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Old Aug 20, 2012, 05:56 PM
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Believe it not I crashed it on a Thursday, repaired it the next day and tested on day after. Looks a little worn but it wasn't hard to put back together.

Here are some pix after the crash, during repairs and then after repairs.
Crash!!!! That's not a CRASH!!! That's just a little cosmetic damage !!!

I was too ashamed to photograph my damage - broken aft fuselage, broken wing, totally split and broken nose, servos push wires bend and dangling. I noticed the battery had maybe slipped 3 mm forward along the Velcro but was still attached and safe. The ground was wet and there was quite a dent in it.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 06:03 PM
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Believe it not I crashed it on a Thursday, repaired it the next day and tested on day after. Looks a little worn but it wasn't hard to put back together.

Here are some pix after the crash, during repairs and then after repairs.

She fly's pretty good. Just haven't posted the video yet.
Eagle, not only a great job repairing it but no 'Moment of Mourning'.
'Fly it, Crash it, Fix it, Fly it! You-da-man. Nice example for people like me.

"People like you?" whAAt, whAAt.

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Old Aug 20, 2012, 06:48 PM
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Crash!!!! That's not a CRASH!!! That's just a little cosmetic damage !!!

I was too ashamed to photograph my damage - broken aft fuselage, broken wing, totally split and broken nose, servos push wires bend and dangling. I noticed the battery had maybe slipped 3 mm forward along the Velcro but was still attached and safe. The ground was wet and there was quite a dent in it.
I have seen more damaging crashes but that was my worst. Did you turn up the volume in the video. It sounded pretty bad on impact. It looked very bad when I first went over to pick up the pieces. The ground was damp which actually may have helped the nose from compressing. The plastic cover on the canopy was off. One wing did come off the spar. The motor leads were pulled out of the ESC and there were a few pieces of foam that I rescued.

I thought about moving all of the electronics over to my spare body but the chose to first try to repair it. Surprisingly it only took the better part of the day to get it back together. Isn't CA just great glue.

I was really surprised it fly straight and actually glided again. The SS is one tough Bird.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 06:53 PM
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Eagle, not only a great job repairing it but no 'Moment of Mourning'.
'Fly it, Crash it, Fix it, Fly it! You-da-man. Nice example for people like me.

"People like you?" whAAt, whAAt.

DJ
Thanks Sculptor. There were a couple of minutes that caused me to get mad that I crashed it but then no one was hurt so why get upset. I guess I just stopped being so sensitive to causing damage to it.

I know it can be repaired even after a crash like that so I don't feel so nervous about flying it like I did the in the beginning.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 07:01 PM
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It looked very bad when I first went over to pick up the pieces.
They do. It is hard to walk over to it with eyes closed too.!!!

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The plastic cover on the canopy was off.
Mine always pops off on a hard landing. It means "You could have done a better landing."

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One wing did come off the spar.
Yes and that happened too. I've noted that I'd better glue (reglue?) the wing spar cover foam. That is loose and it will be a reason for wings flapping like a seagull.

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The motor leads were pulled out of the ESC
My ESC just pulled the Velcro off the foam.

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and there were a few pieces of foam that I rescued.
I even spotted one of the canopy metal bits that the magnets hold it on by scattered in the debris.

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Isn't CA just great glue.
I'm using Gorilla polyurethane for my fix. Slower but it does work.
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Old Aug 20, 2012, 11:48 PM
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Hot ESC?

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The ESC in this plane runs too hot IMO. So, I moved it to the outside of the plane. On my next arf, I will probably run it on top of the plane in a nicely cut pocket for it. For this plane, it was the quickest way to do it. I will add this post to Page #1 also. If someone else does it another way, I will add theirs, too.
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Hot ESC? Cut a slot into the heatshrink near the ingoing supply wires and push a u-shaped aluminium strip in .Must be flat no dents,to draw the heat away .You may use heatconducting compound.Works for me.807gt
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 12:48 AM
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Just back from an hour of flying, well the lad was because my Bixler is at the stage of the nose going back on - tomorrow. I toured a little T-28 around but the main thing was the lad trying out his flaperons, OK, and doing a bit of bomb dropping. The mechanism simply Velcros on under the wing so can move from plane to plane.

Remind me not to compete with him, not quite in the 18" square box but I feel, far closer than I'll get. A good little exercise for depth, position perception (my excuse for doing it).

The bomb is a toilet roll inner, Weetbix carton cardboard fins, 4 paper clips for weight and a bit of softish foam in the nose. 8 grm. and for comparison a shuttlecock is up to 5.5.grm.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:20 AM
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Hi guys, Bixler continues to fly without a motor.
Bixler на Планерной горке тоже летает (4 min 5 sec)
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 01:29 AM
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Hello
Cansomebody with a Bixler 2 please measure the width and height of the wing for me.
At the centre part that fits in the fuselage. from front to rear.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 02:08 AM
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Very nice yakav. I was watching your airplane and then got interested in the city.
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Hi guys, Bixler continues to fly without a motor.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw76T...layer_embedded
Great job flying slope with the Bix. That is a really nice place to fly. Looks like a bunker with that air pipe coming out of the top.

Do you know how much wind was blowing that day?

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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:04 AM
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4-5 m/s
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Tried to shoot video in the slope soaring
Bixler & GoPro slope part 1 (5 min 50 sec)
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 07:59 AM
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Did upgrade Ruder
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Old Aug 21, 2012, 11:18 AM
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Cansomebody with a Bixler 2 please measure the width and height of the wing for me.
At the centre part that fits in the fuselage. from front to rear.
From the top of the 'step-up' shoulder that goes into the fuse to bottom of wing is 27mm. Width is 50.2 mm at the fuse.

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