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Electric ARF Assembly Manual
Copyright 2015 EXTREME FLIGHT
Greetings and congratulations on your purchase of the 3DHS 44 inch Slick
The 44" Slick 580 is the first of a new generation of Slicks from 3D
HobbyShop. Our Slicks have become famous for their combination of wild
gyroscopic rotation, straight-line precision, gentle 3D, and wide speed
envelope. The Slicks are truly do-it-all aerobatic aircraft. The 580 series
improves on that with superior predictability, lower coupling, and ultra-high
maneuverability at all speeds. Carbon-reinforcement and top-quality wood
produce a strong airframe that can take incredible punishment, giving you the
confidence to push the Slick 580 to the limit. Our new, proprietary covering
system gives you the durability of genuine Ultracote with a super-detailed
CNC-applied scheme. Nothing at the field looks like the new Slick. We add
quick assembly and a complete hardware package to make this the most
exciting new aerobatic parkflyer in the world!
Tips for Success:
1. Before starting assembly, take a few minutes to read the entire instruction
manual to familiarize yourself with the assembly process.
2. Please take a few minutes and go over all the seams on the aircraft with a
covering iron on a medium heat setting. Due to the printed color scheme using
an iron sock is mandatory to prevent scratching the surface of the covering.
3. Use a fresh bottle of thin CA with a fine glue tip when attaching the CA
hinges. This will ensure that the proper amount of CA wicks into the hinge
and surrounding balsa wood and creates a proper bond between the wood and
4. Apply a couple drops of CA to high stress areas such as anti-rotation pins,
landing gear mounts, servo trays and motor box joints .
5. Take the time to properly balance and trim your aircraft and set up rates
and exponential values. Your flying experience will be greatly enhanced by
Items needed for completion
-Hobby knife with #11 blades
-Thin and medium CA.
-Silicon based glue (Zap-A-Dap-A-Goo, etc.)
-Electric drill with an assortment of small drill bits.
-Small flat head and Phillips head screw drivers.
-Standard and needle nose pliers.
-Metric balldriver or allen key set.
-4 sub micro metal geared servos. All flight testing was performed with Hitec HS-65MG
and HS-5065MG digital servos and we strongly recommend the use of either of these high
-Torque 2818T/900 Brushless Outrunner motor.
-Airboss Elite 45 Amp ESC.
-3S 2100-2700 mah LiPo battery.
-APC 12x6 E prop (NOT the slow fly version!).
-52 mm Extreme Flight spinner.
-1 18"-24" extensions for the elevator servo and 2 6"-8" extensions to go between the
receiver and the aileron servo leads. We recommend the 28 or 32 AWG extensions to save
-Adhesive backed Velcro and Velcro strap for battery retention.
1. Locate the 2 wing panels with ailerons as well as the 2 G10 aileron control
horns. Remove the ailerons from the wing and remove the covering over the
slot for the aileron horn on the bottom of the aileron with a sharp hobby
blade. Make sure you are doing this on the bottom of the aileron!
2. Scuff the portion of the control horn that will be glued into the aileron with
sandpaper. Use a glue tip on your bottle of medium CA and apply glue to the
slot as well as to both sides of the control horn. Insert the control horn into
the slot and make sure it seats properly against the surface of the aileron.
3. Remove the covering from the aileron servo location and install the servo
using the manufacturer supplied mounting hardware with the output spline
toward the leading edge of the wing.
4. Slide the aileron into position on the hinges and secure with several drops
of fresh thin CA. This process is much easier and more effective if a fine glue
tip is used. Make sure to deflect the surface as pictured while applying the
5. Locate the 2 threaded pushrods that are the same length and 4 micro ball
links along with 4 2mm bolts, nuts and washers. Thread the ball links onto
each end of the pushrods and secure to the servo arm and control horn with
the 2 mm hardware as shown in the picture. Use the longest arm provided
with your servo.
6. Repeat this process for the other wing half.
7. Locate the carbon fiber main landing gear, 2 axles, 2 washers, 2 locking
nuts, 2 wheels, 2 wheel collars and the 2 wheel pants from the hardware
package. Place the threaded portion of the axle through the hole in the
carbon gear, slide a washer over the threaded portion and screw the lock nut
onto the axle, but do not tighten completely. Place the wheel onto the axle and
secure with a wheel collar. There is a slot pre-cut in the wheel pant to allow
it to fit over the axle. Slide the wheel pant into position over the axle and
tighten the nut on the axle, taking care to make sure the wheel pant is
positioned properly. Repeat this process for the remaining wheel and wheel
pant. Again this is probably better explained in the following series of
8. Locate the fuselage, 2-3mm socket head cap bolts and 2 washers. Secure
the landing gear to the fuselage by inserting a 3mm screw into a washer,
through the carbon fiber gear and into the pre-installed blind nut in the
fuselage. Make sure to use a drop of blue Loctite on each screw to prevent
them from backing out
9. Install the landing gear cover using Goop silicone glue or thick CA.
10. Locate the horizontal stabilizer/elevator assembly and slide the elevator
off of the hinges. Turn the elevator over so that the counter balances face the
rear of the aircraft and insert the elevator into the slot in the rear of the
fuselage. Rotate the elevator into proper position and then slide the
horizontal stabilizer into position.
