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Aerobeez 55″ Slick 540 Full Fuse EPP Build Log

Posted by aerobeez On August - 18 - 2016

Aerobeez 2016 Slick 540 55″ EPP Hybrid ARF Build Log

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 Hey there pilots and welcome to our Step By Step Build guide for the NEW 2016 55″ Slick 540 EPP Hybrid! Like last years “55 Edge, the NEW 55” Slick 540 EPP Hybrid is one of the easiest and most straight forward build ARF’s ever and we are happy to help walk you through each step. This build guide is compiled from Bloosee’s official build log. In this build log, we will take you step by step in building your new Slick 540 and in certain areas even give Pro-Tips or notes to help you along the way.  So now, without further ado, let’s start the build!

DIMENSIONS:

Wingspan: 55″

Length: 54.2″ (without spinner)

Wing area: 619 sq.in

Flying weight: 72 – 80 oz (with recommended 4s battery)

Recommendations:

This plane is very light for it’s size. If you are thinking of using a power system from say a typical Extreme Flight 60″, it would be way overpowered and probably come out too heavy. The plane is designed for a motor of about 200g and 1000 watts. For this build, Bloosee chose to use the Hengli S42-50 500kv on 6S 2700 with a 15×6 Xoar. With this set-up, the 55″ Slick has plenty of power for punch outs from hovers. In addition to the Hengli motor Bloosee built this model with the ZTW Mantis 65A controller and Hitec HS-225 servos.

Notable Changes from 55″ Edge:

The New Slick introduces a fully redesigned tail wheel and much larger SFG’s with carbon rods embedded for strength. 4mm wing screws are also now the new standard.

Unboxing:

Before you get started building, unbox the kit and make sure all your parts are in order and organized.

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NOTE: All hinges in the kit are loose out of the box and will require the use of Thin CA. This will be noted at each step for the rudder, elevator, and ailerons.

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Step 1

Make note that the leading edge of the main landing gear will be straight and the trailing edge will be tapered.  So once the landing gear is mounted, the leading edge will point towards the nose and the trailing edge will point toward the tail.

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Step 2

Use a hobby knife and cut the portion of the foam to install the landing gear. Only cut one side that has 2 shorted pre-slit cuts. You will be bending the foam over to install the carbon fiber landing gear. Removing the entire foam area is not necessary.

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Step 3

Remove the EPP foam cut outs on the bottom of the fuselage. These are precut and can be simply pressed out. These holes are pre-cut for electronics cooling.

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Step 4

Install the wheel axles, wheels and wheel pants. Keep the set screw on the wheel collar in a vertical position. This will make adjusting the wheel collar position much easier.

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Step 5

Remove the pieces as seen in these photos for the inserting of the horizontal stabilizer. DO NOT DISCARD the back piece! This will be glued back once the horizontal stabilizer and elevator has been glued to the fuselage.

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NOTE: If you’ve ever built and Extreme Flight plane or own our 2015 55″ Edge this will be familiar.

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Step 6

Push the elevator hinges into both the stab and the elevator and then apply Thin CA. Soak each CA hinge and allow to dry. Once the hinges are dry and set apply CA on the horizontal stabilizer in the center area on both top and bottom. Insert into the fuselage slot.

Note: Use thick CA if you are using this step. Medium or Thin CA will dry too quickly and you may not be able to insert the tail section all the way before the glue adheres.

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 Step 7

When the horizontal elevator is in position, use thin or medium CA and run a bead of glue to the outside where the tail section meets the fuselage. Repeat this step for both top and bottom.

Step 8

Insert the small curious looking wood piece found in the kit that is designed to be a support to stiffen the vertical stab.

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Step 9

Glue the piece previously cut out of the vertical stabilizer back into place once the elevator hinges have completely dried.

NOTE: Picture used below is of the 55″ Edge for reference

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Step 10

Install the rudder and using thin CA, apply to the rudder hinges.

NOTE: Picture used below is of the 55″ Edge for reference

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Step 11

Glue the elevator, rudder, aileron control surface arms into place using medium to thick CA or Epoxy.

NOTE: Picture used below is of the 55″ Edge for reference

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Step 12

Put together the newly redesigned tail gear and then install the tail wheel assembly.

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Piece that looks like at wheel collar goes into what will become the guide.

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Completed

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Installed

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Step 13

We will now install the motor box. However before we apply glue, text fit the motor box to the fuselage.

Note: The top of the motor box has three alignment tabs. The bottom has four alignment tabs.

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Once the motor box is in position, you will notice the “right thrust” on the firewall. This angle is pre-cut from our factory.

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Step 14

When the motor box is in position, use medium or thick CA and apply to the perimeter of all four sides of the motor box.

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Step 15

Triangular wood stocks are provided for reinforcing the motor box for torsion strength. Glue all the triangular stocks to the motor box with epoxy or CA on all four sides. The shorter wood stocks are for the firewall area.

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Step 16

Apply medium or thick CA to the trailing edge main wing root and press onto the main wing. Using thick CA, you may wick the glue to the joint area.

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Step 17

Glue the ailerons to main wing using the same steps as the previous control surfaces.

NOTE: Picture used below is of the 55″ Edge for reference

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Step 18

Remove the foam and the wood from the front and rear section of the cowling.

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Step 19

Hengli motor installed with quarter inch spacers

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Step 20

Install your servos and pushrods, set your servo pushrod lengths.

NOTE: Hitec servos are not a drop in fit, slots are too wide and thin. Carve out the width by about 1-2mm with your #11 blade. Then make tabs and glue at either end for the servos screws to go into. 

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Step 21

If you choose to use them, install the SFG’s for added stability in knife edge and other aerobatic maneuvers. SFG’s are personal preference and are included as an optional feature.

Your build is now complete!

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Be sure to program your EPA/Travel Adjust, set your subtrims/dual rates, and always range check!

Bloosee’s set-up for this build:

CG is 4.25″ from the LE at the root.
High rates…
35 degrees ailerons
55 degrees elevator
Rudder as much as possible
Low rates…
20 degree ailerons
15 degrees elevator
40 degrees rudder

Bloosee’s Final thoughts:

This is a very fun plane to fly, it’s lightness and floatiness make it great for 3D, but it does equally well in precision flying, it’s a great compromise between both styles. Flies very similar to a balsa 60″ plane. Great color scheme stands out well in the air.

 

Happy Flying All!

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Team Aerobeez

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