Note: This is the "KIT" version only with no electronics.
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, 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!
Kit Version allows user to choose their own electronic equipment
Easy and Fun to Fly
New Larger Canopy area to accomodate FPV equipment and/or larger Flight Lipo
Larger Wing Span for greater glide & Payload Carrying Capability
Plastic Landing Skid
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
2 x Y-Lead
Hook & Loop Horns, Control Rods and Clevise
Material: EPO Foam
Flying Weight: 760g
1 x 26~28 Size 1300kv Brushless Motor
1 x 20~30A ESC
4~5 Channel Transmitter and Reciever
1800mAh~2200mAh 3s Lipoly Battery
4 x 9g Servo for Ailerons, Elevator and Rudder
2 x 9g Servo For Flaps (Optional)
1 x Servo Reverser if using optional flaps with non-computer radio
This plane has a weak wing spar at least in some cases. Unfortunately, I had a spar fracture on a second flight. The plane folded and crashed to the ground during a simple aileron turn. I took video of the damaged plane but HK blamed me for the crash. I couldn't convince them that it is virtually impossible to snap a wing spar as a result of a crash and have zero wing damage as it was in my case. In summary, check the wing spar carefully for defects. If it fractures you may have very little recourse.This kit is fantastic, great value for money. I have modified mine significantly to take more weight (cameras etc), so my review is relevant to doing as such (not just using it as a park flyer).
I will start with the cons then the pros.
Cons: doesn't come with enough glue so you will need glue to get some glue.
The carbon spar is weak, so I had to purchase an upgrade.
The right angle between the motor housing and tail bends a lot so I added more carbon support there.
The wing mounting design needs improving, the tabs WILL break in a rough landing if you screw them in so I used rare earth magnets to hold them in place.
Pros: very tough epo foam, I have crashed mine 3 times. 3x inverted nose dive and crashing into a tree at full throttle. It still flies fine you just repair it with some boiling watre, skewers and hot glue.
Nice gliding and stable flight.
Easy take off and landing.
Can fit quite a lot in for its size (apm, osd, fpv, gps, telemetry, camera).
It really is the perfect beginners plane.
Check the comments for a pic of my planeI really love it ! My maiden video https://youtu.be/psctn2gZj4g
12PM-12AM with breaks and lots of layout planning :) build, flew next day!
Everything worked out well, really flies nice! Very windy day for a maiden, went FPV from the start.
NTM Prop Drive 28-36 1800KV
ZTW Beatles 40A Brushless ESC
FrSky L9R Long Range Receiver (Soon to be upgraded to DragonLink)
HobbyKing Bixler 2 EPO 1500mm w/Flaps
FY-41AP Lite Autopilot
Turnigy nano-tech 1800mah 4S 65~130C Lipo
600TVL 1/4 1.8mm CMOS 170 Degree "El Cheapo" Camera (Soon to be upgraded)Bixler has been a successful series of aircraft.Perfectly packaged and made. All of the components fit well on place and the model is easy for building. It has optional flaps that could either be used or not - depending on what do you need. It flies well and it is stable in flight. It is very suitable as a present for a friend.Love it!!! This is my second now and i highly recommend landing gear along with the optional flaps!i had easystar 1 before and have this now... very well made, the only thing i modded is upgrade to 8mm carbon reinforcement for main wing...One of the best flying planes I've ever received in a Kit. It glides like no other and with the right power setup can hit 60 easily. The quality is not bad at all (just make sure you add tape to the hinges). I strongly recommend gluing in the wing and spar completely. The wing tends to snap in the air if you keep it removable, especially with larger power setups.
Don't buy the ARF or RTF... The motor that is included tends to burn up and is under powered anyways. With my current 3S setup I can get up to 40 min flight times and 70 mph (With wing flutter lol). Purchase a Hobbyking NTM motor and 30 amp esc instead.
Adding flaps helps the plane slow down IMMENSELY. However it tends to pitch up severely when you turn them on. Be sure to mix some down elevator or just be prepared to jam the stick.
I would strongly recommend this plane. Its great for beginners and is indestructible. I've landed mine upside down doing low inverted passes many many times. Its to the point where I can pick it up and throw it again without even having to check anything...it just wont die. Once upgraded the thing screams and is a joy to fly. This is a plane I will keep in my hanger forever. BUY IT.great learner plane, I've crashed it probably 10 times already and I've managed to fix it with some hot gluethis would be a breat plane for beginners
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