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Old May 10, 2011, 10:11 AM
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[QUOTE=malik_melkor;18184659]Thanks for your reply moon.

I'm not sure by what you mean keyed...I have each connection going into the antenna thing inside the plane.

sorry to take so long responding
what I meant by "keyed" is some servo connectors have a "tab" or "key" that matches a slot in the receiver so that it can only be inserted one way.
If yours are the type that can be reversed make sure all the "brown" or "black" (negative) wires are lined up on the same side of the receiver.
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Old May 10, 2011, 10:38 AM
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This is what I did Have fun
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Thanks Harry. Looks simple enough. I am trying to find something that doesn't show the nose of the plane, mounts easily, and won't get destroyed in a nose-first crash (trust me, I will do that). It's really unbelievable how good this little key fob camera is, considering size, weight and cost.[/QUOTE]

It's really unbelievable how good this little key fob camera is, considering size, weight and cost.
I couldn't agree more on that Skootch...I still have my original #3 and it has survived head on crashes with trees and the ground many times.
"Get This" I had given up searching for it last year after an inverted crash until one of my chums asked if I had tried a metal detector. Believe it or not I pulled it out of the clay more than two weeks later hoping I could at least salvage the 4gb card that I paid $20 for.

I'd still like to see some of your vids if you have any.

I'll try and post a video from it once I get my Sky Surfer running again, but I'm pretty sure you will see a bit of the nose of the plane.
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Old May 10, 2011, 12:40 PM
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First, welcome to the thread. I am not clear if you own a Sky Surfer. If you do, you might want to read the modifications and stuff on Page #1 of this thread. It is updated often and new stuff is added and any mistakes are quickly corrected (so you can rely on the accuracy of the information presented there). If you have any questions, please ask. If you have any more thoughts on the above problem, please post your ideas. Most of all, have a good time while you are here.
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I am a beginner and have a Sky Surfer V1 brushless with wing mods for a trainer. I live 50 miles from the "local" flying field. I don't go there and have to find a place near home. I live in a mountain area with lots of trees. Therefore the SS hasn't been in the air yet. We also have gusty breezes all day long. I will try the local high school but have to wait until no one is there on a relativity calm day. I flew a trainer for a brief time some 30+ years ago. I really shouldn't be involved in RC because of time availability and residence area.
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Old May 10, 2011, 12:42 PM
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I am a beginner ...I really shouldn't be involved in RC because of time availability and residence area.
There is nothing rational about this hobby.
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Old May 10, 2011, 01:19 PM
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I am a beginner and have a Sky Surfer V1 brushless with wing mods for a trainer. I live 50 miles from the "local" flying field. I don't go there and have to find a place near home. I live in a mountain area with lots of trees. Therefore the SS hasn't been in the air yet. We also have gusty breezes all day long. I will try the local high school but have to wait until no one is there on a relativity calm day. I flew a trainer for a brief time some 30+ years ago. I really shouldn't be involved in RC because of time availability and residence area.
Post videos when you maiden it. We all love to see a new plane fly.

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Old May 10, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Huh. The motor goes too on its own right? I JUST had this happen on a CAR. Thought it was the ESC or something making the motor go nuts. Turns out the steering servo was bad. unplug your servos 1 at a time and see if it still happens? 5 minutes * 4 servos.. should take you about 20 minutes.
First, just wanted to say thanks for everyone helping thus far. I tried what you said rocketscience and I always had to have the throttle one in for the remote control to recognize the airplane-and when the throttle was in-either by itself or with a combination of the other servos, it would still go haywire-so maybe the throttle servo is the one messing up? Everything go nuts though if it is plugged in-ie motor always goes on because throttle has to be plugged in-but if the ailerons or rutter are plugged in, they mess up as well...Will be messing around with it a little more today.
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Old May 10, 2011, 05:22 PM
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First, just wanted to say thanks for everyone helping thus far. I tried what you said rocketscience and I always had to have the throttle one in for the remote control to recognize the airplane-and when the throttle was in-either by itself or with a combination of the other servos, it would still go haywire-so maybe the throttle servo is the one messing up? Everything go nuts though if it is plugged in-ie motor always goes on because throttle has to be plugged in-but if the ailerons or rutter are plugged in, they mess up as well...Will be messing around with it a little more today.
Please check the voltage drop on the battery with the system fully powered up - operational or not. I just thought of something. But, before you do that - Are you using a LiPo battery pack or a NiMH battery pack? VERY IMPORTANT. Let me know asap. If you are using a NiMh pack, I know exactly what is wrong.
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Old May 10, 2011, 06:01 PM
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I'm not sure by what you mean keyed...I have each connection going into the antenna thing inside the plane.
The boxy radio things with gears that move and make gear sounds are servos (servo mechanism)
They antenna thing inside the airplane is the receiver (the transmitter is what you hold in your hands while flying) (jokes aside... )

The servo plugs that plug into the receiver are often designed with keys (tabs, slots, flat spots, etc.) so that they can only be plugged in one way.

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Old May 10, 2011, 07:37 PM
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Post videos when you maiden it. We all love to see a new plane fly.


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I know! 4 on the bench ready to fly, a couple under construction, and several waiting in their boxes!! I need help!
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Old May 10, 2011, 08:12 PM
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Rudder-Elevator Assembly

Has anyboby made the rudder-elevator assembly (quick release) removable yet stong for easy storage or transport?
I'am working on it now with a SS V1. Two screws through tail section attached into inserts glued into rudder.Rudder and elevator sandwiched to tail section with the help of sparsely used velcro
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Old May 10, 2011, 08:41 PM
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Has anyboby made the rudder-elevator assembly (quick release) removable yet stong for easy storage or transport?
I'am working on it now with a SS V1. Two screws through tail section attached into inserts glued into rudder.Rudder and elevator sandwiched to tail section with the help of sparsely used velcro
I don't recall anybody doing so.
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Old May 10, 2011, 09:16 PM
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did something like that few years back on my Monster plane
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Old May 10, 2011, 09:45 PM
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Please check the voltage drop on the battery with the system fully powered up - operational or not. I just thought of something. But, before you do that - Are you using a LiPo battery pack or a NiMH battery pack? VERY IMPORTANT. Let me know asap. If you are using a NiMh pack, I know exactly what is wrong.
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Unfortunately it is a lipo, not a NiMh battery. I will check the voltage drop tonight and see what happens. I am wondering if it would just be easier to return the whole thing and ask for a replacement? I have only glued the back tail together so everything else is like new. Not sure if banana hobby would do that or not...
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Old May 11, 2011, 12:19 AM
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Has anyboby made the rudder-elevator assembly (quick release) removable yet stong for easy storage or transport?
I'am working on it now with a SS V1. Two screws through tail section attached into inserts glued into rudder.Rudder and elevator sandwiched to tail section with the help of sparsely used velcro
I am currently building my second SS, this time a V2 and I am incorporating this system for tail and wing attachment so that both are removable. When completed I will post photos.

I am using threaded brass inserts which I got from Tower Hobbies.
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Old May 11, 2011, 12:35 AM
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Repaired and ready to fly again

All repairs are completed and the Skysurfer with Microdan is ready to fly again. I hot glued in the wing spar covers and taped with 3M Extreme tape. The right wing broke off at the wing root and it was CA'd back together but I added three 1/16" CF rods to bridge the repaired break. The wing was snapped together and hot glued into position. It's not going to fold again.

All I need now is time and good weather to fly again.
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