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Old Feb 08, 2012, 09:55 AM
Flyin' low & slow T-28s!
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Laziness pays off.

Not.

I had a "clicking servo" on my Bix elevator. But it worked fine. On Saturday, I tossed the Bix into the air and the servo stuck in the up position. So I maneuvered it in for a soft landing.
I "worked" that servo back and forth by hand and it freed itself up.
So I flew it without a problem.

Back at the airfield on Monday, I tested the servos - all worked fine. I tossed it into the wind. It went up to about 10 feet, then nosed-in at about 45-degrees.

It cracked the fuse under the rear edge of the canopy and rippled the foam so the canopy needs to be squeezed into place.

So now I not only have to replace the servo, but repair the foam; all because I was LAZY.

Don't be lazy: fix the Bix!

Mac

PS: The stock servos on the Bixler are horrible. But if you read this entire thread, you already know this.
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Old Feb 08, 2012, 10:04 AM
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Mac,

OUCH!

Seems like a thin wood wedge is a good way to open the fuse as far as needed. I know others have done this.

Are your wings just glued to each other, or to the fuse also?

I've had a surge of activity on mine. It will soon be flyable on the first ideal morning. Really.

Honest.

Greg
(world's slowest Bix builder)
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 09:14 AM
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I've been putting the stock servos through hell (running a 2826 2200kv putting out 300 watts) and haven't had any issues. I have been fearing that it all may end in tears but figure if they aint broke dont fix them.

But i would hate to lose elevator in a big dive at WOT.
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Old Feb 10, 2012, 01:27 PM
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But i would hate to lose elevator in a big dive at WOT.
Then don't do big WOT dives! This isn't the plane for that anyway. But seriously... the consensus seems to be you're playing with fire if you keep the stock servos. I know, I'm lazy too and still fly mine stock. I even have 4 brand new 900's sitting in a drawer, so my "d'oh" moment is going to be even worse!
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 09:44 AM
Flyin' low & slow T-28s!
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Mac,
I've had a surge of activity on mine. It will soon be flyable on the first ideal morning. Really.

Honest.

Greg
(world's slowest Bix builder)
Hmmm.... kinda trying to stifle a chuckle here, Greg.
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Old Feb 12, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Had a play with the camera for the first time today, still need to work on getting it balanced right as it was a pain to fly but thought id share it anyway!!!
BIxler flight over Ripon (10 min 50 sec)
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Old Feb 15, 2012, 03:09 PM
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Had a play with the camera for the first time today, still need to work on getting it balanced right as it was a pain to fly but thought id share it anyway!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2meU...BVSazxEbN1lWIu
Enjoyed that Ripon is not too far away from Durham so I know it well.
Have not had my Bix up in the air yet as need more practice on sim.
You handled it well my friend keep the good work up.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 01:32 PM
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I ordered my from the HK warehouse and got it in two weeks. The Bixler is of great quality but the control horns and cleavises are junk and have to be replaced. The propeller needs replaced also.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 11:18 PM
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ordering one..

Hi all Bixlers flyers,

Im going to order my 1st glider which is the Bixler. Two version on my mind...whether I go for the ARF or the KIT only ver. If I opt for the 2nd ver...what ESC, Motor, prop would u guys recommended?.....Can I use a 3s 2200mah batt on this bird?...
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Cpmboy,

Check out the first page of this thread. I'm building one up now, and think the kit is the way to go. You can use better components than what comes in the rtf.

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1231310

Hope this helps,
Greg
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 02:52 AM
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thx for informative thread,
Well, ATM the KIT version are out of stock, so I ordered the ARF ver(w/t motor and servos). I guest for now as a beginner in RC plane, wt the stock motor and servos (30A ESC, 3s 2200mah batt, rx/tx standin by) I'll be ok......and ...yes..upgrades will soon follows.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 04:49 AM
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thx for informative thread,
Well, ATM the KIT version are out of stock, so I ordered the ARF ver(w/t motor and servos). I guest for now as a beginner in RC plane, wt the stock motor and servos (30A ESC, 3s 2200mah batt, rx/tx standin by) I'll be ok......and ...yes..upgrades will soon follows.
As a beginner in RC planes, you will not know the troubles you may get with the RTF.
How would you know if you got a dodgy servo or ESC. Like the possibility that you get with the ARF Bixler.
Ask me and others on here how we know.
I hope you have read the first posts of this thread.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 11:33 AM
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How many cell lipo battery do you plan using? I like to keep these style of models very light for long flight duration and good soaring performance, that's why I run mine with a 2S lipo, I favor a 2700kv-2800kv inrunner, and an APC 6x4E or 6x5.5E, this combination gives excellent climb and fully aerobatic performance and long flight times.


This one is suitable for 2S:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=4201

If you want to use a 3S battery, use a slightly lower kv around 2200kv such as this:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=5203
so would you rec using a 3s 2200mah on the stock motor?....
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 01:15 PM
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so would you rec using a 3s 2200mah on the stock motor?....
I have the best flights so far with these
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11915
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 03:51 PM
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so would you rec using a 3s 2200mah on the stock motor?....
Either 2S or 3S is fine, it depends on what kind of flying you prefer. If using 3S, you can use the stock propeller/ stock motor, where if you use 2S, you need to prop up a bit to get more power out of the power system. Of course, 3S will be generally heavier, but will yield better power-on performance, whereas, 2S will be lighter and yield better power-off soaring performance and longer flight time.
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