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Old Sep 02, 2011, 12:18 AM
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Hey Scotty;
Our club's gonna be having a night fly-in soon -- why don't you come visit us down east NC & bring yer stuff! I'll buy ya a beer or six....to make it worth your while.
(Yes, me too wantin' to see it. And remember, "No video, it din't happen!
Post a warning first, so's I can don my welding helmet, K?
Actually my father is leaving in the motor home next week to visit my bro. I made that trip with them once before, but can't now due to work.

I didn't get ANY work done on the "Night Surfer" tonight because life intervened. Looks like on Saturday I'll cook breakfast (edit: for our flyin) and then nap. Finish the night surfer in the afternoon before dark and be ready for the sun to go down. I know that's cutting it close. (the nap is because I teach broadcasting and we're doing our first football game (this year) on Friday night -- (broadcasting games wipe me out)

Video should be possible -- I think. ... 6 hours until my alarm goes off... time to quit having fun in RCG
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 07:29 AM
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Anyone knows where to get servo screws?
I saw the post somewhere but cant find it anymore.


HeadsUp --at bottom of the listed components under "servo screws"

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Old Sep 02, 2011, 07:37 AM
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Anyone knows where to get servo screws?
I saw the post somewhere but cant find it anymore.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 10:48 AM
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Sorry all, I don't have the time at the moment to read backward through 500+ pages, so I'm just going to ask. If I want one of these in a reasonable amount of time should I order the Bixler from HobbyKing or is there somewhere I can get a Sky Surfer faster/cheaper?
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 10:51 AM
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Sorry all, I don't have the time at the moment to read backward through 500+ pages, so I'm just going to ask. If I want one of these in a reasonable amount of time should I order the Bixler from HobbyKing or is there somewhere I can get a Sky Surfer faster/cheaper?
You don't have to read 500 pages, just go to post #2. It lists the suppliers. You have no location listed on your avatar so suggesting a USA supplier if you are Australia wouldn't make much sense.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 10:59 AM
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RMRC still has a few if you're quick and in the US. Otherwise, check post 2 like Prof said to do.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 11:01 AM
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Sorry all, I don't have the time at the moment to read backward through 500+ pages, so I'm just going to ask. If I want one of these in a reasonable amount of time should I order the Bixler from HobbyKing or is there somewhere I can get a Sky Surfer faster/cheaper?
If USA
RTF
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=505
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http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=507
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Ordered mine from here, very pleased
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 01:22 PM
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Sorry all, I don't have the time at the moment to read backward through 500+ pages, so I'm just going to ask. If I want one of these in a reasonable amount of time should I order the Bixler from HobbyKing or is there somewhere I can get a Sky Surfer faster/cheaper?
I order the Sky Surfer from Banana Hobby on Tuesday and it ship on Thursday. This is good time for the shipment and I am very satisfied with the Banana Hobby service right now.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 06:13 PM
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Hey guys!
Guess who got about 10 minutes of 'nearly-solo' time today!!
1 Bix, 1 piece, No 'Oh S***' errors. *LOL*

Sensei Mike took over & hot-dogged it for last couple of minutes while I ran ....errr, scrambled.....okay, hurried ...kind've....to get the IR Thermometer from my field box. Immediately on landing I popped the canopy & got a reading on the '20A ESC-On-Stilts'....126 & cooling -- 10 seconds later it was 118 & steadily falling. The flight was on a GensAce 2200mAh 25~50C with the stock 5x3 prop. Haven't had time to run a battery analysis yet - forgot the gadget & left it home, & I'm in middle of something else right now.

Before closing -- one thing I'm really proud of is, we had winds 20mph gusting to 30 - it was much more active at 1-OS height than at surface. Mike told me maximum wind I should fly in would be about half what we had today, & never 'this' if he weren't there to take over. It was a li'l tricky, but staying attentive & "on the controls" carried the day, with the Bix suddenly jumping almost straight sideways on some legs. (I basically flew giant Fig.8's up & down the runway). Getting to actually HOLD the Tx & feeling out what the stix would do was a GREAT learning experience. Doubt I'll sleep much tonight! *hee hee heee*

BTW spent most of last night adding the spoon-fed cooling & relief ducts & channeling walls of the cuts to 'bend' air over onto the ESC, & adding recognition stripes. Will show later - right now gotta scoot!
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 07:09 PM
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Hey guys!
Guess who got about 10 minutes of 'nearly-solo' time today!!
1 Bix, 1 piece, No 'Oh S***' errors. *LOL*

Getting to actually HOLD the Tx & feeling out what the stix would do was a GREAT learning experience.
Congrats! Yes... this stick feeling is important to aquire. Eventually you'll get the feeling of a real mechanical link between the sticks and the aircraft. It's surprising how strong this feeling becomes, because you don't get any physical feedback through the sticks. But nontheless, it gets to be as strong a link as the one between the steering wheel of your car and the road. Your eyes provide the feedback that unconsciously get wired into the control equaision so it FEELS like there's feedback. It was an interesting experience for me.
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Old Sep 02, 2011, 09:08 PM
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Sorry all, I don't have the time at the moment to read backward through 500+ pages, so I'm just going to ask. If I want one of these in a reasonable amount of time should I order the Bixler from HobbyKing or is there somewhere I can get a Sky Surfer faster/cheaper?
I think it's important to note that the only place you will get a V2 SS is at Banana Hobby. All the rest, and HK Bixlers as well, are V1 so it would matter what you want. I got a V2 Kit from BH in a short time with no issue. At least I have not heard of a V2 anywhere else. Feel free to correct me.

