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Old Mar 23, 2002, 01:47 PM
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Lite stick vs. Pico stick vs. Mini Max

I'm looking for a slowflyer that is easy to fly in relatively small spaces (like a single ballfield), readily repairable, and can operate in at least a little bit of wind (I have a Razor for windy days)..The lite stick, pico stick and mini max seem to fulfill most of these desires, anybody have any comparisons of these?

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Old Mar 23, 2002, 02:46 PM
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They are all fun but the Mini Max will handle a little more wind and has a lot more power If you cut about 3 inches from each side of the wing on the Lite Stik & Pico Stik they will do better in wind.
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Old Mar 23, 2002, 03:27 PM
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Re: Lite stick vs. Pico stick vs. Mini Max

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I'm looking for a slowflyer that is easy to fly in relatively small spaces (like a single ballfield), readily repairable, and can operate in at least a little bit of wind (I have a Razor for windy days)..The lite stick, pico stick and mini max seem to fulfill most of these desires, anybody have any comparisons of these?

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Hmm... Lets see.... Pico Stick and Lite Stick means one and a single plane! Beloved child got many names, you see!
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Old Mar 23, 2002, 03:31 PM
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I was assuming he meant the Pico Cub Stick.
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Old Mar 23, 2002, 03:57 PM
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I have a litestik and i love it, It is so easy to fly but i hate having to wait till the wind dies down to fly it. I don't allways wait till the wind stops and it makes for a fun and exciting flight LOL Let the guys that have both tell you what they think but if the minimax flies as good as i have heard then it sounds like a winner.


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Old Mar 23, 2002, 10:07 PM
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Old Mar 24, 2002, 04:17 PM
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thanks..sounds like either would work..guess I'll go bargain-hunting! Does anyone have much experience with the single-conversion receivers like the feather??..the reduced range scares me a bit....
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Old Mar 24, 2002, 04:27 PM
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Surfdog,
At the distances we normally fly with a slowflyer it isn't a factor.
However I get less glitching with the GWS RX than I do with the feather. But I have been flying both and really haven't had a problem. The feather is more of a problem when a bunch of fliers are in the air in a small area such as a Gym.
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Old Mar 26, 2002, 08:44 PM
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Well I went with the Mini Max..just ordered it tonight..there are a couple of places online with a $49 special..you get the plane, the Speed controller, and a battery..not bad....decided to try the Cirrus 4 channel micro receiver (found out it is made by Hitec) and a couple of HS-55 servos..now if the wind would die down.......
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Old Mar 26, 2002, 10:29 PM
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Moth Man with a Mini Max

I think you made the right choice. I'm a die-hard Tiger Moth guy, but went for the $49.00 special too. Finally got to fly it this afternoon in calm conditions. I am impressed! Ran about 8 packs through it. Loved it more with each flight. Warning. This airplane is fast at full power but flies wonderfully slow at reduced power. My suggestion, especially a beginner is to takeoff with full power but quickly reduce power once airborne.

Mine is totally stock. Flies great with the battery included. You are gonna enjoy this model!

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Old Apr 15, 2002, 12:22 AM
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I absolutely love my Mini Max. Make sure you strengthen the elevator joint with a small piece of balsa, however, as it tends to tear. Tore mine in mid-flight. Landed with control of only half an elevator. Could hardly tell the difference.

I was so impressed with my Mini Max I bought a Lite Stik. Frankly, I could not get the Lite Stik to fly well. I think the 4000' altitude was not kind to it. But, no matter. For the money, the Mini Max is a blast. Relaxing when you want it to be and aerobatic (in slow motion) at full power. I fly it much more than my Zagi.

By the way, I eventually replaced the stock motor with a "370" from Hobbypeople.net. It fits in the same gearbox and now flies vertical!
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Old Apr 15, 2002, 02:02 PM
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I am having the exact opposite results. My Pico Stick fly fabulous. I am having trouble getting the Mini Max to fly at all. It flies but not very well. The problem I am having is it seems to be so very underpowered. I am using the 650 Mah NIMH batteries.

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Old Apr 15, 2002, 02:37 PM
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I also have the mini max and like it alot. it flies great. i use a 7.2 320 nicd and a 7.2 600 nimh. both have enough power and it flies well.
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Old Apr 15, 2002, 03:27 PM
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I have flown the Mini on several different packs. I usually use a 7-cell 650(i think) mAH NiMH pack. You may want to try seven cells if it seems under powered. But if flies nifty on a 6 cell pack too. Also, are you using the original prop? It seems to be the ideal size for the motor.
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