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Old May 05, 2011, 06:08 AM
How many planes is too many?
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I just finished my build and I plan to maiden tomorrow. The orange and grey one looks really great .

DJ, those DW Foamies in the background are the small Junior kits. I haven't looked at the larger DW Foamies kits all that closely since I prefer EPP to depron for low and dangerous foamy flying.

Guys, I'll let you know what I think of the Raven once I get it finished and fly it.

The AUW is 1130g with the following gear:
- MG14 servos
- long CF servo arms as sold by bestvaluerc.com
- Turnigy 3542 SK 1000kV motor
- APC style 12x6e prop
- Turnigy Plush 40A ESC with Turnigy 3A SBEC

The external BEC is there to take some heat off the ESC since I will be pushing it harder than I should. If it gets too hot I'll swap over to a Turnigy Plush 60A ESC for about 15g more. I am getting 45 degrees of travel up and down on all control surfaces so I expect I'll be having lots of fun tomorrow .
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Old May 05, 2011, 07:37 AM
How many planes is too many?
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Some photos

Here's my beauty .
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Old May 05, 2011, 04:15 PM
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Looking forward to vid Groove, miss seeing more of your vid's.
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Old May 05, 2011, 11:27 PM
How many planes is too many?
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Thanks jet. No video at this stage I'm afraid.

I maidened the plane today and put 5 packs through it. I can confidently say that Skywing has a real winner on their hands! It's definitely the best foamy I have ever flown .
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Old May 06, 2011, 12:53 AM
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I had another fly of mine today. Even better now!

I have just over 45 degree throws so response is really good. I also fitted a 12x6e prop instead of a 13x4e, gives a bit less thrust but better speed.
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Old May 06, 2011, 03:51 AM
How many planes is too many?
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I put another 5 packs through the MXS after work in almost dead calm conditions. This plane really rocks! Yesterday, my Skywing 42" Sbach 342 was my favourite foamy. Today, my Skywing 48" MXS is my favourite foamy .

Anyone that's sitting on the fence about one of these planes should get one before they sell out. According to www.bestvaluerc.com the orange and grey ones have sold out and there are only a few of the red and blue ones left. Get one (or several!) really quick; you'll be really glad that you did, I assure you .

Those of you that have purchased kits but have not flown them yet are in for a real treat .

This plane is simply awesome!
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Old May 06, 2011, 04:23 AM
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Tempting, always tempting me groove!
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Old May 06, 2011, 06:06 AM
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Sounds great guys. Got my mates 1/2 together last night and will be starting on mine over the weekend hopefully.

Is there a particular spot to sink the wing hooks into? Had a quick look at that bit last night and couldn't see an obvious spot to put them.DO they just glue into the EPO section? I'd hoped thought there might be a pre-drilled section of balsa or Light ply for them to glue into.

Have you tested your set-up on a watt meter Groove? / I've got an SK 3536 910 and was looking to spin a 12x6e and hoping to run it through a 40A speedy too...

Nac what's your motor pulling with your set-up mate? My buddy will probably get the same motor as you, and wondering for him too if a 40A speedy will cut it.


Shouldn't be long and Adelaide will have it's own little squadron of 2 MSX's doing the rounds!
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Old May 06, 2011, 06:55 AM
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Sounds great guys. Got my mates 1/2 together last night and will be starting on mine over the weekend hopefully.
You're a great bloke Ben; building your mate's plane before your own .

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Is there a particular spot to sink the wing hooks into? Had a quick look at that bit last night and couldn't see an obvious spot to put them.DO they just glue into the EPO section? I'd hoped thought there might be a pre-drilled section of balsa or Light ply for them to glue into.
The wing hooks screw into pre-prepared holes in some wood. From memory it's the hole behind the wing tube hole. If you can't see it, line the wing up on the fuselage with the slot where the wing hook will pass through and you should find it.

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Have you tested your set-up on a watt meter Groove? / I've got an SK 3536 910 and was looking to spin a 12x6e and hoping to run it through a 40A speedy too...
Sure have, but not this exact motor. I've used this setup several times before so I just looked up the most recent tests I've done. This setup draws about 45A after 10 seconds of full throttle during static testing. I suspect that eventually I might be swapping over to a 60A ESC as relatively gentle flights today at about 18 degree celcius had the ESC quite warm. I might cut a slit in the nose underneath the motor so some air can directly flow over the ESC and that might be enough to cool it down sufficiently.

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Nac what's your motor pulling with your set-up mate? My buddy will probably get the same motor as you, and wondering for him too if a 40A speedy will cut it.


Shouldn't be long and Adelaide will have it's own little squadron of 2 MSX's doing the rounds!
I'm sure that you and your mate will attact some attention once you get these planes flying. They look really great in the sky and can do every trick I have tried on them so far, so they're sure to impress. This plane can do the tightest knife edge loops I've ever done with an EPP foamy; about 2 metres in diameter due to the insane rudder authority. This plane is so responsive on the rudder that you'd almost think it has vectored thrust .
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Old May 06, 2011, 09:49 AM
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what kind of foam is this?
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Old May 06, 2011, 10:24 AM
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Old May 06, 2011, 04:33 PM
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DO they just glue into the EPO section?
So the wings are EPO skinned with EPP? How durable do you guys think these will be with their substantial weight? (40 oz. for a foamy is kinda heavy)
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Old May 06, 2011, 08:07 PM
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Hey Groovejet, haven't seen you get so excited on any other SkyWing 48'' but this one, it must be a Fantastic model to fly, I allway respect your opinion, and very much enjoy your flying review.I already have a Monster and a yak, i guess this one soon be add to the list. Thank mate.
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I put another 5 packs through the MXS after work in almost dead calm conditions. This plane really rocks! Yesterday, my Skywing 42" Sbach 342 was my favourite foamy. Today, my Skywing 48" MXS is my favourite foamy .

Anyone that's sitting on the fence about one of these planes should get one before they sell out. According to www.bestvaluerc.com the orange and grey ones have sold out and there are only a few of the red and blue ones left. Get one (or several!) really quick; you'll be really glad that you did, I assure you .

Those of you that have purchased kits but have not flown them yet are in for a real treat .

This plane is simply awesome!
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Old May 06, 2011, 10:09 PM
How many planes is too many?
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Thanks for the feedback matk. This is the only 48" Skywing plane I've flown. The others may be similar. My previous favourite foam plane was the 42" Skywing Sbach 342 so my old favourite was still a Skywing kit. I have found that Skywing's kits are a very good fit to me and my flying style. All of the Skywing planes that I have tried (Katana, Tough, 42" Sbach, 48" MXS) are really great and I prefer them to alternatives that I have tried. I look forward to future Skywing releases as they really take notice of customer feedback and actively improve their designs. I hope that they will continue to grow and prosper and maybe one day they might start producing balsa planes as well .

nac and I had a fantastic session this morning flying our MXSes. Here are some photos. We got some great video that we'll post once we get a chance.
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Old May 06, 2011, 10:39 PM
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For others building these planes here are a few findings that you may like to address:-

- The little wood tab at the front of the canopy has come loose on mine, so I have added extra glue from the inside to secure it.

- As the fields that we fly at are not very smooth (and a few bad landings!), the landing gear has become a bit loose. The wood slot where the wire slots into has cracked a bit. So I just used some polyurethane glue in the slot and secured the gear permanently.

These are both very easy fixes and only take a few minutes to do.
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