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Aerobeez 74″ Slick 540 Step by Step Build Guide

Posted by aerobeez On July - 15 - 2014

Hello Aerobeez Pilots and welcome back! In this article we will walk you through step by step as you build your new 74″ Slick 540 ARF Kit. If you have experience with putting any ARF together, this build should take you about 10-12 hours to finish. Even if this is your first ARF build, our tips and tricks will help walk you through like a seasoned pro.

Here is what the 74″ Slick 540 will look like once complete!

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Here are the specs of the plane:

  • Wing Span: 74″
  • Length: 70″
  • Wing Area: 870 sq in
  • Fly Weight: 11 lbs

So, lets get started building that new Slick 540!

Step 1.1:  Remove the fuselage from the box and use a surface to lay the fuselage on the side.  Using Thin CA/Super Glue “wick” the thin glue on the motor box glue joints and the interior motor box triangular stocks.  This may help in a stronger motor box.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 1.2:  Locate the landing gears, wheel pants, and landing gear axles bag.  Install the main gear at this time.  The Blind nuts for the wheel pants are pre installed from the factory.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 1.3:  Now we will install the Rudder onto the main fuselage.  Before we do so, please use a fine tip oil dispenser or house hold oil and apply a couple drops to the pin hinges included.

Pete’s tip:  If you do not have a fine tip oil dispenser, you can use house hold oil or even cooking oil in a small cup and use a tooth pick to apply a few drops of oil to the hinges.  This will keep the hinges away from the glue adhering the pivoting area.

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Step 1.4:  Using Epoxy (Glue of Choice) now mix and glue in the pin hinges to ONE SIDE at one time.  Meaning glue all the hinges to the rudder First.  Once cured, proceed to glue the rudder hinges to the vertical stabilizer.

Pete’s tip:  When gluing the hinges in, BE SURE to verify the actual pivoting direction of each hinge.  Confirm the pivot is lateral (left to right) and NOT up and down.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 1.5:  After the rudder has been installed, allow time for the glue to fully cure.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 1.6:  Locate and now assemble the tail wheel assembly as seen here.

Pete’s tip: When you are ready to install the tail wheel assembly to the fuselage, use a small 1/16 drill bit to first make pilot holes for the self tapping screws.  This will assist in the wood strength.  Install the tail wheel assembly.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 1.7:  Your Slick fuselage is now sitting on main gears and tail gears.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.1:  We will now install the control surface horns to Elevator halves and the Rudder.  On the surfaces, locate the area that has been pre slotted for the horn.

Pete’s tip: You can either press with your finger in the general area and can make an indention to the covering that will need to be cut away with a hobby knife.  You can also hold the control surface up to a bright light and in this method, you can see the hole out line.  Also use some sand paper 400 to 800 grit or a Dremel rotary tool to “score” the fiberglass control horns.  This will insure in a solid adhesion.  Now we will glue the horns in place.  Epoxy will be the glue of choice.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.2: Elevator control horns glued and ready.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.3:  Rudder control horns glued and ready.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.4:  Use a small piece of blue tape or any tape you have (not duct tape) and tape the rudder counter balance to the vertical stabilizer.  This will help in centering the rudder cables for the Pull/Pull cables and servo installation.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.5:  Using a 1/16 drill bit and drill, test fit your servo of choice and pre drill the servo screw holes.

Pete’s Tip:  Use one drop of Thin CA per hole for each servo.  Repeat this process for all the servo mounting holes.  This will give a much tighter and stronger servo mount.  Be sure not to install the servo until the glue in the hole has completely dried.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 2.6:  Now organize all the parts for the rudder servo and Pull/Pull system.

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Step 2.7:  Be very careful and unwind the rudder pull/pull cable. 

Note: DO NOT PULL HARD if there is a snag.  We do not want to “kink” the rudder cable.  Take your time and unwind the cable slowly.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 2.8:  Run the cable to one side of the ball end fitting as shown here.  Using the included crimps, loop the cable as shown and crimp down. 

Note:  You can use pliers to crimp.  A crimping tool is not needed.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Pete’s tip:  After crimping use a small amount of thin CA on the crimp area.  This will assist greatly in the connection.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

 

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Step 3.1: Locate the Elevator servo pre cut bays and using a sharp hobby blade, remove the covering from both sides.

