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Old 07-13-2005, 07:10 PM
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Default Great Planes GIANT Big Stik !!!

Since there is no info yet on this new plane- I decided to start a thread here. Been waiting for this plane for a few weeks now. My fully stocked local hobby shop just got them in!!! Of course I had to take one home with me!!! I am going to install a Ryobi 31cc gas weedwhacker conversion in it!!! I will post pics as I progress. Looks like a real nice kit for $250. Control horns are heavy duty- and, it can be setup as trike gear or a taildragger (this is what I'm doing) AND it already has the blind nuts setup for either PLUS includes the tailwheel!!! Great idea by Great Planes!!!
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Old 07-13-2005, 07:32 PM
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Here's the box, and a close up of the 2 landing gear mounting options. Looks pretty strong. Unfortunately I just found my fuselage crushed at the tail. Will have to exchange it tomorrow. And, here's the main airframe parts weighed out: FUSE: 37oz WING HALF: 21.7oz TAIL FEATHERS: 10 oz TOTAL Airframe weight, no landing gear or hardware: 90.4 oz / 5.7lbs
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Old 07-13-2005, 07:46 PM
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Default RE: Great Planes GIANT Big Stik !!!

A link to Great Planes video : http://www.greatplanes.com/gallery/gpma1224-deluxe.mpg
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Old 07-14-2005, 06:06 AM
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Default RE: Great Planes GIANT Big Stik !!!

Since everything that comes in the box will be flying in the air, it may have been better to tell us how much everything weighs.
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Old 07-14-2005, 08:29 AM
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Everything in the box WON'T be flying. I WON'T be using the stock wheels, nosewheel,or glow engine mounts, or adapter plates for the Fuji engine they recommend. I will weigh the main gear and axles tonight, everything else will vary according to each person's setup. Just trying to get a basac airframe weight here.
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Old 07-14-2005, 11:08 AM
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If you plan to use a Fuji engine, you may want to check out the Gas Engine forum. Especially if you don't already have one.
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Old 07-14-2005, 01:20 PM
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No on the Fuji, I already have a 31cc Ryobi I plan to use.
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Old 07-15-2005, 09:08 PM
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Unfortunately this project (and this thread!!) is being postponed for a while. The crushed fuselage of course, is to blame. The LHS doesn't have any more of these kits, they have more on order but unknown when they will arrive. I called Great Planes and they said they could exchange it, but I would have to ship the fuse at MY EXPENSE [:@] to them, and they would inspect it and possibly replace it. However, they have no spare parts for these yet, so I didn't get a direct answer about how long it would take. The LHS offered me a refund, but this is such a well built plane, and perfect for my Ryobi, I want to keep it. They said when their new shipment comes in they will call me.
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WHy not just pullo back the covering and fix it!?!?!?!?!?!

I had a GP UCD 46 with a crushed trailing edge and I fixed it up!

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The picture doesn't show how bad it is. Not only is the bottom crushed, but the side where the cutout is for the stabilizer is pushed in as well, This is all lite ply and it has splintered- Fixing it would be a real pain, especially considering It would have to be perfectly aligned for the tail fethers to fit right. Just not worth it.
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Old 07-16-2005, 12:05 PM
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I see... Oh well, you hear anything from the LHS yet?
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Do you think the fuji 34 4 cycle would work? Will it fit? Would the extra weight be a problem?
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Old 07-18-2005, 06:44 AM
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I just recieved the Giant Big Stik for an RCU Review. I'll be using a Fuji 32B for power. This is one of the recommended engines, so It shouldn't be too much power.
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Is it just coming in one trim scheme? I always liked the green & white "modern" trim on the smaller stiks.
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Old 07-18-2005, 04:27 PM
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Why didn't they cover it in pink?
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Old 07-18-2005, 07:53 PM
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How about OD upper and grey bottom with some roundels?!
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Old 07-24-2005, 08:01 PM
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Default RE: Great Planes GIANT Big Stik !!!

I just purchased my Giant Big Stik from my local hobby shop. I'm trying to decide on what engine to use, I've got options. I have an OS 160FX, a Moki 1.8, and one of the new Horizon 26GT, 1.6 cubic inch gas burners. The fuel tank compartment looks small- might be able to get an 18 once tank in it, without any modifications. That's not as much flying time as I'd like with the big glow engines, but would be about right with the gas burner. Im leaning towards the Moki, but I'm sure not looking forward to cleaning all of the gunk after every flying session. I'm curious what other folks plan on using for an engine on this plane.
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I've got my order in with the LHS as well. Hope it makes it in good shape. I plan on using a large gas burner. They recomend about 38cc which is what I'll shot for. If that proves to be a bit much I'll try a Saito 1.80.

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Old 07-30-2005, 09:16 PM
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Would the O.S 1.60 be good for this plane? or would a Moki 1.8 or 2.10 be better? Anyone plan to use smoke?
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Saito 220
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Thanks for the reply thedak... I dont care much for 4-strokes I'm more of a big 2-stroke fan. I have a new in the box O.S BGX-1 3500 that need a home. How do you guys think the BGX-1 would pull this big bird around??
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Just found this bird tonight looking for a home for my Roto 35vi. It's either the GP Super Chipmunk or a stick for some lazy day flying... Decisions...

BTW, the 26GT gasser is a MVVS remake. If they are as powerful as the MVVS I think you would enjoy it on this plane. My 35cc Roto is rated at 4.0 bhp while the MVVS 1.6 is rated at 3.8 bhp.
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Mine will be here tomorrow , I plan on running the mvvs 35cc . What are you guys planning on servos ? Im trying to use metal gear on the main surfaces . Does the kit come with ca hinges ? Are any of you gonna run them ? Also does the rest of the hardware look any good ?
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:12 PM
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Well I have brought mine home from the hobby store. It seems to have arrived in good shape ! Still plan using a gas burner. My engine won't need that big of stand off mounts. I'll have to redesign the mount.
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I also got mine today , I have to say im impressed . They did take extra measures to beef these up a little . Im waitng for my engine so Ill work on it slowly . Im not using the ca hinges, but the controll horns look decent . Ill also be doing some additional rienforcing.
Anyone decide on servos yet ? I bought the radial mount for my MVVS so it sould fit with the nose gear stuff (I can also use the supplied mount ) .
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