Accesories

Secraft: Fuel pump

Secraft: Fuel pump Some months ago I received the new fuel pump from Secraft.  Due to a lack of time I have only got round to installing it now, but I am pleased I have.  It looks great, and works just as you would expect. Apart from the high quality anodized case, and the overall finish of the pump, its use is really quite simple.  With two fuel nipples for fuel in/out, a connector for the lipo, and a three position switch for Off/Fill/Drain. It includes a support with velcro to hold the lipo, as well as a “U” shaped plate that is used to secure the pump to the fuel can.  It also uses a little velcro just to prevent it from moving once secured to the fuel can handle. The advantage of this little fuel pump is that unlike most other fueling systems out there, it doesnt cost +250€.  This pump, which has everything you need, just needing to add a fuel tank and some tubing, costs about 99$, quite a nice saving! 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Lipos
OptiPower

OptiPower Lipos With so many Lipo brands on the market, it is difficult to choose the right one for your next project. Most of these have somewhat unrealistic discharge ratings or are over-easy on “puffing” Having met with good friend Dunkan Bossion at the French eXtreme Flight Championship in 2013 and saw him show absolutely no remorse for his batteries and find them to finish his flights in the same state they started off in, I was amazed. After inquiring, and trying a number for myself, realised that these OptiPower Brand batteries actually do what they on the label! Real discharge, which results in real results, and less suffering for the actual packs themselves. With a huge range, from relatively “low” 35C Rx packs (that actually have more punch than many 60-70c packs on the market!) to their all mighty real 50C Ultra packs, with between 100-120C peak discharge and in almost any mAh capacity. Having used them in every type of model, from power supply to helicopters, EDF and even drones, can really say that they are a cut above any other pack that I have tried in the past. Just look at the pilots who entrust not only their models, but competition results, to OptiPower battery packs, and wonder why they all came to the same Opti decision! 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Scale Pilot (35%)
G-Force Aircraft

Scale Pilot (35%) – G-Force Scale pilot, 35% scale by G-Force Aircraft. Our acrobatic models are also semi scale models, and with such large canopies, in my opinion it looks terrible to have an empty “office”. G-Force Aircraft feel the same, and produce large scale pilot figures, of which the photos below do not really do justice to! The weight is amazingly light and yet they still put up to the vibrations and high G forces that we put them through. Produced entirely in Spain and for very competitive prices, try one and you will repeat again and again!

Cables and connectors
Powerbox-Systems

Cables and connectors Powerbox-Systems as well as their electrical components also produce wire sets and connectors to the same high standard for us to use in our models. Most of them use smolten plastic to seal the soldered connextions as required in aviation, to assure a secure weld that can be connected and disconnected safely time and time again. Some of their wire sets include: -Extension leads for batteries, with Multiplex connectors The advantage of these extensions are the connectors, which have the smelted plastic over the wld, assuring that the weld cant break or be weakened with repeated use. -Double extention leads, with Multiplex connectors These connections allow us to connect two totally independent servos with just one connector, taking advantage that the Multiplex connectors have 6 pins, and each servo uses just 3 each (positive, negative and signal) As well as being very simple to make just the one connetion, this system has the added advantage of using Multiplex connectors, which are more secure than the standard Futaba/JR, and even more so with the smelted plastic ends. -Adaptors, Futaba/JR – Multiplex They have all types of adapters, such as this Futaba/JR to Multiplex, which has the same smelted plastic on the Multiplex end. http://www.powerbox-systems.com www.PickeringRC.com

OptiSmoke
OptiPower

OptiSmoke Being a new brand to Spain, it is with great pleasure that I can present you with a short video of the smoke liquid OptiSmoke, dealt by CentroRcLevante.net. Its goal as with all smokes is to make as much as possible, but with the extra refinement to provide a low mess easy to clean version. Take a look at the video, see what you think!

Smoke Pump
Powerbox-Systems

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You have to admit, would you be able to have a petrol powered plane, big enough to have a smoke system in it, and not do it?! The smoke pump that I”ve used in recent years both fun and for competition has been the Powerbox-Systems Smoke Pump. It has the advantages of being quite small, so we can fix it where we want, and it has enough power for the plane to start smoking as soon as we flip the switch on the transmitter. There are two versions, one which is powered by a separate lipo to supply and the other version plugs into your powerbox receiver system, taking the current from the same unit where you have connected all your servos, thus avoiding an increase in weight and batteries. Correctly setting the pump up can at first seem complicated, however following these steps you will have the pump set up in no time: The pump is set up completely by the transmitter and the mix programmed in it and not a case of throttle up – throttle down -First we have to select the channel we want the pump to be plugged into, in our case “Aux1” -We start by adjusting the transmitter so that from a transmitter switch we can control the channel Aux1. -With the switch in the off direction the transmitter needs to be at -100% -With the switch in the on direction, the throttle needs to control the Aux1 channel from aproximately -50% to +100%. -The pump is now programed and should work progressively with the throtle stick when the switch is in the “On” position, and for the pump not to work when in the “Off” position. -Now simply adjust the maximum travel adjust until you have the maximum smoke liquid flow desired, and then also the minimum, so that you have very little flow when the throttle is at minimum. (It is recommended that you only start the pump as from 1 / 4 power to avoid flooding the exhausts when at idle) Now next time you want to smoke, you just need to turn the pump on, and make lots of smoke! www.PickeringRC.com

Connectors
Powerbox-Systems

Powerbox-Systems – Connectors Pre-made extension wires are great, and can really save time whenever needed.  That said though, trying to have sufficient stock of all the different lengths needed is not easy, and even then they are still normally a bit too long or short. Making your own can seem difficult to start with, but after just a few it becomes a matter of seconds to finish a connector, not to mention the cost saving compared to buying ready done versions. You can buy these from many different places in different qualities, and even though the Powerbox-Systems version is obviously going to be top quality, they also have a nice feature, in the color… Being transparent, you can see exactly where the pins are, if the connector has gone in correctly, and with time, if there is a problem with any part of the connector, such as any discoloration etc… They do need a crimping tool as well, but as a one off purchase that is not a biggie, and compared to the cost of ready made connectors, it is a worthy investment. Just don’t go with the cheapest “pliers” style crimper, as this will close but not “curl” the tabs on the connectors. A good quality version, such as the one by Powerbox is more of a ratchet type, and guarantees equal pressure and the strength giving curl! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJBzlbhPyMQ www.PickeringRC.com