It has been said that BH customer service is not very good but I have not had to use it. It would do you some good to read the thread. I think you will find that most people have bad luck with included electronics in the ARF and RTF versions. The ones that have had ok luck, will change I bet.
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Hey guys!
Guess who got about 10 minutes of 'nearly-solo' time today!!
1 Bix, 1 piece, No 'Oh S***' errors. *LOL*
Congrats! It will keep getting better each time.
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You don't have to read 500 pages, just go to post #2. It lists the suppliers. You have no location listed on your avatar so suggesting a USA supplier if you are Australia wouldn't make much sense.
This is the way ALL THREADS should be.....HELLO RCG , MODERATORS , ANYONE...........
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Old Sep 03, 2011, 12:52 AM
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Sale on inrunner motors

Common Sense RC is running a Labor Day sale http://www.commonsenserc.com/page.ph..._deal_day.html
One of the items is a 2000 kV Inrunner that looks designed for EasyStar / Sky Surfer. It's $33 with free shipping, compared with $50 normally at that site.

Specs are not spelled out in detail, but it looks very similar to the 2836-22 from Heads Up RC, except 10% lower kV. The Heads Up motor is priced at $32 including shipping, but it's often sold out.

Placing the order at CS RC is a little awkward. It looks like you'll be charged full price, but go through the process and enter code labor11ship, and it will give you free shipping and the discount price. Double check before you hit "confirm," of course.
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Here's my mini build post plus maiden flight pics and video at the end


Here's how she arrived, minus the outer brown cardboard box, a very fast delivery from BRC



Here's the contents
It was nice to see that the servo extension leads were supplied but I'd like to have seen a servo Y lead too, no trouble though as I have the bits I need to make one




First job was to reinforce the skimpy 6mm tube, they're know to fold if the wings come away slightly, leaving the SS to fall to the ground looking like a dog with it's head out of the car window as the wings flap up in the air



I used a 4mm aluminium rod that I had laying around, it was bought from B&Q, cheap, easy and solid

Making up the cables and testing servos etc



I'm not going into a detailed build as to fitting servos etc, just the different stuff...

After discovering the CoG meant having the battery rearwards I set about double checking to see if there were indeed weights in the nose.
I tried shining a strong torch through but couldn't see anything, then to triple check I use Tone's method of taking a magnet to the nose
Viola we have attraction
Then I parted the nose by carefully (well as carefully as my ten thumbs would allow) parting the fuselage with a blade, in the end I had to part it from the nose to about level with the wing spar, top and bottom



You can see the weight in there, unusually it was one solid weight rather than others who have found a bunch of glued in washers
It was however glued in with some kind of mirracle glue, pretty darned tough, I had to work around the outside of the weight with a pointy screwdriver to free up as much as I could before grabbing hold of it with a pair of pliers and twisting it out, job jobbed


Here's the little blighter



20.1 grams, you wouldn't think that little weight would make much difference to the CoG but it does
It's going to be really interesting when I stick a 150g GoPro and a 70g FPV cam up front



Next up was to find a suitable place to secure the battery
The V2 onwards has extra reinforcements to the fuselage and the servos are up front so a bit of foam cutting is in order







In that last pic you can see the seperator between the nose and compartment, making it impossible to use the hot water trick to soften the weight glue and pull it out from there

3000mah battery in place



Fuse taped up with a little coming up and over the nose too



Here's she is, ready to fly




Now all she needs is a pilot


PS
I forgot to detail it but what I did to hold the wings in place so they don't seperate whilst in flight was to carefully slice off a section about 1mm thick from the matting surfaces of each wing half and stuck velcro on, it's is an industrial strength velcro so hopefully it will hold
UPDATE:
The wing velcro isn't great so I'm going to glue the wings in place



The Maiden Flight

Well this is my second first steps towards going FPV, learning to fly LOS that is, my first, first attempt wound up with my Icon A5 in bits, so I thought it might be best to get something easier to learn with

Here's some pics, video to follow once it's on yoootoob

Cuffed with myself as this is the second ever plane I've built and it's the second one which was properly set up for flight with no hicups















The area:






Really enjoyed it, once the nerves died down a bit I was doing well, trying my best not to get cocky, though I did do a couple of low passes where I actually skimmed the grass
My landings need some practice as I forgot to dodge the tumps of thick mountain grass, no damage or anything though

Video now uploaded in glorious 1080p

Skysurfer Maiden Flight (2 min 9 sec)
Maiden Flight
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