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05/06/2008 at 6:48 pm #40848
Latest model is an Electric Maverick scaled up to 120%. It is powered by a Axi 2212/12 turning a CAM 9 X 6 folder, Jeti 30 amp controller, Starlink timer, and a PolyQuest 1200mah 2 cell delivering 24 amps. Flies locked down with a fuse DT. It weighs in at 412 grams with about 370 sq.s of wing. Not the greatest wing loading, but I hope to overcome it with lots of power.
05/06/2008 at 9:02 pm #45755CRAIG HOLLIERParticipant
Jim,your Maverick looks to me!
Although I haven’t seen any electric’s fly as of yet it sure seems
you men are going to have a great deal of fun with them!
If I had the knowledge of electronics I would be join you guys.
Let us know how it flys.[/b]05/06/2008 at 11:52 pm #45756
Craig, you shoulda been at Spring Cup. One great day of flying.
My electronics knowledge is nil. It is doable. Jump in.
The other Maverick thread includes everything needed to make a 1/2A gas plane electric.
Jim, she looks good. What is the inspiration for THAT color scheme? I know I’ve seen similar, just can’t place where.05/07/2008 at 1:23 am #45757
Dan, The image is not very accurate. The colors are day glow orange and day glow yellow. The goal was high visibility the inspiration was material available in in the covering box. Ed Hardin will like it. He is an orange kind of guy. I went out to fly this afternoon to find the field with a fresh planting of corn on it. I do not know which is worse developers or $6.00 per bushel corn. So the hunt for another field is on. This sport is not for the faint of heart. Thanks for the kind comments. Craig when you are ready to fly electric we are here to help.05/07/2008 at 11:18 am #45758
Jim, I do like the colors, I also like Mavericks I’ve got three of them. I feel your pain on the flying field situation, no where around here to fly or test. I when down to Atlanta acouple of weeks ago but the wind was high and blowing toward the river no one did much flying. The model in the other post look great too. I look forward to seeing them fly.
Ed05/07/2008 at 11:34 am #45759
Ed, Mavericks make exellent electric conversions. Frank Pollard flies one as well as Dan Berry and I. Dan has a couple of other guys building them. Jump in we could have our own One Design Event at Muncie.
P.S. Did you notice the Vandy / Vols baseball scores?05/07/2008 at 6:40 pm #45760
Jim, I might convert one over to electric, I need to get this Goldburg Sailplane electric going first. I really don’t pay much attention to baseball except my grandkids Little League games, but since you mentioned it I did see where Vandy did sweep three games. I guess they have to be good at something, they sure can’t play football! Is there any truth to the rumor that Vanderbuilt is going to change the name of their football team from the Commodores to the “possums”, because the play dead at home and get killed on the road.
Ed05/07/2008 at 7:35 pm #45761
Ed, I don’t know about the Vandy name change.
I do know the school cheer.
“That’s all right, Its OK! We’re gonna be your boss someday! “
Do the Maverick. Its got higher performance than a good Classic Gas ship.05/08/2008 at 1:36 pm #45762
What kind of battery charger do you guys use for the LiPoly batteries. I hear the horror stories about charging them. What safety precautions do you use?
Ed05/08/2008 at 3:27 pm #45763
Smart Charger 2030
Use care with the LiPo. Most problems have stemmed from incorrect usage and charging.
Charge them off the plane. Not on the car. keep an eye on them.05/08/2008 at 4:21 pm #45764
Ed, Lipos are as safe as the user. You have to charge them at a safe rate and not short them out. I have never had a problem. Most chargers today will select the charge rate based on some input from you. My favorite charger is the Multiplex. You can see it here:
Model number HT9253. $84.90
It will charge just about anything and is very user friendly. Use the correct charge rate and be careful not to short out the battery and you will be fine. Make sure that your controller is lipo compatiable. Unlike NiCad’s lipos have a terminal low voltage mark and the controller acts as a voltage regulator and shuts down before the cells can dip too low. Education is the cure for Lipophobia.05/10/2008 at 12:07 pm #45765AnonymousInactive
It seems that this Maverick design is a great starting point for F1Q, but can I ask how people are going about selecting a motor. Dan Berry tells of his going up to astromomical heights with an Axi 2204/54 on the front, but from what I read in the Free Flight Quarterly, Frank Pollard is using the Axi 2208/34 which, according to the Axi website gives a whole lot more power. His must go into orbit! So what do you all reckon is the optimum motor for this model?05/10/2008 at 7:07 pm #45766George ReinhartParticipant
I’ve seen Dan fly his Maverick. It is awsome for a luddite machine.
It occurrs that if it’s going up too fast and too far, then maybe the extended Maverick that Steve Spence was flying might be a better choice.
What say the “experts”?05/10/2008 at 11:22 pm #45767
OK, I’ll chime in. I’m NOT an expert with this stuff.
Jim Jennings told me to use the power package that i have. It pulls a regular size maverick very nicely. Maverick is about 260 square inches. My plane could be lighter. i think it could lose about 1/2-3/4 oz. Alittle extra wing area could help the wing loading and wouldn’t clobber the power run.
A 270″ Marval would be a good size. After June that will be easy to do.
Tony, I believe Frank is flying close to 400 square inches. His motor is bigger than mine. Ivers flies a bigger plane also. I don’t think my setup would be the best for 400″.
Jim tells me that the bigger motor with bigger battery helps get power to weight back in line.
The Maverick is an easy to trim, good performing design. It has some diagonal ribs to help plastic coverings. I used a Maverick because I had wing and stab with no fuselage. There was very little risk here.
Some day i will try no determine what sort of performance is available at 5 second motor run. It won’t be any time soon. I just took out a load-bearing wall in my kitchen. Now I have 490 sq feet of maple floor to install. Then new cabinets. Then fix some electricity. Then some other stuff. Toy plane stuff is on hold for at LEAST 2-3 days 😀05/11/2008 at 12:48 am #45768George ReinhartParticipant
I point out that the “Electrified Maverick”, aside from it’s demonstrated electrifying performance, is featured in the latest issue of Free Flight Quarterly as being an extremely successful conversion and a very good place to start. Here I was giving you credit for being unusually perceptive for a professed Luddite and now you’re trying snake me by intimating you lucked into it. I’m confess, I’m confused. Good luck with the missing wall and the maple flooring.
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