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Mar 05, 2012, 01:01 PM
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Can you recommend a Slow Stick Setup?

My friend and I are looking to get into the sport of RC airplanes. Have only had some experience in RC helicopters.

I've done some research and there are many options for beginning RC airplanes, but as someone who likes to fiddle and tinkle, I've chosen the GWS Slow stick as my beginner plane.

Can anyone offer a good setup for the slow stick? I can buy the kit, but I also want something that can last me for a good year and future use. I want to be able to attach a camera, and fly with it.

I am known to shoot for the moon and miss all the asteroids along the way, and if this is too far fetched for me at this point, please let me know !

Hope this isn't TL;DR
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Mar 05, 2012, 01:09 PM
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There's already a HUGE thread on this plane for every mod and setup you can think of...

Good Luck! You'll love it.
Mar 05, 2012, 01:34 PM
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Thanks for the links !

Is a Ember 2 from Parkzone comparable ?
Mar 05, 2012, 02:36 PM
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No. Ember is an ultra micro, the Slow Stick is much larger. If you have the room to fly it, get the Stick!

You can build a sweet Slow Stick that's 100 times the plane the Ember is for the same price, or even less.
Mar 05, 2012, 04:15 PM
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This guy has everything you need including detailed Slow Stick build instructions with photographs of every step.
Mar 05, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Always nice to find a new source, but they don't have a single Slow Stick in stock.
Mar 05, 2012, 04:34 PM
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are a couple more worth looking into.

Gorilla Bobs has all the Millinium Gear and SS goodies as well.
Mar 05, 2012, 04:53 PM
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that's $30.00

get the parts you need as well. from him if you like the SS Will not cost you an arm and leg. enjoy.
Mar 05, 2012, 05:11 PM
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I'm about to go fly my Slow Stick right now

My current setup is a Suppo 2217/8 outrunner, GWS HD9050 prop, 18A ESC, 3S 1800mAh 30C lipo, and two old JR micro servos. Very powerful beasty.

I've flown many, many other motor/prop/battery combinations as well... This is just the latest.
Mar 05, 2012, 05:37 PM
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Wow C14, same size motor, totally opposite characteristics as mine! I have 2217/20 motor, 896 kv, 11X4.7SF prop, 40A ESC. I'm high thrust/low speed. You're the other way around, churning those high rpms for more speed.

The Slow Stick truly is the everything plane! It is what you build it.
Mar 05, 2012, 05:45 PM
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What ever you do, get a 28mm 150-200 watt motor with an aluminum stick mount. Although the cheap bell motors will power it just fine, the winding wires are thin and can break on hard landings.

IMO, the Slow Stick is "THE" best trainer I have ever flown. Good choice!
Mar 05, 2012, 07:42 PM
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In my idea it's better to use the following power set up if you are a beginner.
Motor: 400 or 450 size motor with about 1000KV
Prop. GWS EP9050
ESC: 20 - 30Amp one, the 30A one is better.
Battery: 3S 2200mAh 20C Lipo, 1500mAh one works well too, but 2200mAh one will give you more flight duration, and you'll find out that battery in this size is cheaper on markets.

Mar 05, 2012, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Byrdman
What ever you do, get a 28mm 150-200 watt motor with an aluminum stick mount. Although the cheap bell motors will power it just fine, the winding wires are thin and can break on hard landings.

IMO, the Slow Stick is "THE" best trainer I have ever flown. Good choice!
I completely agree. 200W at about 860 kv and a big slow fly prop is a great combination for a Slow Stick! Alternately you can go with the smaller diameter prop with more pitch and get a completely different kind of beast with a higher kv motor of the same wattage.

My Turnigy 2217-20 motor is 860 kv, puts out just about 200 watts at 18 amps with an APC 11x4.7SF prop and a Turnigy Super Brain 40A ESC plus Rhino 1350 mAh battery. 20 minute flights. Verticals accelerating all the way to terminal velocity of about 30 mph. It's a great match for a SS at a super low price.
Mar 05, 2012, 10:45 PM
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I prefer a bigger slow flyer prop on my Slow Stick. I use a $12Turnigy 2209 26turn 1130kv 15A Outrunner motor with a 25 amp ESC on 3S 1300mAh LiPo spinning an APC 11x3.8SF prop. this system pulls 14 amps at about 150 watts. The prop spins at 6700 rpm. I set my timer for 15 minutes but the data says I could fly for up to 20 minutes without using more than 80% of the LiPo.

Really, any motor that you can get hooked up to the SS that is around 1000kv on 3S LiPo and can handle 15 amps will work well. The SS will fly on less too.

Nice, fun plane. Mine is 5 years old. It was my original trainer.

Mar 06, 2012, 12:10 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions everybody. I cant wait to order it and fly it !

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