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Old Jan 08, 2013, 07:04 PM
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I must say glider guys on Saturday morning seemed to be apart from all of us. Except for three of them all of the are 85 and older. They took their planes up to a machine that has a long string on it and a foot pedal. They step on the pedal and the plane shoots straight up into the air and then they tip the nose over and release it. And then they go off and find thermals and they find them!

I was watching them one morning and one of them said "do you see that?" And someone said "yeah I see it Charlie I'm headed that way".

They had spotted a hole in a cloud where the edges of the hole were being sucked in. I asked my friend Jay "what are they talking about?", He said a thermal blew a hole in that cloud and they can see and they're going after it.

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I have a couple of buddies that like to fly their radians way overhead. They hand launch and use the prop to get up to glide height then rarely use the motor again unless the wind gets high and makes them drift.

Sometimes they try to fly each others plane before they realized they are watching the wrong one. I told them to paint one green and the other orange just to keep them straight.
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Old Jan 08, 2013, 08:53 PM
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I have a couple of buddies that like to fly their radians way overhead. They hand launch and use the prop to get up to glide height then rarely use the motor again unless the wind gets high and makes them drift.

Sometimes they try to fly each others plane before they realized they are watching the wrong one. I told them to paint one green and the other orange just to keep them straight.
One Saturday morning I found out you can also find yourself flying a vulture, they like thermals too!

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Old Jan 09, 2013, 12:49 AM
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FPV Flying in the rain, shooting for the clouds with DragonLink V2 (2 min 27 sec)
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 03:27 AM
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What I liked about your video:
1. Under three minutes to avoid boredom.
2. Nice background music.
3. Well edited.
4. Interesting scenery.
5. Both take off and landing were shown.
6. Landing was pretty darn good (close to you).
What I did not like:
1. Nothing. Nicely done IMO.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:17 AM
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 10:06 AM
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 01:06 PM
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What time does the beer flyers get there?
GENE, - LOL I love that!!!

Your on my page there. It's either a beer, a nip of scotch/whiskey in to a can of coke or a Valium for the NERVES before flying a maiden, particularly when it comes to a new EDF that I've spent $ hundreds and many hours building.

All of these things done under stealth from other club members.

(Crap I hope none of them are reading this!!)

-B!LL!


Rider: Eternalflight, Nice video, nice scenery, nice music. I was memorized. Perhaps it was even more calming than Valium!
Same goes for your video JohnVH, what AJ said, however it didn't quite have the low level 'spin-out' factor. (Frame of mind I guess?)
-B!
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Old Jan 11, 2013, 03:50 AM
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Hi,

A couple of FPV vids featuring a friends Bixler (and my Teksumo.) Would have been 2 bixlers but I had some issues with the OSD on the my bixler this day. I'm amazed the Bixler I am following didn't fold it's wings at some points. Stock spar and hauling around FPV gear... there is some serious wing movement happening at times.

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Gim

Some FPV Fun 2 (2 min 58 sec)


Some FPV fun 1 (2 min 54 sec)
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Old Jan 12, 2013, 01:00 AM
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Hi,

A couple of FPV vids featuring a friends Bixler (and my Teksumo.) Would have been 2 bixlers but I had some issues with the OSD on the my bixler this day. I'm amazed the Bixler I am following didn't fold it's wings at some points. Stock spar and hauling around FPV gear... there is some serious wing movement happening at times.

Cheers,
Gim
Very exciting videos. Keep up the great work.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 05:23 PM
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Version 5 at AMA Expo

I saw the new Sky Surver version 5 at the AMA Expo yesterday, at the Banana Hobby booth. I did not get a full look, but here are some observations:
  • Flaps.
  • Strong plastic plate on bottom of fuse
  • Tail skid
  • I did not check the wing mounting method.
  • Servos have been upgraded (to 16g?)
IMO the flaps are not necessary in normal flight, but I guess with a heavy FPV load they would be useful.
I didn't ask the price, but with the bigger servos I would think they would raise it a few dollars. They say it will be available in about 2 weeks.

