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« Reply #75 on: April 13, 2019, 12:35:35 PM »

Well, we didn't do as well at SoCal State in the trial event, as we'd hoped to. A broken wire in the harness to charge the capacitors from a pair of D cells, held the kids back. Though they showed a lot of initiative and quick thinking, getting the judges' permission to speak to me, and also go from team to team to borrow a battery that somehow got one plane charged (Matching connectors?? I wasn't sure). They wound up in Fifth Place, which was quite good, considering. They though fast and thought on their feet, and pulled out an OK finish from what would have been a disaster.

Onward and upward:

What electric motors do you all use for these Electric Wright Stuff planes? We used motors, gearboxes and propellers from the Indoor RC "Vapor" and "Ember" planes, which gave pretty good performance and endurance. Several 40-second flights during practice, and one 50-second flight. But another school at SoCal racked up a couple of 120-second flights, I was stunned. (They won, deservedly). I don't know what motors etc. they used, but they were certainly superior to ours.

Has anyone ever played around with the motors from the buzzer in a cell phone? Any idea where to get one (other than cannibalizing a phone)?
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« Reply #76 on: April 21, 2019, 07:13:41 PM »

Has anyone ever played around with the motors from the buzzer in a cell phone? Any idea where to get one (other than cannibalizing a phone)?

I know you can find these at AliExpress.com.
https://www.aliexpress.com/wholesale?catId=0&initiative_id=AS_20190421151218&SearchText=phone+vibration+motor

No idea how they would work for this, but there they are and they are cheap.

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Mike Kirda
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« Reply #77 on: April 22, 2019, 02:06:14 AM »

Mkird, a great tip! Thank you!

Most of them seem to have the little offset weight on the shaft, that makes it vibrate. Any idea how to get it off the shaft? Are the press-fit on? So maybe they can be pulled off? Maybe without damaging the motor bearings?
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« Reply #78 on: October 21, 2019, 02:22:32 AM »

In 2018 Electric Wright Stuff was added to the SoCal State Div. C tournament as a Trial Event.

In 2019 they did it again, except as a Div. B Trial event.

Anybody heard anything about whether they might do it again? An EWS Trial Event in Div.B and/or Div. C for the 2020 SoCal State tournament? Or possibly a full event for the 2020-2021 season in either Division?

Inquiring minds want to know!  Grin
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« Reply #79 on: January 14, 2020, 02:52:04 PM »

E Wright Stuff is back on for California SO competitions in Div. B. I've built one since the school I'm working with (Jeffrey Trail MS) is participating in it. The planes are easy to build and trim, and in general are really fun. Here are some of the details of the plane they're using: http://jhaerospace.com/product/electric-wright-stuff/
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« Reply #80 on: January 14, 2020, 03:01:10 PM »

E Wright Stuff is back on for California SO competitions in Div. B. I've built one since the school I'm working with (Jeffrey Trail MS) is participating in it. The planes are easy to build and trim, and in general are really fun. Here are some of the details of the plane they're using: http://jhaerospace.com/product/electric-wright-stuff/
Maxout, what motor and propeller are you using for it? Gearbox too? :-)
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« Reply #81 on: January 14, 2020, 07:24:32 PM »

It's a cheap 7mm coreless motor I found that seems to work well. It's a little hot of a wind so it does burn off power too quickly. I'm using Ladybird props as they seem to be pretty efficient and cheap (they give a full vertical climb on E20 models despite being smaller than what's allowed, I know that much!). No gearbox at the moment...maybe later.
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« Reply #82 on: January 16, 2020, 02:56:20 PM »

SciOly just put a topic on their forum for the 2020 SoCal Electric Wright Stuff Trial Event.

See it at:
https://scioly.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=283&t=16598
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« Reply #83 on: January 16, 2020, 07:55:08 PM »

A major issue with capacitor storage devices for such models is the wide range of actual capacitance for the parts.  A typical tolerance specification for a 5F super capacitor is +100% -0% (AVX 3V SCC series for example).  There are some super capacitors available with tighter tolerances (such as a Maxwell with a 4.5F to 6.0F range) but these still have a wide range.  With such wide ranges for a nominal specified capacity, it behooves the competitors to purchase a large number of super capacitors and cherry pick for the best.  The advantage goes to those teams with more financial resources.

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« Reply #84 on: February 22, 2020, 03:44:22 AM »

Onward and upward.
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« Reply #85 on: February 24, 2020, 01:37:09 AM »

Three flights today with the above plane, at Westview HS gym in San Diego.

Third flight was 1 min 23 sec.

See it at https://youtu.be/kWCj5hg_pJI

Now to start tweaking it.

This was a coach's prototype, built last week. The Mesa Verde MS team started building theirs today.
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« Reply #86 on: March 04, 2020, 07:46:11 PM »

EWS Canard Pusher, an experiment. Glides well. Will it fly?
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« Reply #87 on: May 24, 2020, 11:59:52 PM »

Well, might be a bad time to bring this up, with everybody having so much fun with viruses.

Has anybody heard anything about possible SO activity for the 2021 year (Fall 2020-Winter/spring 2021)?

I found a supposed schedule for SO Summer Institute taking place in July 2020. But this is a DRAFT copy, and is dated Dec. 2019 - a month or so before the virus hit and everything got cancelled. I'm assuming SOSI for July 2020 is also cancelled, but haven't heard definitely. Anybody know?
https://www.soinc.org/sites/default/files/uploaded_files/2020_SOSI_Schedule_SAMPLE_121219.pdf

Also remember getting a note several months ago, stating how sorry the SO leaders are about cancelling pretty much all of the tournaments due to the virus. It went on to say that in order to not waste the students' effort they had already spent studying or building etc., SO planned to have exactly the same events next year (2021 season) as they were going to have in the 2020 season. Assuming, of course, that the 2021 season doesn't also get cancelled.

Anybody have any further info? Inquiring minds want to know!  Grin
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