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by craneplaneguy
Nov 20 2018 11:00pm
Forum: Stand-up E-scooters and E-skateboards
Topic: Segway Mini PLus
Replies: 0
Views: 8

Segway Mini PLus

While on my e Montague today, riding from the airport into town, I saw a guy riding one of them. What impressed me was the way it handled the icy sidewalk on the shady side of the street. Not smooth either, he didn't even slow down, he was obviously an experienced rider. I asked him what it was and ...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 07 2018 10:12pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2681
Views: 89383

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

I can't recall exactly, but I think the state board of water resources license/permit was 3 or 4 hundred bucks. I'm permitted for 90 GPM, and course I have to put it all back in the stream, which I do, every drop. 3" line, 147' of fall, 1/4 mile distance. This time of year I'm down to around 300 wat...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 06 2018 11:03pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2681
Views: 89383

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

My October utility bill just arrived, and I cracked 5 digits in credits, 10,273 KWH's in the bank. November is typically when my production falls behind my consumption. So all winter I will use up part of my credits, and part of this will be coal fired Wyoming coal, as my utilities hydro output also...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 06 2018 10:54pm
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: What happened to Nikola One Semi?
Replies: 35
Views: 595

Re: What happened to Nikola One Semi?

Dont forget about regen. A 60,000 pound machine hurtling down a hill @ 60mph can fully recharge a 400v 150 ah pack pretty quick. We were using LTO's on several of our prototype platforms due to their higher c rate. We tried 300, 400, and even a few 700 volt( :bigthumb: ) pack designs during the tes...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 01 2018 9:44pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

VG's on the UNDERSIDE of the hor stab, about 1.5" in front of the stab/elevator gap can increase the available elevator authority. In fact most certified vg's kits come with them for the stab, besides the wing tops. The wing ones let you attain a bit higher AOA before stalling and the enhanced eleva...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 31 2018 10:49pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: practical range
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: practical range

It's stupid easy to take a spectacular pic of them, the Tetons, a no brainer, they look so damn good!
by craneplaneguy
Oct 31 2018 10:47pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

That looked frigging perfect! As did the area around the grass infield, a great place for a first flight. :bigthumb: Not so sure about the prop tape, especially on a tractor. I've never used it anyway, even in pusher ultralights, and I'm nearly 100% off pavement, rocks and gravel bars no less. Many ...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 26 2018 7:40am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: DIY electric hand cargo trailer
Replies: 23
Views: 629

Re: DIY electric hand cargo trailer

I saw this at my local lumber yard yesterday. It even had dual headlamps.......a dual battery system with a rocker switch to select one or the other, and uses common Makita tool batteries.
https://www.makitatools.com/products/details/XUC01X1
by craneplaneguy
Oct 22 2018 10:33pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: practical range
Replies: 3
Views: 220

practical range

I flew to West Yellowstone MT, via the Grand Tetons, this weekend, in my little homebuilt kitplane. It's nothing high tech, mostly aluminum and fabric construction, with a chrome moly fuselage. Slow too, for an airplane. The E Montague folder came in very handy as usual once on the ground, as the ai...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 19 2018 9:33am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Build 5: Black Bullet- KMX Typhoon Tadpole Trike
Replies: 19
Views: 8200

Re: Build 5: Black Bullet- KMX Typhoon Tadpole Trike

Your Wills Wing for sure did NOT have swedges over the plastic, ( NO hang gliders did, hell we knew better, and I actually flew with company founder Bob Wills a few times, an awesome pilot) it had 7x7 stainless aircraft cable, galvanized was not used as it'd leave black on the sail and on your hands...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 18 2018 11:06pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Judging from the fairly minor throttle bumps, it appears to have plenty of thrust! Right zippy, in fact. If you load it backwards on the trailer, and then leave the tailwheel on it while the mains are on the ground, it's easier to fold the wings out, you not pulling them uphill so much. When I built...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 18 2018 10:47pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Build 5: Black Bullet- KMX Typhoon Tadpole Trike
Replies: 19
Views: 8200

Re: Build 5: Black Bullet- KMX Typhoon Tadpole Trike

Never use a nico press swedge OVER the vinyl on the cable, always strip the plastic off first. I saw that in one picture of one of your earlier builds, I know aircraft wire rope (and working techniques and just had to comment on that! Your use was probably not structural, so no biggie. But for a sec...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 15 2018 10:11pm
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: Climate warming = more solar/storage
Replies: 27
Views: 503

Re: Climate warming = more solar/storage

I'm grid tied, and therefore in a kind of partnership with my utility. After being off grid for 28 years, I feel like I may have a different perspective on them. Where I'm at anyway, they need to make enough profit to continue in business, and as demands on their system increases, there will be issu...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 04 2018 10:04am
Forum: Electric Watercraft
Topic: Most efficent propulsion?
Replies: 24
Views: 11009

Re: Most efficent propulsion?

