Am now flying this on a 9 x 7.5 APC Type slow-fly prop 20amp ESC still with the Turnigy 2209, 28 turn, 1050Kv up front. If it's calm I fly with a Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 1300mah but if it's windy I fly with a Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 2200mah. I find that the extra weight is beneficial in windy or gusty conditions when landing. Just gives it a bit more stability for landing.
I use a Turnigy 2209 28 turn 1050kv 15A Outrunner, details*
Operating Current: 4A ~ 12A
Peak Current: 15A
Suggested prop: 9 x 4.7
Suggested Battery: 1300~1700mAh 3S1P
Dimensions: 27.6 x 28mm
Shaft Size: 3.175mm
The kit includes full accessories, including gold bullet connectors, prop saver, mount, spare rubber rings, shrink tube and screws.
Suggested prop size 8" x 6" to 9" x 4.7". However, I use an APC 10" x 4.7" and it doesn't get hot. I get around 900 grams thrust at 18.5 amps, pulling 11 watts. I use a 20 amp ESC. A friend of mine has this model and uses a GPS 10" x 3.5" and gets very good results from that.
A piece of advice KEEP THIS MODEL LIGHT and it flies GREAT, consider using a 3S 1800mah battery instead of a 3S 2200mah to save weight. You won't loose much duration, but it will improve the power to weight ratio no end an you'll get a better shot at 3D flying. You don't need to fly this with a lot of throttle either. I think the reason why some report broken tailplane/stabilizer is due to them flying too fast and too heavy.
Now flying this with a Turnigy Nano-Tech 3S 1300mah Li_Po and it now flies much better than with the 2200mah Nano-Tech Li-Po. This model flies a lot better when light. With the APC 10" x 4.7" Slow Fly prop it has a braking action which will slow the model even when in a vertical dive with the throttle cut right back. Can't recommend this model enough !!
Have a 2209/28 1050Kv in mine but am having difficulty with down-thrust and side-thrust. Can anyone help with how they have managed to offset the motor and by how much to get satisfactory results, please ??
The pictures show an option to stick-mount it. This is outdated as the model has been updated and the bulkheads have been modified and unless you cut them about you can't stick-mount. Therefore the Hobby-King recommendation of a power system with gearbox type EPS100 is wrong. I have mounted a 2209/28 1050Kv brushless motor on the new box type engine mount supplied which fits perfectly. Don't order the EPS100 with gearbox recommended by Hobby-King the modifications to the bulkheads will not allow it to be mounted without considerable cutting about.
Myself and friend have had a good look at the images above, we see no difference to the Hotpoint EP models we had, made in 2005. The Hotpoint was a fantastic flyer, I really loved flying it. It performs well with about 200W power input. It will do very nice pattern flying, and also does good 3D. Best built light.
The down side is that the horizontal stabilizer is under designed. At 300W power input the tail breaks off in flight. I recommend you strengthen the horizontal stab spars with carbon or similar before fitting IF you are going to hot it up.
Some photos have been put in the files section.
Overall I give the model a thumbs up.
A rather older design, but the plane flys well. Remember to reinforce the horizontal stab to prevent stab failure during flight. I use Hobby Kings 1mm flat carbon fiber
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Maidened this one today in about 10-12 mph wind.
My setup: KD A22-20 spinning an 11x4.7SF, 30A ESC, 1300 mAh 3S and 4x HXT900 servos.
Well behaved and handled the wind very well. Elevator & rudder seems a bit small for full out 3D, but I'll maximize the throws and give it a try when there is a bit less wind :)
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This plane is a very good deal. The plane is build very clean and I fly it with a smal engine. It was so good, that I bought a second plane one week later.