FT Slow Stick S250

Flying Farm Kid

Active member
I am printing the parts now. Has anyone found info on the placement of the wing on the shaft?
I just made mine yesterday with a 8mm carbon tube. my tube was only 800 mm long but it still flew great.
You can just watch the video and aproxamate the placement for now. This airframe is very forgiving so it should still fly fine.
Just mke sure that you make your landing gear long enough if you don't the mpter mount will end up braking.
I did redo my parts in tinkercad though which made them thinner.
This airplane flies fantastic though even just on 3 channel.
I hope to eventualy buy the corrrect diameter tube and rebuild it eventualy.
Hope this is helpful
 

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tomlogan1

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Microcenter has the Ender 3 Pro for $199 with a $100 off coupon if they do not have your phone number in their system.
No the bad news.. Printer does NOT have the silent motherboard so that's a few more bucks to shell out, but the print quality is there. Ordered the new motherboard, better springs and CR Touch. Should be all upgraded in a few days depending upon shipping.
 

Foamforce

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No the bad news.. Printer does NOT have the silent motherboard so that's a few more bucks to shell out, but the print quality is there. Ordered the new motherboard, better springs and CR Touch. Should be all upgraded in a few days depending upon shipping.

What’s the silent motherboard and how much did it cost? I’m planning on making a two hour drive to pick one of these up this weekend. Thanks!
 

Aslansmonkey

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What’s the silent motherboard and how much did it cost? I’m planning on making a two hour drive to pick one of these up this weekend. Thanks!
I'll make this as short as I can here...3D printers owe their motion to stepper motors. These motors are driven by chips called "Drivers" that sit on the motherboard. The stock motherboard uses cheaper less refined drivers which can produce additional noise from the motors because the tuning isn't as specific. The "quiet motherboards" have better more refined driver chips so the stepper motors make less noise.

They're worth it too. My Ender 5 pro is much quieter on the quiet motherboard. I only hear fan noise from it now, and an occasional squeal when the Z height changes by a lot like when it's starting up.
 

Piotrsko

Master member
Crud i am in italy so i cant measure any of my originals but: stick was 2 pc so longer than 36", my battery went under leading edge. cg was high point of wing. Whole point is to adjust stuff so it fits the wing cg. Some had the wing centered on the stick some much further forward. all depending on installed hardware, even standard large servos
 

dlabrie

Junior Member
I just made mine yesterday with a 8mm carbon tube. my tube was only 800 mm long but it still flew great.
You can just watch the video and aproxamate the placement for now. This airframe is very forgiving so it should still fly fine.
Just mke sure that you make your landing gear long enough if you don't the mpter mount will end up braking.
I did redo my parts in tinkercad though which made them thinner.
This airplane flies fantastic though even just on 3 channel.
I hope to eventualy buy the corrrect diameter tube and rebuild it eventualy.
Hope this is helpful
Thanks, I've been playing with the setup. Can you give more details on how you attached the LG?
 
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RickyG

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This is so FUN! I don't know what size carbon rod they want to use for the landing gear, but my 2mm ones I had on hand didn't fit. So I used tinkercad to enlarge the holes to 2.2mm. While I was at it, I redesigned the rear wing mount so that it could take 2mm carbon rods as well so I might be able to add floats at a later time.

Ricky
 

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dlabrie

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This is so FUN! I don't know what size carbon rod they want to use for the landing gear, but my 2mm ones I had on hand didn't fit. So I used tinkercad to enlarge the holes to 2.2mm. While I was at it, I redesigned the rear wing mount so that it could take 2mm carbon rods as well so I might be able to add floats at a later time.

Ricky
Ha,ha. I thought the holes on the bottom of the front wing brace were an artifact in the printing! Back to the drawing board :)
 

RickyG

Member
I had several 2mm x 500mm carbon rods on hand for my landing gear, so I cut it in half. Each landing gear length is 250mm. It seemed like a good length with plenty of prop clearance. I took some wire, bent it and used CA glue and floss to attach it to the carbon rods for the wheels. I used heat shrink tubing to tidy everything up.

Ricky
 

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RickyG

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I didn't like the pushrod guide in the original rear wing mount as it seems too "low" so I moved it higher up on my redesigned rear wing mount (the one that will allow 2mm push rods for my floats) In the attached pics you can see how much the push rod had to bend downward to fit through it. Unless the servos were mounted upside down?

I think my new design works great and is super smooth.

Ricky
 

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RickyG

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This is just a shot of my servos and receiver on the esc mount. I went ahead and printed the 4 channel version of the servo mount in case I put ailerons on the wings down the road.

Ricky
 

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RonM

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Microcenter has the Ender 3 Pro for $199 with a $100 off coupon if they do not have your phone number in their system.
Hello, I've just finished the Ft Slow Stick. I first printed the parts, then took one small part to Walart,
then fitted an arrow shaft to it. I approximated the placement of the parts on the shaft, then CA'd.
The plane was very tail heavy with a 950 mah 3 cell.
 

Foamforce

Well-known member
I got mine put together this weekend, thanks to @Kzhurley for sending me the printed parts!!

I can’t fly it yet today because of wind AND rain. I showed rare self restraint and didn’t try to fly it anyways.

I wrestled with this build a lot more than most. I learned that I don’t get along well with CA glue. I was using too much a I think, then then I was having a lot of difficulty spreading it. I think I need a brush to quickly distribute a drop of the glue before it sets. I’m not sure how good my glue joints are. I’ll probably find out the first time I land it. 😂
 

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Hoomi

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I put mine up for her first three flights this morning. The first and third flights were flown using 3S 850 mAh batteries, with the Matecam 808 mounted at the back of the wing to offset the additional weight, while the second flight was flown using the specified 2S 800 mAh battery. With the 2S battery, she balances almost perfectly level at the specified CG point from the plans. With the 3S batteries and the Matecam, she balances just a bit nose down. I'm flying mine 4 channel, and she's among the easiest landing planes I've flown. The nylon zip-tie tail skid worked great, and while ground steering with the rudder isn't as precise or responsive as a steerable tail wheel, she was manageable. On 2S, she was not able to pull a smooth vertical loop from level flight, but rather flopped over backwards before hitting achieving full inverted flight at the top, making more of a teardrop shaped loop. On 3S, she pulled a smooth, circular loop from level flight. Roll rate with my ailerons is decent. She's not a 3D stunt plane, but she'll handle some simple aerobatics. I didn't attempt inverted flight.

On the maiden flight portion of the video, I cut out most of the eastbound portions of the flight, as the sun was low enough to pretty much wash out the view on the camera. The takeoff and landing portions show what I mean pretty clearly.

The only issue I had during the flight, was that the checkerboard tape on the tail starting peeling back. I've secured it with some clear tape folded over the leading edge.

 
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