|Jan 13, 2008, 06:42 AM|
SSX Micro Biplane
check out the new little guy from Millennium RC( http://www.millenniumrc.com/ ). This is the Slow Stick X Micro Biplane Kit. Right now it is only available in kit form but that is not a problem.
Usually kits don't do much for me but cause much aggravation, but this being my third kit from James at Millennium RC, every one entails simple jig saw type assembly. They even make me look like a good kit builder. I was given a beta kit by James and even without instructions it was completely self explanatory. Stuff only fits where its supposed to.
Here is the original build thread from Millennium RC
|Jan 13, 2008, 06:51 AM|
Next came the dreaded covering. For me covering is usually a nightmare but the material James gave me was surprisingly easy to use. It likes to stick to itself but other than that is pretty nice.
I went with the classic olive drab on the top with creme on the bottom. Had to throw on the bad guy markings though. (Sorry Snoopy!)
|Jan 13, 2008, 07:20 AM|
Well I just realized that I didn't give any stats for this little guy.
Wing Span 21.5 inches
Length(no motor) 19 inches
Wing area about 240 sq in
My set up
E-flite park 250
gws 6050 prop
Thunderbird 9 ESC
2 cell 480mah battery
2X blue arrow 3.4 gram servos
1X aileron servo (don't have it yet)
Spektrum AR6100 receiver with case removed (2.5 grams)
Weight: a hair under 6 ounces. (using another 6g servo to simulate weight.)
That makes wing loading about 3.6 ounces per sq foot (are you seroius!!! That is a feather with a motor)
|Jan 13, 2008, 07:33 AM|
As you can see by the last picture the micro X bipe has variable wing incidence!
As biplane enthusiasts will tell you, setting incidence is an absolute pain in the rear end since you have to match the wings but James has thought of that. just loosen up the two little screws and move the wing incidence a couple of degrees up or down till flying style is achieved. So much easier than building a jig and heat warping or having to rebuild a strut.
|Jan 14, 2008, 07:26 AM|
I wanted to use a single aileron servo so I fabricated some connecting rods that I have had success with in the past.
I just cut carbon rod to the length separating the wings than to other pieces of about 1 inch and connect them using heat shrink tubing.
Dont yell at me about the dirty and CA smoked airframe.....I haven't cleaned it up yet!!
|Jan 14, 2008, 08:04 PM|
It's a shame running that tiny prop. I thought the idea behind electrics was to run a larger prop with less power in to get close to the airspeed of the plane.
|Jan 16, 2008, 08:22 AM|
Well, had the maiden and second flight today. The maiden was with a 2Cell 480mah battery and it was great. This little guy actually does decent 3D. I had it "Surfing on about a 3 mph wind! Fun Fun!
My second flight was in the little parking lot at Bob's Hobby Center and I jumper up the batt to a 3cell 480mah and it was incredible. The kind of power you expect from a super 3Dfoamie. Straight up at half throttle.
I even had an encounter with the building while hovering a little close. I clipped the was in a hover at about 10 feet up and chopped the power it fell straight down with a smack but not a single bit of damage. I threw it right back up to the amazement of my coworkers.
ANother maiden out of the way. Now to experiment with CG and see what fun things this little guy can do.
|Jan 22, 2008, 11:17 PM|
I just maidedned mine on sunday!
conditions were VERY windy at 20-25mph but i couldnt resist so up we went, camera rolling
i was anticipating at least a somewhat sketchy maiden especially given all of the wind... but no. it was a non-event... the bipe required no - repeat - NO TRIM!!!
i played with the wind, even flew backwards; it handled it wonderfully for such a small model, something i would have thought the opposite of especially given the extremely light wingloading...
i flew it again monday night on a lit parking lot on campus and again it went beautifully; the colors even showed up well in the moonlight and the dim parking lights.
i have not flown it in non-windy conditions yet but im looking forward to it.
this has officially become my keep in the car plane (at least for the winter when my car isnt a solar powered oven)and i keep it charged just in case i get a second to fly somewhere between classes, work, meetings, lunch, etc...
we will get the video posted soon!
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