The Hobbyking Mini Stick is a park flyer that ticks all the right boxes, quality construction, quality power train, quality servo's & hardware, end result? top quality fun!
The airframe is pre-covered balsa and is superbly made & finished, this is an ARF with a difference, it has all the parts you would expect with a PNF model, but it builds like an ARF offering a little more satisfaction in terms of construction. The supplied motor/ESC combo is perfectly matched to the airframe, giving the model plenty of power for aerobatics, although the Mini Stick is just as happy floating around the sky. We have tested this model quite extensively and it put a smile on our faces each and every time, the Mini Stick is addictive!
All you will require to finish this model is your own TX/RX and a small 2s lipoly battery, everything you need to build this great little kit is included but make sure you have a handful of batteries with you at the field, because you just won't want to stop flying this brilliant little model!
Construction: Pre-covered Balsa
Flying Weight: 110g
Motor: C10 2900kv
ESC: 5A w/BEC
Servo: 2.5g x 3
4 Channel [throttle, aileron, elevator, rudder)
Full Colour Instruction Leaflet
4 Channel TX/RX
200mAh~400mAh 2s Lipoly Battery
Received Hobbyking mini stick during the week - all good no missing parts and balsa parts and covering in good condition. Only problem was red instead of white tail section (not a big issue). Built and installed radio Saturday. Reconfigured motor to mount on outside of firewall thereby allowing enough space for 460mA 2S battery and esc to fit into front compartment. CG was found to be 35mm from leading edge of wing without any additional weight added. (not 100mm as in installation doc's). Maiden flight on Sunday - some minor trim adjustments and stick flew well - great little fun fly and can fly in light wind - good purchase - lots of fun anticipated.I was very impressed when I opened the box, it all looked very cute and nicely made. Like others I was a little worried about slotting the trailing edges for the cyno hinges, but it turns out to be OK with a good sharp knife and a steady hand. Only real problem I had was that the motor came out of its little mount on the maiden, damaging the wires a bit when they wrapped around. So check that the grub screw is aligned properly with the flat on the motor itself and put it together with a bit of loctite. I think mine had simply not being tightened enough when assembled originally. (It comes preinstalled.)
I mounted the battery outside under the nose, as I found that with a 460mAh that gave the right CoG, and that battery is too big to fit inside with the motor. If you can manage to swap the motor round to be outside you could fit that size of battery inside. Anyway, mine flies fine with the battery under the nose and it does not show in flight.
I get well over ten minutes of flight, and plenty of performance. Good aerobatic performance, although it tends to want to roll upright from inverted flight. It flies much like my 40 sized Stik apart from that.
Wow. small but powerful parkflyer. I thought it is very weak due to balsa. But it is not. It is very strong. According to my 2 or 3 flying, very good flying performance and strong. Small? It is OK!
If you want to enjoy in playground, I recommended this. You can enjoy it and feel perfect!A fun little airplane! The cover that was on the plane was transparent red cover and not as it looked in the pictures. The servo for ailerons were too weak because hinges for the ailerons are were very sluggish. I modified the bracket and put an Turnigy 1800A for the ailerons. The motor I changed to a Turnigy 1811 1800kv whit a 6x4 prop. And that was just what the aircraft needed. It was a bit underpowerd whit the stock motor. The aircraft was a bit wobbly in the air but is fine to fly acrobatics whit. I even put in a i86AP Flight Stabilization Control Board and it fits perfectly! This little gyro is amazing! It makes this little aircraft feel like an big aircraft and all the wobbling stopped.The CG is stated as 100 mm. This is obviously wrong. I will fly it at 35 mm in the next couple of days and see adjust accordingly.
To get close to the wing cord for the CG I needed a 460 2s, right on the nose. The only place it can be mounted is on the outside of the fuselage. Something it's quite right.
One last thing, what is with the battery plug on the esc. Looks like someone was getting rid of some old inventory.
Nicely put together plane, easy build once I got the hang of the techniques of building a micro, i.e. control rods, propellor mounting and cutting the slots for the hinges (very thin balsa). My next micro will be a lot easier since I expect the instructions to be just as brief.
OK, have now completed test flights with a fully symmetrical wing. This little beast needs this modification desperately. The tendency to high speed dives when performing mutiple rolls and other flat wing idiocyncracies have been eliminated. The next mod is to a much larger, 50pcnt, rudder then she might perform stall turns etc.
The wing section I chose was quite random. I replaced the flat ribs with a fully symmet pattern that was 2cm deep at the mainspar and kept all other measurements and construction as per the kit. It took about 3hours to build from scratch.The aileron servo needs to be relocated to the top of the wing as there is no room in the fuselage with the modified wing saddle shape.
This is a much better plane to fly!very nicely packaged kit with no problems, all the servos were included. Model fly straight as a die from first flight with only minimal aileron adjustment [this won't always happen because of the banded wings].
A very quick and maneouverable little beast and a load of fun in stock build.
Only a few comments
1 I now use a 5x3 prop. This only loads up to 3 amp for the motor and esc so all within specs.
2 Nose weight was needed to achieve the desired CoG. I have another of these [built from the HK kit] and the C10 motor is mounted externally and this eliminated the need for lead.
The kit supplied C10 has a longer shaft and cannot be reverse mounted.
3 I am in the process a building a symmetrical wing. Hopefully this will allow multple axial rolls without the nose looking for the ground. Might also use two servos for aileron differential as the model is quite capable of carrying a bit more weight.
4 Almost forgot, the supplied prop saver was useless. I replaced it with another HK type and no problems.recieved stick and wiating on more parts to get it flying. ESC that comes with it uses non-JST connector, so I can't fly it yet.
Monokote was bubbled in a couple places, but over all is done well (overlapped adn sealed all around. Larger instructions could be provided for new people, as it was hard to see what/where some of the instructions were to be done. (like the wing mount server wires should, place to mount reciever and battery to maintain CG)
Box arrived looking like it was almost bent in half but everything was intact with air pillow packing.(so it arrived in great condition) If you live in midwest (like IA or MN) regular shipping ~$20 was just as fast as EMS shipment ~$67 and was trackable all the way to my post office.This airplane is pretty nice. Itr was my first build and balsa plane so i was a little worried about how it would turn out to be. I put everything stock with a 370mah nano tech battery and i found it to be a little tail heavy so i put 5 screws in the front and it flew better but it still was tail heavy,so i ended up putting my camsports fun in the front to take areal videos. Now the CG is perfect. I would recommend this plane for maybe your 2nd airplane but you,d have to get the elevator throws down a bit. Good luck!
Chegou o kit, bem embalado, construdo com plstico vermelho transparente, diferente da foto, muito parecido com o original, vou trocar o plug do ESC onde encaixa a bateria. Me parece bem feiro irei montar e voar dentro de algumas semanas, voltarei a postar a minha opinio sobre seu vo.