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Old Oct 02, 2011, 04:17 PM
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Cold. Funny. Hilarious, in fact. I know, I know... don't encourage him!
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 06:07 PM
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Get a BH SkS and absolutely insist it be a Version 3, under threat of return at their expense & the most negative review they've ever seen.
(We'll tell ya why later.)
Shouldn't be a problem with getting a SkS V3 from BH...I just received mine this last week from them.




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Old Oct 02, 2011, 06:14 PM
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Shouldn't be a problem with getting a SkS V3 from BH...I just received mine this last week from them.




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We all have been waiting for some more info on V3. What did you get - Kit, RTF, ARF? Can you please describe the differences compared to V2.... Take pictures and fill us all in!!
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 09:44 PM
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Shouldn't be a problem with getting a SkS V3 from BH...I just received mine this last week from them.
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#1: how do you know it's a V3.....let's get that squared away first.

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We all have been waiting for some more info on V3. What did you get - Kit, RTF, ARF? Can you please describe the differences compared to V2.... Take pictures and fill us all in!!
THIS!!!!!!


(And for the clueless....that's why!)


And somebody, wake up AJ. If ya can get his fingers unwrapped from around the pain pill bottle.
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 09:59 PM
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Here is what I made and use to test the thrust of my setups. It is made from 1/2" pvc, some threaded rod and a few pvc connectors etc. The scale is from Harbor Freight and the total cost was around $20. Works great for me however it wouldn't work unless the motor was out of the plane as you can see. Sure beats $100 and is fairly accurate. I make up some extra mount so I can use different bolt patterns for different motors. Mounts detatch with 1 screw.

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Ron,

Very well done. Below is a kit from Bphobbies.com for $36 including scale.

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Old Oct 02, 2011, 10:32 PM
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Excitin' day at the airield today, gang o' mine! I semi-solo'd!!!

Wind today was worse than yesterday at the Big Bird. 15-18 gusting over 20 at about 30 notches cross the runway. We had 6 of the Biggies eat dirt yesterday, if that'll give you any indication....and rank amateurs don't fly that size, don'tcha know. And our beloved li'l Bix stood the storm like a champ, I'm here t' tell ya! Our oldest member is 74, and trust me he's got a few busted props in his history - he was out there watching and said he couldn't believe that little electric fan was flying at all in that kinda wind. Needless to say your friendly neighborhood star hopper was proud as a peacock....tho not near as luvly.

I got in 2 flights....9 of the first 10 minutes with the mission to fly ovals on & off the runway holding altitude & course. About a half minute in Sensei Mike told me forget that & just try to hold altitude & do the best I can. The upwind legs along the runway took a long time, believe that! an the downwind leg, about time you straightened out from the up-end turn you better be preparing to start turning back upwind again....it got down there in a hurry.

Mike took over & landed at end of the first 10, then helped the newcomer I mentioned yesterday with his 3D Stinger II while I sat down & recovered the nerves somewhat. After the shaking stopped, *LMAO....not quite that bad. Just barely not quite* I swapped out the LiPo & got ready for another round but the wind was just too bad so we waited to see if it'd lay down a little as sunset neared.

It did. I hooked up the LiPo & checked controls, & walked out to where Mike & new guy were at one of the pilot's stations. But when I handed the Tx out to him for takeoff, he said no. Huh? "No....give me the plane, I'll launch, you're taking off." Holy jeez!! The wind had died down to about half what it was, but there was still a-plenty. My takeoff was a little jagged, but I pulled it off, & happy to say, 11 minutes later the mighty Bix was back on the grass & still in one wholesome healthy handsome piece. Mike of course took over to land it....still too gusty for me & I sure didn't mind. (Like I said - 1 piece! )

I told Mike later that was like throwing somebody off a boat THEN asking him could he swim! He said he knew I could fly the plane, I'd already showed him that, & it was a test 'cuz ya gotta be prepared to handle the unexpected with these things. Laughingly, I'll add....but I was proud that he had that kind've confidence in me. Almost as proud as with the flying I had just done. THAT was EXCITING, to say the least!! Mike told me just fly it wherever I wanted to but keep the 1OS altitude. I even monkeyed around with it a bit, cutting throttle & trying to keep it hung in one spot in the wind. OH, almost forgot....today's altitude challenge was kind've in reverse from usual. We were catching hella-thermal action & overall upwelling....the problem was keeping it DOWN! Mike lost it a couple times & asked me to bring 'er down some, & the new guy commented if I's gonna be flying up there, I wouldn't have any problem with other planes cuz I'd be flying alone. GO BIX!! *LMAO*

Anyhoo....in all the excitement I forgot to hang out the wing-cam for the first flight, but had it mounted for my 2nd. Not sure the thing worked right (it's pretty hit & miss) as, it had stopped by time we landed & I haven't even checked it yet. Will do so tomorrow & load it up if I got anything.

This'll be a section of my blog if I ever get it started, so hope AJ (and y'all) do't mind me using this as a sorta layout board to get my thoughts down while they're still fresh. Didn't mean it to go this long, but once I got started the words kept pouring out! Other 'things' happened I didn't spell out but, we'll save those for the real thing....ok wich'yall?

