|Here are some tips and pointers
for building and flying your MAE airplanes. Feel free to
contact us to pass on some tips of your own. We will post
those of general interest here.
Be sure to click
the link in the left sidebar to access relevant threads in the
Ezone Discussion Group.
SLICK Build Tips:
If your fuselage is bowed, you can easily straighten it
during the assembly process. When gluing the wing in
place, straighten the fuselage and then apply glue to the
wing joint... it's that simple.
Krylon "Short Cuts" spray cans work extremely well on this
model. You can make paint masks from thin poster board
(available at grocery stores, drug stores, craft stores,
etc.). Just make sure that the mask is flat to the
foam along the entire paint-line edge before you spray.
You can use "Sharpie" pens, but the paint is much more
durable over time. The pen marks will fade fairly
We like both the 25-turn and 20-turn motors. The
25-turn provides slow, limitless vertical... whereas the
20-turn will accelerate rocket-like straight up. The
25-turn is better for indoor flying because the flight speed
is still relatively slow at full-throttle. With the
huge 10" prop (25T), you get plenty of air blowing over the
control surfaces at slow flight speeds, making for excellent
thrust-vectored maneuvers. The 20-turn is a bit better
for wind penetration. We recommend using a 2-cell
lipoly for either motor application.
If you experience vibration while running your motor at any
speed, you should balance your prop. This can be
easily accomplished by applying a small piece of clear
packing tape to the front and/or back of the "light" prop
tip. You can use a commercial prop balancer, or simply
mount two razor blades with their edges parallel to a wood
block. Then place the prop on a 3mm shaft and set it
on the razor blades. The heavy blade will drop.
SLICK Flying Tips:
- Check control surfaces
for warps before launching your SLICK on its maiden
- Both the "Gen II" and "Xtreme"
versions are easy to fly. The
only difference is that the "Xtreme" will roll better at
slow speeds due to the larger ailerons. We started
with the "Gen II", but a former TOC champion suggested that
we increase the aileron size after flying his Gen II.
We are happy to oblige, and now offer both modelsJ
opt for the Xtreme,
be sure to order our light-weight servo extension