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Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« on: December 19, 2012, 11:48:13 AM »

Well... whilst I'm waiting for my quad bits to arrive (and Santa) I thought I would have a look at a fixed wing option.

After a bit of reading on here it seems both the Easystar and the Bixler both have good reviews and a number of users. But which ones better ?

(can of worms?)

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012, 11:55:40 AM »

I'd personally say it was too close to call. I think they are pretty much of the same design, maybe one or two little differences, my Bixler 1 is amazing, and I just love it. Flies like a dream, with loads of FPV gear and only a 1000kv motor!

I get 30-40 minutes from a 3900 battery.

I think it comes down to when you want it, as the Bixler is usually out of stock a lot of the time, and only available from HobbyKing :)

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2012, 12:29:52 PM »

Thanks keukpa.. Yep I noticed the only way to get a Bixler would be to import it myself it seems as I haven't seem them in stock yet.

However...... the FVPRaptor is instock and includes everything nearly delivered for 60 to my door.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__32299__FPVRaptor_Composite_1600mm_PNF_UK_Warehouse_.html

All I would need to add would be a battery / rx and fpv stuff.

Just to many options. lol
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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2012, 12:40:03 PM »

Have you done much fixed wing flying before?

I have the FPVRaptor also, it's a beautiful looking plane, but it is a lot harder to fly than the Bixler, the bixler IMHO is the ultimate beginner plane, soooo forgiving. I crashed the Raptor a number of times by stalling it due to flying too slow, but I think I've gained enough experience to give it another go :)

The good thing about the raptor is it's payload and FPV space. Certainly worth a shot, and at 60, bargain!

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2012, 02:12:02 PM »

Have you done much fixed wing flying before?

I have the FPVRaptor also, it's a beautiful looking plane, but it is a lot harder to fly than the Bixler, the bixler IMHO is the ultimate beginner plane, soooo forgiving. I crashed the Raptor a number of times by stalling it due to flying too slow, but I think I've gained enough experience to give it another go :)

The good thing about the raptor is it's payload and FPV space. Certainly worth a shot, and at 60, bargain!

Keukpa

Well, I've built a few... crashed a few.. lol The only reason is caught my attention was the price to be honest. I was looking at sticking in a orangeRX 3-axis flight stabilizer to make it a little easier. The other option based on stock levels / price is the Floater-Jet EPO with Motor  + a 20A ESC for 45 delivered. I already have a load of 9g servos from when I was playing building a robot.. but the Floater-Jet is a little smaller

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Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2012, 04:59:03 PM »

I went easystar 2 for the simple reason it was available and i had no intention of using there 1.50 servos to carry hundreds of pounds worth of fpv gear around so easystar one it for me for those two reasons
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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2012, 05:04:20 PM »

looking at sticking in a orangeRX 3-axis flight stabilizer to make it a little easier.

Yeah,

I've ordered an OrangeRX, I'm hoping with the Raptor, it will help me too! :)

Time will tell!

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2012, 08:15:18 PM »

I think it comes down to when you want it, as the Bixler is usually out of stock a lot of the time, and only available from HobbyKing :)


The Bixler is a rebadged Sky Surfer. Made in the same factory, by the same people, using the same moulds..

We have Sky Surfers and Sky Surfer FPV cockpits in and I think they're great. Really really good.

ARTF: www.firstpersonview.co.uk/aircraft/sky-surfer-bodykit-only
RTF: www.firstpersonview.co.uk/aircraft/sky-surfer-artf-epo-plane-includes-transmitter-receiver-battery

And the wonderful custom sky Surfer Cockpit made with the help of our favourite laser cutter Gordon Collins: www.firstpersonview.co.uk/aircraft/sky-surfer-artf-epo-plane-includes-transmitter-receiver-battery

All the best

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2012, 08:19:38 PM »

Also, the Easystar 2 has a curved cockpit which makes it hard to make an FPV cockpit for, so mounting stuff on the Easystar 2 is a little more tricky.

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #9 on: December 19, 2012, 09:55:07 PM »

I fly an AXN Clouds Fly which is relatively easy to get in the UK from numerous stockists. I bought the RTF from HK 6 months ago and it was a toss up between the Bixler and the AXN.

The Bixler has space on its side and hence allows you to carry a bigger battery and more kit, however IMHO, the AXN looks sexier.

I can get around 20-30 mins flight time from a single 2200mAh in my AXN carrying a pan/tilt, two cameras, VTx, StormOSD and current sensor as well as the obvious ESC and motor.

I've also managed to roll my AXN now with some success and a bit more tweaking and I think I'll be able to get really good results. Some airframes (not sure about the Bixler) simply won't roll properly so check that out if you fancy a bit of a play in the sky.

The AXN (with standard prop, motor and ESC) is a tad faster than the original Bixler too.

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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #10 on: December 19, 2012, 10:12:29 PM »

Well, thanks very much for all the answers.

I got itchy fingers this afternoon and purchased a AXN Floater-Jet for 45 including delivery and that also included a ESC as well :-)

I have got everythiing else... well all except one thing! I need to figure out how to hide all this stuff from the wife.
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Re: Easystar 2 or Bixler 2 .. only one way to find out!
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2012, 09:07:33 PM »

Well my AXN has turned up :-) All looks to be in the box but I can't really build it up much until I have a receiver to test the servos!!

Hmmm.. might try and rig up something after with an arduino to test em...

My 808 v2 camera also turned up, so I've updated the firmware and it seems to be working :-) might print out a nice holder for it tonight.

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