Great Plane F-15
|WATTS PER LB.
I have always liked Jets an have been looking for one that
would be light enough to convert to electric power. The listed weight for this
plane is 6 1/2lbs. and I hoped to save over a pound with wood swapping and micro
components. After adding over 2lbs of batteries the all up weight came in at 7
1/2lbs. I first powered this plane with an Aveox 1406/4y 3.7-1 drawing 30 amps
on 18 cells (540watts) but that did not give enough power for jet like
performance. I then switched to the F16 motor drawing 50 amps out of 18 cells
(900 watts). This plane is a real screamer now with over 120watts per pound,
what a ride!
|I saved several ounces by replacing or cutting down heavy wood. I also
used micro servos and a small receiver battery.
|There is a lot of wood in this kit and with time you could save even
more weight then I did. 28.1oz wing loading is high but manageable just
watch the landing's and don't let it run out of power.
|This is not a kit I would recommend for electric conversion
because of weight problems. A jet should have lots of power and to get
power with this plane you have to settle with short flight times.