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 ticks all of these boxes and more! Tested and approved for beginners through to intermediate pilots by Josh Bixler from Flight Test!
The Bixler 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!
Allow us to introduce the Bixler V1.1 with a myriad of improvements over the original Bixler. Our v1.1 features relocated elevator and rudder servos, now closer to the tail and accessible via a magnetic hatch on the underside of the fuselage. Why? you may ask - This allows much more usable space inside the front section of the fuselage, something that FPV'ers are going to thank us for! We have also updated the included hardware to include better quality components, such as the new 4 bolt control horns on all surfaces. We also include 2 different propellers, one for high speed and the other for carrying heavier payloads. You - our customers spoke, we listened! The end result is the Bixler V1.1!
Whatever you are looking for, the Bixler has it covered, also included is a color instruction booklet.
Hi to all, for those who are concerned about what li-po to get with the bixler v1.1 you can easily put a 3s 2200mah, I bought mine with a 1300mah and I had to add around 100grams to get center of gravity right, in the older version there was the washers in the nose, in this one there are no washers.
Yes, but it won't fly long and you will have to add a lot of weight to the nose to get the CG right. I recommend about a 3000mah battery. The CG will be about right with no dead weight and you can get 20 min of flight time.
Does this version of the Bixler have a plastic nose cone like the Sky Surfer V5 also does it have : Bottom fuselage and main wings with plastic surface covers for not damaging the fuselage and servo horns when belly landing?
I was flying my Bixler this afternoon when all of a sudden the motor died while the plane was in the air. I was able to land her. As soon as I did, I noticed that the prop was doing a shaking movement back and forth. When I turn up the throttle, it just does the same thing only a bit stronger. I suspect my UBEC got fried!(after about 15 flights) My question is can I use a higher amp UBEC like say 30A or even 40A? And still use my 1300mAh batteries? Appreciate some advice. Thanks.
i brought this a few weeks ago with a 2200 3s battery, 30a esc and the HK t4a tx rx, all the servos work fine but the motor won't spin, it even makes all the beeps so its not a bad connection. any ideas?
2 things it could be,unplug the battery and switch off transmitter,first try the throttle trim,make sure it is all the way to the bottom and the throttle is fully closed,then try switching the transmitter back on and then plug in the battery.If this does not work switch everything off once again and try reversing the throttle channel using the switch on the front of the transmitter,then try again,hopefully one of these solutions will work.
I have an early bixler and a colleague has stated that the motor should be in line with the central axis. I am beginning to think this may be correct as the plane has always been difficult to fly.
Please confirm alignment and how I would change the the alignment if necessary.
It is the same problem with or without the control horn connected to the control rod. So, I think it is either the servo or, like you suggested the controller (do you mean transmitter?). I have a Turnigy 9X. Are there settings that would limit the throw in one direction such as I am experiencing? Any help appreciated.
Are your arms 90 degrees to the servo when everything is one? make sure thay are... if not take the servo arm off and center it. if it is center then enter the menu on the 9x, go to settings and then to subtrim. you should be able to tweek it from in there and then re ajdust your control rod to put the control surface back to center. play around with it like this until you get equal throw. you servo arm may not be 90 degree but as long as you have equal throw yor good :)
as vrwolf said, put all your servo settings on your radio back to center, then disconnect the control rods on servos and allow servos to center. Then adjust the control rods to your control surfaces so that they are centered. Using your trims on your radio should ONLY be once in the air. you shouldnt be trimming on the ground, otherwise you are limiting your air trimming
when the controls are neutral, is the elevator level with the horizontal stablizer? If not then adjust the control horn by screwing it either way until it is level. If this is not the case it could be something with your controller. Sorry if this wasnt helpful :/
Another thing to look at, is the control horn on the elevator must be over the hinge line. If the hole in the elevator control arm is not centered over the hinge line, you will get different throws up and down with the same control rod movement forward and back.
It's just perfect for a begginer. It's easy to fly, inexpensive, easy to assembly and very tough, can handle your first mishaps and crashes. Once you get started you can go clip the wing tips and a motor upgrade to get a fast trainer, or you can use it as a very nice FPV platform. It was my first plane 9 months ago, and now I'm flying a durafly warbird with no crashes so far. Go get it and you won't regret. My advice is to get a Turnigy 9x radio, 30A ESC and a couple of 1300 - 1800 mah lipos.
This is a really good product, but like most ARFs requires a couple mods to make it great. First modification is replace or strengthen the wing spar. Second modification is go over all stickers using low temp covering iron - this will help them adhere. Third mod is remove the ballast in the nose of he plane (usually washers) and use larger battery - such as 2200mah. RCgroups has a thread with extensive information about mods that are recommended or possible. I used the middle setting on mine. The servos are adequate, motor is more than adequate. It doesn't dissipate ESC heat well, so if you run hot use a BEC separate from ESC.
This is a very very fun airplane it's extreamily versatile - from trainer, to FPV platform, and it even soars fairly well.
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I have not previously been a fan of foamies but after watching the Joshes I decided that the Bixler was worth a try. I am an intermediate pilot and want it for FPV and mainly flying in places where conventional landings are not possible. It works a treat. Hand launch and plop it in to some long grass. As for flight characteristics it is fairly docile on takeoff unless you have full throttle.
Pros Very forgiving, with splendid glide. Inexpensive, easy to complete with all parts fitting nicely
Cons take care loosening control surfaces as they can snap off. (Easy to reattach with glue in hinges.
Conclusion If you want a versitile foamie buy it, you wont be disappointed.
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This glider is ideal for beginners, to turn a 6X4 propeller has very good performance with strong wind, which makes it very interesting and fun for advanced riders.
It is an excellent platform for FPV, as it has very good space to install the camera and other equipment for FPV.
I remove the washers that brings a counterweight, and installed a battery of 2250 mAh. with ESC 30 A. I reinforced the fuselage with a solid carbon rod of 1.8 mm. The second model I installed the lighting system (2-port Lumifly hexTronik Glow-Driver) with neon blue, what makes it fun to fly at sunset.
It is very versatile, allowing various configurations, Planing slow flight against a strong wind, flying at sunset, FPV, and so on.
Excuse my English because it is very poor.
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Best plane i have bought! flys and glides very well and I am now using it for fpv! With a Rhino 2350 it gives 25 to 30 of flying time on half throttle :) Fully loaded for fpv i am carrying an extra 380grams!! Only problem has been one servo locking up (lucky i was close to the ground) so i recommend replacing these with the great 9gram HXT900 at $2.69. Other improvements include removing the washers in the nose - best way is boiling water (not too long) to soften the hot glue, changing the control horns to ones with screws and a backing plate, moving all the flaps to loosen them and then adding tape for strength, running a 6x4 APC prop for more punch and a stronger wing spar. Just bought another one for my brother LOVE THIS PLANE!
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Super Einsteiger Segler
Der Zusammenbau geht einfach . Man sollte nur die Gewichte aus der Nase entfernen dann kann man auch mit 3s 2200 fliegen. Die Flugzeit beträgt dann 30 - 40 Minuten. Der Motor ist mehr als ausreichent für den Bixler.
Sehr zu empfehlen für einen Anfänger
Super beginner sailors
Assembly is simple. You should only remove the weights from the nose, then you can also fly with 3s 2200th The flight time is then 30 - 40 minutes. The engine is more than fit for Bixler.