SLOW-STICK X Build (Original)
This is the start of the Slow Stick X Build thread. The intention of the thread is to cover both the kit and ARF version. Post number one will serve as an index to the body of this thread and other related threads. Post number one can change daily as new information and ideas are available. Relevant posts are any thing related directly to the Slow Stick X or any product that can be used with the Slow Stick X.
Slow Stick X links
Slow Stick X with Floats
Slow Stick X in Flight
Build Video Part 1 (Wing)
Build Video Part 2 (Tail Feathers)
Slow Stick X in Flight
Flying indoor at Perry
Slow Stick X Specifications
Length trailing edge 43” leading edge 39.5” Width 12”
Full symmetrical constant cord and is 2” at its widest point.
without a servo installed and covered with a light model covering the wing weighs approximately 6 7/8 oz
Total Model flying weight:
without a battery installed the plane weighs between 16 and 20 oz, depending on your setup. Keep it light for best performance!
The Slow Stick X Can fly slow or fast. It has an extremely slow stall speed yet it is a fully aerobatic model. The SSX also flies well in windy conditions. Inverted flight characteristics are also excellent. When balanced properly the SSX will fly inverted as well as it does upright.
The Slow Stick X is an excellent model for novice to expert pilots. It is an extremely versatile model. On low rates the model can be docile and easy to fly. On high rates it can be an extreme stunt machine.Motor
Sport class: 740Kv -1000Kv Brushless Outrunner with 10-3/8 APC SF prop
Extreme Flight: 4200 KV Brushless Inrunner Geared 7.6:1 with 12-6 APC SF prop or Hacker A20-22L with a 10-4.7 SF prop
recommend 1320 mah 3 cell LiPO Note: other batteries will work as long as the model is balanced.
I have flown this model on the stock GWS setup using Nimh batteries with some successes. However, I do not recommend it for acrobatics.
Always balance with the battery you will fly with. If you go to a lighter battery, you will need to rebalance. When balancing, just move the wing and plastic mounts forward or aft. The balance point is at the spar. I would also recommend placing your servos and receiver toward the tail section when the model is nose heavy. Never add weight to balance when you can just change the position of components. Keep the wing leading edge 5.5 – 6 inches from the front tip of the fuselage stick. It is also a good idea to balance the wing tip to tip.
Note: Recent testing has shown that the CG can be pushed back slightly. This will improve inverted flight and hovering. I have been balancing with the side of my fingers touching the trailing edge of the spar.
Solite is the lightest. However, it punctures easily. I like to use transparent Ultracote. I use Monokote for my travel models because of its durability. The model flies well with almost any covering.
Tack all four corners first; just like you are putting a sheet on a bed. Keep wrinkles to a minimum. Use low heat just in case you mess-up. This way you can pull the covering off and start over. Then tack the middle leading and trailing edge. Next tack the middle tip and middle/center of the center decking. Now turn the heat up. Run the iron up the main spar and start pulling the covering over the leading and trailing edge while ironing it down. Save the wing tips for last. I typically have about 2” of overhang on the covering when doing the wing. After you trim it off, you can use the leftover for the ailerons.
I use a heat gun at high setting and divide the wrinkles evenly throughout the wing tip. I then use the heat to shrink out the wrinkles. At the same time I am pulling and stretching around the wing tip edge. I also use my fingers to brace the wing tip to prevent it from breaking. Use your thumb and index finger to grip the covering and the remaining fingers push the opposite side of the tip you are covering. If you have a hot grip glove it helps. Ultra cote is best, but you should be able to get good results with Monokote. The yellow plane below is covered with Monokote.
Slow Stick / Slow Stick X improvements