Sources for Equipment:
A local hobby shop had the 2.4 Spectrum DX5e transmitter
packaged with a full range AR500 5 channel receiver [without servos,
dry cell power for the transmitter] for $94.99. You can also buy the
Vapor with its own transmitter although the range with that
combination is limited.
Here are links to Horizon
Hobby's Vapor listings. The RTF version, includes the
short range transmitter:
Complete Vapor plane plus charger - the Bind-N-Fly
version, no transmitter:
DX5e transmitter only:
Note that one can buy a Vapor body with radio,
motor, battery holder and pushrods:
Other parts such as the prop are also listed.
Bob Selman Micro RC
the 2.4 Vapor airborne radio separately plus other small receivers and
servos that work with 72MHz transmitters.
He also sells more powerful motors that will run
with the Vapor equipment. Bob advised that the Vapor motor would fly
a model weighing one ounce. I bought the stronger 'yellow' pager
motor and a carbon prop he recommended when he heard what I was
building. As it turned out, the Vapor motor and prop are plenty of
power for the Trenton Terror and should work well with any of the
AALmps Series 1 thru 4 mini old timer models. Those are packed 3
semi-kits [plans and printwood] per set so there are a total of 12
models available. Most should have enough room for the radio.
Mini old timer semi-kit info listing, with some
and the catalog listing with more pictures [ go to
Mini-set 1 through 4 ] plus the shopping cart [Minis are $22.95 plus
postage for each set of 3 models]:
The small Trenton Terror turned out to be a little tail
heavy so there's no need to buy and use the Vapor landing gear and
wheels. Small plastic or balsa wheels on a gear made from .025"
or .032" wire should work fine. A wire LG will also be
stronger and more flexible - I broke one of the carbon struts on a
hard stall landing on the sidewalk and had to splint the repair
with wire, shrink tube and CA.
Not knowing just how
this thing would balance, the radio was mounted right at the
desired CG - moving it forward will also help the balance. BTW:
motor, radio and pushrods were installed before covering as I
couldn't figure out how to get things in there afterwards. The
battery slips into the space under the windshield and behind
tips were made but I wonder if one could really measure a weight
savings compared to sheet balsa tips.
If you have a site for indoor flying, these small
old timers will work just fine. If you'll be flying outside, watch
for quiet times near daybreak or sunset. You can also fly at night under a
street light as I do.