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Aug 28, 2019, 11:21 AM
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My poor ZOHD Dart...


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Aug 30, 2019, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by GeoffS
I was flying in a huge open area (closest tree or building is over 900' away).
Just four street-lights near where I'm standing...

I've been flying for nearly half-an-hour and I'm doing low-passes practicing landing approaches on the last few minutes before the battery reaches 3.5V.

Fly short final to my landing site, power up for a go around, turn cross-wind, turn down-wind, bang!
I pulled my pattern in a little too close...

The great part was I found all the pieces (even the tiny flap-hinge that completely separated from the wing and flap!).

It'll fly again; I just need to find the time to finish the repairs.
Bixlers don't feel right until their composition reaches approx 20% epoxy/hot glue by weight.

mnem
Off. Slightly.
Aug 30, 2019, 10:13 AM
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Originally Posted by mnemennth
Bixlers don't feel right until their composition reaches approx 20% epoxy/hot glue by weight.
Mine is getting there...

It had another "mishap": https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...entful-weekend

This time the motor catapulted forward and the wires "un-glued" the two fuselage halves forward to the canopy.
There as also a big crack from the point where the canopy and fuselage meet on the port side (apparently I hadn't carried the carbon reinforcement far enough aft in a previous fix).
It's all back together and flying again...

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Sep 09, 2019, 11:10 PM
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Classic Kiwi lawn dart.... I had to laugh...


Classic lawn dart.... I had to laugh ( then pick the pieces ) . Heck not again....

So yeah I had an issue with the plane previous flights back.
It just went limp.... picked it off the deck and kept on trucking.
( this was not the best option here.)

A few flights later....

Pulling out of a loop a wee ways off and nix. More nix then ground ground ground. oof.

Totally buried the spinner and motor. Had to actually pull hard to get it out.
Motor looks fine. Soft wet soil was kind to it.

Not so the fuse, elevator and rudder. ( busted...)

Wing is coreflute and totally fine. Aileron rods are S.Steel MIG wire, and all bent up
( so much better than broken servo gears ) .

I think I will toss my Ageing spectrum Dx4 and get Flysky FS-i6 or the FS-I6S ( which is better???)

Hope this made you giggle : - )


LFK.
Sep 10, 2019, 12:22 PM
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Classic lawn dart.... I had to laugh ( then pick the pieces ) . ..
Too funny - I had a very similar event last Saturday with my Bixler 2.
Rolled inverted, didn't push on the elevator fast enough, nose into the ground...

The Bixler takes way too much abuse without complaining. This time all I had as a (bit more of) a bent up nose and spread out cockpit (you can see by the carbon reinforcement that this isn't the first time...), the tail-boom broken just aft of the motor pylon, all the electronics ripped off their mounts, and two stripped servos.
Tail is fine (other than the servos), wings are fine... All the fuselage repairs are done, I just need to re-attach the hooks for the rubber bands that keep the wings together.

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Originally Posted by LowFlyingKiwi
I think I will toss my Ageing spectrum Dx4 and get Flysky FS-i6 or the FS-I6S ( which is better???)
I've been flying the FS-I6S for a couple of years without any issues. You can see the Bixler's X6B receiver in the cockpit photo.
I really like the easy-to-hookup battery voltage monitor on the X6B receiver.

I have an FS-I6 I got cheap off e-bay in the shop for testing and to use with my simulator. No problems with it either (but it doesn't get much use).
Sep 10, 2019, 04:15 PM
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Hi Geoffs!

oooh . In Kiwiland we might say that your plane is "munted" .
Hope it's back and flying! I gave up on foam... I crash too much!
( My HZ cub is +20% resin and new foam now, and the rudder broke off, foam went brittle ... )

The worst thing about the plane sticking out of the ground, like a fence post, is the
long walk of shame to go over and yank it out. People were watching...

It all happened so fast. Darn.

I hand launched, went down wind, fished around a few times then bankrolled into the
wind to grind back up and it failed to pullout when it nosed down. No control.
It's amazing how fast my little plane would dive when into the wind. and it climbed like a
rocket too. ( 5mm thick curved wing ... ) It was really knifing through the air.

