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    Question First boat build - Delta Force 45 - Help much appreciated

    I have always had RTR boats and then upgraded them for racing but find this process of more or less starting from scratch brings questions
    I never had to think about before.

    Basically I have the Delta Force DF-45 hull and am planning to use a TP4070 1650KV 5D motor with a Swordfish 240A HV ESC. I plan on running
    6S at first and perhaps step up later. All the stern hardware is hung - the stuffing tube is in and lined up and I am about to glue in the motor/servo mount.
    I will be using a .187 shaft.

    Questions - What prop would make sense to start with on this - perhaps a 447 or a 450? - I usually use Octura props.
    What is the difference between a tapered rudder and a straight one other than looks ? I have the speedmaster dual
    pickup ros-spdr-011a with a five inch setback - the T block is mounted. (this is a tapered rudder)
    This ESC requires a battery pack or a UBEC to run the receiver another first for me. What seems better for
    this job? I have a unit that holds 4 AA batts and could put a switch on it. Or I can buy a UBEC which is hooked directly to
    the ESC input leads? - or I believe some guys are using small lipo batteries???

    I would welcome any help with the above questions and /or with the basic setup that I have outlined above although
    changing that may be difficult as the money has already been spent. Thanks for any ideas/suggestions you may have.

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    I am afraid you will be greatly disappointed in your boat's performance with the parts you plan to use. We have had several big DF monos in our club, they all use large format motors like Lehner 3060s, Neu 2230s or Castle 2028s. I doubt that 6S will supply enough power for this large hull, most use a minimum of 8S, most use 10S. A 47 mm prop is far too small to efficiently move this hull, most use a minimum of 60 mm to 65 mm. For those you need a 1/4" flex cable.

    Your other questions are less important than the basics above.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluid View Post
    I am afraid you will be greatly disappointed in your boat's performance with the parts you plan to use. We have had several big DF monos in our club, they all use large format motors like Lehner 3060s, Neu 2230s or Castle 2028s. I doubt that 6S will supply enough power for this large hull, most use a minimum of 8S, most use 10S. A 47 mm prop is far too small to efficiently move this hull, most use a minimum of 60 mm to 65 mm. For those you need a 1/4" flex cable.

    Your other questions are less important than the basics above.


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    Fluid - thanks for your reply. I was wondering regarding the size of the motor etc that you stated - would a boat set up like that be used for 1/8th mile club racing like I am doing or would that be for
    SAW use? Would my ESC run a Castle 2028 or a Neu 2230? Again I appreciate your reply - you have helped me in the past also. (Hope I have put this reply in the right place?)

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    If it is this DF 45, then it is only 38.5 inches long, and the proposed power system is a good match.

    http://www.offshoreelectrics.com/pro...=df-DF45-MK-ll

    OP, how long is your hull?
    The Villages, FL
    club site - http://castawaysboatworx.club/

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    Depends on the hull. I assumed (perhaps wrongly) the one below, which is the hull my club members use. Never seen a 38" DF-45.

    http://www.offshoreelectrics.com/pro...prod=df-sniper

    But for the little 45 hull the OP's original power system will work - although I'd strongly recommend a lower Kv motor (~1200-1300). He won't be able to "step up" to 8s safely with the 1650 Kv motor. Too many folks seem to get hung up on high rpm, which in most cases just isn't needed unless all you want to do is make zip-zip passes. High Kv motors make it much easier to accidently burn down your motor/ESC with a minor prop change, particularly if you have limited experience with high power systems.



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    Quote Originally Posted by zooma View Post
    If it is this DF 45, then it is only 38.5 inches long, and the proposed power system is a good match.

    http://www.offshoreelectrics.com/pro...=df-DF45-MK-ll

    OP, how long is your hull?
    I did not know their were large and small DF-45 MK-II hulls - anyway this one is 38.5 inches long as Zooma pointed out. I should have been more specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP323 View Post
    I did not know their were large and small DF-45 MK-II hulls - anyway this one is 38.5 inches long as Zooma pointed out. I should have been more specific.
    Hey, Mike, I did not realize it was you. I guess you are referring to one like Chuck's red one and Gary's old yellow one. Just a little bit bigger than our Ariane 2 hulls. Your KV choice would put you around Chuck's speed, but no growth to 8 cells. Ask him what prop he is using. Gary had a low KV Neu motor, but I think it was under propped a little. I think Rich bought it.

