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Sep 07, 2012, 08:32 PM
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Very sorry to see this happen. But this crash couldn't be due to faulty design. I've been assured that I don't know what I'm talking about when I point out exactly these things.
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Sep 07, 2012, 08:35 PM
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Originally Posted by dbc
This crash couldn't be due to faulty design. I've been assured that I don't know what I'm talking about when I point out exactly these things.
I wouldn't say it's a faulty design, just a detail that requires special attention. When I hooked them up I kinda thought there was too much slack in the holes - I should have mitigated it then but I pressed on and forgot about it.
Sep 07, 2012, 09:37 PM
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WARNING!

If you have a SSS please double check your control rod connecting to the elevator. The rod is too thin for the holes in the servo arms and can come disconnected during flight unexpectedly. This happened to me tonight and resulted in a high-speed nose dive straight into the ground. Fortunately I wasn't very far away so I was able to recover all the bits except for the axle that holds the landing gear wheel. I'm going to attempt to rebuild it but it will never be the same. Really bummed because I loved this plane and it was gorgeous.
That is a bummer for sure but from what I see its fixable.
Just ask others here in the kit forum that have seen my crash videos.
Dubro connectors would help plus they also have larger rods.
Sep 08, 2012, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by seojeff
WARNING!

If you have a SSS please double check your control rod connecting to the elevator. The rod is too thin for the holes in the servo arms and can come disconnected during flight unexpectedly. This happened to me tonight and resulted in a high-speed nose dive straight into the ground. Fortunately I wasn't very far away so I was able to recover all the bits except for the axle that holds the landing gear wheel. I'm going to attempt to rebuild it but it will never be the same. Really bummed because I loved this plane and it was gorgeous.
Ouch! Sorry to see that happen. But as long as it is partially dissembled, is that a carbon fiber rod I see between the two sections of the fuselage in the center photo? If so, it looks like they have done a fair job of strengthening this plane with CF. Probably would be worth replacing all that linkage hardware with something more reliable since it looks as if the plane will fly forever as long as it doesn't run into something. One of the on board videos a few days back showed a little rotation of the tail in a couple of maneuvers but no appreciable deflection vertically or horizontally, and I have not seen much wing flex either. Pretty solid locking plane.

Good luck with getting it together again.

Gord
Sep 08, 2012, 02:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Rickochet
Will the SSS ROG on grass or does it need to be hand launched?
rises right off grass easy-- see this

Huge Super Sky Surfer maiden flight (5 min 42 sec)
Sep 08, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by seojeff
WARNING!

If you have a SSS please double check your control rod connecting to the elevator. The rod is too thin for the holes in the servo arms and can come disconnected during flight unexpectedly. This happened to me tonight and resulted in a high-speed nose dive straight into the ground. Fortunately I wasn't very far away so I was able to recover all the bits except for the axle that holds the landing gear wheel. I'm going to attempt to rebuild it but it will never be the same. Really bummed because I loved this plane and it was gorgeous.
my flying buddy and i both replaced the thin wires, i didn't like them the minute i seen them. way way to small for this plane ! Went to a local shop and got bigger control wires for the whole plane.
Sep 08, 2012, 02:48 PM
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That is a bummer for sure but from what I see its fixable.
Just ask others here in the kit forum that have seen my crash videos.
Dubro connectors would help plus they also have larger rods.
Use gorilla glue,it is light (almost turns into foam) can be sanded and painted.
Sep 08, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by seojeff
WARNING!

If you have a SSS please double check your control rod connecting to the elevator. The rod is too thin for the holes in the servo arms and can come disconnected during flight unexpectedly. This happened to me tonight and resulted in a high-speed nose dive straight into the ground. Fortunately I wasn't very far away so I was able to recover all the bits except for the axle that holds the landing gear wheel. I'm going to attempt to rebuild it but it will never be the same. Really bummed because I loved this plane and it was gorgeous.
Feel bad for you but Ive seen worse and nothing that glue cant fix it .
Sep 08, 2012, 06:43 PM
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Originally Posted by scottdearinger
rises right off grass easy-- see this
Thanks Scott. I saw this when you first posted it but forgot. I am an old fart and my memory is short.
Last edited by Rickochet; Sep 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM.
Sep 09, 2012, 08:25 AM
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Thanks Scott. I saw this when you first posted it but forgot. I am an old fart and my memory is short.
I am also an old fart so you are in good company....
Sep 09, 2012, 09:45 AM
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heading out to fly the SSS with a Radian as a chase plane... winds are calm and my flaps are finally programmed- to the landing gear switch _ i only have an optic 6 sport tx but I have always liked it.. if I can see it -i CAN CONTROL IT....
Sep 09, 2012, 11:52 AM
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I wouldn't say it's a faulty design, just a detail that requires special attention. When I hooked them up I kinda thought there was too much slack in the holes - I should have mitigated it then but I pressed on and forgot about it.
I picked up some number 2 threaded rodasand new connectors for this plane, should solve any problem with controls
Sep 09, 2012, 12:11 PM
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Any new SSS, flight vids???
Sep 09, 2012, 03:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Maximilionalpha
Any new SSS, flight vids???
Some really good ones here:
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....uper-Skysurfer
Sep 09, 2012, 06:10 PM
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I was able to repair the SSS. Some boiled water, CA & accelerant and it flies fine. I installed servo arm extensions with tinier holes this time for a more secure connection.
Last edited by seojeff; Sep 09, 2012 at 06:11 PM. Reason: added a photo


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