I will be putting one together soon. Anything I should look for or know
about? I plan to re-enforce the firewall with 1/4 inch triangle stock. I
THINK someone said to re-enforce the OUTSIDE of the firewall (engine side)
because it will be stronger with hard landings.
I have a 40 size Big Stick and love it. I hope the 60 size flies just as
What do they cover them with now? I had a Big Stick 40 about 6 years ago
and it was total crap. Instead of glue, they used the sticky covering to
hold the pieces in the wing! I found this out after a minor altercation
with a post. I ripped off the covering and half of the ribs were loose.
One rib was obviously broken during the factory assembly because they just
slid another one along side with no glue.
A few months ago someone else was asking questions about a Big Stik 60,
and having been flying one now for 15 months, I responded to his questions
and later exchanged some more info via e-mail with him. I've condensed all
the posts and e-mails into a single file for you to go through (read it top
I flew (and crashed) 3 of them back in the late 80's, got out of the
hobby for 10 years, and got back into it with a Big Stik 60 ARF. I'm now
flying it with an OS .91FX and absolutely love it -- with the .91 it hauls
butt quite nicely.
Other than the vibration problem I refer to in the posts in the above
link, I haven't had any mechanical/structural problems. I did have to
epoxy/fuelproof the right side of the wing saddle as exhaust oil was seeping
up into the joint with the wing and thus getting on to unprotected wood.
I read this the other day and was thinking that I only had positive
things to say about the plane. It is my second plane after my trainer,
and so far I had been having a great time with it.
Then that same afternoon I went flying, and on my first flight the GP
supplied fuel tank ruptured. Now I get to remove all my gear from the
inside of the plane and clean out the fuel, along with replacing the
My advice would be to really inspect the fuel tank and make sure you
feel comfortable with it. Oh, and seal the hinge gaps. I did that
recently and it really solidified the feel of the aircraft.
I sealed the hinges with a strip of clear monokote. Search on RC
Universe for selaing hinge gaps. There are a couple of good threads
that explain exactly what to do.
As for engine, I am using an OS .61FX. This has been a fantastic power
plant for this plane. Doesn't do unlimited verticle, but it does haul
the plane around very nicely and is very reliable and easy to tune.