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Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 24, 2010 @ 01:26 AM | 11,166 Views
I bought a couple more GWS Slow Sticks and decided to sandwich two wings together to get a full symmetrical wing that would not flutter in flight at higher speeds and also be more aerobatic. I used a Millennium R/C X landing gear and battery holders so I can runn 2200mah lipos in it. There is not a motor on it yet because China/Hong Kong shipping is slow. The motor that will be used is a RC Timer 1120KV motor and 30A esc.

The wing has a 1/8" balsa spar that is 36" and it is duct tapped inside the wings for added strength. The only area to see epoxy was the ailerons in which I used to glue the Yellow and Blue halves together. Everything else is secured with the included clear tape or with color coordinated duct tape. The airframe is still very light considering the larger battery pack and using two wings. The wingspan is still 46.3".

The stabilizers are stock with the exception of adding carbon stiffeners at the leading edge of the horizontal stab and also in the center of the vertical one. I did this to keep them from bending or folding over during a high G turn or knife edge as this model was never intended for battle in this fashion.

The wheel pants are from a nitro ARF I built a couple years back and figured they would give it a better look.

It was time consuming to convert but not very much harder than assembling the original GWS Slow Stick!

I just recently started messing with electric stuff again and I am on a mission and have found it...Continue Reading
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 24, 2010 @ 01:03 AM | 9,227 Views
I bought my first Millennium SSX this week. It is the original night flyer and was purchased from James Karpy of Millennium R/C. I have built many GWS Slow Sticks in the past as well as modified one to carry up HD video cameras and also to drop skydivers but have never had one of Millenniums airplanes. I do not plan to do any modification to the SSX as I wanted it simple,light-weight and powerful for aerobatics. This airplane arrived in excellent condition in a beat up box due to mishandling by FED EX employees. Well packed by James!

It arrived at noon today and I had it fully assembled and ready to fly by 4 pm. I did change one thing on it and that was the main fuselage boom, the original was aluminum and I had a one piece carbon fiber boom in my shop and decided to use it instead because it is stronger and matched the covering already on this model. I weighed it with the Eflite 3 cell 1000 mah battery and it is exactly 20 oz. ready to fly. I used a Hitec HS65 HB for the ailerons and Spektrum DSP75's for the rudder and elevator. My receiver is a Spektrum AR6110 and the motor is a 850KV China motor with Eflite 20A esc. I want to fly it tomorrow but rain is in the forecast so I will play it by ear and hope for a break.

All in all looking at this thing it is high quality, constructed of balsa and light ply and covering is top notch. I was impressed also by the nice carbon fiber landing gear upgrade and other items that were included in the purchase of this SSX airplane! I will try to get a few more pics and also a video or two of it in action.

Thanks much to Millenium R/C for this plane and several past parts orders I have made with them. Great products and great support~
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 19, 2010 @ 11:20 PM | 8,789 Views

Awaiting the arrival of my blue GWS Slow Stick from Caliber Hobbies I went out today and shot this video of the leaves changing colors!

I will add a couple more videos in the next couple of days and post them here.

These planes are very versatile and can be modified into about anything you can dream up~

Flying over Niles on a beautiful fall day! Flyin'J 10-19-2010 (6 min 38 sec)

Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 11, 2010 @ 11:32 AM | 13,044 Views
Modified from a GWS Slow Stick kit and extra wing to lengthen the wingspan to 61-1/2". Flies very nice and has no bad habits. I am running a 1120 KV R/C Timer outrunner swinging a 10X7 propeller.

Flies really true to scale and the GWS wing provides plenty of lift. I flew it in the prototype stages with the stock GWS wing fitted with ailerons. It flew fine but the wing looked funny being so short. I have added pics of it in flight with the clipped wing and no cowling or kingpost!

Cowling is from a Seagull Dual Ace twin engine airplane. I lost it about a week ago while flying the twin. I ordered a new one and before it arrived I found the old one and it adds to the overall looks of this aircraft!

The kingpost is functional and all wires are tied into the landing gear to help support the added weight of the frame while in flight, also controls wingtip flutter at higher speeds.

GWS Slow Stick kits can be modified and retrofitted for about anything you dream up. I have two more ordered and plane to make a hot-rod Speed Stick by joining two wings together to make a fully symmetrical airfoil that will hold up to high speed and 3D flight.

If you are looking to buy a Slow Stick, Caliber Hobbies carries them as well as spare parts. Hop up parts can be purchased from Millennium R/C. Hope you enjoy the pics and happy flying!

61-1/2" wingspan
47" length
16" at top of the kingpost
2-1/2 pounds RTF weight with 3S 2200mah lipo battery....Continue Reading
Posted by flyinjrc74 | Oct 01, 2010 @ 11:40 PM | 9,073 Views
Flies fast and very maneuverable with two OS 46 AX's in it. This thing will get it when open throttle. Sounds like a swarm of mad bees when it flies overhead. Very quality airplane for the $$ and flies very true compared to a real twin. On one engine it will fly and climb with out issue, takes very little rudder offset to hold a straight line! These planes are very neat on the ground and in the air.

Here are a few short clips of it flying:
Dual Ace landing at West River Road. (1 min 17 sec)

Seagull Dual Ace (1 min 12 sec)
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