I finally got my Bixler in the mail and started testing the parts out and putting it together. It looks like there's a fairly large nose weight in it. Does it make sense to remove it sine I'm going to be adding a fair bit of weight in the cockpit? I'd rather figure that out before gluing the two halves together.
That how I have my apm2 setup with the receiver in the bottom portion. However, I have my servos placed in the tail and elevetor and ran a extenstion cable through the middle with special hatches so the plane has clean look. So my CG is normal with battery placement in the nose. I can see useing weights in the back but you don't want a tail dragger. Your plane can bank and there goes all the work you put in to it. I finishing glassing a new fuselage and will see how this performs.
Guys: any links to motor/esc/prop combinatiosn used? The ARF version is no longer in stock and I wanted to order a setup tomorrow.
Prop: APC 6x4E
I'll second the recommendation to make your ESC 25 amps minimum.
Yesterday while flying with the Bixler stock motor, APC6x4E prop and the recommended HK 20 amp Fixed Wing ESC, the ESC caught fire. My motor stopped, my craft came down, and I had black smoke coming out of the craft. Luckily I got it out and away from everything before it did too much damage. It did melt my fuselage a bit and the LIPO's wrapper is melted and the battery's puffy so I'm going to trash it.