relation and therefore needs weight up front. Certainly when I tested the balance with the 40LA it appeared to be in need of some nose weight.

Just checked spare engines and the best option I probably have is an Enya SS40 2 stroke which I acquired last year in a job lot of stuff. It is carbless, but I have found an Enya one amongst the bits that fits so could be a match. I will clean the engine up later this week and see if I can get it running as a back up if I don't end up using the LA40.

kc30/09/2019 20:13:38
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I would expect the Enya 40SS would be a very good engine for this model - my 40SS have proved very powerful even though they are the plain bearing version ( they were used in various .40 size models not a Limbo ) quite lightweight too. I would rate them better than the OS LA 40 which is not in the same league!

Paul Marsh30/09/2019 20:54:04
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I have a OS 32 SX in mine. Its around 20 years old and has been in many fun flys and Weston Park in the Dark/Ragley Hall.

I used a mini servo for the throttle which saves weight and space. This is using a 4 cell pack in the past as it's on Futaba , though do use a 5 cell AAA pack which is enough for several flights. Has a additional 300mah 3s pack for the lights.

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J D 830/09/2019 21:20:38
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Mine had an Enya 40SS to start and it was fine, just the OS 46 with pipe came my way.

Roy Andersen10/05/2020 13:25:26
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Anyone know where to buy Limbo Dances in ARF / Kit or just drawing?

Regard Roy

Robert Parker10/05/2020 18:38:09
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Hi Roy,

SLEC does both electric and IC kits.



Roy Andersen10/05/2020 19:08:19
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Hi Robert.

Thank you, see this now. Do they make the models themselves?
what does IC kits mean?

I think and have an OS engine in this plane.

Regard Roy

kc10/05/2020 19:10:49
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SLEC is the current name for Balsacraft. Website is here.

For anyone on a strict budget ( that's most of us now) there is a free plan for a fairly similar model called Joey or Kanga in this thread by Martyn K.   Three years ago Martyn offered a pdf of this or his own version, maybe he still would if asked.

Edited By kc on 10/05/2020 19:24:51

Edited By kc on 10/05/2020 19:41:09

Robert Parker10/05/2020 19:13:13
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Hi Roy,

They are kits, not ARTF. It is a very simple kit to build, I built one many many many years ago.

As for IC kit. All this means is that one kit is for electric power and the other to suit an OS or similar engine.

Hope this is of some help



Roy Andersen10/05/2020 19:25:49
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Yes I like and build and have built many aircraft.
In the original ARF Limbo, there is one tube inside the wing.
(this is a good reinforcement for the wing)
Do you know if this is the case in the KIT model.

Had such a Linbo in the 90's and then I used an OS LA engine on it. You can no longer get hold of these LA engines, they were blue in color.

kc10/05/2020 19:30:24
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No there is no wing joiner tube it's a one piece wing.   Just two paper tubes to take aileron servo wires.

Edited By kc on 10/05/2020 19:31:26

Edited By kc on 10/05/2020 19:33:20

Alan Gorham_10/05/2020 19:33:58
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There is a cardboard tube in the current kit version of the Limbo Dancer. Its main function is to act as a conduit for the aileron service leads. I'm sure it won't contribute structurally to the strength of the wing as it already has adequate spar and webbing dimensions.

Christian Anderson14/08/2020 18:13:19
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hi all one of our members has just given me a limbo dncer but unfortunately it needs a few repairs o the til section, does anyone have a copy of the plans I may download or even just the til section

Kind regards


Brian Lambert14/08/2020 18:53:23
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It may be worth looking here **LINK**

Christian Anderson14/08/2020 19:03:30
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Cheers Brian

PAUL HUTCHINSON 201/09/2020 16:17:00
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Hi Check ebay as they have plans there for £7, Im currently running 2 versions of the limbo. One with a 40 in it and the other electric. I run it on a 4s lipo with a A2826-5T motor and 13 x 6.5 prop and lets just say its lively! SLEC do an electric conversion kit if you ask them, it only costs about £10-£15 quid along with some wood to extend the CG out a bit, but works great. If you need pics let me know



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