Crashproofing the Nose of the Skysurfer/Bixler: I am sure this has been done by dozens of folks before, but just though I would refresh the idea with some improvements.
I wanted to solve 2 of the major shortcomings of the Easy star type planes we all love to fly: improve access to the hatch area and preventing destruction of the front fuse walls during nose-in crashes
I cut the hatch towards the nose a few more inches. Then I Gorilla Glued some ply walls to the sides. The poly GGlue expanded and fills around the foam and ply making it very stout. I then made a new hatch cover with plywood, which adds a third side to the plywood box. Retained with a bit of chopstick going into a hole in the nose cone, then velcro strap to the outside of the fuse in back. Also convenient for all my FPV electronics.
Now I have had some real nasty crashes lately with this setup. Yesterday overshot the landing zone and went headlong into a fence. With Zero damage! No crumpling of the foam sides, as we usually see.
I now now easily fit large batteries in there. A 3300 slides in under the wing, and there is still room for maybe another 6000 mah in the front (though not sure if this plane could haul that much!). I also shielded the power wires from the video system and servo wires - the video reception is now much better than my Zephyr, which has 3x the video wattage.
Note: the sides were already bent a bit from pre-reinforcement crashes
(The bamboo 'horns' at the front are for an elastic to hold the HD cam down onto the velcro)