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Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:47 PM
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You are trolling too. and yes. All of your posts had nothing to do with the SSS. After all, you don't even own one. Buy one and then you can join the rest of us and contribute relevant posts.
I don't own one either but have been watching and commenting on this thread because I am considering buying one, and because some discussions concern universal RC issues. Are readers not allowed to post until we have one?
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Servo retainer for SSS

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Pictures show the plug epoxied into the fuselage (foam is white, plug is white, hard to see, sorry), the wing installed with the plug hanging down outside the fuselage, plug plugged in to the fuselage, everything works. Bench-tested only, still have to clean up the wiring inside and make it pretty.

I haven't had any problems with the plugs on my regular Sky Surfer coming out in flight... yet. May put in a retainer some time.

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+1. nicely done. I did somewhat the same thing. I just used two 3-pin connectors to avoid soldering. What would you use for a retainer? The only one that I am familiar with is a blue plastic one from RCTimer. Here are a couple of pics. I have used them extensively and never had a connection problem. What you used looks like a little better connection.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:07 PM
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+1. nicely done. I did somewhat the same thing. I just used two 3-pin connectors to avoid soldering. What would you use for a retainer? The only one that I am familiar with is a blue plastic one from RCTimer. Here are a couple of pics. I have used them extensively and never had a connection problem. What you used looks like a little better connection.
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did the same thing to mine,it is nice to quickly put wings on and off. i used these locking connectors.. http://www.hansenhobbies.com/product...nlpconnectors/
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:25 PM
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Yes. Electric motors are even better low end torque. As a rule of thumb, a tow plane typically needs a power system that is about half again larger than what would be used for a sport plane application.
Copied from THIS article.
FWIW-I have a Micro Telemaster and a mini-telemaster. I use the mini to tow my sons Slow Stick slope glider. But, that is an extremely light plane to tow and the mini has much more power than needed. I hope some of this helps you.

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Good article, thanks.

Also, thanks to everyone else who replied to my question about tow planes, I appreciate the help.

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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:28 PM
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I too use this method to connect servos. I either use standard servo connectors or MPX-connectors if I have many servos/equipment in each wing. I don't use locking connectors because I've never had a problem with connectors coming loose. However I use strain relief on all cables so when the wing flex it doesn't tug on the connector.

If only a locking connector is used without strain relief there's a risk of damaging the cable or connector in other ways when the wing flex.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:32 PM
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did the same thing to mine,it is nice to quickly put wings on and off. i used these locking connectors.. http://www.hansenhobbies.com/product...nlpconnectors/
hmmm... one of those 12 pin connectors would take care of my servos + my LED lights thanks for that link i'll have to order some up
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:33 PM
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I don't own one either but have been watching and commenting on this thread because I am considering buying one, and because some discussions concern universal RC issues. Are readers not allowed to post until we have one?
post away! this is a discussion about the SSS, not just owners of
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:34 PM
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That is a good point.

When I used locking connectors the wiring had an extra inch of wire and the body had 4 inches of spare...

My wings were connected with a 6 position latching connector:

Pin 1 - Ground
Pin 2 - 5v for Servos
Pin 3 - Flap Signal
Pin 4 - Aileron Signal
Pin 5 - 12v to Wing lights
Pin 6 - Ground

My new plane will be the same except the second ground will be 12v to the flood lights.
and it will have another 3 pin latching for the RX in one wing and the VTX in the other...


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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:36 PM
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That is a good point.

When I used locking connectors the wiring had an extra inch of wire and the body had 4 inches of spare...

My wings were connected with a 6 position latching connector:

Pin 1 - Ground
Pin 2 - 5v for Servos
Pin 3 - Flap Signal
Pin 4 - Aileron Signal
Pin 5 - 12v to Wing lights
Pin 6 - Ground

My new plane will be the same except the second ground will be 12v to the flood lights.
and it will have another 3 pin latching for the RX in one wing and the VTX in the other...


Chris
i like this pinout, on one side i can stick with a 6 pin and on the other i may have to go with the 12 pin where i've got the vtx mounted, but it will still make transport that much easier
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 11:38 PM
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i like this pinout, on one side i can stick with a 6 pin and on the other i may have to go with the 12 pin where i've got the vtx mounted, but it will still make transport that much easier
Ya... I havent installed the new ones... May go with 7 or 8 pin so i can combine the video equipment in there as well...

Chris
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:18 AM
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did the same thing to mine,it is nice to quickly put wings on and off. i used these locking connectors.. http://www.hansenhobbies.com/product...nlpconnectors/
fastfwd, thanks for that link, just ordered 10 sets of 8 pin connectors.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:17 PM
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I always do all my connectors and solder myself, if you want to keep the connector, just cut the servo wires, solder a new length of servo wire and resolder the stock connector,

I never trust the extensions.
I build my own extension. I used these multiplex connectors at the wings to connect the fuse/rx cables:
http://www.espritmodel.com/multiplex...rs-5-pair.aspx

They have 6 pins so you can gang up the flap and ail servo wires into one connector.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:18 PM
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SSS FPV at Red Rocks

Here's a nice cruise above Red Rocks.

Super Sky Surfer at Red Rocks (9 min 12 sec)
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:53 PM
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Awesome video! I lived in Littleton (Ken Caryl Ranch) from '77-'91. Spent a lot of time climbing around the footlhills (Hogback as we called it),saw a few concerts at Red Rocks and went to Bandimere quite a bit for the high school drag races. That scenery brings back a bunch of memories.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 10:24 PM
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I have round about 4 flights under my belt on the SSS. I can barely get it off of the ground with a 3s 4000 mah. With my 4s 4000mah, she is a dream to fly. I've got the align 70A ESC on it, which gets a bit warm, and hot if I am WOT for too long, so I've got to put some vent holes in this. I open to any ideas as to where or how to put holes in it. My esc is sitting on a side of the ledge behind the battery.

Picture 1 shows my custom paint (model masters camouflage grey and krylon clear) Pic 2 is the fpv mount I've made. Wont be doing FPV until atleast a dozen flights. Pic 3 is for fun, my Bixler with new paint and FPV setup.

4S is the way to go with this plane it seems... overall with the cg on, its really nice and easy to fly. I also have fiber tape over the wings and a little below the wings. Outside of that, its stock. Ill be throwing my UHF on there, and hooking up the nova osd when i get comfortable with the system on the bixler, and we'll sit back for some nice long rides
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