Assemble the stick but dont cut the rods yet. Put on the wing, battery,
motor, etc. Check your balance. Slide the servo tray back and forth till
balanced. You can slide the wing also. Once you get it balanced you can cut
and put the z-bends on the rods.
Or just use quick connectors.
Once you have the rods set up to length and are ready to install the control
horns, it is advisable to use some 5 minute epoxy when you put on the
attachment clip/plate/thingie. They are held on by friction and a sort of
ratchet effect but they tend to loosen up which sucks when you loose either
the rudder or elevator control in the air.
Epoxy will keep em on permanently.
High speed nose dive into the ground with my brushless powered one this
morning. Ripped the horns right outta the control surfaces but those plates
stayed on the horns.
Dan told you what you need to know about servo placement , so here's a
little tip to help prevent bending the aluminum tube. They are very
easily bent and sometimes just enough to throw off the thrust but not
really be noticable otherwise.
I use a piece of 3/8" square balsa about 12" long and slide it into
the tube. You need to plane or sand the balsa just a bit so you have a
nice tight fit. It only adds about 3-4 grams but greatly increases the
strength of the tube.
I'm sure you'll enjoy the Slow Stik. I have about 20 other planes from
1:20 size pattern to 24" span electric pylon racers but the Slow Stik
is so much fun to just putt around with. I have a ball with mine.
It can be flown almost anywhere if you leave it stock.
Of course , more power never hurts but if you're thinking about major
modifications it's best to just buy another plane that will suit your
needs. IMO , modififying defeats what the little aircraft was intended
for , slow and easy relaxed flying.
My Dad flies his with the only mod being a LiPo pack. He brings it every
time we fly and enjoys the heck outta it.
Usually I crank up the brushless on mine to gain altitude then cut the motor
and glide around.
My fav bit is when we have em on the ground side by side and as we take off,
I go full throttle, holler "See Ya!!" and go straight up.
My Dad gets a chuckle from that every time.