Les Garber’s Wing
Ding has been updated
with LiPo batteries and
a 2. 4 GHz radio from
Tower Hobbies. The
cost of the update was
less than $80.
day, it holds a special place in my heart.
Anyway, it was powered by a 280
geared motor on an eight-cell NiMH
battery pack that has long since died.
had a 72 MHz
receiver built into
the wing, but I
no longer have a
Until this spring it sat on the display
shelf. I replaced the pack with a higher-capacity 1,000 mAh 2S LiPo pack and
snipped the antenna wire so I could
remove the old receiver.
I had recently acquired the new
Tower Hobbies 424 four-channel
radio, so I installed that receiver
and programmed the airplane. This
inexpensive little radio has everything I
need for this elevon-equipped airplane.
I made a few test flights to determine
the flight time to land because I don’t
have a low-voltage cutoff. With a
current draw of 2 amps and 1,000
mAh capacity, I can fly longer than I
need to. This old friend is back in the
air and flying better than ever. I just
smile the whole time I’m flying it.
Wrapping It Up
We can get caught up in having the
latest and greatest, but sometimes it
makes more sense to tweak what we
have and enjoy it. If the old motor
flew the airplane well, it will fly it
even better with new batteries or an
updated radio. Spend your hobby
With the new Tower Hobbies 424
radio, I can now look to add some of
the many available transmitter-ready
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