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Mar 28, 2002, 02:32 AM
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Just finished a couple of Tom Hunt's designs

I just finished an Elipstick 700 and a Watter. Both Tom Hunt "Stick" designs. Neither one has flown yet. Elipstick has an Astro 05 Cobalt and is covered with Micafilm. Watter has a sp 480 and is covered with Litespan (with a couple of thinned coats of dope for extra waterproofing. Will see how they fly soon.
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Mar 28, 2002, 02:34 AM
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Here is the Watter
Mar 28, 2002, 05:29 AM
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wow, looks great.

looking forward to hearing your flight report regarding the elipstik 700. what battery pack will you be using ? how hard was it to build ?

Mar 28, 2002, 09:37 AM
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Could be the angle of the photo, but am I seeing down-thrust in the Watter??? Tex.
Mar 28, 2002, 12:12 PM
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Good job on the Elipstik and the Watter. I agree with Alan, when you get one ModelAirTech plane, you can't stop building them, you need more. I have 5 MA-T planes currently flying.
Let us know how the Elipstik 700 Flies. I've been thinking about getting that kit. I had an 460 that flew great but flight times were to short and it didn't like being heavy, and my 260 never did fly that well.
Mar 28, 2002, 12:28 PM
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Planes or Pringles ???

Tom's designs are like pringles.....once you start you just cant stop !!!

IMO the 700 elipstik is the best of breed

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Mar 28, 2002, 08:09 PM
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Ryan, I wish your 460 looked like Gerry's 700. Tom
Mar 28, 2002, 10:57 PM
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Thanks for the good words guys. I have the same problem with Tom's designs, I can't quit. I built 2 of the Elipstick 460s, 2 of the Elipstick 280s, a Tumblewatt, F-117 Nitestick and a Dimwatt. Its so neat to take a sheet of 1/8 balsa, strip it into sticks and make a good flying airplane. Only problem I had with the Elipstick 700 was the long, unsupported upper rib caps. They would snap any time I put any pressure on them - so I had to add some vertical supports between the upper and lower caps. Also on the elevons, when I built them out of 1/8 stock and then sanded both sides to smooth for covering, the net thickness was closer to 1/16. This made the elevons very flimsy for covering with Micafilm and they would twist and warp. I made the second set out of 3/16 and when I sanded them they were just over 1/8. This was much more rigid and did not warp when covered. Finally, the Watter has no downthrust. The picture makes it look that way.
Mar 29, 2002, 10:53 AM
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Great looking planes, Gerry! Have you flown the Watter yet? Is it all strip wood including the underside of the fuse? I'm wondering how well an open bay structure stands up to water takeoffs and landings. Keep up the good work!
Mar 30, 2002, 12:16 AM
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Thanks Greg. Yes, I have flown the Watter- once. Not off water though. Tried a hand launch and it flew away nicely. Got it up high and tried a stall and it fell off on one wing pretty bad. Had to be careful landing it to avoid letting airspeed get too low. I checked the wings for straightness and added a little washout. That should fix it. Havn't found a good spot to fly off water yet.
Mar 30, 2002, 06:10 PM
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Watter goes a treat of the water. On both of mine i have put a diagonal stik on each side from the bottom of the front windshield to the bottom of what would be f1. Cause the nose crumples very easily else. My watters also do great slide and goes on grass.
The second one even does ROG from grass.
Nov 29, 2014, 09:51 AM
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I just got back from the maiden of my Elipstick 700 and "holy cow!" what a great flier! I built it two years ago and after a shaky test flight where it nosed into the ground, I put it away. I kept looking at it in the basement, and finally said, "I have to try this, it will either fly or come back a pile of sticks. Well today was 1mph winds so I took it out. Once I got the feel for it, it flies beautifully! It is like a slow flier/aerobat. It turns on a dime and with the throttle cut, it drifts to the ground and settles like a butterfly. Tom Hunt, you are a master! Thanks for my newest fun flier Tom.

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