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2019 Build Along: Just another Stick? No, a really BIG Stick. AKA: the GIANT STICK.

Joker 53150

Mmmmmmm, balsa.
Mentor
Update, a couple guys on RCG have been very helpful and now I have the build manual and the magazine article in.pdf format to read. This hobby really has some helpful and nice people!
 

SlingShot

Maneuvering With Purpose
A quick distraction that is sort-of Stick related. I went to a swap meet this morning and ran across this beast, marked as a "Nothin' Extra", which is basically a variation of the Stick design. A buddy of mine picked this same plane up in a different color about 2 years ago, complete with an over-sized gas engine. We tried a few times but couldn't find anybody who knew what the heck it was, so we assumed it was some kind of "Frankenstein" build or maybe a bash of a few different planes. Turns out we were wrong! So this plane was sitting on a table for sale, with an asking price of $125 - no engine or electronics, never been flown. It's a big plane, probably worth close to their asking price, but nothing I wanted/needed, and I knew Mike wasn't looking to spend that kind of money for a second one as a bare fuselage.

About 30 minutes later the people running the swap meet started doing some auctions on various planes and this one came up so I gave an opening bid of $5.00 just to get things rolling. However, the bids did NOT roll! Nobody else bid on it, although quite honestly I don't think the organizers were making a big enough deal about the auction so many didn't even notice it was going on. No other bidders, so the seller declined to sell it for $5.00. Can't blame him, I wouldn't have sold it either. A few minutes later the auctioneer found me and told me the seller wanted to see me about making a deal so he didn't have to take it home, and he asked for $20. I couldn't argue with that price so the deal was done. Again, I didn't really want it (but I can't pass up a great deal) so after it was loaded I called Mike to see if he wanted a spare for $20 and he thought I was kidding. He jumped on it quickly, so now I just need to hand it off to him in the next few days. Some days I feel like a drug dealer for RC planes! :)

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That seems to be an unreal number of swap meets you have access to. I'm envious!
 

Joker 53150

Mmmmmmm, balsa.
Mentor
Here's a better picture of the new "Nothin' Extra" Stick, along with the 1.6 sized electric motor that is currently planned for it. I think it looks pretty good out in the daylight, especially compared to the dark indoor picture. It'll still never win any beauty contests... :)

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I've been pulling your chain about the looks of this airplane but truthfully I found it very interesting for some reason I couldn't quite put my finger on. Today it dawned on me, the utilitarian design and big payload capacity remind me of some portable military field drones I've seen photos of. I think the Israeli army used something that looks like this for reconnaissance.