Sky Surfer - aka Bixler See Post #2 & #3 for parts & mods B4 asking - Page 1119 - RC Groups
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Aug 27, 2012, 05:33 PM
AKA, Cheap Chiseler
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Originally Posted by Mac50L
Having viewed the video, 2 comments -

I'd suggest a dab with a felt tip pen on one of the 2 wires just to make sure you don't resolder back the way it was if you look away with all wires of the same colour.

He mentions and I'd agree, a HK servo tester ~$5, is so handy. You can centre the servo for putting on the arm, cycle the arms continuously and move the arms for checking, all without needing to fire up the Tx.
Thank you, Good info especialy marking the wires.

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Aug 27, 2012, 06:05 PM
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Hi,

Just thought I would share a couple of vids shot from the Bix v1 and v2 on the weekend. I am down a pan and tilt servo from the crash but that was all the damage. The punishment the Bixler can take is just amazing.

Weekend FPV (5 min 27 sec)


Turfie Mash (5 min 22 sec)


Cheers,
Gim
Aug 27, 2012, 09:01 PM
BGR
BGR
Foam Junkie
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Originally Posted by cassb
I'm putting together a new Sky Surfer with a new fuselage, wings and tail. The old one crashed, but I still have the motor, ESC, etc. I bought these control horns at HK:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8419

I didn't order any screws with them -- what size do I need for these? I'll get them from a local shop. Also, I got the pinned hinges as well:

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8282

Same screws for this, or different?

Thanks!
Bryan
The hinges do not need screws, rough up the plastic and epoxy them in.

I think the Control horns you bought are not for foam airplanes. They would work if you glued some plywood to the foam for screws to grab but you really need ones like these. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...2_10sets_.html . Pay attention to the hole size, your push rods should fit without much slop.
Aug 27, 2012, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by BGR
The hinges do not need screws, rough up the plastic and epoxy them in.

I think the Control horns you bought are not for foam airplanes. They would work if you glued some plywood to the foam for screws to grab but you really need ones like these. http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...2_10sets_.html . Pay attention to the hole size, your push rods should fit without much slop.
Now he tells me! Well, I have to make what I bought work -- I'm not waiting 2 more weeks to get new horns. I got some screws tonight that will work. There is a plastic piece for the other side of the wing that the screws go into. The foam is sandwiched in between them. I think it should work OK.

Thanks!
Bryan
Aug 27, 2012, 11:27 PM
BGR
BGR
Foam Junkie
Quote:
Originally Posted by cassb
Now he tells me! Well, I have to make what I bought work -- I'm not waiting 2 more weeks to get new horns. I got some screws tonight that will work. There is a plastic piece for the other side of the wing that the screws go into. The foam is sandwiched in between them. I think it should work OK.

Thanks!
Bryan
I didn't see the plastic piece, yes they will work.
Aug 29, 2012, 06:31 AM
flyvertigo

AirWing Wingsurfer


Looks like Nitroplanes is getting into the game with this.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/36a05-win...e-rtf-24g.html
Aug 29, 2012, 08:48 PM
BGR
BGR
Foam Junkie
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Originally Posted by flyvertigo
Looks like Nitroplanes is getting into the game with this.

http://www.nitroplanes.com/36a05-win...e-rtf-24g.html
Looks just like a Bixler, hmmm rebranded?
Aug 29, 2012, 09:12 PM
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Originally Posted by BGR
Looks just like a Bixler, hmmm rebranded?
Of course.

Ted
Aug 29, 2012, 09:23 PM
flyvertigo

95" Bixler


I'm waiting for the Super Bixler.
Anybody hear anything?
Aug 29, 2012, 09:29 PM
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Too many critical mods needed to make this airframe airworthy in my opinion.

lets see>

Hinges
Control Horns
Spar
Motor/prop
ESC placement
Wing join
Spar cover
Tape it up
Anything else?
Aug 29, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by capt
Too many critical mods needed to make this airframe airworthy in my opinion.

lets see>

Hinges
Control Horns
Spar
Motor/prop
ESC placement
Wing join
Spar cover
Tape it up
Anything else?
Ever since I discovered these hinges, I install on all planes. Never will I use/rely on the foam hinge anymore.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8435
Aug 29, 2012, 09:57 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by capt
Too many critical mods needed to make this airframe airworthy in my opinion.

lets see>

Hinges
Control Horns
Spar
Motor/prop
ESC placement
Wing join
Spar cover
Tape it up
Anything else?
That is a pretty long list of things that I didn't have any problem with at all. But I started with the Sky Surfer kit and built it myself. If this was a Bixler RTF I can understand where there might be problems. I have never seen a hinge tear off like that, but on my MiniMoa at least one of the ailerons had started to unzip from an end, right out of the box. I painted on some canopy glue and have never had a problem with them since, and have flown it plenty. Canopy glue is very strong and flexible.

Gord
Aug 29, 2012, 10:32 PM
It should fly at least once
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Had no problems with mine except the motor sounded S--T from the get go so I upgraded the motor and mount. Tape is standard on foam belly landers especially if the ground is rough.
I always inspect the hinges every flight and have not had problems but if they show any tearing they all get replaced. Standard with all foam aircraft with skin hinges.
Just fly it................
Aug 29, 2012, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by idletime
Ever since I discovered these hinges, I install on all planes. Never will I use/rely on the foam hinge anymore.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...idProduct=8435
Or simple high grade packing tape. They use the 3M storage tape on 175 mph Rite Wings.
Aug 29, 2012, 11:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Prof100
Or simple high grade packing tape. They use the 3M storage tape on 175 mph Rite Wings.
There is Moving & Storage and there is Storage tape for Boats....which on are you referring to? Do you have a link?


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