On Thu, 30 Aug 2001 22:10:48 +0100, "Chris Tricker"
>Hiya Paul :)
>Well I have the bog standard Battery pack, plus two 9.6v 700mah Twincell
>Nimh AAA Packs too.
Both should be good choices. What will you be charging them with?
The NiCds are not terribly fussy and can be charged up to 1A. The
NiMh are a bit more fragile and should not be charged at more than
about 700 mA. Your charger should be specifically designed for NiMh
if you are going to use it on NiMh cells, since the peak on a NiMh
cell is more subtle and a regular NiCd charger can miss it with
>I am also fitting the upgrade kit for out door flying at some point, as I
>have the kit, would you recommend starting the Upgraded engine off on the
>build NOW or wait until later??
I frankly didn't notice much difference between the stock 295 and the
"tuning" 310 motor. I'd build it with the stock motor and save the
310 for later. The gears are available separately (you should have
some spares anyway) and you can fit one to the 295 and 310 (see below)
and use either. It is simple to switch motors. Break them in first,
though. It is important.
>If you now know what im about to do, does this change your opinion of what
>gears to use?
Not really. I found the 9 tooth to be ideal for the 295 motor on 7 or
8 cells. Note that if you run 8 cells, the tail motor will not last
as long. And also you should know that replacement tail motors are
available from Hobby People (see my web site under Links and
Resources) for about $9 for a two pack. They are the same as used on
the Wattage B2 bomber.
Good luck, and do check in on the Ikarus Piccolo BBS. There are lots
of VERY supportive folks there. It's a rather unique community with
the best signal to noise ratio I have ever seen.
Feel free to Email me with any questions, too. And be careful.
Flying the Piccolo can be HIGHLY ***ive when you get the hang of
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