I had a friend who years ago built a 100' long replica of one of the big paddlewheelers they used on the rivers back east. It had 3 decks, and he used it for years in the Moab Utah area on the Green River. It was powered by two 3-53 detroit diesels, maybe 4-53's, not sure. But the point is.... he wa...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 03 2018 5:51pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

I was buying Fledge 2B's from Manta, ( after they bought the marketing rights, I think Klaus was "just" a flying genius, not a business person maybe) I was their only dealer that was getting them unassembled, just the parts. If Klaus built the one in your avatar, the difference in the way he did the...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 02 2018 9:20pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Craneplaneguy, Lookin' good, there. One day, maybe you should explain that screen name. 8) 'Way back in the day, (as in WW-I), there were no variable-pitch props, at least not the hydraulic or mechanical types. They still wanted (needed) them, to make the best use of those engines. They came up wit...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 02 2018 9:15pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

There is a professional artist/cartoonist that frequents a flying forum I'm on, that offers his services to pilots. Send him a picture of your bird, and he will render it in a cartoonish form, at an extremely reasonable price. 30 or 40 bucks as I recall. Here is mine, on the back window of my crane ...
by craneplaneguy
Oct 01 2018 8:45pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 184
Views: 15475

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Once again, the turbine like smoothness of the e powerplant runup is amazing. The static thrust looks good, judging from the dust behind! Prop design is a black art though, and lots of static can be deceiving, kind of like gearing a truck: it could be really strong off the line but then run out of p...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 30 2018 12:00pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Electric hot air balloon, sort of.
Replies: 4
Views: 221

Electric hot air balloon, sort of.

https://www.flydoo.fun/ Wow, this guy has been working overtime on this concept. I bet it's driving him crazy he has not found a practical way to use the in flight propulsion system to also do the initial inflation. I see he still uses a gas powered rig for that. It'd be interesting to see how many ...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 24 2018 8:55pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How recommended is it to put a fuse between the battery and controller?
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: How recommended is it to put a fuse between the battery and controller?

I use a DC circuit breaker, like these: https://www.amazon.com/60Amp-Circuit-Breaker-Marine-Stereo/dp/B076GVLGPY/ref=asc_df_B076GVLGPY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=228763672776&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4519342040754664055&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029427&hv...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 22 2018 10:46pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: How recommended is it to put a fuse between the battery and controller?
Replies: 11
Views: 391

Re: How recommended is it to put a fuse between the battery and controller?

I use a DC circuit breaker, like these: https://www.amazon.com/60Amp-Circuit-Breaker-Marine-Stereo/dp/B076GVLGPY/ref=asc_df_B076GVLGPY/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=228763672776&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=4519342040754664055&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029427&hvt...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 19 2018 8:50pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Seattle Commuter/Trail Build
Replies: 11
Views: 326

Re: Seattle Commuter/Trail Build

I ride my BBSHD bikes (two of them, one at a time) through a walkway in a tunnel under some railroad track, fairly often. Maybe 6 or 7' wide, so very "reverbatative" (?). The tires make enough noise to mask any E noise, as near as dead silent as any bike can be. I also used to ride a 350 watt hub mo...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 12 2018 8:12am
Forum: Alternative Energy
Topic: We don't need no stinking charge controller!
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: We don't need no stinking charge controller!

I ended up with a PWM MorningStar 20 amp charge controller, bought at a deal of only $60.00, as it could handle the 72 cell panel's voltage I am using, and they are a solid company. Here's the funny thing: I installed it yesterday, about 2 in the afternoon, then went into town and was back home abou...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 11 2018 2:34pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Blackfly at Oshkosh
Replies: 58
Views: 1705

Re: Blackfly at Oshkosh

It's hard to tell if those two wing like things are just a place to mount the motors, or are actually lifting surfaces, with an airfoil. If so, it is difficult to see them doing much dead stick ridge soaring, much less thermaling! The blissful look of the people shown flying it, shows dropping like ...
by craneplaneguy
Sep 09 2018 10:02pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Blackfly at Oshkosh
Replies: 58
Views: 1705

Re: Blackfly at Oshkosh

The E Montague in action this weekend: hauling 11 gallons of mogas on the Travoy trailer. I took this picture while having a smoke break (just kidding). The low center of gravity makes it handle great. I usually unhitch the bike from the trailer and walk the trailer over to the pumps, fill everythin...