first thing that I did with the Mini Slinger was an antenna
down ground check. I couldn't believe it, the control surfaces
were correct the first time and I didn't have to reverse any
servos. If your radio doesn't have computer elevon mixing, you'll
have to purchase a mixer in order to fly a wing.
Once the ground check was done I did a glide test. I had to
give the Mini Slinger a bit more up on both sides to make it
glide several feet forward. Once the gliding went well it was
time for a power up throw.
Mini Slinger is very light and throws easily. I liked the grip
that is on the underside of the plane. Instead of trying to
avoid the prop when throwing, the grip provides a margin of
safety on takeoff. Watch the video for totally stock performance,
the plane has enough power to loop at the beginning of a flight
and rolls well throughout three quarters of a flight. If you
have a less than perfect landing, the plastic covering on the
wings provide a bit of additional protection to the foam. It
flies well in the area the size of a soccer field and could
be flown indoors in a basketball gymnasium if you so desire.
are straight forward and easy to recover from. Stock the Mini
Slinger doesn't fly as fast as some other mini wings that I've
flown in the past but it is still a lot of fun to fly for the
money. The plane flies inverted well and quite frankly, I couldn't
find any bad habits that the plane has. It flies where you point
it, is very stable, and a nice stock flyer.
Great Planes speed control has a purple LED bulb on it so I
tried to fly the plane at night by hanging the speed control
out of the hatch a little. As long as I kept the plane low to
the ground this worked well but when I got it above eye level,
I couldn't see the light. With a couple of more LED's in the
wings this would make a hoot of a night flyer.
the Video of the Mini Slinger
My only complaint about the Great Planes Slinger was the electronic
connectors provided by Great Planes. The connectors that I got
for the motor, battery, and speed control were not compatible
and would really confuse a new pilot. Hopefully GP plans to
address this issue in the near future. The Mini Slinger is a
nice little wing and a good value for the money. It flies well
stock, is compact, and a lot of fun to fly in a small area.
If you have any comments or questions then please feel free
to post them over at www.wattflyer.com
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