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Old Jun 12, 2010, 05:26 PM
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Thanks. Yeah I added 2 strips of CF strips to each wing. They overlap approx 4" past the stock CF tubes. It is very stiff and strong. I also added fiber tape along the bottom of the wing and fuselage and on the vertical stab. I also added some monokote trim to the center of the wing. This was mainly to keep the rubber band from digging into the foam, but it made it a little stronger too. This airframe is very sturdy now.

I was surprised at the power it had too.
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 06:20 PM
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smashed like a pancake almost every part was damaged except the tail wing.
got it from fpvflying.com
Ohhh, sorry to hear about that! I'm sure FPVFlying will do what's right.
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 06:25 PM
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smashed like a pancake almost every part was damaged except the tail wing.
got it from fpvflying.com
So far he has shined on other problems. One of the good guys.
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Old Jun 12, 2010, 11:12 PM
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My initial layout

Here is what I think my layout of components will be like on my Skywalker. I am still waiting for my Turnigy Motor (drawn onto the image), and my CoPilot II (also drawn in). The camera is a $49 480Line Ebay Sony camera (Also drawn in).

Here's the components:

1. 10Hz Flytron GPS Rx
2. FMA Co Pilot II
3. 40A Turnigy Plush ESC
4. Turnigy Motor
5. Dragon OSD+
6. Power Sensor
(Forgot to show, to the right of the power sensor is a DPCAV power filter. 13 shows the power pluf that will power the video harness)
7. 2 x 3S 3000mah packs (for now)
8. GWS 360 degree Pan Servo
9. $49 Sony Camera
10. 900Mhz 500mW AV Tx
11. Barometric Sensor/Temperature sensor
12. Thomas LRS LR Rx
13. Power plug for Video harness (Video harness still being built)
14. Cables to rudder and elevator

My ideas around this layout are:

GPS very far from noisey 900Mhz video Tx.
Radio Rx pretty far from all noisey items.
Power Sensor and Power filter (maybe both dirty?) moved forward to help CoG.
Video Harness will be pretty short and contained to forward section, except for the 4 wires that go to the OSD.
Radio Rx is mounted on a removable panel. When it opens, the radio Rx will come out on the panel. I should then also have easy access to the OSD board.
Antenna on Rx is a whip. That may be upgraded to a heavier antenna.

Missing from this diagram is the LRS antennas.
One might be mounted on top, with a stick being dug into the fat bit of foam holding the motor on. The stick will be pretty high. It will be vertical for long range flight.
The other antenna (For altitude above me) would be stuck to the side of the fusalage, from the nose, running done to the start of that CF rod.

You experts, can you maybe see any issues I may have or have any better ideas?

Here's a wee video of access options.

My Skywalker Layout test video (2 min 28 sec)


Also, CF rods and wings...
I have 2 of these 400mm rods...

Would it be of any use in adding these? Or must I get 750mm?
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 12:45 AM
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Cralis i suggest one think, about your TXv, put a 3 Dbi Rubber Duck, don't use 1/2 Wave antenna, for me the 3Dbi is much better.

I flew for 8km without problem with the 3 Dbi rubber with 500mW!!
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 12:48 AM
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Thanks Neo!
Something like this?

Found one in my GS box!

So, with that added to the equation - component layout OK?
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 01:08 AM
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@iw28 as mentioned mail 5 days ago I will ship you a new one you just have to send me the damaged one.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 05:56 AM
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Ohhh, sorry to hear about that! I'm sure FPVFlying will do what's right.
yeah I hope so!!
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 06:10 AM
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@iw28 as mentioned mail 5 days ago I will ship you a new one you just have to send me the damaged one.
Hooks,
I have send you message about the damaged skywalker, the first thing that you told me that it was okay to keep the damaged skywalker as spare parts. Then the next message was that I should send you the damaged skywalker and I should recieve an opened parcel, which I wasnt glad for. Hooks I asked you if you could send me some pictures, but you refused and told me that this was the last message I should recieve from you. Iam am not glad for this kind of service, and I told you before that I will return the parcel because Iam not satisfied with this service and payment. And again you came with a lame apology that I cant return the parcel and recieve my payment.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 09:35 AM
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Tired of makin` and crashin` ugly DIY planes. Ordered Skywalker off B.E.V. I hope it arrives not as kinda foam powder ;(
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 07:10 PM
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transportability 2

Hi,
Ok I have made progress, all control surfaces are done, fuselage is glued (with dummy cables in some places for the future) and I am now struggling on my motor mount and the wing mouting

I am toying with an idea and wanted to test it here.
- cutting the carbon rods for the wings in two
- glue each of the half rods in the wings at their place the the over on
- use two plain smaller rods of 1meter (or less) each that I would slide inside the glued rods.

This would allow me to keep the wings separated and not loose any stiffness.What do you think?

I still need to find something to lock the two wings together, maybe some FG tapes first

@rcmonster99: the kettle technique for my compressed foam was not that successful so I stopped before the foam get cooked
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 07:53 PM
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I flew this model this week but for me is a no go...

main reason is too fast, too much weight on nose to get it balanced, tail is very shaky. I needed 2x 3s 2200 lipo + a gopro on nose to have it balanced. way too much, we should be able to balance it with a single 3s 2200. there is enough room in the middel fuselage to add all the equip.

On a future newer version I would like to see a longer nose for easier cg balance with less weight use, a stronger tail , a thicker canopy, precutted flaps with servo holes ready, longer cf tubes inside the wing and absolutely better shipping box and packaging, looks like almost all of us received it damaged somewhere...

it's a nice plane but still some upgrades to do imho.

Maybe I will try twin engine on wings instead, more efficiency, less noise, less vibrations and no torque with counterprops..
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 08:44 PM
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Same as this one, zaguruinzasky?
skywalker FPV & virtual cockpit (4 min 0 sec)


Looks like it cruises around 50km/h. Match yours?
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 08:52 PM
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well I think I'm gonna take the plunge and get one of these from FPV flying.com Picking up the FY 20 as well.

Gonna get the DL and ET OSD PRO. That should make for a nice setup.

EDIT: Actually I will not be ordering from fpvflying.com. $100 for shipping is ridiculous, especially since they are charging $40 for the plane and an additional $40 for the FY 20.
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Old Jun 13, 2010, 08:56 PM
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Same as this one, zaguruinzasky?
Looks like it cruises around 50km/h. Match yours?
Same in what ? speed?
well I didn't measured but it's fast, I cannot use it for work because of fast landing speed too.. I will just use it for fun and keep flying the Solution when I need heavy lifters

btw I love that cockpit in the video..!
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