Pete’s tip:  Leave roughly 1/8 to 1/12 of covering and use a hobby covering iron to “fold over” the covering to the inside of the fuselage servo bay.  This will greatly help in the covering strength around the servo and keep it from possibly pealing.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 3.2:  Install your Elevator servos.  1 per side.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 3.3:  Install your Elevator Push Rods and Ball Ends.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 3.4:  Your tail section should be complete as seen in this photo.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 4.1:  The stock firewall motor mount template is supplied for a DLE-30 gasoline engine.  You may use your engine of choice, however, you must measure and provide your own mounting template for your motor of choice if you are not using a DLE-30.  If you choose to use a DLE-35RA the top mounting template is correct.  The bottom stand off distance will not be applicable with the stock template.  You must mark your lower stand off position.

Aerobeez Slick 540 Build Guide

Step 4.2:  Firewall holes drilled as shown.  The additional holes are for your throttle arm and carburetor fuel line.

Pete’s Tip:  Soft mount your motor and using a Sharpie marker, you can mark the point where your throttle linkage and fuel line will need to pass through the firewall.  Remove the engine and drill your holes.

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Step 4.3:  Engine mounted

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Step 5.1  Install your fuel tank of choice.  In our Slick we used the 4Titude 16oz tank available at Aerobeez.com.  If you choose not to upgrade, the included stock fuel tank will be fine as well.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 5.1:  Fuel tank mounted and ready.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 6.1:  Mount your switch of your personal choice and fuel dot.  A stock fuel dot is included with your Slick, but  we chose to use a Miracle Single Switch with Fuel Dot.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 7.1:  Now soft mount your cowling with blue tape or use only the top 2 screws to hold the cowling to the fuselage.  Using a bright flash light, try and find the out line of your exhaust pipe or pipes.  Mark the area with a marker and using a Dremel rotary tool or hand saw, cut the cowl to fit your exhaust.  Do this in a well ventilated area.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 7.2:  Check your motor clearance with your spinner of choice.  When you are content with the motor position, finalize by tightening your main motor to firewall screws.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 7.3: Spinner and propeller installed.  For our build we chose a Aerobeez 3.5″ carbon spinner.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 8.1:  Now we will glue your Aileron control surface horns. Follow the same steps discussed in 2.1 – 2.3 and glue the horns on at this time.

 

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 8.2:  Install your Aileron servos.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 8.3:  Install your Aileron pushrods and ball ends.

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Pete’s tip:  The push rods provided are positive and negative thread on one side to the other.  Meaning, don’t worry in regards to getting the perfect level on your control surface during the initial install.  Once your push rod ball ends have been installed, and mounted on the servo to the control surface, you can now adjust the length by turning the arm from the center as shown here. This makes the surface adjust very easy and precise.  Please adjust the surface when your servo is powered ON. (Picture shown below is for reference only)

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Step 8.4:  Now we will soft mount your main wings and it will now be your personal preference to install and fly with or without the included SFG’s (Side Force Generators).

Note: Once you have test fit the wings and have installed the SFG’s or not, make sure to set your control surface throws to your flying preference

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Step 8.5:  Set your control surface throws to your flying preference.  Range test your radio system and test CG. For CG on this ARF measure the CG from the leading edge of wing root rib.  Adjust the battery pack location. For CG proper position should be at 27% MAC. This recommendation balance point is for your first flights. The CG can be moved around later to fit your personal taste. If you are not comfortable with the calculus involved you can use this online CG Calculator. Just plug in the simple measurements and the app does the calculus.

Note: Use Diagram below as a reference for manual calculation. 

cg-diagram

 

And now IT’S TIME TO FLY!

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

Aerobeez Slick 540 30cc Build Guide

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Aerobeez would like to thank you for reading our build guide and for your purchase!  Control surface deflections are a personal preference in your flying style.  For unlimited 3D, please use the surface throw in MAXIMUM deflection before surface bind.  Your Aerobeez team is available for any technical questions.  Please feel free to email us at any time.

Aerobeez appreciates your patronage!  Now go fly, enjoy your air time!

 

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