I needed a replacement left wing for my original Sky Surfer, but they are completely out of stock on version 4. Does anyone have a spare?
I ended up getting a Super Sky Surfer, ARF for $120 - seems like a bargain. No shipping cost, either.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 05:29 PM
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Bixler 1.1 Servo - Clevis Problem

I am building my Bixler 1.1 kit and I have run into a problem. I hope that your collective mind can help me solve it.

As you probably know, the new location of the tail servos is part way down the fuse, accessible via a hatch in t bottom. When I put the servo in and looked how they were, I could see that the arms were very close, and could easily interfere with each other ( I read about this in this thread). See Picture 1 below.

So as suggested, I flipped one around (Picture 2) and cut off the end of one arm (Picture 3). This all seemed to be a good solution.

Now that I come to attach the clevis at the end of the push rod, I see that the rod is now a centimeter or two past the control horn. No room for a clevis. I thought that I could use a linkage stopper, however the ones that I have are too small for the push rod. (I don't think that I can find them locally)

I could cut open the fuse again, remove the rod , shorten it and make a new z bend at the end, however this will leave the fuse all beaten up before I have a chance to destroy it myself.

Another solution that I thought of is to shorten the push rod and solder on a little wire that is thinner and able to fit in linkage stopper.

Any suggestions ?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 05:30 PM
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Reegor,

I like the belly skid idea, as every one (well quite a few) do grass sliding take offs from time to time.
(But nothing a bit fibreglass tape can't fix! )
Well I certainly do, because I can't trust myself to get onto the the controls quick enough after doing a throw launch!!

As for servo's,, I'll bet everyone changes them out anyway, unless they really are decent ones.

-B!LL!
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 06:05 PM
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I saw the new Sky Surver version 5 at the AMA Expo yesterday. I did not get a full look, but here are some observations:
  • Flaps.
  • Strong plastic plate on bottom of fuse
  • Tail skid
  • I did not check the wing mounting method.
  • Servos have been upgraded (to 16g?)
IMO the flaps are not necessary in normal flight, but I guess with a heavy FPV load they would be useful.
I didn't ask the price, but with the bigger servos I would think they would raise it a few dollars.

I needed a replacement left wing for my original Sky Surfer, but they are completely out of stock on version 4. Does anyone have a spare?
I ended up getting a Super Sky Surfer, ARF for $120 - seems like a bargain. No shipping cost, either.
Is the Version 5 being sold by BH or another supplier?
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 06:19 PM
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Is the Version 5 being sold by BH or another supplier?
Yes, BH. Thanks, I fixed it.
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Old Jan 13, 2013, 08:26 PM
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I am building my Bixler 1.1 kit and I have run into a problem. I hope that your collective mind can help me solve it.

As you probably know, the new location of the tail servos is part way down the fuse, accessible via a hatch in t bottom. When I put the servo in and looked how they were, I could see that the arms were very close, and could easily interfere with each other ( I read about this in this thread). See Picture 1 below.

So as suggested, I flipped one around (Picture 2) and cut off the end of one arm (Picture 3). This all seemed to be a good solution.

Now that I come to attach the clevis at the end of the push rod, I see that the rod is now a centimeter or two past the control horn. No room for a clevis. I thought that I could use a linkage stopper, however the ones that I have are too small for the push rod. (I don't think that I can find them locally)

I could cut open the fuse again, remove the rod , shorten it and make a new z bend at the end, however this will leave the fuse all beaten up before I have a chance to destroy it myself.

Another solution that I thought of is to shorten the push rod and solder on a little wire that is thinner and able to fit in linkage stopper.

Any suggestions ?
Shimmy, would it work to put them back right way round and sham one of them up higher than the other maybe? There's another type of control horn attachment that I like a lot better than the twisties I just installed two of those other combat plane is lying on the kitchen table right now. I'll did the label out of the trash and take a picture this thing. It is so much easier to use than unclip in the twisties and trying to guess how many turns it'll take to get them right.

I have a Bixler two painted up and tricked out but I like the original Bixler plane better and I'm gonna get one of those version 1.1 planes but I will not use the twisties or replace them all with the Do-Bro attachments.

I'm off to find that for you. Dragon NaturallySpeaking go to sleep.

I'm back. The holes for the wire are pretty big. The combat plane as the control wires. And this device still has plenty of room for bigger ones.

DJ
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