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Old Apr 22, 2003, 10:10 PM
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Slow Stick Aerobatics list... stock motor only

Hi gang,

I'd like to start a list of the Aerobatics that are possible for a slow stick with a stock motor (what I have). Mostly for purely selfish reasons to give me something new to try.

So far I have:
- Hammerhead stall
- Loops (consecutive, nice and round)

What I can't seem to do are anything requiring quick rolls. Like barrel rolls, snap rolls or even a split S.

Any other fun stuff you have tried with the R/E brushed motor slow stick?
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 10:32 PM
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Fly backwards in the wind.

Fly inverted into a good wind then play with the amount of down elevator so the tail hangs down somewhat. Sort of looks like the SS is hanging on the prop.

You can do an Immelman Turn . Loop to inverted then roll back to upright. (SS will roll back to upright from inverted)

Sort of flat spins. Full up and full left. Play with throttle( about half) so SS looses altitude slowly. See how close you dare to get to the ground before pulling out.
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 10:44 PM
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Hammerheads, Immelmans. What are these? Loops are obvious to describe, but I don't know what those other maneuvers are.
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 11:11 PM
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Just trying sustained inverted is challenging and fun...
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 11:47 PM
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Here's a page with moving images showing various maneuvers.
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Old Apr 22, 2003, 11:54 PM
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Others have done more; however, 18 consecutive loops is my personal best on a stock motor....

Although not particulary aerobatic, I saw a turkey vulture circling near my home this weekend indicating that there was a thermal forming underneath. I flew into the thermal and cut the motor....spent nearly fifteen minutes circling/flying with the vulture before he/she broke off and I lost track of the thermal or it diminished...

I would agree with Jimsp, holding the SS in one place using ridge lift or high winds is cool... even cooler doing a VTOL landing in high winds
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:03 AM
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==What I can't seem to do are anything requiring quick rolls==

You need ailerons for any maneuver involving partial or full rolls. The SS is a fun plane, but aerobatics are not it's strong suit. But if you want some challenges...

Try spot takeoffs and landings.

Drag a picnic table out into the yard and attempt carrier shots.

See how long you can hold inverted.

See how many sequential loops you can do.

Rig up a drop box and drop candy, or parachutes, or ping pong balls.

Put a camera on and try to take a picture of yourself, your house, or your whole neighborhood.

Strap some lights on and fly at night.

Combine any of the above.

THIS is the stuff the SS was made for!
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:26 AM
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Quote:
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==What I can't seem to do are anything requiring quick rolls==

You need ailerons for any maneuver involving partial or full rolls. The SS is a fun plane, but aerobatics are not it's strong suit. But if you want some challenges...Strap some lights on and fly at night.....THIS is the stuff the SS was made for!
Absolutely right, I have Curtek lights on my SS; however, there are a lot of other systems out there as well as homemade vers.

My kids and I love to go out to the elementary school and fly in complete darkness, it is too cool...
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:09 PM
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One crowd pleaser is the Stuka. Take her up very high. Point her straight down and full throttle. At about 50' up pull back to half throtle. At 20', or 10' if you dare, full up elevator to pull to horizontal. The full vertical down to horizontal transition will loose less than 10' in altitude if you have good elevator throw and not too forward CG.

-- Alan
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:19 PM
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This could be a crowd pleaser... or it could rip the wings off of the Slow Stick and leave a small SS-sized crater in the ground.

(I folded the wings on my SS about two weeks ago)
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 12:54 PM
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it will also do a cobra


i also like to pull into inverted fly for about a minute then give full down elevator and maker her come out of the inverted with a half outside loop.

semi barrel rolls

Chuck
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Old Apr 23, 2003, 01:41 PM
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ooo neat !

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Originally posted by Tres Wright
Drag a picnic table out into the yard and attempt carrier shots.

Rig up a drop box and drop candy, or parachutes, or ping pong balls.

Strap some lights on and fly at night.

Combine any of the above.


COOL !!!
Nighttime Bomb runs with parachuting glowsticks, and Carrier Landings !! (don't forget the christmas lights on the picnic table)

- Jeff S.
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Old Apr 24, 2003, 12:53 AM
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I love the massive power dives with a few loops mixed in. Also, climbing as vertical as possible and killing the throttle is fun - when the plane drops downwards, tail first, I always get that "bottom has dropped out" gut feeling.

I like glowstick idea for instant, super low budget night flying!

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Old Apr 26, 2003, 12:16 AM
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cool stuff guys!
Thanx for the tips!

Quote:
Try spot takeoffs and landings.

Drag a picnic table out into the yard and attempt carrier shots.

See how long you can hold inverted.

See how many sequential loops you can do.

Rig up a drop box and drop candy, or parachutes, or ping pong balls.

Put a camera on and try to take a picture of yourself, your house, or your whole neighborhood.

Strap some lights on and fly at night.

Combine any of the above.

THIS is the stuff the SS was made for!
And, putting floats on it for ROW's

use it to piggy-back tow up paper airplanes and realease it

use it for combat with friends

or do night combat with a lit up SS using a Curtec or similar system

or do night combat on floats (or..NOT)

see how many table touch and goes you can make within a minute

pylon with a very curvy path

limbo with friends

you get one half of a minute of full throtle, beginning after the first second of throttle advance for take off; no hand launches, and then at altitude, cut throttle, and see how long you can stay up!

see if you can do a table t&go, then loop, so that when you level out, you t&go again - so in other words, try to do loops in the same place over and over, while touching the table top on the bottom of each loop! Practise on the ground! do limbo using the above technique!

put a small paper cup on the top of the wings, and fill with ping pong balls, then do loops until none all fell out. Try to do as many loops you can! (test of tightest loops possible)

get two balloons, and release them, while SS is flying - every ballon, ten points - every time you nip but not pop a balloon, 5 points! If you get the balloon under the wing, helping, pushing it up, 20 points per every 5 seconds of balloon held there! Play until ballon is too high, or both popped! Play against your friend for points!

I can go on for ever!

-aeroP
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Old Feb 05, 2006, 05:05 PM
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I'd like a SlowStick, but I get discouraged by Club.

Dear friends.

I flew gas powered about 6 years ago and left the hobby.

Now I'd like to get back on the road... air.. I mean. .

I've been reading alot, and would like to buy a SlowStick to hone my skills again; and later do some Aerial Photography with its amazing cargo capability.

The thing is. My aerial club... all gas powered, discourages the electric planes. They say it won't by at our altitude (1127m)... and won't last long in the air.
On the contrary, I read here of great fun, and 30+min flying times on lipo batteries.

So my only doubt now is the altitude. Would this be a serious factor?
Will it reduce my cargo hauling abilities? (camera and transmitter)

I'm not into speed, I've read its recomended to add a gearbox, which prop size would you experts recommend for power and not speed?

Thanks for your patience, all comments are appreciated
best wishes.
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