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May 19, 2016, 02:47 PM
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SSX Slow Stick Ultralight


Hi All,

This is going to be a SSX Slow Stick Trainer Ultralight conversion build project. I will be using Millennium RC for the SSX Slow Stick Trainer kit.

http://www.millenniumrc.com/

I will be using MIA Micro Flight for the Trike gear kit.

http://www.micro-flight.com/index.htm

My power system, motor, ESC, Servos, and misc. items will be will be from RCDude.

http://www.rcdude.com/

Check these guys out! They have great products and great service!

This is not going to be a step by step build, but I will provide lots of photos as the build moves along.

Thanks for looking,

Rob T.
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May 21, 2016, 12:18 PM
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A little update on what is happening!

Both the Millennium kit and the MIA Trike kit are on there way! I may have put the cart before the horse in starting this build. Be patient with me it will start soon!

Thanks,
Rob T.
May 21, 2016, 02:31 PM
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Subscribed. Should be a fun build to watch!

Phil
May 21, 2016, 03:16 PM
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Hi Phil,

It will be interesting to say the least! Looking foreward to getting started on this one!

Good to here from you Phil!

Rob T.
May 23, 2016, 04:57 PM
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I'll be following along as well.
May 23, 2016, 06:27 PM
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I'm hanging out for this one too. Rob always does an interesting project so I have to live vicariously thru him whenever I get the chance.


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May 25, 2016, 01:32 PM
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Good morning,

I have received the Millennium SSX Slow Stick kit and the MIA Ultralight Conversion kit!

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Next I am going to open each kit and go over all the parts. Some of the SSX kit parts will not be used so I want to take them out. I will not be using the SSX landing gear kit.

Next I am going to do a weight check of each kit. And the reason for this will be to help determine the Cobra power system I will be using.

To get a flying weight I will add in the approximate weight of the servos, battery, motor, ESC, and my covering!

Ounce I have this information I will get the specifications together as to all the power and electronic components I will be using and get the info posted so you can use it as a guide to your possible build!

Rob T.
May 25, 2016, 11:14 PM
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After spending some time and based on the weight of items that will be a part of this build I have determined that the flying weight of the SSX Slow Stick with the MIA Ultralight Conversion kit will be at or near 42 to 44 oz flying weight!

Now that we have this information we will be able to determine the size power system for this aircraft!

More coming!

Rob T.
May 26, 2016, 07:28 PM
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I have decided to go ahead and fabricate the Ultralight Trike Gear in order to get a better handle on the exact weight of the gear itself! Here are the parts to the Trike kit!

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Looks to be a very well engineered kit with good quality parts!

Ounce I have it constructed I will do an accurate weight check on it.

Rob T.
May 26, 2016, 09:13 PM
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I decided I would get a little work done on the Trike Gear! I am building my gear with a steerable nose wheel. This is an option to the kit. My personal take on the front steering is I think it would make ground handling a bit easier!

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You can go to MIA's web site and he dose have some videos there that will help with the kit fabrication.

http://www.micro-flight.com/index.htm

More work on the project tomorrow!

Rob T.
May 27, 2016, 03:20 PM
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I have a little more done on the Trike gear! It is really coming together quite well.

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Just take your time and try not to tighten things down to much until you get things lined up. I have the frame pretty much completed and have started on the battery base mount and the servo mount for the nose gear.

I am using for the nose wheel a 9g metal geared servo that I had left over from another project.

Rob T.
May 27, 2016, 07:46 PM
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I worked through the day and got the main frame work on the Trike Gear completed. I have not installed the instrument panel or the pilot torso yet, and won't until towards the end of the build!

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I will now check the weight of the gear frame and remaining parts to give me an accurate weight so I we can come up with the right power system for the SSX Slow Stick Ultralight!

Next we are going to start on the SSX Slow Stick kit! Again this will not be a stick to stick build report, but lots of progress photos.

Millennium RC already has a couple of great RCGroup build blogs that take you through the complete build.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=646592

This is the build blog I used to build my first SSX Slow Stick Trainer.

Rob T.
May 27, 2016, 10:45 PM
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Very cool Rob. The Trike looks very robust. Like if nothing else, that has got to be the strongest landing gear I have ever seen on a Slow Stick! That says a lot because the Slow Stick originally came with the weakest and lamest landing gear I've ever seen on airplane. Even the wheels were super-sad and delicate. The trike looks almost impossible to break from landing hard.
May 28, 2016, 12:03 PM
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Thanks Randy,

It going to be a very interesting project! It will be heavier than the Slow flyers we are accustom to, but there is no reason why a built up wing and tail feathers with the right power should not fly well!

I will be listing my choice of parts and accessories for this build today!

Rob T.

Side Note: Let's make sure we all take some time to thank those that gave it all, and those that are still in service including our first responders so that we can enjoy our hobby! "HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY"
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May 28, 2016, 02:08 PM
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Now that we have our weight established I can list all the misc. items required for our build! The list that I am providing is from vendors and products that I have used and that have served me well over the years!

Airplane Kit SSX Slow Stick Trainer.
Ultralight Conversion Kit.
Brushless Motor: Cobra C-2217/16 1180Kv
ESC: Cobra 40A ESC with 6A Switching BEC
Props: Xoar 10x5 & 10x6 Beechwood Electric
Servos: FMS 9g Metal Geared or similar
Battery: 3S 11.1V 2200 MAh your choice

VENDOR LIST:

Airplane Kit: http://www.millenniumrc.com/
Ultralight Conversion Kit: http://www.micro-flight.com/index.htm
Motor, ESC, and Props: http://www.rcdude.com/default.asp
Servos & Battery: My Inventory (your choice)

I am going to start the airplane kit build next! More to come!

Rob T,


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