Topic: Kontronik

Xigris C1 build

The Xigris, my first 2×2 electric is underway.

– Plettenberg Evo
– Kontronik Jive 100 HV
– Futaba FASST
– 9650 x 2 in stab
– 9154 x 2 ailerons
– BLS154 rudder

Follow the build here

New plane: Kyosho Osmose EP

Update: It’s been flown, 5 flights total. The setup seems sound enough and the plane is extremely responsive. Low rates became high rates after some hefty tweaking on the radio. The rudder response is really out of this world. I cna’t belive the canalizer does all that but if it does, I don’t really see much point in having it, it’s just so responsive that I have to learn to fly all over again.

For winter practice and general fooling around: A new toy. The Kyosho Osmose is a wonderful little ARF and was just too tempting after I crashed my Mini Scalar last summer when the motor cable disconnected in flight and I had all that expensive equipment lying around. The Osmose is powered by a Kontronik Kora 20-14 outrunner and Jive 60LV ESC. Batteries are 5S 5000mah so that it can be powered by “half-packs” should I ever get around to going electric in my 2-meter models that would use 10S LiPos.

Servos are Futaba 9650 on ailerons and some Graupner DS8011’s I had lying around for elevator and rudder. A Fubata 6008 Fasst receiver and a small GP AAA 850mAh receiver battery is used as a BEC-backup.

Mini Scalar motor run

I’ve test-run the Kora motor on the workbench. Because this is very dangerous to do, please observe the following method which I’ve found to be quite safe:

1. Make sure prop and motor is firmly in place with motor, ESC and receiver connectors checked.
2. Read instructions, ignoring the warning about throttle channel reversing. After all, there is no servo.
3. Connect the battery
4. After confirming the fact that the motor does not run although it should, scare yourself to death when pulling the throttle all the way back while the motor revs up to full power.
5. Realizing that you’ve just had a near-death experience, disconnect the battery and change your underwear.
6. Re-read the part about throttle channel reversing and decide it might be a good idea to check it after all.
7. Set the throttle channel to normal direction (it WAS reversed)
8. Try again and hold on for dear life
9. Tell others about your experience so that they too may live to tell their grandchildren about it.