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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 20, 2019 @ 02:45 PM | 3,237 Views
I know that many have old GWS Slow Stick Models that have been stored perhaps as long as mine and it takes just a few minutes to test and test the electronics and Radio Gear to make sure ALL Systems work flawlessly.

In my case with this RED GWS Slow Stick, I found today that the No-Name Brand 20-AMP ESC had a hole in the Heat Shrink Material right over the FETs and also during testing by connecting a Battery and Transmitter it just did not want to come alive! This particular Slow Stick is on a BERG super narrow band 72-Mhz (Castle Creations Product) and coupled with my JR XP-7202 Synth Transmitter that is just Rock Solid. Well, after several connects and disconnects with the Battery -to- ESC connector I found a strange issue with it being completely active and then, it went dead after a few minutes handling the connector!

I took off the Tape for the Positive and Negative at the ESC Connector (once I had everything disconnected from the Battery) and found a very bad SOLDER Joint at the Negative post. Needless to say, I just went ahead and replaced this ESC with the Bullet Proof E-Flite 25-AMP ESC and like magic the model stayed active without any issue nor brown outs. This exercise made me create a new Memory Location for this Slow Stick and on Channel 31 so, not all was lost and it has it's own memory location on the Transmitter!

Additionally, I checked all linkages and foam hinges and they all passed with flying colors!
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 20, 2019 @ 06:55 AM | 3,505 Views
Guys,

I had an opportunity super early this morning while the family was still asleep to work on at least one RED SLOW STICK with a BP Brushless motor, ESC and servos already installed, however, required some TLC and minor repairs.

This particular GWS Slow Stick had some modifications and RICHARD installed hollow Aluminum Rubber Band Securing Posts to allow for any size / shape rubber bands and not fear that they will come OFF during flight instead of just using the STOCK Plastic Nipples.

However, one section (Right Front Post plus Plastic Hardware) was observed to have been busted completely off and I had to improvise and repair. Luckily I have a good hardware collection of sorts and was able to fix the post by drilling baby drill on the top of the wing saddle and found a head bolt small enough with almost a flat head to fix and return this SLOW STICK in flying condition.

A few Pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 18, 2019 @ 02:54 PM | 2,174 Views
Guys!

Since my buddy (Gerry) is retired he beat me to having the first operational SLOW STICK from the lot I found in my house last night!

Gerry really wants to go back to relaxing times and fly SLOW and LOW as he has a Grand Daughter (2 years old) that is transfixed with RC Airplanes!

Here is Gerry's Dark Green SLOW STICK with Brushless Power! THE CRAZE IS BACK!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2019 @ 07:28 PM | 2,371 Views
Wow!

I had no idea that I had so many Slow Sticks and with a variety of colors!

I wished that I had the BLUE!

Two Slow Stick, I acquired from a good friend named RICHARD who moved away to Madison, WI.

Anyway, I found a brand new In-The-Box "YELLOW" Version Slow Stick, Slope Version (No Power System).

Got my hands FULL!

A few pictures from a few minutes ago!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 17, 2019 @ 01:04 PM | 2,202 Views
Heck!

Talk about a revisiting an OLD and previously thought Long Gone GWS SLOW STICK!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...s-at-Graves-RC



Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 04, 2019 @ 01:15 PM | 1,488 Views
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...n-BNF-LPU-ONLY

Okay guys!

I like to thank those that have replied and expressed interest in my nice flying and super large T-28 Trojan that was modified with lots of care and expense.

A nice gentleman at my RC Club this morning purchased it with CASH on hand after he saw it fly after an 8 minute routine of good aerobatics and several touch & goes!

He was very impressed on the manner that this can slow down better than a GWS SLOW STICK.

The good news on top of the CASH "is" that I will still see this great model fly at my RC Club and still will enjoy it watching it while sitting down! LOL!

A few pictures of today!...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 03, 2019 @ 10:33 AM | 1,486 Views
Okay,

It was just perfect conditions and so much so that I almost got my original Park-zone P-47 Thunderbolt to do some very close to the ground (inches from the deck) flying with partial flaps and it almost landed! Got some behind me yelping and giving them Wedgies of sorts! HA!

Seriously, my original P-47 Thunderbolt (modified) with the Park Zone 480 (Black Stock Brushless Motor) flew delightfully with very quiet manners and ZERO vibrations coming from the Business End (Motor / Prop / etc...). Additionally, the landing could have been picture perfect but, I purposely pulled excessive UP Elevator to allow the model to slam down on the Textile Runway from about 15 inches and the Left Retract held with the Gorilla Wood Glue! During the Pre-Flight checks, I only had to cut around the main Gear Skirts as some of the Glue got around the skirts and adhered to the bottom of the wing. A hobby knife and being careful with the Retract cable did the trick and dislodged the Plastic Skirt from the Bottom of wing. I love this Gorilla Wood Glue as it does not leave any ugly residue.

The newer P-47 Thunderbolt (completely stock) with the provided from factory Park Zone 15 Black Brushless motor performed just flawlessly and with good power! This model I didn't fool around with and maintained Airspeed throughout it's flight routine. It is at least 2 ounces heavier up at the Business End and I mitigated the tendency of NOSE-OVER by pulling the flight (GENs ACE 3-Cell,...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Oct 02, 2019 @ 01:36 AM | 1,469 Views
Wow!

I finally found out WHY-O-WHY my Original ParkZone P-47 Thunderbolt (Modified) had been observed with a vibration at the Prop!

After a little over seven (7) years after my modification from the ParkZone 15 BL motor -to- the ParkZone 480 BL (Stock Black Motors), it seems like the attaching screws that hold the 480 in it's Plastic Motor mount got lose!

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...80-%28960Kv%29

At least two were pretty lose and a simple tightening was done. No, didn't use any Lok Tite because I didn't want to risk the motor internals with any of this stuff going inside the motor.

Anyway, at least I know now what was the issue.

Additionally, last time I flew it, the battery took a dump of sorts and didn't seem to have enough power or so I thought and stupidly I landed down range of the Textile Runway and into rather tall grass (weeds) and the Left Retract came out completely out of the wing and slightly cracked the wing near the plastic gun cannons mold line. The retract itself didn't get damaged and the wing structure (spar) fortunately was not damaged in any way!

Using Gorilla Wood Glue and the wing and Retract Mount is on it's way for like new condition!

Can't wait to fly it again.