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by craneplaneguy
Dec 09 2018 10:47pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike or E-trike for winter commuting?
Replies: 48
Views: 2546

Re: E-bike or E-trike for winter commuting?

6 miles of this today, no traffic to worry about anyway!
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by craneplaneguy
Dec 08 2018 11:41pm
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: E-bike or E-trike for winter commuting?
Replies: 48
Views: 2546

Re: E-bike or E-trike for winter commuting?

There's riding in untracked snow, and then there's riding on a snowcovered, tracked up and icy road. The first is pretty reliable in how it will interact with the bike. The second is wildly unpredictable. I've been doing both the last few days, fat bike, very low pressure, no studs. It's pretty amaz...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 04 2018 10:21am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2917
Views: 99126

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

Being around residential and even light commercial buildings like I am (my own) that are being supplied with 100% more or less of their energy needs with a roof top grid tied PV system is one thing. But, when you spend time around large industrial facilities like I also do, and see the involved infa...
by craneplaneguy
Dec 03 2018 9:47pm
Forum: Large EV General Discussion
Topic: Tesla 3 Perfomance model test drive
Replies: 0
Views: 119

Tesla 3 Perfomance model test drive

I know a guy who has been a major Tesla geek since the getgo, and I got to drive his earlier (since sold, with 140 K miles on it) first gen Tesla a few years ago. Today, I got to drive his brand new (2,000 miles) model 3, the Performance version, AWD! 150 MPH top speed! 310 miles range! 75 K!!!!! rs...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 29 2018 11:52pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: Farfles Electric Ultralight.
Replies: 194
Views: 18040

Re: Farfles Electric Ultralight.

Awesome looking little bird, it has a "just right" stance, some planes don't, though they may fly OK. All the lightening holes are good to see, nothing worse then hauling around unneeded material. Putting lightening holes in everything can be addictive, a good habit to have. So what was the final al...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 29 2018 10:29am
Forum: E-Bike General Discussion
Topic: Battery Fire.
Replies: 39
Views: 1321

Re: Battery Fire.

So, me flying around with up to three batteries in my small plane is a bad idea?! All risk is relative I guess, but I did make an aluminum streamlined tube for my two 11.5 AH batteries (all my batteries are from LUNA, Panasonic cells, good BMS's) that mounts outside the plane on the belly. But I oft...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 27 2018 9:48pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: practical range
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: practical range

Oh yeah....
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by craneplaneguy
Nov 26 2018 9:22pm
Forum: Electric Aircraft
Topic: practical range
Replies: 7
Views: 411

Re: practical range

In theory, using their projected #'s. But it appears that it will sell for $289,000.00, and if anything that price will go up. So about 6.5 times cost then my bird. Plus, it's a "go fast", super clean, with little dinky tires, my bird is much draggier as it's set up for off airport, i could never op...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 24 2018 10:17am
Forum: E-Vehicles General Discussion
Topic: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear
Replies: 2917
Views: 99126

Re: Wind and Solar vs Coal, Gasoline, Nuclear

Living on a mountainside like I do, when I was off grid for 28 years I played around with the idea of pumped storage. Like the big hydro electric plants do, pump the water uphill into a holding pond or tank during times of excess power, and then when needed drain it back down through a water turbine...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 21 2018 12:10am
Forum: Stand-up E-scooters and E-skateboards
Topic: 20Mph 20Miles and under 23lbs for use in light aircraft
Replies: 1
Views: 341

Re: 20Mph 20Miles and under 23lbs for use in light aircraft

While on my eMontague (BBSHD conversion) folder today, which I carry in my light plane, riding from the airport to a resturant, I saw something interesting. I caught up with the rider (not hard to do) and it turns out it was a Segway Mini Plus. What impressed me was the icy sidewalk on the shady sid...
by craneplaneguy
Nov 20 2018 11:00pm
Forum: Stand-up E-scooters and E-skateboards
Topic: Segway Mini PLus
Replies: 0
Views: 162

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: 2917
Views: 99126

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: 2917
Views: 99126

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: 901

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: 194
Views: 18040

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: 7
Views: 411

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: 194
Views: 18040

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: 783

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: 7
Views: 411

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: 8366

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: 194
Views: 18040

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: 8366

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: 683

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: 11192

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...