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Old Feb 05, 2013, 12:58 AM
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Have you guys seen the latest kit offering from GWS?

With an AUW of 6-8ozs and a wingspan of 26.3", I hardly consider it micro status, but to be sure it is a fun, relaxing backyard flyer that has a wingloading on par with my bigger (full scale?) Slow Stick, and a similar flight speed envelope using a 300-class outrunner on 2S.

The kit comes furnished with a 2oz 150C brushed motor and utilizes a 6mm square fiberglass tube for the fuse with an adapter making it easy to mount typical 10mm stick mounts to the fuse for saddling up a small outrunner and shedding considerable weight over the stock brushed motor.

I've had 10 flies with mine so far and it flies really well when the weather's calm. The Micro Slow Stick does not have a steerable tailwheel but I find that it turns well enough with a fully deflected rudder and a small blast of propwash, and foam wheels enable better ground handling over the stock plastic kit wheels. The wings have a nice smooth covering on both top and bottom and are mono-color, so I painted patterns on the tops and sprayed the bottom of wing black for better orientation as I like to fly this one just after sunset when there's usually little to no wind. I'm getting 9-minute flights out of my 460mAh packs at half throttle doing touch and goes.

Mine weighs in at 6.94ozs.

Components that I used:

25g Emax CF2805 1300Kv outrunner
HK 12-amp BlueSeries ESC
OrangeRx R410 4ch Rx
HXT500 servos
Turnigy Nanos 2S 460mAh
Du-Bro 1.45" Sport Wheels

Who else is flying one?
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:39 AM
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Ordered one this morning. Going with the included motor setup.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 04:13 PM
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Oh, I see you're still on your relentless plane-buyin' rampage. I bought a few extra of these kits to mod into different configurations later on.

The manual's CG recommendation seems to be spot on at 60mm from LE. Instructions call for hinge tape on both sides of the rudder and ele hinges, but 1/2" Blenderm tape on just one side is more than sufficient for this half-pound plane, and should reducing binding at the hinge joint for the sub-micro servos.

Have fun!
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 04:32 PM
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And worse, we ordered the Stearman as well, motor, esc, and the
wheels you mentioned and one size larger. Our field is not great
right now, dried clumps of grass and bare ground. And a few
crawdad holes. Sunday a 90 size stick got stuck in one, nose
wheel.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 06:42 PM
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Is the motor in-line with the stick fuselage or offset on these slowsticks?
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 07:52 PM
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Is the motor in-line with the stick fuselage or offset on these slowsticks?
I guess that really depends on which motor and motor mount you choose. If one chooses to use the stock motor, as depicted above, which has its own stick motor mount, the motor is intended to sit slightly below the centerline of the fuse (I think, the manual isn't clear on this) but I see no reason why it can't be flipped the other way so it sits above the fuse.

The Emax motor that I chose includes an aluminum stick mount for that particular motor, and the motor is situated below the stick fuse in the photos on the HeadsUp site - this is how I installed it as I presume it would be best to have more of the propwash underneath the wing rather than over it. Max prop size with ground clearance in mind is 8" set up like this.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 08:25 PM
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On the J3-s the stick is not square and the motor sits to one side
which put the prop shaft on the other side.
We put the motor on the right side so the torque would
off set the weight of the motor.

Putting the motor under the stick will help lower the
liner CoG of the plane.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 09:02 PM
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Are you sure, 6-8ozs and 26.3" wingspan??

I built a cut down PicoStick, with 28" span, 2 6g servos and a 10g outrunner and 340mah 2 cell that ended up at 3.9ozs!!
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:11 AM
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I maidened mine Monday. Flies like it's big brother. This one turned out 5.8oz AUW. Next one will be lighter.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:53 AM
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Looks good, Gohmer. Yeah it does fly very similar to the bigger SS. That's an interesting servo mount you've got there!

My next one will be either a bipe, or a scaled down version of my twin Stick
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:54 AM
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I don't see a market niche for this bird. I think GWS didn't think this design through, because a bird this small should weigh a lot less than 6 ounces. IMHO

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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:58 AM
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Jim - I assure you it flies just as well as the bigger Slow Stick, but it doesn't like much wind!
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 09:59 AM
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Does it come with extra horns like the other GWS kits? We are
thinking a pull-pull for the tail feathers? We have some small gauge
Mylar thread. Brad has some #0 turnbuckles.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 01:38 PM
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Kimber, It does have extra horns. I wouldn't use that stock motor, it will add an extra ounce of weight to your model. Higher wing loading is not your friend. Flew my micro stick for the first time today. It weighs 7 oz. using a blue wonder brushless motor. 10 amp esc, two 5 gram servos and an 800 ma 2 cell lipo. Flies surprising well in the wind.
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Old Feb 06, 2013, 01:40 PM
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We are going to build as it comes, may change it later. An extra ounce
may really help in a blow, and the is all we seem to have these days.

We have some 3g servos.
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