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Old Sep 13, 2012, 04:51 PM
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I just use CA, I do not do the connector myself though. I have also done a brushless upgrade on mine, works OK just had a servo issue....
Would you mind going into the details of the upgrade? I am interested, for a future reference.

BTW, I got a message from a LHS stating he would be able to supply the Sky Surfer replacements I need (motor set, propeller + spinner, batteries) by the end of this week. Isn't that nice?
Hobbysector was very helpful too, nice people, but it was easier for me to deal with the LHS and I was already commited.

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Old Sep 14, 2012, 01:37 AM
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A piece of advice I always felt useful:

when everything else fails, try looking into the manual...

(I am not the author, but have known it for many many years, and you know what? I found out most of the times this is very sound advice)

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You are totally right!!!.Only problem is that the manual it is just useless.:
BTW I got the S Surfer via Robbe in Germany
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 06:24 AM
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That is a good question.
Till a few days ago I did not know the difference between the rates.I try to fly in rate 2.I did not play that much with the throttle trim tab.Is that important?.I am still a rookie
Yes. The trim tabs control the movement of the rudders and throttle. Try them, and you will see small movements of the rudders. Use them to get the rudders correct aligned. The throttle trim tab control when the motor start or stop. Try it too. Maybe if you click the tab downwards the motor will stop when you throttle down.
In rate two the manual says that you have not the same fine adjustment on the throttle curve as in rate one. But I fly in rate two, for larger rudder throws. And have no trouble with spinning propeller.

P.S. The manual is not useless. Look at side 18, for throttle trim.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 07:09 AM
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Yes. The trim tabs control the movement of the rudders and throttle. Try them, and you will see small movements of the rudders. Use them to get the rudders correct aligned. The throttle trim tab control when the motor start or stop. Try it too. Maybe if you click the tab downwards the motor will stop when you throttle down.
In rate two the manual says that you have not the same fine adjustment on the throttle curve as in rate one. But I fly in rate two, for larger rudder throws. And have no trouble with spinning propeller.

P.S. The manual is not useless. Look at side 18, for throttle trim.
Thanks for your kind explanations.Where did you purchase the plane?
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 08:27 AM
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Did you replace all the electronics?
Thanks
Yes all of them, 3.2 gram servo's and a micro orange RX
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 10:26 AM
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You are totally right!!!.Only problem is that the manual it is just useless.:
BTW I got the S Surfer via Robbe in Germany
The manual is not totally useless. It just requires a bit of a lively imagination, and at times comparing with other manuals for similar planes...

On the central area of the display on the Tx there is a set of numbers which relates to the speed, or consumption, or whatever, of the motor (I don't care about what units, if any, they are in, I just look to see how they change).
If the motor is really off, they should read 0.00
Even when the throttle stick is at its lowest, the figures may read something above zero if the trim is not adjusted (just try clicking up the trim on the Tx when the stick is fully down). In that case, the motor will be turning.

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Old Sep 15, 2012, 07:33 AM
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The manual is not totally useless. It just requires a bit of a lively imagination, and at times comparing with other manuals for similar planes...

On the central area of the display on the Tx there is a set of numbers which relates to the speed, or consumption, or whatever, of the motor (I don't care about what units, if any, they are in, I just look to see how they change).
If the motor is really off, they should read 0.00
Even when the throttle stick is at its lowest, the figures may read something above zero if the trim is not adjusted (just try clicking up the trim on the Tx when the stick is fully down). In that case, the motor will be turning.

G.
Thanks for your explanations.At the moment I will have to wait for another week in order to test it.
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 07:35 AM
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Replacement Prop

It seems to me that the prop is a little bit flimsy.Are there any replacement props suitable for the Sky Surfer without modifications?

Thanks.
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 07:36 AM
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Yes all of them, 3.2 gram servo's and a micro orange RX
What kind of motor did you use?
Also are you using any different batteries with it?
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Old Sep 15, 2012, 01:02 PM
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Thanks for your kind explanations.Where did you purchase the plane?
I bought mine from a Norwegian vendor: www.elefun.no
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 12:22 AM
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What kind of motor did you use?
Also are you using any different batteries with it?
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I used http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=5229 for the motor,
Orange RX http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11972,
and 2.2 gram servo's http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=12907
ESC is http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11429

So far just using http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...h_2S_20C_.html for the bat works, but going to try and balance the 3s http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11895\

It changes the profile of the plane tons though from a nice gentle glider, to a twitchy somewhat aerobatic climbing machine. Still has some glide slope, need a little more strength to hold the wing on, and CF spars in the wings, but can get up in a hurry, and dive for the ground at about 55-60 with ease. It will also do some inverted, rolls nice ect ect.
Fun but not for the new flier for sure
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 07:54 AM
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It seems to me that the prop is a little bit flimsy.Are there any replacement props suitable for the Sky Surfer without modifications?

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The prop looks flimsy, but it can actually stand a lot of abuse.

Replacements are available through Hobbyking (SKU: NE401781005A) at $4.16; probably from many other suppliers

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Old Sep 16, 2012, 09:21 AM
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The prop looks flimsy, but it can actually stand a lot of abuse.

Replacements are available through Hobbyking (SKU: NE401781005A) at $4.16; probably from many other suppliers

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Good to know.I will order a replacement just in case.
Thanks
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 09:36 AM
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I used http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=5229 for the motor,
Orange RX http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11972,
and 2.2 gram servo's http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=12907
ESC is http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11429

So far just using http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...h_2S_20C_.html for the bat works, but going to try and balance the 3s http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11895\

It changes the profile of the plane tons though from a nice gentle glider, to a twitchy somewhat aerobatic climbing machine. Still has some glide slope, need a little more strength to hold the wing on, and CF spars in the wings, but can get up in a hurry, and dive for the ground at about 55-60 with ease. It will also do some inverted, rolls nice ect ect.
Fun but not for the new flier for sure
Thanks for the detailed info.BTW how long are your batteries lasting during flight?
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Old Sep 17, 2012, 12:24 AM
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Thanks for the detailed info.BTW how long are your batteries lasting during flight?
5-45 minutes, depends on how I am flying it
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