RC AIRCRAFT BUILDS Electric Powered Bixler Sport II – rebuild

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    • #5158
      PredatorPredator

      The poor old Bix 2 – V2 “Predator” that I recently purchased copped a bit of damage from the strong wind gusts @ flying last Saturday.

      After being cartwheeled across the roadway into an adjoining paddock (it was parked at the time – not flying) the Bix ended up with a missing wing tip & a broken tail as well as a lot of damage to the factory supplied stickers.

      After a repair & clean-up including removing ALL of the original stickers it is finally looking airworthy again.

      The underside features day-glow orange & black stripes to make it a bit easier to see at height.

      The topside I have left predominantly white with a matt black nose (to stop reflected light playing up with the FPV camera) and custom black lettering rebranding it from Bixler 2 to Bixler Sport II. Lettering is as close as I could get to the original Bixler labelling (just because)

      The Sport II is now very quick with the upgraded motor, ESC & prop and even though wheel-less it will take off from the ground & climb full vertical effortlessly. I have been running a 7 x 5 – 2 blade standard Bixler prop but this time will try a 7 x 4 – 3 blade as the 3 blades are better balanced for FPV flight. I have in the past used a 6 x 5 – 3 blade and it went well but was rather noisy.

      I have also refitted the FPV canopy with 600mw TX & Mobius camera so that I can test out the new Little Pilot VR goggles next time we fly even if it is too windy for the Prowler to fly.

    • #5159
      RonRon

      Nice job Mike. It looks very professional.

      Look forward to seeing it in the sky again.

    • #5160
      MooseMoose

      great job Mike how did it preform with the 3 bladeĀ  prop

      If nothing else I like the look of the 3 blades was going to fit one to the tundra but don’t know what size to get.

      Going to be cold on Sat don’t know if I will make to sailing

      will have to leave it till later to make a final decision

       

      • #5162
        PredatorPredator

        The jury is still out on the larger 7 x 4 – 3 blade prop but at least it’s a lot quieter than the 6 x 5 – 3 blade one.

        Unfortunately I pranged it on the second test flight after removing the FPV gear.

    • #5175
      HoppyHoppy

      Mike, was this the one that had the bingle yesterday? Any crash video or pics? Hope its an easy repair. You can use nearly boiling water to expand the foam to its original shape. Plenty of youtubes on how to do it.

    • #5176
      PredatorPredator

      Yes Chris it was, unfortunately.

      No crash video as I had just removed the FPV platform to test the performance of the larger 3 blade prop. Obviously too much performance for me to handle!!

      Operator error – what else can I say, it was just one of those days.

      Looking a bit worse for wear at the moment.

      Just about to start repairs, shouldn’t take too long. I’ve fixed worse, at least this is mostly a clean break.

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