11. Insert the carbon fiber wing tube into the sleeve in the fuselage. Use a
ruler to insure that the stabilizer is centered in its slot and compare the
stabilizer to the wing tube to make sure it is properly aligned. Sand or shim
the slot if necessary to ensure proper alignment. Secure the stabilizer with
CA. Slide the elevator onto the hinges and secure with thin CA.
12. Remove the covering over the slot on the bottom of the elevator where the
elevator control horn will be installed. Scuff the portion of the control horn
that will insert into the elevator with sandpaper. Secure the control horn with
13. Attach your servo extension to the elevator servo and install the elevator
servo with the output spline toward the rear of the model. Assemble the
linkage and install as per the picture.
14. Use your Xacto knife to open a slot in the bottom of the rudder to accept
the tailwheel wire. Make sure the portion of wire that will reside in the
aluminum mounting bracket is flush with the rudder bevel. Secure the wire
with CA. A piece of strapping tape placed over the slot will add strength and
durability to this area.
15. Slide the metal bracket into position and then place the tailwheel onto the
wire and secure with a wheel collar.
16. Open the slot in the bottom of the rudder to accept the rudder control
horn. Carefully center the rudder control horn into position and secure with
17. Slide the rudder onto the vertical stabilizer and secure the hinges with
thin CA. Install the entire assembly onto the fuselage taking care to achieve
proper alignment. Secure with CA.
18. Secure the tailwheel bracket to the bottom rear of the fuselage with 2 of
the provided wood screws.
19. Install the rudder servo in the provided location under the canopy.
Assemble the linkages for the pull-pull assembly and install as shown in the
pictures, using the EZ connectors on the servo end to adjust the cables.
20. Install your choice of motor using the provided 3mm bolts. We highly
recommend the Torque 2818/900 and Airboss 45 Amp ESC. Mount the ESC
on the bottom of the motorbox with Velcro.
21. Slide the cowl into position and use your spinner to assure proper
alignment. When satisfied drill 4 holes with a 1/16" drill bit through the cowl
and into the mounting tabs. Secure the cowl with 4 of the provided wood
23. Place a strip of Velcro onto the battery tray and onto your battery and use
a Velcro strap around the battery and tray to prevent the battery from being
ejected during high G maneuvers. Install your receiver and plug in all of your
servo leads and the lead from the ESC. Power up the system (with the
propeller removed) and make sure all controls are functioning properly and
the motor is turning in the proper direction.
24. Insert the carbon fiber wing tube into the sleeve in the fuselage and slide
the wings onto the tube. Secure with the provided aluminum wing bolts
inserted through the fuselage sides and into the blind nut in the wing root.
25. If using the included Side Force Generators now is the time to mount
them. Each SFG mounts using 2 wood screws.
Set-up and flying tips
The CG for the Slick 580 is on the wing tube. There is plenty of room on the
battery tray to move your battery to achieve this CG location. Depending on
your flying style you can adjust the position of the battery to alter the CG to
accommodate your preferences. For this type of aircraft where I am going to
predominantly fly aggressive 3D I typically set the airplane up with a neutral
CG, meaning that when the aircraft is flown inverted straight and level it
requires no down elevator to maintain altitude. If your flying style leans more
toward precision aerobatics then I recommend setting your CG using the 45
degree line test. Fly the aircraft from left to right or right to left, whichever
direction you are more comfortable with at 3/4 to full throttle. Pull the
aircraft to a 45 degree up line and establish this line and immediately roll the
aircraft inverted. Establish this line and let go of the elevator stick. Ideally
the aircraft will continue to track on that 45 degree line for several hundred
feet before slowly starting to level off. Adjust the position of your battery to
achieve this flight condition. Once satisfied with the location of your CG
scribe a mark on the battery tray so that you can position the battery in the
same location each flight and achieve the same feel and flight characteristics
I also highly recommend taking the time to properly set up your rates and
exponential settings. Setting up low rates for precision maneuvers and high
rates for aggressive aerobatics and 3D flight will allow you to experience the
best attributes of the Slick 580 or any aircraft for that matter
Here are some suggested rates to get started with. These are the rates and
exponential values I feel comfortable with. They may feel awkward to you
and if so please adjust to your taste.
Elevator: Low rate-8-10 degrees; 15-20% Exponential
3D rate-45-50 degrees; 40-50% Exponential
Rudder: Low rate-20 degrees; 45-50% Exponential
3D rate- As much as possible; 60-70% Exponential
Aileron: Low rate-15-20%; 40-45% Exponential
3D rate- As much as possible; 50-60% Exponential
Thanks so much for your business! See you at the flying field!