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Posted by Eric D | 01-14-2017 @ 01:16 PM | 11,848 Views
While I'm waiting on the new Hangar 9 Ultra Stick to release, I decided to go ahead and gather a few things to make the wait a little more bearable.

First, pre-order the plane... $299

Motor... I had already ordered a DLE 35RA before the plane was announced. Tower had it on sale, $30 off and a club savings of $45...$275

Servo's... Been wanting to try the Tactic X57's for a while now, I've had good luck with Tactic's standard servos and they seem to have some nice specs for the price http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXDKEP&P=SM ordered 6 (still haven't decided how I want to setup the rudder so I'll wait on that....$170

Now for a little bling... Because I hate using Phillips head screws (and like the way they look) I ordered these http://www.espritmodel.com/servo-hor...set-m3-10.aspx Tried to find the green ones elsewhere (because ...) but they did ship same day. $9

Spinner...Looking over the manual, it looks like the ARF doesn't include a spinner. I'm not a fan of the chrome/aluminum or bland/black CF spinners I set out to find something different that'll fit the Stick. Found one I think will fit the bill at SDS Hobbyhttp://sdshobbyusa.net/index.php?mai...oducts_id=3572 I've never ordered from SDS, but the spinner shipped same day (Monday) and tracking shows it on it's way from Florida. USPS really stinks in my town so they're holding the order up (supposed to have arrived 2 days ago) but not really shippers fault....$30

Loom... http://www.ebay.com/itm/141743771843...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT $7

Cheap wing bags, I can't see spending $50-$75 on wing bags when these do the trick http://www.ebay.com/itm/161885190951...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT I got the 50 cc bags because I wasn't sure if the 81" wings would fit in the 30 cc bags. They're straight ghetto,but work $27

Prop http://www.redwingrc.com/Painted-Red...White-and-Red/ I'm thinking the white prop with the green spinner will look good on the nose. I use a larger black/red prop on another plane and really like the way it pulls. 20x6 wasn't in stock so I went with a 19" $20

Servo arms https://www.redwingrc.com/Spot-On-1.75-Servo-Arm/ I used the Spot-on's on another build and really like them (make sure they're v'2, the v1's had issues) The color shouldn't really matter because the Stick has hidden hatches. I went with 1.75 because they have 3 holes (1.75, 1.5 and 1.25) and I can dial the travel down if necessary 6 for $70

OK, that's what I have coming so far, now for the things I'm looking at.ordering in the next month or 2.

Switch... I was looking at getting this from Booma http://www.boomarc.com/en/wallaby-sw...age-monitoring I use one now on another plane and really like it. Looking over the site though, I don't see an option to choose your own connector (like you used to be able to). Booma's supposed to be opening a place in the states soon, so I'll wait and see on a switch. I might move up to the Intelliswitch.or see what they have at Joe Noll.

Now things get complicated... Having just upgraded from a DX7 to a DX8, I'm definitely not wanting to have to upgrade again but I do want to make full use of the Ultra's quad flap/aileron and crow set-up. I need to figure out,, either through hardware or clever programming, a way to control the all the control surfaces and still have an ignition kill. I was also thinking of running an Aura 8 but if it eats another channel, I'll skip the gyro.

For receivers, I've been all over the place. Initially I was going to go with an AR7700 hooked to the Aura 8 through an SRXL cable with a RCCSKJ powerboard handling the electrical power but I'm limited by the 8 channels again. I was looking at the new powersafe receivers http://www.horizonhobby.com/product/...er-spmar12300t