or low power, you can use devices designed for electric model planes.
But to use it as a generator on its own, it won't work. And your 3-phase ESC or variable frequencydrive circuit is going to have issues trying to accept power backwards from the motor, unless designedwith that purpose in mind. The diodes will all be facing the wrong way.
Useful info on using induction motors as generators:http://www.frenchriverland.com/Motors_As_Generators_N_Smith_UK_1994.pdf
That is, if I mechanically spin an excited induction generator/motor, I should be able to form 3-phase power out.
QuoteThat is, if I mechanically spin an excited induction generator/motor, I should be able to form 3-phase power out. No, you won't.
In induction generators, the reactive power required to establish the air gap magnetic flux is provided by capacitor bank connected to the machine in case of stand alone system and in case of grid connection it draws reactive power from the grid to maintain its air gap flux. For a grid connected system, frequency and voltage at the machine will be dictated by the electric grid, since it is very small compared to the whole system. For stand-alone systems, frequency and voltage are complex function of machine parameters, capacitance used for excitation, and load value and type.