Go Pro

Finally got myself a Go Pro off ebay, video quality is much improved, unfortunately upload speeds to youtube are in hours now due to really slow broadband & bigger files :(

Need to find a lower mount for the camera, it sticks up a bit too high above the wing and upsets the stability of the Twinstar a bit, also makes a good air brake!

Twinstar is brushless & Li-po powered

All swapped over, gone from 480 can motors with 9.6v Ni-mh to E-MAX 1500Kv brushless with 11.1v 5500mAh Li-po battery. The Li-po battery is about 2/3rds the weight of the Ni-mh and the motors less than 1/2 the weight of the old can motors. Power should be 300watts. Just need some wind/snow/hail/rain free hours over the weekend to test.

 

I was going to just swap the motor mount plate to the rear position in the engine bay but the new motor wouldn’t centre on the plate.

So mounted to the front and trimmed the back part of the mount down to sit the props as far back as I could go

Final position, shortened the mounts by about 15mm

Motor Swap

Started the brushless swap on the Twinstar, so far carefully cut out the engine mounts so I can move them back enough to mount the new motors on the front of the engine mounts. Also cut a channel in the wing to get at the motor loom, will epoy it back in when I fit the wiring for the new speed controllers.

Next day service

Can’t fault BRC Hobbies for their service, less than 24hours from the order being made I have the brushless conversion kit for the Twinstar :)

Twinstar Brushless Conversion Kit

 

A parcel from HobbyKing has arrived too, what to do first…..

A sunny June 1st

Managed to get a couple of flights in on the Twink. Camera working okay this time :) Managed to bash one of the aileron pushrods walking into the field which bent it slightly & required a bit of trim on the first flight, other than that and some poor attempts at landing on the narrow track in the long grass some good flights. Looks like the field will be cut for silage shortly so will try and get the Travelair out for some nitro flying

 

 

 

Finally a good flying day

Finally a nice flying day when I am not working :) 2 good flights in the twink over St Chads including some soaring with a Buzzard. Just got back to check the video & it seems it han’t recorded¬† :(

Also tried out a new flying patch I have access to, too rough for anything other than the Twinstar but a nice bit flat field. Did have some video of it but lost that also. Maybe later in the week.