GWS Slow Stick Upgrade

OK, I am new to electrics. I have been flying glow for several years. I
have a slow stick that I bought to teach my 8 year old to fly with. I like
this plane myself so I bought another one. I can fly in my back yard rather
than driving 45 minutes. I would like to upgrade it to brushless to at
least get unlimited vertical. I have seen videos online of this plane
hovering and such. I have four 7 cell NiMhd battery packs that vary in
capacity (800 mah to 1300 mah) and one 6 cell 600 mah nicad pack that I
would like to use. All are generic packs. I am not completly against
buying new packs just would like to continue using these.
So that said, what would be ya'lls recommendation on electric motor
(brushless I assume), speed controller, gearbox, prop, batteries, and
anything else I am leaving out to go on the GWS Slow Stick.
Thanks,
Michael
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Michael Lewis
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While w're talking about the SS, why cut the fuse? What am I missing? Just to make it easier to carry?
Thanks Mark
(also watching this thread with great interest)
Reply to
Mark
i don't understand about cutting the fuse, but i am trying to hot rod a slo flyer also. appears that brushless needs another controller (of course) but servos too, correct? also, i'm trying to find a gearing that works. so far, haven't found anything that will work with the stock prop gear, since the shaft gear is larger than brushless shafts. i'm thinking direct drive....
Reply to
gary
Cutting the fuse is supposed to make it more portable. There is a sleeve included in the kit for easy re-assembly. On the brushless part, there are a grip of brushless GWS setups on Ebay such as:
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purchased something similar a while back and got a Phoenix 20 brushless controller. Add a 3 cell LiPo 1500mAh pack and you get true unlimited vertical. In addition, I added an aftermarket blue foam wing. I plan on getting a second one which I will set up with no dihedral and add ailerons.
Reply to
Fubar of The HillPeople
I stumbled across a forum that detailed the mods for building this but can't find it now, still looking.
If that's the only reason to cut the fuse, no thanks.
Mark KF9TL
Reply to
Mark
| i don't understand about cutting the fuse, but i am trying to hot rod a slo | flyer also. appears that brushless needs another controller (of course) but | servos too, correct?
You need a brushless controller for a brushless motor, yes.
But different servos? No. Perhaps your stock servos won't be strong enough to handle the wild maneuvers you're talking about, but that has nothing to do with the brushless motor.
| also, i'm trying to find a gearing that works. so far, haven't found | anything that will work with the stock prop gear, since the shaft gear is | larger than brushless shafts. | i'm thinking direct drive....
Direct drive = mistake. The Slow Stick goes ... slow. Gearing with a large prop will give you more thrust which is what you're after.
Reply to
Doug McLaren
I have a GWS Slow Stick that is pretty much stock with the exception of a Himaxx 2015-4100 brushless motor using the 6.6:1 ratio and an 11 X 7 prop. It also has the Castle Creations 10 amp brushless controller and a 1600 3 cell Lipo battery pack. Everything else is built as it comes out of the box. The climb rate is much much higher than the stock motor. I haven't tried climbing straight up yet but I wouldn't be surprised that it could do it.
Reply to
Robert A. Plourde Jr.
Cheap trick: next time you're ready to launch, hold it vertical and you'll be able to feel whether it would be able to lift itself out of your hand (but don't actually do a vertical launch unless you know you can handle it).
Reply to
John Miller
Its actually a GWS mod and is covered in the assembly instructions. The plastic sleeve is included in the stock parts package. I agree tho. If you cant haul it with the fuse in one piece its time to give up the hobby.
Reply to
Fubar of The HillPeople
Wow! Great article - thinks for the tip. I wonder if the same mods would work on a Slo-V, or would the v-tail screw it up?
Hmmm...
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Psuedo Nym
| Mark wrote: | > I found this helpful | > | >
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| | Wow! Great article - thinks for the tip. I wonder if the same mods would | work on a Slo-V, or would the v-tail screw it up?
Well, I've never seen a Slo-V, but I can google with the best of them
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Doug McLaren

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