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Old Dec 10, 2006, 10:00 AM
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Slow Stick (+ap) Build Thread.

I am not sure whether to start this in the AP forum, here, or the foamie kits. Since this is not strictly AP, I guess parkflyers would be good.

This is my second plane. My first plane is the e-foamies R3D Mini and I rushed it when doing the build. Learned a lot from that and decided, this time I want something "glidy" and relaxed, with AP on the side. Hong Kong ran out of stock on the easy star which was my first choice but after getting the Slow Stick kit, I am quite happy with it. The SS also leaves me the option to detach the guts anytime and use it on a future 3D'er.

From the lessons learned on my first build, I am taking this SS build real slow, slow stick... ha.. nice name. So as attached, today is horizontal stabilizer day.
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 11:25 AM
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time warp

I will come back to the steps later this week. Let's just say I worked the weekend hehe.
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 09:04 PM
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SS Tail feathers

My SS flies like a dream and can turn on a dime. I glued bamboo skewers to the leading edge of the elevator and removed a small section of the rudder and glued a skewer to its leading edge. In addition, I also stabalized the rudder by drilling a small hole in the aluminum fuselage and planted an inch of the rudder's skewer into it. The plane is extremely stable and can ROW in only 5 feet!!! I also use a 1500 mah 11.1 V Li-poly battery and a brushless motor. I love this thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 09:09 PM
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George, are the skewers there to prevent flutter at high speed or for strength? Care to show some pictures? I am interested on the LE of the rudder..
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 09:30 PM
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The bamboo skewers stabalize the tail feathers.

The bamboo skewers strengthen the tail with a minimum of weight. I use my SS for aerial shots and need a stronger model than the stock one.

I finally uploaded some vids on Youtube. Tell me how you like them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ900hmtPlM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj72uS15y-Q
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Old Dec 17, 2006, 11:20 PM
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George those pics are great! Now if you give the antenna a hook and a sinker we're in business!
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Old Dec 18, 2006, 06:37 AM
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Thrust angle for Motor.

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You might also want to purchase a 3 degree down and right motor mount form WWW.littlebirdz.com I think the complete link is: http://www.littlebirdz.com/proddeta...-SSMM3X3&cat=30 It makes an incredible difference in flight characteristics and handling. It costs only five dollars but is worth every penny. WHen you get it, you might be initially disappointed since it looks so flimsy and needs to be assemblied like a chinese 3 d puzzle but believe me, when it's properly glued and assembled; it will last for many flights. I purchased mine 2 years ago and have logged on virtually hundreds of flights. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do.
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and some more.

and here's what I got after: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c63XMmRumnQ

The front landing gears are misaligned at the U. And all it took was a nice twist to fix it. The tail also needs some more braces for perfect alignment. I am still thinking on whether I should do a triangle sticks or just fiber tape pull pull. The back LG also need some reinforcement, but perhaps it's better for it to bounce a bit during landing if I suck. As to whether to do up wing braces like the Cub. Again still thinking, and whether the white parts that comes with are right for the job.

As of now the AUW without cam and mount is 492 gram / 17.35 Oz. The cam + mount is 180 grams, and my motor pushes over 1kg at WOT. I like.
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Thrust angle for motor

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You might also want to purchase a 3 degree down and right motor mount form WWW.littlebirdz.com I think the complete link is: http://www.littlebirdz.com/proddeta...-SSMM3X3&cat=30 It makes an incredible difference in flight characteristics and handling. It costs only five dollars but is worth every penny. WHen you get it, you might be initially disappointed since it looks so flimsy and needs to be assemblied like a chinese 3 d puzzle but believe me, when it's properly glued and assembled; it will last for many flights. I purchased mine 2 years ago and have logged on virtually hundreds of flights. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do.

I posted some vids, let me know what you think? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rj72uS15y-Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ900hmtPlM
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