RCU Review: Great Planes Eletrifly ElectroStik

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    Contributed by: Michael Parsons | Published: October 2008 | Views: 70732 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Great Planes ElectroStik

    Great Planes Model Distributors

    P.O. Box 9021

    Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Telephone Contact: 217-398-8970 (Option 5)
    Web site: www.GreatPlanes.com

    Welcome back. Thanks for taking the time to check out the review on the Great Planes ElectroStik Receiver Ready. I have to say that this may be the shortest review I have ever written. The ElectroStik is so complete that it leaves little to the imagination. With increasingly less time to build and assemble these days, I welcome the extra steps to get me in the air quicker.

    The Stick design has been a staple of most fields as far as I can remember. There seems to be at least one club that has one in some size, shape or fashion. The ElectroStik follows it's predecessors; the BigStik 40 and BigStik 60. However, now the same great performance and style can be had with Electric Power. It is a classic style with leading edge technology.

    Street Price: $239.99

    • Wingspan: 52.75 in (1340 mm)
      Wing Area: 589 in² (38 dm²)
      Weight: 3-3.5 lb (1360-1587 g)
      Wing Loading: 11.7-13.6 oz/ft² (36-42 g/dm²)
      Length: 45.5 in (1155 mm)
      Both require: 4-channel transmitter, receiver, 11.1V 3200mAh LiPo battery, charger
      ARF also requires: 3 micro servos, out-runner brushless motor, 45A brushless ESC

    Lets look over the parts. As I said earlier, this kit is incredibly complete. The control surfaces are hinged and glued, the servos and linkages are installed and ready to be connected and the motor combo is mounted and ready to accept a prop and battery.

    Three Electrifly ES80 Micro servos included and installed with the kit are a new offering from Electrifly. They are quite powerful for their compact size and output 32oz of torque @ 4.8v. Range of motion is good and more than adequately control the stiks surfaces.

    Great Planes took 90% of the work out of the builders hands and gave them that time back. I could get used to this!

    The normal inspection took place (glue joints, tightness of the covering, parts completeness) and it passed with ease.

    An inspection of the installed components proved that they were well secured and ready for operation.

    As you can tell from the photos, there really is little to do, but assemble.

    There are only a few items to attend too and those go so quick that it almost makes me feel like I am cheating. The symmetrical wing comes as two separate halves and are joined together with a Carbon Fiber Wing tube. This alone will not keep them from separating, so Great Planes illustrates the use of two plastic straps secured with wood screws at the top and bottom of the wing joiner. The holes for the screw and strap locations are clearly marked in the covering as to ensure the builder secures them into a solid foundation. The assembled wing secures to the fuselage with a ply tab in the front and two nylon thumb screws in the rear.

    No glue is required here. The rounded Rudder and and sexy Elevator is secured via a bolt and screw assembly. Two bolts are embedded in the Rudder and protrude through the fuse and out the bottom of the Elevator. The Tail wheel assembly caps off this portion of the build and provides a steady platform so the bolts don't crush the tail feathers when tightening.

    I believe that the tail wheel assembly is great. The wire assembly is a two part and serves two functions. The first part is the thicker wire that secures the tail wheel and supports the rear of the plane. The second part is a thinner guide wire that crosses through the elevator and secures to the rudder for steering ability. What I found was that the rudder movement did not translate to the tail wheel. I seriously tried all I could think of to alleviate the problem, but nothing seemed to work. The Rudder will probably be sufficient in giving the plane ground direction. It could even work as intended in Taxi, where it won't by hand. We'll find out.

    What can I say about the landing gear? It was fully assembled with the wheels and wheel collars expertly installed. My only task was to attach it to the fuse with two bolts and respective washers.

    Great Planes includes a spinner and 11X8.5 Power Flow prop with the kit. I wasn't expecting this. Sure it is Receiver Ready, but I had it in my head that I would need to provide at the least a prop. Not so and only furthers my completeness opinion of the package. The spinner seems to run smooth with no offset. I did not balance the prop either and the run up is quite and also smooth.

    Can I just say how much I have missed having a Stick in the fleet? I sold the one I owned to a friend a while back and there has been a void ever since. No more! Remember the tail wheel I mentioned above and not allowing static steering? Well it didn't prove to be a problem taxiing around the runway and while it felt a bit sluggish, it went from point A to point C and everywhere in between with little effort.

    The ElectroStik is an incredible joy to fly. Taking off is effortless and the stability is apparent right from the get go. Fast or really slow (stick style!) the plane does not want to drop a wing, nor does it complain for stick correction. It will just hold position and ask for more.

    I have had a few RTF's and I'll be brutally honest here, the included electronics in most leave me wanting for more. Not here. My club mates and I were equally impressed with the matching of the power system to this plane. It has ample speed and enough power to punch holes in the sky with authority. It is truly a blast to fly and lands like a feather.

    This plane is not for the beginner, however it is for someone that loves sport flying and has experience with a four channel aircraft.

    Great Planes has provided us consumers with another wonderful aircraft that meets the performance for fun and exceeds the expectations of convenience when it comes to construction. Great Planes has taken the gauntlet in providing a winning platform, e-powering it and then completing 95% of the construction to get the user in the air quicker. Sticks have been called many things, Ugly sticks, Stick Stacks to name a couple. However there now is a new name in town...ElectroStik.

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    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021; Champaign, IL 61826-9021
    Telephone Contact: 217-398-8970 (Option 5)
    Web site: www.GreatPlanes.com

    Comments on RCU Review: Great Planes Eletrifly ElectroStik

    Posted by: RyanNX211 on 08/25/2011
    Here's an easy and fun conversion with a realistic sound! http://www.thebuildingboard.com/2011/08/diesel-stick.html
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