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Old Aug 09, 2015, 04:19 PM
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Rebuild report

Ok, got some good and bad news.

So I finished my rebuild and got Slick flying. Batteries were located partly under wing tube to reach correct CG, but this wasn't a problem. Also any added weight didn't feel in the air. The plane flew just as well as before. I had a blast with it.

As usual after repairs I go through some kind of torture testing to really see if the repair will hold. And yes, there wasn't any new structural damage - - - with an exception that I blew the metal motor mount! And yes, in a knife edge spin. I feel kind of stupid, but this plane just does them so well that I couldn't resist torturing it hahah. Slick just needs now a new motor mount (already ordered from HK a similar one without the lightened mount part, I believe it should hold up).

I've been also flying lately a lot with Extreme Flight 48" Yak-54 EXP. To compare these two: Yak is clearly more precise, but when you fly slow and low somehow Slick is more "alive". It might be that the NTM motor just has a little more grunt than 140g Emax I've got on Yak (a slightly better power to weight ratio). Rolling harriers are much easier on Yak than with Slick, though. And based on packaging & accessories of these two planes I would even believe that they come from same factory. Covering on Yak was more carefully made and generally I felt that it had gone through a much better QC than Slick.
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Old Aug 10, 2015, 12:38 PM
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Ok, got some good and bad news.

So I finished my rebuild and got Slick flying. Batteries were located partly under wing tube to reach correct CG, but this wasn't a problem. Also any added weight didn't feel in the air. The plane flew just as well as before. I had a blast with it.

As usual after repairs I go through some kind of torture testing to really see if the repair will hold. And yes, there wasn't any new structural damage - - - with an exception that I blew the metal motor mount! And yes, in a knife edge spin. I feel kind of stupid, but this plane just does them so well that I couldn't resist torturing it hahah. Slick just needs now a new motor mount (already ordered from HK a similar one without the lightened mount part, I believe it should hold up).

I've been also flying lately a lot with Extreme Flight 48" Yak-54 EXP. To compare these two: Yak is clearly more precise, but when you fly slow and low somehow Slick is more "alive". It might be that the NTM motor just has a little more grunt than 140g Emax I've got on Yak (a slightly better power to weight ratio). Rolling harriers are much easier on Yak than with Slick, though. And based on packaging & accessories of these two planes I would even believe that they come from same factory. Covering on Yak was more carefully made and generally I felt that it had gone through a much better QC than Slick.

damn after all excellent work you had the motor mount still giving up =/ well that said I would say no more KE spins on your slick =)
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Old Aug 10, 2015, 12:48 PM
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Old Sep 07, 2015, 03:48 AM
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For the money this is a great little plane from Hobby King.
Yes there is some wing rock with the stock rudder during high alpha, however it is manageable. Very straight airframe out of the box, a pleasure to assemble and using a Hyperion 3025 back-mount with
P.A. 4S 2200mAh LiPo & Vox T40 wood prop, it's a sweet little machine.
I did add the Extra 260 50e size C/F L/G from H.K. to replace the flimsy Aluminium one supplied.
(it's a good fit, but needs to be drilled as it's supplied blank)
Very pleased with my setup at 1.56Kg, it gives good flight times.
Also the KST servos are excellent, very precise, fast, with no slop around centre, just what this bird needs.
High 'G' aero's are very addictive, I'll see how the airframe lasts.

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Old Sep 07, 2015, 05:00 AM
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Love this plane so much I cannot fly it. Saving up for a blue one, need a spare to fly original. Hangar queens don't like to be flown.
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Old Jan 12, 2016, 03:14 AM
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Is anyone still Slicking???
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Is anyone still Slicking???
Mine is still at the box with all the electronics, no forecast to build it. I even sold the batteries.
After I started flying 60" size planes I simply can't go back to anything smaller
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I ordered one back in August when HK ran a free shipping sale. It went OTS immediately and after a few months I took a credit. Still back ordered today...
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Old Jan 12, 2016, 07:56 AM
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It sucks. They sold out of them repeatedly so why not make more!! I'm considering retiring mine until I can source another 51' plane. It's the biggest that fits in my car without taking wings off. Love love the Slick. But once a plane is no longer made, my interest in flying it goes away since I can't find another one.
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Old Jan 12, 2016, 08:26 AM
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It sucks. They sold out of them repeatedly so why not make more!! I'm considering retiring mine until I can source another 51' plane. It's the biggest that fits in my car without taking wings off. Love love the Slick. But once a plane is no longer made, my interest in flying it goes away since I can't find another one.
I have a Skyline Slick 540 55" which I love, it is cheap and always in stock at General Hobby. I made a build thread of it some time ago. It fits in my compact Nissan assembled too.
The trick I use with 60" planes is to take one wing off only, leaving the carbon tube installed on the plane of course, it will fit easily in the car this way. Plugging only one wing + aileron servo takes less than 3min.
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Old Jan 12, 2016, 01:50 PM
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Mine is still in box, been a busy year, the club young gun has been flying one for a couple of years at least and it is still as good as the day he got it, he has it setup for night flying. I plan to do the same with mine when I eventually catch up with my backlog of to do's.

Funny thing is his fly's perfectly with no mods required what so ever, but then he's a third generation rc pilot and s**t hot on the sticks.

Night Flying at Cumbernauld Model Flying Club 2 (3 min 8 sec)
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