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3DHS SLICK 580 Assembly Manual

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Electric ARF Assembly Manual

Copyright 2015 EXTREME FLIGHT



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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!



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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 
doing this.

Items needed for completion



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-Masking tape

-Hobby knife with #11 blades

-Razor saw

-Thin and medium CA.  

-Blue Loctite.

-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 
quality servos.

-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.

Let's begin!



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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.



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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 



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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 





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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




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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.



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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
medium CA


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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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.



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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 
each flight.

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 



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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!