Looking for the perfect trainer? or an in-expensive FPV platform? Maybe you are a club pilot looking for something you can just pull out of the car and fly on one of those lazy Sunday afternoons? The Hobbyking Bixler 2 ticks all of these boxes and more! The Bixler 2 retains all of the great features of the original Bixler but offers more in terms of all round capability courtesy of larger dimensions and several design improvements.
The Bixler 2 has all the right ingredients, made from super tough EPO foam, everything is pre-installed so minimal assembly time is required, in fact, by the time you have charged a battery, it should be ready to fly! The combination of size, low wing loading and a sleek fuselage make for and excellent model with capable yet forgiving flight characteristics. The plug in wing makes the Bixler a practical model that is easy to transport to your favorite flying field and can be ready to fly in just minutes. Another practical feature of the Bixler 2 is it's ability to accept a wide range of Lipoly sizes and /or FPV equipment courtesy of the enlarged canopy area. The Bixler 2 also comes with optional flaps which are pre-hinged (servo's not included) the flaps are particularly ideal for FPV pilots carrying a heavier payload. The final improvement was to re-design the boom area to allow the Bixler 2 use a low kv motor and larger prop combo, which is more efficient and offers a more linear throttle response.
The larger wing, flaps & much larger canopy area mean that the Bixler 2 is now so much more versatile in terms of FPV use and for new pilots and experienced pilots alike who are simply flying for fun, these new design features, combined with the larger, more efficient prop mean that the Bixler 2 offers longer flight times. However you decide to fly the Bixler 2, you can be assured that it is still just as easy and fun to fly as ever!
Features: Easy and Fun to Fly Easy, Fast and Simple Assembly New Larger Canopy area to accomodate FPV equipment and/or larger Flight Lipo Pre-Installed Servo's & Brushless Motor Larger Wing Span for greater glide & Payload Carrying Capability Plastic Landing Skid New, lower kv Brushless Motor/larger Prop Combo for Greater Efficiency Pre-Installed Optional Flaps Mounted on Plastic Hinges (require Servo's for operation - not included) Plug In Wings for Easy Transportation Pre-Installed Round Pin Hinges on Rudder & Elevator
Includes: Instructions Screwdriver Glue 2 x Y-Lead Hook & Loop Spare Clevise x 2 Horns & control Rods for Optional Flaps
Hi, 2 questions :
1) would the Aerodrive SK3 - 2836-1500 Brushless Outrunner Motor be OK ? not too much power ? what about Riccardo's torque problem ? any risk that it happend with the originial motor fixation ?
2) would Turnigy 2650mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack be OK with that motor TURNIGY Plush 40amp ESC ?
Any airplane with motor mounted above fuselage has this "problem".
Is not a real problem, since it's not so noticeable with stock motor or if You don't give quickly full throttle with powerfull motors.
Off course, if You have a plenty of power motor and You use Bixler as an acrobatic plane, giving full throttle in a nano second, the motor thrust will push down the plane's nose all the times.
If You give throttle gradually, letting the plane taking speed before increasing throttle, this effect will be less.
Anyway, if You know it, just be carefull and make training: You'll learn to prevent and contrast it so soon.
Plush 40A is perfect for that motor, battery is a littlebit low of "C" discharge: I'd use a 30 or higher "C" rate, first of all because of temperature of use, second, because the internal battery's resistance will drop voltage sooner respect a higher "C" rate battery and, with the same mAh batteries, You'll have shorter flight time with Your 20C than a 30 or higher C battery.
Anyway, 20 C is good if You don't exagerate with full throttle.
Hi guys. I have a bx2 and upgraded the motor with a NTM 2836 1800Kv and a 6x5E scimitar prop. It has now plenty of power. Problem is that it tends to nosedive in throttle 50% or more (it doesn't even take this to fly well, but I would like to taste a bit of speed). It gets really annoying to fly because it won't stay level, even if I put the CG a little to the back. I tried to mix elevator with throttle on the radio to compensate it, but the amount of "nosediving" varies with the wind speed (more wind = less diving). I thought of inclinating the motor down, to put it more horizontally, but I fear doing this would mess the entire aerodynamics of the plane. What dou you think? Any other possible workaround?
It's a problem connected to the torque between motor and his arm from CG.
When You give power to the motor, it push the nose down.
Higher the power, higher the torque, higher the effect.
I think that You have too much power.
When You extend flaps, they give a counter torque that compensate the motor torque* infact, if You try to extend flaps with a normal motor, the plane's nose goes up.
Try to give less throttle and You'd notice less effect.
Best motor for this pane is D2826-6 2.200 Kv with a 6X4 e-prop.
I think that 2836 is a bit overkill.
