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 Post subject: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:54 am 
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Looks like the EF/3DHS partnership is finally bearing some sweet fruit for us. :banana The new EF website is up with new baby slicks! http://extremeflightrc.com/44-Slick-580-Blue_p_1774.html

Got my blue one on order and am looking forward to seeing it next week.

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Omega 103 Motor
12x6 Xoar
HW 40A Platinum ESC
Hitec 5065mg -> Ailerons
KST/Daviga DS213 (slightly smaller/lighter and 6V versions of the 115/215mg)
Not sure if I will go Jeti or Taranis for the control.
Need to get more 1800-2200 3S batteries


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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:40 am 
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Niiiiice! The 42 Slick was an amazing airplane, I really should have kept mine. :face
I can only imagine how awesome one of those would be using VPlane / VBar Control.... :o

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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 1:55 pm 
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:banana

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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:32 pm 
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I vote Jeti. :-)


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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:42 am 
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Got the plane in yesterday. UPS managed to treat the package well and there was practically no damage to the inner box. The plane was packed well as to be expected from 3DHS/EF. The covering uses a new technology or process where they print the scheme on to the covering. No more tiny pieces of covering to lift or fall off but repairs are tougher to make look like new. You must use a sock on the covering iron or else you will make a mess. Props to EF for fixing their website mistake regarding the 40mm vs 52mm spinner as part of the combo. They included the larger one at no extra charge. :clap

I did the usual thing with my ARFs and wicked thin CA into the all the motor/battery box joints and added a few select fillets with thick CA and kicker. After cutting the appropriate holes in the covering for the wing and elevator assembly, I got out the iron to seal the edges down better. I think the factory didn't take the time or use a hot enough iron because a large portion of the edges were lifted off the wood.

I was also impressed by the elevator and stab. Usually I have to spend a considerable amount of time getting the alignment correct and getting the warp out of the elevator halves. None of my previous builds had elevator halves which were not slightly warped and would actually line up on the trailing edge while the front tabs were lined up with the stab. The elevator halves also came pre-joined and well aligned which is appreciated. The horizontal stab was ever so slightly bowed and took no time to fix. I did need to slightly sand the elevator slot in the fuselage so that the stab would be parallel to the wing tube.

The only gripe that I have now is that the wing tube was a little loose in the fuselage. I had to add a single layer of clear tape to take out the slop. The fit inside the wings is much better. I don't plan to take this plane apart often so the tape should be okay.


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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 7:51 am 
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Good point about making it look new, but that things looks pretty BA right now!


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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 10:10 am 
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Justin that plane looks awesome. Although I may never fully understand why the two companies joined (especially when neither is known for spectacular customer service) they did both make amazing airplanes. This one is no exception. Can't wait to see it in flight. :popcorn

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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:12 pm 
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I forgot to update this but I maidened the Slick almost two weeks ago. My thoughts so far are that this is a completely different animal from the original 42" Slick. This is more like the wild MXS from ExtremeFlight. Now to be fair, my new servo setup uses much stronger and faster servos along with larger throws than before. It seems like it tumbles harder/faster and maintains the momentum significantly better than before.

The extra momentum probably comes from the additional weight that accompanies the heavier servos and servo wire, larger airframe, and additional reinforcements and additions like the SFG's. Just ends up that there is no free lunch. I probably should re-weigh the frame but I believe mine came in at 37ounces w/o battery which is significantly more than what others were quoting in the build thread on RCGroups (no idea why when I tried my best to keep it light). You can feel this in the air when recovering from maneuvers and needing to keep the airspeed up at all times. Not a huge deal but you need to be careful while doing high alpha stuff since the recovery might take a little extra altitude. The upline acceleration isn't great either but I need to try some different props.

The SFG's are nice and the Slick can basically KE-loop within its wingspan. You have to be a little careful with giving too much elevator too quickly or you can cause the Slick to snap roll. I initially had a lot of problems but after adding more expo and moving the CoG forward, it behaves much better.

Unfortunately, it is no longer a pristine model because some bug started biting me as I was landing. I tried to land even quicker and screwed up the descent and somehow managed to catch one of the elevator counterbalances with the ground. After some CA and clear tape to hold the covering together, it is hard to tell the difference at least from a short distance.

It is a fun little model and I'm happy with it so far.


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 Post subject: Re: 3DHS 44 Slick
PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:20 pm 
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Looks like a fun plane, Justin! I need to get something that size again, just to mess around with.

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