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  Quote MattAUSA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Control Line Planes
    Posted: 25/Apr/2012 at 3:41pm
Hi all. When I was a kid, my first plane was a control line with a .36 size engine.

Has anyone had experience making an electric version? I would imagine that the control lines would be able to power or at least control the engine, and at the same time control the plane itself.
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  Quote airwave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/Apr/2012 at 6:05pm
What type conversion are we talking about, a control line to RC or an electric control line? I will start with the glow/too electric. If you look on the net for brodak you will find a web page for control lines of all sizes the new one are electric. They have a timer that starts the ESC and after a set time stop. This is for reference. You can get the motor, ESC ,battery here.You can also make a DIY board for this if you have the skills the parts are cheap.
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  Quote NewToHobbyKing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/Jan/2013 at 4:44pm
Well it would be cool a electric control line. When I first started flying electric RC I thought that electric control line would be cool. I too as a teenager enjoyed flying control line. I had a 35 OS max (6cc). I still have it and a 40 OS max and a 36 cox and a 15 super tiger. 4 Cox 049s. I have also collected 24 rc engines. They are all lubed and shelved. I really enjoy electric so clean. The model gets, no FUEL damage.

So I am having to much fun with RC to go back to control line. So are you or what?

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  Quote 400blade Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04/Jan/2013 at 11:22pm
hers the timer for starting the esc http://www.horizonhobby.com/products/control-line-motor-timer-EFLA172
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  Quote NewToHobbyKing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/Apr/2013 at 2:32pm
I though that every one would have some stories to tell about flying control line planes. I guess we are all having to much fun with RC. What about a Plane that takes off control line then at a flick of a switch the lines drop (after a few times around) and she is free. From control line to Rc. So electric would suit that fine too! What do you think members!
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  Quote Daithi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10/Apr/2013 at 4:57pm
Personally I think that would be the stupidest thing going - potentially a missile

You forget that C/L is designed so fly in a circle ONLY, it has a far higher power requirement to non-tethered flight and is also a lot heavier
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  Quote NewToHobbyKing Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/Apr/2013 at 1:46pm
Daithi I did not need that pointed out. Yes I know it would not work (OR WOULD IT). No it is a bad. Maybe the other way around Ha Ha.   

But I do really think with the price of RC gear being so low, CL may be gone. I know as a kid the only reason we flew CL was because we could not afford RC. I still have CL engines and Controllers. Even the rear round metal handle.
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  Quote Daithi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/Apr/2013 at 4:48pm
What you can do (and in fact has been done) is to use insulated wires and use R/C servos to operate lights, undercarriage, etc. You don't actually use the radio but just feed the voltage via the control lines
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  Quote airwave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/Apr/2013 at 6:01pm
Daithi, you can also use a radio on a tetherd plane.I have gotin old enough that the spining gets to me,so I drove a rod in the ground with a swivle on it and used the radio gear to control up and down.it worked but if you think it is hard to get the contol right on a RC coming at you try one on a string.

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  Quote hairykarts Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11/Jun/2014 at 6:30pm
In F2B ( stunt ) electric has been used for some time , a timer is used to turn off the esc , and a gyro used to increase power on climbes and reduce power on dives . an awfull lot of the worlds stunt c/l pilots now use electric only .
the power is much smoother and wont giv e a lean/rich run .
I must remember .... when inverted .... down is up and up is down .
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