But remember: having the motor upside, will always give a little torque when You give power* You'd try to change the inclination of motor's support, till You'll perfectly center the plane's CG, but it's not so easy.
I personally use an over sized but powerful NTM 1800kv motor I think around the 2830-2836 range.... But you will probably do ok using a turnigy 2830/11 1400kx with a 7 x 5 or 8 x 4 prop :) credit if you agree!
Thanks Mohab, I have 4 Turnigy nano-tech 2200mah 3S 45~90C from another project of mine, My bixler 2 should be here tomorrow, And I also have an extra D2826-6 2200kv Outrunner Motor, But do You think they are to heavy at 201g for the stock bixler 2 ?? Thanks
Hi Harry, you better discuss that with the CS thru live support to get an accurate answer. It didn't took a week before my status became gold member after my first order. I can't remember exactly how many days though.
Hi there :
i'm in a trouble with the flaps and ailerons connections to the receiver . I find very difficult to pass the Servo wires through the small hole in the fuselage besides having to dodge the tube where are the screws that secure the wing .
Please Help me and tell me if i can make any modifications to solve this trouble
Hi IS Models, I can discuss here all day about the bixler 2 modifications but in the end, you will end up not able to comprehend anything. Best thing to do is search youtube for "Bixler 2 mods" and see what modifications were done by others.
Sorry had trouble with above reply. Just thread 4 servo extentions thru hole, connect to receiver and let the ends that go to wing hang out the top. when ready to fly attach the wings and feed slack in wires into the hole.
Hi Harry, standard customers aren't allowed to reply. Standard customers are those registered to the site but has yet to make an order, after your initial order, you become a gold member, you also acquire the ability to reply to queries. So your second statement about spending a 100$ is not entirely correct.
We have flow both the 2 is our favorite we have also added the extra wheels and use the flaps for more stable slow flight and short field landings. Both the one and two are excellent trainer that are easy to fly.
Flying for us is a high school elective subject and the bixler models are the plane of choice for the kids.
I agree with vrwolf if you can afford the two get it as you have a few more options available to you later on check out some of the videos that owners have sent in to see modifications and how versatile the aircraft is.
bixler 1 is a faster with a more powerfull motor but less featured rc plane whereas bixler 2 has more features a larger battery compartment and even has flaps.
refer to this
It is a computer radio. Non-computerised radios are like the the Hobbyking transmitters that are black with a bit of orange and has only buttons for programming. Computerised radios are radios that have a screen to display your programming and it is digital, unlike non-computerised radios. *Ral, A computer radio doent mean that you have to use a computer to program it.
hope this helped
I would reccomend the Kit over this as you get to change out the **** motor prop and spinner easily and can sort out your electronics easily. Assembly is easy peasy, my Kit is wayy be tter than my friend's ARF
That depends on how far advanced you are in the hobby, some people can't even sort there ESC out without asking for help, so a kit for them would be a disaster! kit's may be good for you and me but not for all.
the Bixler 2 should not be in the trainer catagorie. I fly super cubs a lot and when I got the Bixler2... wow Im blown away, I cant fly it... Its not the plane as I have a long time rc flyer living next door and he flys it easily but also says its not a good beginner. its very sensitive to stick input. I tried several times and im all over the place. I will get it soon but in the mean time it is fun.
Stock motor is not the best one for big loads.
I suggest to change it with a D2826-2.200 Kv, 40Amp ESC and a 6X4 prop.
Flight time depends from a lot of parameters, first of all throttle using, then payload, wind, gliding time, weight balance and so on.
Anyway, stock motor drains about 4-5 amps for a leveled flght, so I suppose that with a 5A battery You should expect around one hour of flight, if You don't use full throttle.
It also depends from how many "C" Your battery has got: the higher "C", the lower voltage drop, so two identical 5.000 mAh batteries with two different "C", will give You two different performances, where the lower "C" battery won't be able to give enough volts (because of voltage drop under stress) where the high "C" battery could mantain good voltage level till the end of charge.
I have seen others say that a 20 amp speed controller was not good enough for use with the stock Bixler 2. I have a Turnighy Plush 25 amp ESC. Do you think that would be good enough or should I just purchase a 30amp ESC like the HobbyKing 30 amp Blue series ESC? Thanks.
The hobbyking ss25-30amp ESC lasted 1 flight in my bixler, which ended in a crash when the ESC burned out, I checked the current draw of the motor it was 13amps, so the esc should have been able to handle it easily, I think hobbyking may exaggerate the current rating of that ESC, I'd go the turnigy.
colet adapters can come unbalanced, which is usually caused by how the bullet nut is molded. try to replace the nut with a simple one that you can buy on your local hardware. you could also go with a prop saver or any 4mm colet, it doesnt really matter much. replace the nut on the colet if it's vibrating.
ahh, i dont know why you give me this answer? i have stock motor and its shaft is 2,45mm. Can anyone give me link to prop adapter that fit?
