Official-Twisted Hobbys Extra Slick 32" Slickinsaneness Build/Fly Thread
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Feb 07, 2012
, 03:16 PM
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Joined Nov 2010
You may want to head down to your library and pick up a dozen or so books
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Here we have all the EPP parts. Top and bottom fuse, horizontal fuse, fuse supports, SFGs, wings, horizontal stab & elevator (pre-hinged), and vertical stab and rudder (pre-hinged)
Hardware pack with control horns and goodies, along with the wood main wing spar and the two pushrods.
Hardware pack with the power combo goodies! This is gonna be SiiiCK!
First we are going to glue the wings to the horizontal fuse and install the main wing spar. Here the Extra Slick is upside down. Put some wax paper down so you don't get the plane stuck to your work table.
Run a thin bead along one of the wings where it attaches to the fuse.
Then get your hands dirty and smear it around. This makes sure there is even glue contact.
Then place with wing next to the fuse, and slide them together to glue in place. You can work it back and forth a little to promote glue setting, but only do that a few times before holding it together for a moment. Then repeat with the other side.
Place some wax paper over your plane and let the glue set...
... and use some sort of weight to hold everything flat.
Next use a sharp hobby knife to cut away all the tabs in the main wing spar's slot.
Next, take the wing spar and run a bead of glue along the length.
Next, use your fingers to gently pull apart the spar slot, and insert the spar.
Once the spar is in the slot, gently widen it more and run a bead of glue along the non-glued side of the spar...
... here you can see the glue.
Then, close the gap and hold tight...
Push it together evenly, and hold for a few moments as the glue sets.
Once the glue has some hold, use some weight to hold everything in place. A dozen or so books work fine.
Next we are going to glue the horizontal stab and elevator to the fuse.
Run a bead of glue along the rear of the fuse. Putting the glue on the fuse rather than the stab ensures the correct amount of glue is used.
Then smear it around with your finger for even glue coverage.
Place together and hold together for a moment while the glue sets.
Once the glue sets up a little, you can put a piece of wax paper over it and put another weight on top.
Go ahead and install your servos before you glue the top and bottom fuse on. The output shafts on all the servos are towards the front of the plane. It would be a good idea to turn on your servos and ensure they are centered at this time.
Once you have the servos glued in, go head and glue the bottom fuse on. Dry fit it, then run a bead of Welders along the length of the bottom fuse and set it in the corresponding keys.
Now go ahead and install the top fuselage. Again run a bead of glue along the length of it and install.
Run a bead along the length of the fuse where the canopy sits, and install. Be sure the canopy is centered both left to right, and front to back. Hole for a moment to let the glue set up. Use some T-pins to secure it while the glue sets.
Cut a hole in the fuse trusses for the elevator and rudder servo wires, feed them through, and install the trusses. Run a bead along the bevelled part of the truses and glue to the bottom and side fuselages. Make sure the trusses are even on both sides.
Then go ahead and glue the vertical stab/rudder assembly onto the rear of the plane. Line up the stripes on the fuse/vertical stab with those on the rudder assembly, and make sure there is a gap between the rudder counter balance and the vertical stab.
Next install the SFGs. Cut the rear half, separate, and install on the front of the wings with some Welders. See following photo.
Here is the SFG on the wing.
Now to assemble the control arms. For the aileron, use one of the double ended arms that comes with the servo. Line it up as shown with the included wood servo arm extension. Glue with CA.
For the installation of the EZ connectors, install the ones for the ailerons onto the control arms. To install the EZ connector on the horn, take the connector in some plyers in one hand, the control horn in the other, and (see next photo).
put the black lock washer on some cardboard. The cardboard will provide support for the washer and allow the connector to penetrate. Be careful though, because it will spring across the room if it's not lined up. Twisted Hobbys gave you spares, though.
Now go ahead and assemble your pushrods. Take the Z-bend and use the heat shrink tubing to install it to one side of each pushrod. Use some CA to be sure the Z-bend doesn't come out of the carbon rod.
Put the Z-bend on the control horns (part that goes on the elevator and rudder). The ones for the rudder and elevator are the #2 horns. Then use some welders to glue the control horns into the elevator and rudder. The horn will go on top of the elevator.
Then install the control horns for the ailerons. They are the #1 horns. Glue them into their slots with some welders and slide the Z-bend through. Then slide the pushrods through the EZ connectors.
Now we're going to mount the motor. Find the motor mount and use a medium emory board to take the petina off so the glue has something to grab onto. Then glue to the front of the plane with Welders.
Then use the four screws to install the motor, and some O-Rings to install the propeller. An 8x4.3 works well.
Here's a picture of where I have the ESC and receiver mounted. Make sure the motor is spinning in the correct direction before using heat shrink to make sure the bullets from the ESC to the motor stay on.
Then balance the plane. A good CG point is 2.5.-2.75" behind the leading edge of the wing at the root. Use velcro or some tape to secure the battery during the inital flights to find the CG that works best for you, then cutting a slot for the battery
Now for those of you that want to fly with the landing gear, it is available separately from Twisted Hobbys. It comes with the wheels, CG gear, wheel pants, and mounting hardware.
You will need to drill holes for the wheel axles.
Here is the slot on the fuse for the Landing Gear (LG). This needs to be opened up slightly with a modeling knife.
Slide the gear through the slot, then slide on the teardroped shaped gear supports on and glue to the fuse.
To assemble the wheel pants, there are three parts for each. Glue them together as shown.
You can use T-pins to line them up as each piece has two holes. Don't poke the pins through the foam, but slide them through the existing holes to ensure they line up. Don't leave them in too long or they'll get glued in there!
Here is the wheel assembly. Put a drop of glue on wheel pant supports out by the holes.
Then install the wheel pants onto the pant supports. You can use the T-pins here again to line them up correctly... make sure the pins are taken out before the glue sets... don't ask me how I know. Wait for the glue to set.
Then put some glue on a piece of Carbon Fiber rod and poke it through the foam skid. This will keep the rudder off the ground and save your rudder servo and hinge from unneeded abuse. Once that dries, go fly!
Last edited by Tom K.; Feb 15, 2012 at