Originally Posted by UCDme3D
My vote still goes for the Slick! I think it's the best all around plane out there in this size! I think the extra is awesome in the hands of a great pilot, and does fantastic high energy stuff, but for those of us still learning, and especially the guys that like low and slow, the slick is the way to go. Losi said it the other day, the 71" slick is the best all around 25% 3d plane on the market! He's never steered me wrong, he told me to get an edge instead of an extra once and I had already ordered the extra. Flew it for two months, sold it, got the edge and had to write him a "you were right" pm! He's got over 1000 flights on a 71 slick, so I trust him! For an intermediate 3d guy still learning the moves he described I would say the Slick, Edge, then the Extra.
For me, I love all these planes, but since I am still learning and trying to master the things I do know, my slick makes me look better and it makes my learning easier because I am so comfortable with this airframe. And as mentioned above, 6s is a great setup on the slick, 8s can get pricey!
Disclaimer: this debate has no right or wrong answer! All 3 planes are insanely awesome!
+1 Based on wanting to do low and slow and precision, go with the 71" Slick. The Slick harriers and hovers easier than the Extra. The Edge harriers easily enough, but is not as precise as the Slick or Extra. For low and slow and precision
the Slick beats both the Edge and the Extra. Consider that when you are low and slow, you have to have the utmost confidence in your plane and the Slick inspires confidence all around.
Others have already given excellent summaries of the planes you are interested in. I'll just add that there is a definite difference between the way a 59" Slick and the 71" Slick fly. Losifanatic described the flight envelope of the 59" Slick as like a "refined Extra." After flying my 59" Slick and 71" Slick, I agree.
The 60" planes are faster and quicker to react to your inputs. So, with the bigger planes you'll have to get used to things slowing down a bit. The upside is the 70" planes are smoother and even more stable than the 60" planes.
Summing up, you won't go wrong with an Edge, Extra, or Slick. Color scheme and your present skillset and future goals for your flying skills will determine the right 70" plane for you!
My opinion is the Slick beats the Extra on low and slow and is in a photo finish with the Extra for high speed/high G maneuvers. Keep in mind that your setup, i.e., speed and torque of servos, control surface throws and exponential, center of gravity, propeller diameter and pitch, etc. will all affect how each airframe performs. And don't forget latency as a factor in overall performance.
So, in a perfect world you would need to setup an Edge, Extra, and Slick identically using an identically configured transmitter to begin to determine which one is best and which one is best for you. Also, my Slicks make me look good with less effort on the sticks. With my Extras I have to work and stay on top of the inputs.
The AJ Slicks are smooth and stable when you want them to be but are capable of the most aggressive and violent maneuvers. Oh, and thanks to theKM, I can write that the Slick handles "turbulence" better than the Extra. Until theKM educated me I always thought of the plane's ability to handle wind or penetrate the wind. But how a plane handles turbulence is important when the wind is gusting and swirling at 15+ mph. Truly my Slicks sail on "Steady as she goes."
Hope this helps and happy landings!