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Nov 23, 2012, 08:48 PM
FPV Electronics For Life!
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I just wanted to post my final 'FPV' flight video of my Bixler! Though she is being retired as an FPV bird she will still be flown either as a quick grabber when wanted, or for experimenting with equipment! Enjoy the final FPV flight video:
Final FPV Flight of the Bixler (13 min 5 sec)
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Nov 23, 2012, 09:04 PM
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Trouble-maker.
Thats me.
Nov 24, 2012, 10:55 AM
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I wasn't trying to put down your flying abilities.

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Not offended... if anything you over-estimate my abilities.
I am waiting for my replacement plane to arrive. I managed to loose my first one in the wind. I am going to try and be smarter this time.

Shimmy
Nov 25, 2012, 03:15 AM
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When the elevator servo is actuated on my Bixler, the push rods cause the tail to wag slightly left and right. Is this normal? I've already reinforced the tail with a 4mm CF rod on the inside, and there is a 3mm CF rod along the fuselage bottom (in the groove).

EDIT: I managed to reduce the wag with further reinforcement.
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Nov 25, 2012, 07:46 PM
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Stuart,

I like the NACA ducts but I just want to try something different this time. I have NACA ducts on my EDFs too (see Squall picture with Naca duct). There is another reason I went with the 3/4" round air inlet. If I decide to do any nightflying mods the 3/4" hole is a perfect place for a nice big bright LED headlight if I decide to add one later.

Bill
Where can I purchase ducts like these? I'm not having any luck finding them on Ebay. Maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms.
Nov 25, 2012, 08:48 PM
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Where can I purchase ducts like these? I'm not having any luck finding them on Ebay. Maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms.
http://parkflyerplastics.com/cart/in...roducts_id=278
Nov 25, 2012, 09:16 PM
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Where can I purchase ducts like these? I'm not having any luck finding them on Ebay. Maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms.
Or, get a plastic spoon and cut the spoon tip off and bingo! Air intake/duct
Nov 25, 2012, 11:03 PM
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Perfect, thanks!

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Or, get a plastic spoon and cut the spoon tip off and bingo! Air intake/duct
I thought about going this route, but given that the above kit enables the air ducts to look sweet at only $4, I can't pass it up .
Nov 25, 2012, 11:35 PM
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Or, get a plastic spoon and cut the spoon tip off and bingo! Air intake/duct
The tip off? I take the handle end off. See my blog, a picture there. Note in and out scoops on both sides. The outlet is over the servo hole.
Nov 25, 2012, 11:46 PM
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Perfect, thanks!



I thought about going this route, but given that the above kit enables the air ducts to look sweet at only $4, I can't pass it up .
I agree, they do look cooler

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The tip off? I take the handle end off. See my blog, a picture there. Note in and out scoops on both sides. The outlet is over the servo hole.
Cut the tip off to use the tip; effectively cutting the handle off we're talking about the same things
Nov 25, 2012, 11:49 PM
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Where can I purchase ducts like these? I'm not having any luck finding them on Ebay. Maybe I'm just using the wrong search terms.
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Nov 26, 2012, 01:45 AM
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I want to know how you like the flaps, I have my radio set up to make my ailerons function as flaps, but I don't notice any difference at all except for reduced aileron effectiveness.I have thought of adding flaps as you have, but the reason I would like to do so, is to slave the ailerons and flaps together through radio programing so that When soaring up High and with the nose pointed into the wind, I could slightly lower both ailerons and flaps to see if I could gain a little more lift, kinda like and undercambered airfoil.

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I've been some time outside of this forum.
During my absense here I made several mods to my Bixler.

First is FLAPS. Nothing special. Span and length are equal to ailerons. Pinned hinges and another HTX900 servos. I reversed one servo by myself without any additional modules (weight). If someone needs photos or have questions, just ask.
Nov 27, 2012, 09:37 PM
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Mini Sky Surfer


Should we include the mini in this thread or start its own thread?

http://www.bananahobby.com/mini-sky-...1806-prd1.html

BlitzRCWorks Mini Sky Surfer Flight Review in HD! (7 min 38 sec)
Nov 27, 2012, 10:24 PM
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Should we include the mini in this thread or start its own thread?

http://www.bananahobby.com/mini-sky-...1806-prd1.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBZoYe2lkvE
I don't see any issue with talking about the mini. Just as long as you keep your posting short.
Nov 28, 2012, 01:05 AM
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When the elevator servo is actuated on my Bixler, the push rods cause the tail to wag slightly left and right. Is this normal? I've already reinforced the tail with a 4mm CF rod on the inside, and there is a 3mm CF rod along the fuselage bottom (in the groove).

EDIT: I managed to reduce the wag with further reinforcement.
The reinforcement you already had would make vertical motion just about impossible, but would not help too much for horizontal motion. A couple of pieces of carbon fiber, one on each side, would take care of that. And it would not have to be anything heavy either. Some of that very thin CF rod used on indoor flyers would be more than enough. But I would first check to see that your end points are not set so that it is trying to force the elevator beyond it's physical limits. Also make sure the elevator hinges are binding up. Not sure why they might, but if the elevator is resisting the servo it might cause the rear of the fuse to move.

Gord


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