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Old Feb 12, 2012, 01:03 PM
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Subscribed. I don't have a bixler yet but I am definitely interested in getting one of these in the near future. I also have a cnc router and could make my own, but you've already done all the hard work.

Selling yet, or still working out the kinks?
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Old Feb 13, 2012, 10:56 AM
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Subscribed, I have a bixler and am using it for an autonomous project. Question: Can you remove the pod from the plane for swapping batteries?

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Old Feb 14, 2012, 05:00 PM
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Would love to have this pod so I don't have to stuff my bixler with light foam to keep everything from moving about in flight.
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Old Feb 16, 2012, 01:57 PM
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Subscribed, I have a bixler and am using it for an autonomous project. Question: Can you remove the pod from the plane for swapping batteries?

Thanks,
Christian
Yup, the pod is held on with a bolt at the front. It's pretty easy to remove it to swap packs, especially if you use a wiring harness like I did.

Here's a bit of an update - I haven't yet heard back from the laser cutting guy, so I'm not sure how much progress he's made. Sorry for the delay; it's a bit difficult to coordinate this whole thing from college. I'll keep everyone posted.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 12:20 AM
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Sorry that this thread may have seemed dead for the past week or two, I've been caught up with work for my classes. Anyways, I've got the updated design ready for laser cutting. Looks like I can fit two pods on a 12" x 24" sheet of ply with room to spare! I haven't yet determined if it'd be better to cut two at a time, or just use a 12" x 12" sheet for each one. Depends on the pricing of the wood I suppose.

I'll have to ask a friend back home to put together and test out the fit of the new pod for me. If everything goes well, they should be ready for sale soon after that!

I don't think that any of us following this thread are worried about it going dead...so no worries man.

As far as fitting one or two pods on a sheet, why not make the most out of one sheet? I'm not sure how concerned you are with change out time...or change over time, or machine efficiency. But being in manufacturing, I think about these kinds of things every day. How can I make the most out of my machine? If it were me, I'd make the most out of each sheet, with the least amount of waste. Just my .02...if you can fit 2 pods on one sheet, why not?
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 10:20 PM
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Yup, the pod is held on with a bolt at the front. It's pretty easy to remove it to swap packs, especially if you use a wiring harness like I did.

Here's a bit of an update - I haven't yet heard back from the laser cutting guy, so I'm not sure how much progress he's made. Sorry for the delay; it's a bit difficult to coordinate this whole thing from college. I'll keep everyone posted.
Will there be a template showing where to trim the foam on the forward fuselage?
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 10:47 PM
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Will there be a template showing where to trim the foam on the forward fuselage?
I'll be sure to write something about it in the instructions. It's a pretty simple cut - just a straight continuation of the cutout that's already there, if that makes sense .
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 11:26 AM
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I'll be sure to write something about it in the instructions. It's a pretty simple cut - just a straight continuation of the cutout that's already there, if that makes sense .
I thought that was what it looked like in the photo. I've installed the servos in my v4 and am getting it ready to paint the wings and tail. I think I'll go ahead and cut the forward fuselage in anticipation for your Pod but won't paint the fuselage until after mating fuselage/Pod. I moved the servos to the tail so I will be able to remove all the extra interior foam up front and balance the GoPro better.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 12:18 PM
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I thought that was what it looked like in the photo. I've installed the servos in my v4 and am getting it ready to paint the wings and tail. I think I'll go ahead and cut the forward fuselage in anticipation for your Pod but won't paint the fuselage until after mating fuselage/Pod. I moved the servos to the tail so I will be able to remove all the extra interior foam up front and balance the GoPro better.
Good call moving the servos to the tail, that'll definately free up some space up front. I didn't have any issues balancing the GoPro with everything in the stock locations, but it couldn't hurt .

You might notice that there's a couple of large molding marks near the servo pockets inside the fuselage. Go ahead and trim these off, since they stick out just far enough to interfere with the battery tray. I'm planning to include a note about this in the pod instructions as well.

EDIT: Actually, since you've got a newer Sky Surfer with the internal servo mounts, it'd probably be best to remove all of the foam protrusions on the inside so that the fuselage is as open as that of the v1 and the Bixler. There's a comparison pic at the bottom of this post: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...98&postcount=2.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 03:18 PM
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EDIT: Actually, since you've got a newer Sky Surfer with the internal servo mounts, it'd probably be best to remove all of the foam protrusions on the inside so that the fuselage is as open as that of the v1 and the Bixler. There's a comparison pic at the bottom of this post: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...98&postcount=2.
Yep, that's the plan. Using your file (the one you removed), I will make a couple of cardboard templates so that I can get an idea of what I want to do inside the fuselage. I'll probably be using an HK Orange R910 receiver with 2 satellite receivers or a Spektrum AR8000 with one satellite. On my Bixler everything is stretch out along the inside of the fuselage. Your Pod will definitely make for a nicer setup.
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Old Feb 18, 2012, 07:47 PM
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I would be up for one of these. Brand new Bixler here waiting for building.
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Old Feb 19, 2012, 09:57 AM
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I'm also up for one of these to build it on my new Bixler as well.
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Old Feb 21, 2012, 01:56 PM
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Update (again)

Hi guys,

I still haven't heard back from the laser cutting guy, so I can only assume that he's too busy or currently has other issues to deal with. I've contacted Tim at ReadyMadeRC to see if he would be interested in working out a deal to produce and sell the kit.

Many thanks for your patience thus far!
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Old Feb 28, 2012, 02:53 AM
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Hello,

A week as past, any news?
I think that you have a great design for a pod to the bixler and other "compatible" planes, there is only 2 guy's for producing the pod?
Myself and other's in this thread REALLY want this pod!

All the best,

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Old Feb 28, 2012, 03:30 AM
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I am in the process of selecting my first ever Rc plane and I want something I can grow with it. If I decide to go with a Bixler, I'm in.
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