    I hope someone on the forum can answer your rudder question. I put the tapered Speedmaster rudder on the Ariane 2 because that's what Gary had for sale and I wanted the longer setback. How about it, guys, tapered or square rudder for oval racing?
    The Villages, FL
    club site - http://castawaysboatworx.club/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP323 View Post
    I did not know their were large and small DF-45 MK-II hulls - anyway this one is 38.5 inches long as Zooma pointed out. I should have been more specific.
    I think they get mixed up with their old 'nitro' classification. I'm sure with time it'll get standardized but till then...

    I too am curious about the tapered/square rudder comparison. I have both here and am going to try on my R-42 cat(hopefully this next year), and i have been noticing the big hydro guys seem to use tapered, but have no idea the effect on a mono. But am curious.

    Shawn

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    If you have the shorter 39" version the motor combo will be OK, but know that is the upper limit. The 4070-1650kv motor is pretty hot for a mono and will require 6S2P. Several of us run that motor for Q hydro and it pulls pretty healthy amps in the 200A range. Start small with a 447, run 3 laps and check temps. Work you way up to larger props. A X646/3, 447/3 or X450/3 will probably be as large as you want to go.

    Some layout ideas. This is my MkII DF39". I run a Lehner 2280-1233kv on 6S2P 10,000mAh minimum. I find the key to the DF hulls is keep the CG fairly far in the back to keep the nose from bow steering in the turns. I would set yours up to allow some CG adjustment by means of shifting the batteries. I have tested the higher kv options with small props, but found the lower KV motors in the 1200kv range swinging larger props run better particularly in race water.

    DSC_4271.jpgDSC_4274.jpgDSC_4287.jpgDSC_4290.jpg

    Here is what you can expect:



    Tyler
    Tyler Garrard
    NAMBA 639/IMPBA 20525
    T-Hydro @ 142.94mph former WR

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    Tyler - thank you for the reply. I will follow your suggestion re working my up with the prop size. See what works with sustainable temps....I assume those are 3 blade props you list in
    your reply. I have no expierience with those but would be willing to try a couple. Build is going well and I am learning as I go. I would be willing to change motors if this does not work
    in this boat - it would be an interesting swap into my Ariane 2 that now has a Leopard 4092 in place. Again Thank You !

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    Mike,
    The motor size is correct, but in the end you will likely find the lower kv with larger props runs better and cooler. The 1220kv would be an excellent choice for the second round.
    http://www.tppowerusa.com/motors/in-...p-4070-1220-kv

    I would start with 2 blade props for your build. I run three blade props on mine with the 1233kv motor. I believe the prop in the video is a X460/3.
    Typically if someone does not add a slash and prop blade number you can assume it is a 2 blade.

    Tyler
    Tyler Garrard
    NAMBA 639/IMPBA 20525
    T-Hydro @ 142.94mph former WR

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    Tyler -

    I appreciate your info and will be aware in the future. I write all this stuff down because at my age if I don't its gone in a week (or less)

    Thanks again. Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceMechaniX View Post
    If you have the shorter 39" version the motor combo will be OK, but know that is the upper limit. The 4070-1650kv motor is pretty hot for a mono and will require 6S2P. Several of us run that motor for Q hydro and it pulls pretty healthy amps in the 200A range. Start small with a 447, run 3 laps and check temps. Work you way up to larger props. A X646/3, 447/3 or X450/3 will probably be as large as you want to go.

    Some layout ideas. This is my MkII DF39". I run a Lehner 2280-1233kv on 6S2P 10,000mAh minimum. I find the key to the DF hulls is keep the CG fairly far in the back to keep the nose from bow steering in the turns. I would set yours up to allow some CG adjustment by means of shifting the batteries. I have tested the higher kv options with small props, but found the lower KV motors in the 1200kv range swinging larger props run better particularly in race water.

    DSC_4271.jpgDSC_4274.jpgDSC_4287.jpgDSC_4290.jpg

    Here is what you can expect:



    Tyler
    Tyler - I know this is an old item but thought I might get your thoughts again. I am running the 38.5 inch version of the Delta Force 45 and will be changing to a 220 amp Swordfish esc as I have swapped out the TP 4070 that was in the boat
    and installed a Neu 1527 - I have an Ariane 2 that I want to install the TP4070 in and the 240 amp Hi volt Swordfish will go with it. My question is what prop(s) would you now think a good fit for the Delta Force in view of the changes and
    do you have any thoughts on props and the combo on the Ariane 2 (36.5 inch boat) I run both of these on a 1/8th mile oval track in club racing. Our races are generally only four or five laps.

