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Old 03-29-2010, 03:36 AM   #1
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I have a bug to try one of the Great Planes Electrostiks. I would appreicate any comments people would like to share about the model. It looks like a great flyer but I would like to get some feedback from the people that own them.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:43 PM   #2
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I assembled the ARF and did the maiden flight for a friend of mine. The "Stick" has been around for a long time....because it works.

Nice flier, aerobatic, pretty easy to control and no bad habits that I found.

The setup I used was:
motor - Turnigy C35-48 900kv
esc - Turnigy Plush 60 amp
bec - 5 amp
prop - APC 11x5.5
4 cell lipo 38.5 amps 571 watts
AUW 3 lbs 15 oz

I made no modifications to the plane during assembly. I thought the wheels might be a bit small, but they work fine on our grass runway.

Lots and lots of power here. You really don't need this much at all. The plane is fast, but increasing the top speed is pointless beyond a reasonable speed due to the thick wings. This makes for a very controlable plane in vertical manuvers.

The plane is tough and built strong.

I personally could do without the iron crosses, but that is just me.

Hope this information helps you.

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Old 03-29-2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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The Electrostik was my first venture into electric flight. I have been flying a GP BigStik 40 for quite some time and really enjoy it so the ElectroStik seemed to be the most comfortable way to get my feet wet. I bought the receiver ready version and the recommended battery. I was very happy with the plane in all respects except flight duration (approx 7-minutes) with little max throttle time. But I haven't played with the motor/prop combo so it may get better. It was also my first tail-dragger and was a joy to land, no problems at all. Go for it!
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it is a great plane my dad enjoyed his first one so much he odered a 2nd and odered me one while he was at it, i love it we both run scorpions on ours, cant think of the number right off go to www.rcdude.com and go to the setup page he has look for the sticks chris and charles in ga thats us, they fly like a regualr stick. we both fly about 800watts it will fly fine on 400 watts asi flew mine first with a smaller motor. i have buddy box my girl on mine and she is able to handle it just fine. fun plane.

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To any of you know what your plane weighs without batteries?

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cliffh say it weighs 3 lbs 15 oz, I don't know the WS but it sounds like a good way to start into something bigger than a little backyard plane

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The AUW with 4 cell 4000mAh pack was 3 lbs 15 oz. The battery weighs just over 15 oz, so the plane without the battery would weigh just under 3 lbs.

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Thanks guys. The LHS in Moore has one that's, I think, a PNP sitting on the shelf. I had to sell almost all my stuff when I moved from MD to OK. I've always liked the 'Stick' so I may go ahead and buy that with my next round of spare bucks.

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Thanks everyone for the quick and positive feedback. I'm convinced. That will be my next model. Pigflyer
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Not trying to change your mind, the ElectroStik looks like a good plane but take a look at the E-flite Alpha 450 Sport. It is a similar plane, just slightly smaller, but it is quite a bit lighter and uses smaller batteries.
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Turner, thanks but I need the weight. It's windy here just about all the time.

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I understand. I'm going to get a plane in this category at some point. I had never seen the Electrostik before so this thread caught my eye.
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http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=35877 Heres a thread on the Electrostick that I posted on a while back. Really like the plane. I have installed a larger motor and speed control. I use a 4 cell 4000Mah battery.
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I have the receiver ready version. I like it. I replaced the servos right away after receiving 1 dead on arrival and reading several complaints of servo failure.
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Old 04-01-2010, 01:11 PM   #15
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Turner, thanks but I need the weight. It's windy here just about all the time.
Weight can be a friend if it is windy. Also, some weight is needed on a larger plane if you want to do any "pattern" type flying. You need some weight to help carry the plane through some manuvers.

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I am looking at using an Electrostick as an aircraft platform to carry 1lb (16 oz) of payload (Autopilot/camera / sensors) and fly it for 30 minutes.

a) Do you think this is feasible ?
b) Would the extra pound of payload drastically alter the flying capability of the model
c) What battery pack/motor/prop configuration would you recommend to get 30/35 minutes of flying time

My primary objective is to maximize endurance and at the same time get a stable platform to mount a camera on. (aka - not flying at ridiculous high speeds)
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i was thinking of running a 4 cell 3300 mah on this plane. do you guys think the stock esc will handle the increased voltage? its an electrifly ss 45 silver series. i don't wanna fry it on the bench just trying to plug it into the wattmeter!!!

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What would you recommend for the transmitter "low rate" percentage for a novice flyer using this plane?
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Crobar,
about 1/2 inch up and down on the ailerons and elevator and a little less on the rudder would be a good place to start. depending on your skill level, this plane can be a trainer or highly aerobatic, depending on the C.G. and amount of throw involved.

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The stock SS45 speed control is good for 4 cells, but you will need to use a separate BEC.
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wow i posted that question about 2 months ago......

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Sorry to take so long, I was taking a nap.
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it's ok. your non answer made me go get my wattmeter and figure it out on my own, instead of being lazy.

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