Super thin wings just seem to deal with high winds better than thick ones.
and coreflute is so rugged and cheap. I can whip up a wing in a hour.
( Balsa ribs to shape it, balsa ailerons, tape hinges, fibre glass rod spars, hot glue etc
A bit heavy but crash proof! Never broken one yet....

more pics next crash!

LFK
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Oct 10, 2019, 05:03 PM
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Not a crash, but funny: I lost nose cone taking off from a grass surface (too many bumps) I can say it's flies very well without nose, she looks just a bit ugly.
Oct 10, 2019, 07:51 PM
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Do I get a prize?
Oct 10, 2019, 09:43 PM
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Do I get a prize?
YES !!!! More glue!
Little bits all over the place.... kit set?

Today I shunted the tail off yet again.... must be five or six times now.

Same as last time but this time I had control ( sort of ) Flying across the wind very low and it
dived. Turbulence. and heck it gets it's groove on at a certain speed. Have to keep my eyes
peeled at all times.

Frankly I think I was not really in the zone. I managed to recover from "lost of orientation at high speed "
but that left me a bit frazzled. Is stick left the right left or the stick left right?

The thump was audible. Thumck !

Did some flat figure eights and a couple of loops and some stall recovery.
Before I broke the empennage off. Ahem.

Turn on the electric glue gun!

LFK.

PS. The tail plane is pretty darn rugged, I am surprised. It's been bashed several times with no
major damage. The clevis pin sheared off saving the servo. Maybe I need "break aways" ...
Will chop out a new tail from poly and glue it all back on so it looks new ish and less hot glue.
And fix the clevis. Maybe I should just buy more...
Oct 10, 2019, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by LowFlyingKiwi
YES !!!! More glue!
Little bits all over the place.... kit set?

Today I shunted the tail off yet again.... must be five or six times now.

Same as last time but this time I had control ( sort of ) Flying across the wind very low and it
dived. Turbulence. and heck it gets it's groove on at a certain speed. Have to keep my eyes
peeled at all times.

Frankly I think I was not really in the zone. I managed to recover from "lost of orientation at high speed "
but that left me a bit frazzled. Is stick left the right left or the stick left right?

The thump was audible. Thumck !

Did some flat figure eights and a couple of loops and some stall recovery.
Before I broke the empennage off. Ahem.

Turn on the electric glue gun!

LFK.

PS. The tail plane is pretty darn rugged, I am surprised. It's been bashed several times with no
major damage. The clevis pin sheared off saving the servo. Maybe I need "break aways" ...
Will chop out a new tail from poly and glue it all back on so it looks new ish and less hot glue.
And fix the clevis. Maybe I should just buy more...
Ouch! How many gallons of glue do I get lol!?
Oct 11, 2019, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by OliverW
Do I get a prize?
ouch 7x EF MXS?
Oct 11, 2019, 10:23 AM
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ouch 7x EF MXS?
Yep it was the 94" MXS. The new GP 76 in it needs to go in for service.
Oct 11, 2019, 02:05 PM
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Originally Posted by OliverW
Do I get a prize?
Actually after reading my comment and then going back and
zooming in on the remains of your plane I have to concede that
how I reacted may have been a tad, um, not that flash. Darn.

Maybe I am battle hardened and have lost perspective?
( Luckily the ground over here is water logged and soft .. )
Or maybe I have lost my inner super power of empathy.

OR maybe there is a really darn good reason why I fly the "flying golf club"
perhaps I am unprepared emotionally to deal with the consequences of
a really expensive smash up... totally destroyed and no amount of glue will fix it....

It's a maturity thing? ( Hey I'm only 50...)

I would crack a tube ( open a can of beer ) in due respect to your plane which, rapidly disassembled itself
in the course of it's faithful service, but, I am actually dry at the moment...
( sips cup of coffee instead...)

Salute! ( slurp )

I am sorry that I may have sounded flippant.

One day in the future I to will have to collected together the remains
of my fallen comrade and walk back across the lawn in front
of a jogger, two walkers and a dog...back to the glue pot and sticky tape collection.

We shall never surrender!

* Clapping and stamping of feet and hats tossed int the air *

and if any one laughs I will just wave and smile.

It is better to have flown and lost than to have never flown at all!

I see the exit...

LFK.


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