    Thanks Mike

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    If you are running the 1Y-1250kv motor I would start with an X452/3 or similar. A X455/3, x457/3 or X460/3 are all options with increasing levels of current.
    Tyler Garrard
    NAMBA 639/IMPBA 20525
    T-Hydro @ 142.94mph former WR

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceMechaniX View Post
    If you are running the 1Y-1250kv motor I would start with an X452/3 or similar. A X455/3, x457/3 or X460/3 are all options with increasing levels of current.
    Thanks again for your help with this. I have never run a 3 bladed prop before but I believe I will try a 452/3 and see what happens and then go from there. Mike

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    Are you still running the DF 45? If so how is it in choppy race water? Prone to blow over?
    Dumas Air Boat OS 25 nitro, Dumas Air Boat Brushless, Midwest Lobster Boat, AQ Lucas Oil Cat, Dumas Hot Shot IV Proboat outboard, Delta Force Cyber Storm 33

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    I am still running this boat in club racing and I love it. It is exceptionally smooth and really fast. The only chop we get is wake when I am passing another boat or when a bunch of us go into the first and second turn
    at the start of a race. I would say it is not prone to blow over. Set up correctly I think its a great hull. Oh and I am running it with a three bladed prop much thanks to RaceMechanix for that tip some time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP323 View Post
    I am still running this boat in club racing and I love it. It is exceptionally smooth and really fast. The only chop we get is wake when I am passing another boat or when a bunch of us go into the first and second turn
    at the start of a race. I would say it is not prone to blow over. Set up correctly I think its a great hull. Oh and I am running it with a three bladed prop much thanks to RaceMechanix for that tip some time ago.
    I had a DF CyberStorm 33 and liked it. I wanted to go bigger so I was thinking of the DF 45 (38.5") or the Ariane 36.5". Looks like you ran both. Which did you like better?
    Our lake is medium size and open. Wind will kick up some chop. We have some SonicWake 36" that run 50 mph stock but are not stable. They are always getting airborne, flipping or rolling. Only salvation is they self right. You can crank the nose down to keep them on the water but they slow down and get hot. Also if you run them hard a lot, they don't last long.
    Thanks, Bret
    Dumas Air Boat OS 25 nitro, Dumas Air Boat Brushless, Midwest Lobster Boat, AQ Lucas Oil Cat, Dumas Hot Shot IV Proboat outboard, Delta Force Cyber Storm 33

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    Curious how you know that I also run an Ariane but anyway I do like them both. I have been running my Ariane for a couple of years now in "Q" with TP power and of course you know about the Delta Force which
    has been run in "Q", Offshore and what we call Unlimited. These are both hulls that I like a lot. If you were to ask me to pick one I would say that the Delta Force would be my pick but not by much. By the way I also run
    a three blade on the Ariane. Both are ABC props.

    I do have a SonicWake and have a lot of fun with it but do not race it. I do run it with a six cell and it has stood up so far very well. Tuesday I will be putting my Miss Geico Zelos in the water for test runs. Fingers crossed
    after four days of "tuneups". (keeping original motors and esc's for now) Duh - never mind I know how you knew about the Ariane!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeP323 View Post
    Curious how you know that I also run an Ariane but anyway I do like them both. I have been running my Ariane for a couple of years now in "Q" with TP power and of course you know about the Delta Force which
    has been run in "Q", Offshore and what we call Unlimited. These are both hulls that I like a lot. If you were to ask me to pick one I would say that the Delta Force would be my pick but not by much. By the way I also run
    a three blade on the Ariane. Both are ABC props.

    I do have a SonicWake and have a lot of fun with it but do not race it. I do run it with a six cell and it has stood up so far very well. Tuesday I will be putting my Miss Geico Zelos in the water for test runs. Fingers crossed
    after four days of "tuneups". (keeping original motors and esc's for now) Duh - never mind I know how you knew about the Ariane!!
    Thanks for the information. I must have read on a board that you had both -- but don't remember where.
    Dumas Air Boat OS 25 nitro, Dumas Air Boat Brushless, Midwest Lobster Boat, AQ Lucas Oil Cat, Dumas Hot Shot IV Proboat outboard, Delta Force Cyber Storm 33

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