For you jps123 and Lorne E. how you fit a 4mm collet to a shaft that is only 2,45mm?? and do you think it will help to change nut when bore is crooked? Its like: I HAVE GIVEN ANSWER TO YOU, GIVE ME CREDIT..GIVE ME CREDIT! You get me angry.
My Q was can anyonw tell me what prop adapter i should get for bixler2.
I don't have this plane so I don't know what the glue is but* contact adhesives are use by applying a thin layer of on both the parts that are to be joined, letting it dry (or just get tacky), and then pressing them together.
Just punch it with the other side of the cap, be gentile use enough but not too much it works pretty well and will glue all the parts needed, you can save some for later on, field repairs but close it well so it does not dry. If you run out of it try to use some glue that is nice with foam, some glues eat through so be careful! Hot Glue also works fine and its a good quick fix! Enjoy the plane! and fly safe!
If You ask about "Bixler 2" servos, You must know that there are only aileron's servos, no flap's servos.
So, Your question needs two answers: if You're speaking about aileron's servos, they're normal servos and they'll work correctly so as they are, without any servo reverser, simply connecting them to the receiver with the "Y" cable supplied.
If You're speaking about OPTIONAL flap's servos, if You'll use a standard servo, You'll need a servo reverser or a programmable radio, as Roger said, reverse one of them.
Another solution is to reverse one servo inside: You must open it and swing the motor's cables. Then You have to rotate the little board in front of motor and You'll see three wires* these are the pot's wires and You must swing the two external wires.
Write "how to reverse a servo" on Youtube and You'll find a lot of stuff about it.
4 thumbs up!
The new bixler is a great plane with better low speed characteristics and more options for batteries and loading. The flaps are a breeze to install and servos seem to be higher quality than the predecessor. The spar still has flex and could be reinforced but it's not necessary. The motor is cheap but gets the job done just fine. My collette adapter was off balance and sent vibrations through the plane. That is my only major complaint. Amazing plane, highly recommended! Search this for my full video review on youtube. lLxKgtgKeVs
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3 thumbs up!
The quality of the plane itself is very good. It goes together very nicely and the servos, control horns, and hinges are very good. The motor on the other hand is really poor. The performance of mine compared to the original bixler is terrible. The prop collet is way out of balance and the motor makes a clicking sound. The shaft of the motor seems to be an odd size. Tried to get a replacement collet locally, but a 2.3mm is too small and a 3mm is way too big. I feel like I have to fly at 3/4 throttle just to keep it airborne. Also, the 20 amp esc gets very hot after about 10 mins. I am going to put a link to a video of the collet spinning in the discussion or somewhere. And no, the prop is not on backwards :)
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3 thumbs up!
This is my second review on this plane. My first one wasn't 100pcnt positive because I thought that the plane did not have enough power. After that I changed some things. I put back the original prop, because before the first flight I replaced the stock prop with an EMP 7x5. I replaced the prop adapter, because in the stock one the shaft hole wasn't in the middle (I first thought that the motor shaft was bend). And I put the CoG more to the back because the plane was a little bit nose heavy. I also changed some settings on the transmitter so I now fly with 100pcnt servo movement.
Today I flew the second flight (the first one after the modifications) and it flies perfectly!! The prop reaches a higher RPM and the plane now certainly has enough power for loopings, rolls and high speed turns. I already now that I will love flying this plane!!
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3 thumbs up!
After placing 104 orders with Hobbyking I recieved my Bixler2 and wrote an extensive review. I went to submit the review and it was rejected and said I cant write a review as I'm not a Gold Member. Hobbyking let me remind you of something in your own words... Welcome Platinum member! We take our customers membership very seriously, and as a platinum member you will be given the best service possible with prioritisation in support issues and warranty claims. Platinum members can also enjoy the very best pricing from our store and receive exclusive discount emails. As a Platinum member we value you as a customer greatly and will try our best to ensure your expectations are met.
Do date I have never recieved an email from you offering a discount on any item and I have been with you for years. Then I'm insulted by being rejected for a review.
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3 thumbs up!
Nice finish on foam, but lacks the quality of the components. Clevis & horn quality lacking and needs replacement. Prop adaptor drilled off centre and was needing replacement before flight to avoid damage to the craft. (this was the same for two of the original bixlers I purchased weeks ago.) Some hobby experience is required in assembly to reduce crashing due to component failure, other wise nice craft.