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Following up on potential problems could prevent disaster. Often, the fix might take only a few minutes. Here, loose servo wires were strapped with Velcro when the wing was attached.


I’m always worried about weight, especially in a glow- to-electric conversion. To save some weight, I used Hitec (hitecrcd.com) HS- 7245MH servos, which are lightweight and powerful, but operate on the higher voltage of a two-cell LiPo battery. Check out Hitec’s wide selection of high- voltage servos that range from tiny to mighty. If high-voltage servos are used in a nonpowered glider, a two-cell LiPo battery pack


would be convenient and lightweight as long as the receiver could handle the higher voltage. If the ESC in your electric-powered model is capable of delivering different receiver voltages— as many of the Castle Creations ESCs are—it will be no problem.


I used a Castle Creations


Talon 60, which is capable of delivering 6 or 8 volts to the receiver. With its 20-amp peak and 8-amp continuous receiver power supply, the


The Marcy’s Mini Wheel he Marcy’s Mini Wheel Chocks from Sulli an Products Chocks from Sullivan Products


are perfect for safely storing your small electric airplanes on walls or transporting


are perfect for safely storing your small them. Made of aluminum, they should last forever.


Talon 60 will keep even the most draining servos at ease. A word of caution: Do not mix high- and low-voltage servos. Use a piece of tape to label any ESC that you have programmed and on which you have changed the receiver voltage. You would hate to lend it to a fl ying friend who was unaware of the high-voltage receiver output and have him or her


fry the low-voltage servos. The Cherokee is powered by an E-fl ite (horizonhobby. com) Power 32 motor spinning a 12 x 8 APC propeller. It uses a 4S 2,700 mAh Rampage LiPo battery from Thunder Power RC (thunderpowerrc.com) that draws 42 amps. The recommended glow-power weight is 6.5 pounds. With electric power and modern radio gear, it weighs slightly less than 5.75 pounds. The Cherokee has a wide


stance. The taxiing test was a nonevent, so an unplanned fi rst fl ight took place without incident. Follow-up fl ights have gone well as I explore the Cherokee’s aerobatic abilities and enjoy the well-designed model’s solid handling. Callie Graphics (callie-


Don’s VK Cherokee is lightweight and uses an E-flite motor, Castle Creations ESC, and Thunder Power RC batteries. Callie Graphics provided the trim scheme.


graphics.com) did the box art trim scheme fast and perfectly. I plan to bring the Cherokee to the fi eld with me this fl ying season for all to see its great handling qualities and to motivate some building fun. Until next time, fl y safely.


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