Here is a pic of the blades installed in the hub. This is the test stand prior to the Flight Test. Pitch Change movie is here
What’s wrong with a fixed pitch prop?
We fly our RC models with a fixed pitch prop (some are ground adjustable). The good news: they are simple, less expensive, and easy to make. The bad news: they totally compromise performance — takeoff, climb, cruise, speed and economy.
A fixed pitch prop is like driving a race car with only one gear.
A Constant Speed prop means no performance compromise!
With the WPD Constant Speed propeller system, you get the maximum performance for takeoff (lower, flatter pitch) and maximum performance for straight and level flight (higher, coarser pitch).
When you climb, descend, even pull some G’s in a turn, our Constant Speed Prop system will change the prop pitch to keep the speed of the prop constant, optimized for the best aerodynamic performance at all times.
Best of all, it’s all done automatically. You use your throttle stick just like before, and when the prop reaches a preset speed — our system takes over, giving you just what you need -- takeoff, vertical performance, more speed (from the same sized motor) and better economy.
Now you have a Warbird with an infinite amount of “race car gears” — with all the performance of the full scale plane, automatically.
A few more shots on the test stand.
HOW IT WORKS
Our unique Constant Speed, Adjustable Pitch propeller works just like a full sized CS prop. The speed is set to a constant RPM via your computer radio, and a sensor mounted on the drive picks up the prop RPM and sends it to the prop speed governor. The governor "does the math" and tells the prop pitch servo to automatically adjust the pitch to keep the RPM in the optimum performance range. You get maximum performance (fine pitch) for takeoff and vertical maneuvers, and maximum speed (coarse pitch) for strafing runs and high speed passes!!
We utilize the revolutionary high data rate governor system from www.ModelAvionics.com to control the pitch. Thanks Paul!!
We use the state-of-the-art fiber optics isolator system from www.ForguesResearch.com to eliminate any possible interference from the ignition system to the prop servo. Thanks Roger!!
We use the high quality, scale custom exhaust system from www.Keleo-Creations.com. Thanks Kelvin!!
You move the throttle stick, our integrated system does the rest!
Maximum performance, scale looks, easy operation
FEATURES OF THE WPD CONSTANT SPEED PROP
Scale prop planform looks just like the full scale prop
Our scale prop actually gives better performance than non-scale 2-blade props
Prop pitch is adjusted automatically in-flight to give you maximum performanceduring takeoff, climbs, descents and level flight
Our prop blade retention mechanism is dual redundant, so that no single failure will cause you to lose a prop blade -- it’s so unique that we have applied for a patent
Our prop pitch adjustment mechanism automatically keeps all of the blades in perfect sync for smooth performance
You can use a smaller motor to fly a much bigger prop -- use a 50cc motor in place of an 80cc motor
Our 1st Scale prop planform is for the North American P-51D Mustang Hamilton-Standard propeller without cuffs -- cuff kit to follow
Our 2nd Scale prop planform will be for the Focke-Wulf FW190 A-8 imported by DJ Aerotech
Additional Scale prop planforms for other aircraft to follow based on demand
Check the back page to learn about how a Constant Speed prop helps your aircraft give you maximum performance with NO COMPROMISE!!
Our WPD reduction drive is designed to work with our adjustable pitch Scale planform props as well as the line of SoloProps made by NRG Research. Contact them at www.soloprops.com
WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE OLD PROP THAT YOU SAW AT TOLEDO LAST YEAR AND USED TO BE ON THIS WEBSITE?
1st, it was way too expensive to import and sell here. Our goal is to let LOTS of people run our props, and the other design just wouldn't allow that
2nd, the design allowed for a single point failure of the blade retention mechanism. That to us was unacceptable. Our design will have multiple redundancy to greatly reduce the possibility of the blade ever leaving the hub
3rd, the pitch adjustment mechanism was not user friendly at all!! It was a very simple design, but in practice, very difficult to assure that you were adjusting each blade to the same degrees of pitch. As you can imagine, one blade off a few degrees at 3000-4500 rpm is a recipe for disaster!! I know from personal experience how exciting it is to see one blade running at a pitch difference of 3". Not good
4th, the actual blade geometry had a "curve" in the blade that concentrated all of the stresses exactly where you didn't want them. Also, not acceptable
So, all of this was enough reason to totally design something new, safer, at a lower cost, and much more user friendly. Oh, and did we mention much more performance?
PROJECTED AVAILABILITY FALL 06
INTRODUCTORY PRICE-DRIVE $ 300 USD
INTRODUCTORY PRICE-PROP HUB/GOVERNOR $ 375 USD
INTRODUCTORY PRICE PROP BLADES $ 30 USD
Keep coming back to this site for more updates.