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01-31-2011 07:59 PM  7 years agoPost 1
tobsam

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I am going to buy a Funkey Airwolf 50 but wanted to know which version would be the better buy. An Align 600 electric or one of the nitro versions such as a Raptor 50 or a sceadu 50? I know it really depends on my personal preference and I would possibly prefer an electric Airwolf 50 but I am put off a bit by the electric flight times not being very long whereas the nitro you get longer flight times of course.
Also is the nitro version likely to be more expensive than the electric version?
Decisions,decisions, decisions.

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01-31-2011 09:06 PM  7 years agoPost 2
BarracudaHockey

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With a reasonable head speed, scale helicopters can get similar flight times to a nitro heli, no need to spin 2200 on an airwolf. It also eliminates the need to fuel proof, you can paint and touch up at will without worrying about exhaust residue.

Lastly, it sounds a whole lot better

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01-31-2011 09:17 PM  7 years agoPost 3
Justin Stuart (RIP)

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Definitely electric. Try to gear for the lowest head speed possible to maximize the realism. An electric motor sounds a lot like a turbine when inside the fuselage, and if you run a low headspeed and a lot of pitch, you can get a lot of the "thowp-thowp-thowp" like the real thing.

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01-31-2011 09:35 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Copter Doctor

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i have a funkey 50 size airwolf and it is a nitro and will stay a nitro. i never did like the idea of making my airwolf electric because for one, the airwolf/bell222 fuse with the removable top instead of the whole front being removable like the other fuses,(206, md500, long ranger,a-star) makes geting the batteries in and out a bit of a tedious task and making some gaping hole for an access hatch in the back was out of the question.
also the airwolf is one of my helis i like flying for a long time every flight and its fast with a screaming headspeed and some hard yanking and banking
if you do decide to go electric, i suggest a nitro bird converted to electric so you can utilize the clutch for all its advantages, the nicest being the scale sound during spoolup

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-01-2011 12:08 AM  7 years agoPost 5
hawkrock

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I also just picked up the 50 size Airwolf and it is going to be nitro. Mostly because I already have a flight tested set of mechanics ready to go. Hey Copter Doctor, I went back a ways and found your build articles and pictures for yours, tons of great tips and do's and don'ts. Thanks for taking the time to post your build.

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02-01-2011 12:14 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Copter Doctor

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oh cool, thanks man, anytime!

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02-01-2011 01:03 AM  7 years agoPost 7
DougV

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I also own the 50 size Airwolf nitro. I used the Raptor 50 Titan for mechanics and because the boom is longer on the Titan, I didn't have to do any mods (cut) to the tail.

Doug.

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02-01-2011 01:06 AM  7 years agoPost 8
Donnie D

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Here is what I did with my Century 50 size Airwolf fuselage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlvtrBOPxt0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhctUM1w2XE

Donnie D

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02-01-2011 01:49 AM  7 years agoPost 9
CARLOS LUIS

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Electric, is the best option.

Carlos Arrieta .......The Scale Helicopters are the Best

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02-01-2011 08:09 AM  7 years agoPost 10
tobsam

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Thanks for the feedback guys.

Seems that everyone has their own ideas on nitro and electric. The converted nitro to electric (when using the clutch for spool up)does sound really good but I think I will go for electric and see if anyone does a clutch system to fit straight on to the electric mechanics so as you still get the spooling up sound. Has anyone had this conversion with the clutch fitted done already?

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02-01-2011 08:16 AM  7 years agoPost 11
Mojave

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Century now has scale mechanics with e-power and a clutch option. Food for thought...

https://rc.runryder.com/t629670p1/

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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02-01-2011 12:24 PM  7 years agoPost 12
Copter Doctor

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trying to modify an already electric to use a clutch system may be more work than its worth, that is if it can be done at all.i tried to do it on my trex 600E and decided against it. life is so much easier doing it the nitro to electric route. the century scale mechs with the electric option at the prices they are offering is a great way to go. you even have the option of clutch or no clutch.
i now do electrics and have a few of them now. while i wont convert any of my nitros to electric. (why mess with a good thing) i have a few projects which will be electric and all will use nitro mechs converted to electric utilizing the clutch. if i ever did another airwolf however, it would be nitro

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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06-24-2018 10:56 PM  51 days agoPost 13
Copter Doctor

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Wow how I've changed my tune since writing that about the airwolf I have. After breaking the connecting rod at ircha several yeara ago, I converted it to electric and still get the same time as with a nitro. It still flies just as well and prefer it as an electric. I utilized the clutch of course and no mess to clean up and the spool up is just like a turbine!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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