Our darlin' airplane was up to the test, impressed several ol' timers, and came thru with flying colors....and I was proud, proud, proud of it!! We got us a GOOD bird here, fellas!
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Old Oct 02, 2011, 10:39 PM
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Still not finished putting mine together with the mods I'm doing. Assorted CF tubes and control hinges are being fitted to help fix issues people have found with the standard Bixlers. I have gone with a replacement 8mm tube and an extra extension in 6mm to support the weaker wing area where the ailerons start. I have a rod binding at the start of the CF tubes to stop the CF tube from splitting and will be fitting a 6mm CF wing dowel as a slide in removable joiner.



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Old Oct 02, 2011, 10:49 PM
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Ron,

Very well done. Below is a kit from Bphobbies.com for $36 including scale.
Bill, I've seen that one and really considered building a clone of it but I opted to go with my method. I don't have much woodworking tools around here and I thought the pvc method would be a little easier. I have however purchased from BP Hobbies before. I also built a CG machine out of pvc that works quite well also. I guess I'm just a pvc freak.

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Old Oct 02, 2011, 11:02 PM
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He knows. His wife reminds him daily.
Yes. And very affectionately.
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 01:20 AM
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Hi guys
I have to replace the control horns on my Bixler and will be using the ones suggested in the start of this thread, being these ones http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F10pcs%5F.html

One of my aileron control horns broke off and i also lost the pushrod, which leads me to my main question
I have measured the diameter of the other control rods and they are 1.19mm, but it looks like HK only have M2 push rods being 2mm, is this going to be an issue?

Should i continue using the nylon clevises? or would i be better off with linkage stoppers like these http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F10pcs%5F.html

Thanks guys
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 04:01 AM
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Bill, I've seen that one and really considered building a clone of it but I opted to go with my method. I don't have much woodworking tools around here and I thought the pvc method would be a little easier. I have however purchased from BP Hobbies before. I also built a CG machine out of pvc that works quite well also. I guess I'm just a pvc freak.

Ron
Thanks Ron, I might give this one a go.
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 05:08 AM
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Hi guys
I have to replace the control horns on my Bixler and will be using the ones suggested in the start of this thread, being these ones http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F10pcs%5F.html

One of my aileron control horns broke off and i also lost the pushrod, which leads me to my main question
I have measured the diameter of the other control rods and they are 1.19mm, but it looks like HK only have M2 push rods being 2mm, is this going to be an issue?

Should i continue using the nylon clevises? or would i be better off with linkage stoppers like these http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...F10pcs%5F.html

Thanks guys
1.19mm (.046") is the standard diameter of 21ga music wire, & your local hobby shop ought to have that. While there check out this line of products:
http://shop.dubro.com/home/search/101.0.1.1?q=.047

HTH
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DO WE ALL KNOW THE FEELING.
Thinking back some 55 years in my L2 Taylorcraft . The instructor told me to stop at the end of the runway 18. HE GOT OUT!!!!!!!????????????. Told me to take off, fly around, close to the airport for about 15 min. Do 3 touch and go landings. He would see me at the hanger??????????????????????
Darn.!!!!!!!!!! Now what. Remember how quick the L2 jumped into the air!!?? Then the feeling of JOY!!!! [I HAD DID IT.!!}. I was up there in the wild blue BY MYSELF. I DID IT!! Then, after taxing to the hanger. My instructor along with EVERYONE on this little KANSAS FLYING FIELD. were there to shake my hand and pat me on the back. What a day to be alive.
I CONCEIVED IT
I BELIEVED I COULD DO IT
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Old Oct 03, 2011, 12:39 PM
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So what motor???????????

Hi folks,

I've read some of the thread, but it's soooo long!
Hence i may well be asking something thats already been discussed. If so please feel free to point me in the right direction within the thread

I have around 6 or so suitable motors for this model. I do like lots and lots of power in my models as everyone that knows me will say!

Anyhow, the below links are of 2 motors i already possess and thinking of using in my Bixler.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4201
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4200

Has anyone fitted either of these motors in there Skysurfer/bixler and how did it perform? I'm thinking of using one of these motors plus a 2200mah 3s lipo.
Would it make the model too heavy?
Constructive opinions appreciated
Just to add, i will be "beefing" up the model with cf rods and strips to handle high power.
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Hi folks,

I've read some of the thread, but it's soooo long!
Hence i may well be asking something thats already been discussed. If so please feel free to point me in the right direction within the thread

I have around 6 or so suitable motors for this model. I do like lots and lots of power in my models as everyone that knows me will say!

Anyhow, the below links are of 2 motors i already possess and thinking of using in my Bixler.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4201
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4200

Has anyone fitted either of these motors in there Skysurfer/bixler and how did it perform? I'm thinking of using one of these motors plus a 2200mah 3s lipo.
Would it make the model too heavy?
Constructive opinions appreciated
Just to add, i will be "beefing" up the model with cf rods and strips to handle high power.
Check this post out.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=5929
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