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Old Jul 25, 2011, 01:03 AM
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This is why I do FPV.... So I don't have to do this.

Great video but sorry about the mandatory add up front.

http://media.theage.com.au/life-and-...h-2514605.html

Ciao J
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 05:32 AM
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Clean mod, Fpvicv.

Does the aluminum not create obstruction for your antennas?
Not noticed any issues so far, but have only been flying LOS. The way I figured, GPS antenna is on the flat spont under the motor, RC Antenna on the vertical stabiliser and video antenna will be placed on the belly between the wheels. With this placement of antennas there should not be any obstruction since the aluminium will not be between any Tx and corresponding Rx. You could always err on the side of caution and use a plywood or plastic saddle but the mounting method is solid and easy to use.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 07:39 AM
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Don't try to use a heat gun. It won't heat a high enough volume of foam to be useful.
This is what you do. Tape over the servos in the tail to protect em best you can.
Then take a wash cloth or dish towel, fold it over a couple times (4 layers of cloth)
and lay it over the area you want to heat. Heat up a pot of water to just short
of boiling (if you've got a thermometer, you want it about 175F) and then poor
the hot water over the cloth and let it heat the whole area for 5-10 seconds or so,
then while it's still hot, take the cloth off and twist the boom (or bend the vertical)
the way you want. Will probably have to twist it somewhat further, and let it spring
back as it cools. Repeat as necessary until it's fixed. If you feel the surface of
the foam start to bubble up, the water is too hot. Below 160F is not hot enough, but
boiling water is a little too hot. For something like the tail, you have to let the
heat really "soak in" so it's hot throughout.

This same trick can be used to straighten dented/damaged/repaired noses
on the SW (and all Multiplex Elapor planes), bent wing tips and so forth. It'll make
scratches and dents in the foam pop back out to near original shape and smoothness.
For just scratches and dents in the wing, I use a thick paper towel (Scott blue shop
towels) folded twice, soak it under the faucet, lay flat directly on the wing and then
heat with a regular clothes iron on the steam setting until the surface is smooth.
You're not ironing the dents out, just using it to heat the water in the towel, and
the steam regulates the temperature.

ian
Ian, your a pretty good guy, I dont care what anyone else says!

That worked like a charm. I wrapped the boom (where it meets the vertical stab) in a washcloth and brought a pot of water to 175 on the stove. Poured it on the washcloth, twisted the tail a little past vertical and held for about 15 seconds. Removed the towel and all is straight! No need for carbon rods or ungluing anything. That was way too easy.
Thanks

Matt
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:05 AM
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I like mine
As always, nice editing and flying.

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Old Jul 25, 2011, 10:53 AM
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If Ive heard correctly, its recommended to set the cg at 30mm behind the stock recommendation of 75mm

Is 105mm behind the leading edge at the wing root correct?
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 01:13 PM
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Bevrc came through fast

Well I have to give props to Bevrc for super fast turn around on my order of a V4 Skywalker.

Timeline PST:

7/19 - 7pm: Ordered the Skywalker and other parts
7/20 - The tracking number is noted "Accepted" in China
7/21 - The package is processed in San Francisco @ US Customs
7/23 - Package delivered to my work but it was Saturday so they took it back
7/25 - 11am: Package delivered to my work.

I want to join your gang.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 01:27 PM
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Great video...fun to watch you "shoot the gap" in the clouds and the scenery was really nice

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Hey all. I finally had my Skywalker up in some clouds this weekend. I flew yesterday with the GoPro just taking stills, during a 40min flight and today, the video was rolling...

The SW is a nice upgrade from the TS II I had before. I'm getting a UHF RC link in the very near future as well as looking forward to upgrading the current 900 mhz vid setup I have...always sumpin'!

Also, I did a 21k distance flight earlier this week, my new personal best. I have the recorded GS vid, but I was fighting 2.4ghz glitches and not so clear video, but I had to power through it, thanks to the confidence in my RVOSD setup.

Also, earlier in the week, I was up doing some testing and I wanted to watch the sun set, but that meant I had to loiter around for more than I had the juice for. Ended up putting 3884mah back into my 4S 4000 battery...Nice flights though!
Thanks for watching,

Joe
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Got my skywalker today! Will start building it tonight!!!
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 06:34 PM
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New in this world !!!!

Hi all !
I'm new here ... i want to know if there is any website where i can buy a Ready to fly FPV skywalker or similar ? ...

I've got a Skywalker mounted without FPV ... but i've a friend abroad that wants to start with FPV but doesnt know anything about aeromodelism... hehe ...

by the way ...
my Skywalker setup ...
40Amp speed controller
2x 2200mAh 3S LiPo - 40C-50C
Turnigy Aerodrive XP Sk serie 35-30 - 1400Kv /470W
9x6 propeller ...

I've everything mounted on the plane and its working and ready to fly but i've no balls to launch it he he he ;-) The manual tells that the plane CG is 75mm from the attack area of the wing. But mine is further, at 110mm. I think i'll have to put the batts more ahead or put more weight, they're under the canopi but i dont know... i guess if i put a FPV camera system would solve this issue.

what do you think ?

Thank you in advance.


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Old Jul 25, 2011, 06:48 PM
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It'll actually fly fine at 110mm from the LE as long as you keep your elevator rate
under control. Don't move it more than 10mm forward of that.
You'll probably find that the elevator needs a little static down trim (trailing edge
of elevator is a couple mm lower than outboard ends of horizontal stab).
Take it out to a field when there's a little breeze and just throw it hard into the wind
and see how it glides. It's a pussy cat.

ian
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 07:07 PM
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i've a friend abroad that wants to start with FPV but doesnt know anything about aeromodelism... hehe ...
Your friend should definitely take the time to learn "aeromodelism". He will be very frustrated with a ready-made plane and no experience. Baby steps... learn to fly first.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 07:25 PM
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Take off toward a little headwind. 5 Mph or 8 Kph.
Take Dameon's advice with elevator throw and COG.
Once the surfaces has a grab on the airflow use the RC controller to trim the plane as needed to keep a level flight.
Upon landing note the RC trims. Mechanically adjust the plane throws to counter what the controller had to do if neutral on trims.
If you are new to a RC controller practice first on a simulator or train with another.
We don't want you to crash

Martin

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Hi all !
I'm new here ... i want to know if there is any website where i can buy a Ready to fly FPV skywalker or similar ? ...

I've got a Skywalker mounted without FPV ... but i've a friend abroad that wants to start with FPV but doesnt know anything about aeromodelism... hehe ...

by the way ...
my Skywalker setup ...
40Amp speed controller
2x 2200mAh 3S LiPo - 40C-50C
Turnigy Aerodrive XP Sk serie 35-30 - 1400Kv /470W
9x6 propeller ...

I've everything mounted on the plane and its working and ready to fly but i've no balls to launch it he he he ;-) The manual tells that the plane CG is 75mm from the attack area of the wing. But mine is further, at 110mm. I think i'll have to put the batts more ahead or put more weight, they're under the canopi but i dont know... i guess if i put a FPV camera system would solve this issue.

what do you think ?

Thank you in advance.


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Old Jul 25, 2011, 09:07 PM
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Oh and ensure that up is up .....and down is down on your elevator. Just sayin' ~Wingnut13
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 10:52 PM
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Skywalker for Sale

http://www.vimeo.com/26899507Almost new Skywalker for Sale -- Barely used -- Only flown twice -- Only landed once.
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Old Jul 25, 2011, 10:59 PM
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