2004 Updates    

18th of December 2004 - Back in Town

That's it, Honey moon is over so we can go back to normal business. Some pictures of the Honey Moon can be seen here, in the mean time.

 


18th of December 2004 - WinDrider Easy EPP Sloper Review coming any day now

This review will also be part of the "What can be a recommended first plane for a beginner in R/C Electric"

 

 

 

3rd of October 2004 - Some delays in the reviews...Will be back on December 15th 2004...

 

11th of September 2004 - Combat Air Model PSS F5 & P51 on their way

P51 history

 

9th of September 2004 - New Category Created - "The Catalogs"

From now on, I will try to add all the possible catalogs, from the different manufacturers, when possible. This is mainly to help us to select products and access information overwise difficult to find, when you don't have a local Hobby Shop.

Anyone with another catalog, please email it to me.

We will start the new section with the MULTIPLEX ON LINE Catalog. Hope it helps !

8th of September 2004 - Multiplex ROYAL EVO Scanner arrived

  • Prevents your Radio from transmitting the signal if the channel is already in use

  • Scans graphically, all the channels, and shows who is in use and what is the strength of the signal

This small little add-on, that you just "Plug&Play" is one of these marvels that can save the day.
 

7th of September 2004 - Home design EPP Sloaper - People who tried it think it is their best Slope plane ever.
 

Video

  • Plane Name: SM1
  • Video Filming: Guy Garber
  • Plane Design: Shachar
  • Pilots: Shachar and Moni
 

 

31st of August 2004 - New Twinjet coming to life

Setup: 2 x Kontronik Brushless motors, 1 Brushless Speed Controler (TwinDrive Set), 3S2P 5200 mAmp Lipoly.

 

 

29th of August 2004 - Pelikan Filip 600 Sport Review Online

 

22nd of August 2004 - Multiplex EasyStar

Recommended to ZOOM 200%, when in Windows Media Player

The Multiplex EasyStar entered the race, for Who should be the best airplane, for someone starting in R/C Electric Planes. The analyses are still underway, but here is already a video, non final, but still which gives some idea of how behaves this plane. Review will also follow soon.

 

13th of August 2004 - Video: 2 CAM Models P51, sloping

2 beautiful CAM models P51, sloping

See the video

 

12th of August 2004 - Midnight Flights at the Club - More pictures here and the video here

 

11th of August 2004 - Pelikan Tukano video

  • Wingspan: 115 cm
  • length: 130 cm
  • All-up weight: 1450 g  
  • Motor: AXI 2820/10
  • Battery: Lipoly 11.1 4400
  • Prop 11x7

9th of August 2004 - Multiplex EasyStar arrived. It will enter the contest for "who's best possible 1st airplane"

 
Photo courtesy from Patrick McGrath (oldpilot on Ezone)

 

8th of August 2004 - Coming Article: What can be a recommended first plane for a beginner in R/C Electric

Bernard Chevalier, owner of BungyMania and I, have decided to work together on this project, as it is quite some tests and work, as well as to get several opinions, and appreciations on our conclusions will help to remain as objective as possible..

For this coming article, we will compare a serie of possible candidates, where several criterias will be analyzed and put under the light. Some of the criterias will be:

  • Price

  • Building

  • Flying

  • Repairing

 

2nd of August 2004 - Reviews to come: 2 PSS models from Combat Air Models

F5

 

P51

 

29th of July 2004 - The Multiplex Magister

Multiplex put in this plane a lot of good thinking. A trainer that can be easily build and flown. Strong, yet easy to repair. The plane's parts are a work of art. From the firewall, which accepts most of any motor anyone could think of, to the landing gear, which have some shock absorptions and the towing system, to tow gliders or a nice advertisement band, not mentionning the EXTREME high quality of the decalc. 
This plane is an absolute winner. For 115 Euro or $140, this plane, when compared to similar prices competition foam planes or even balsa planes, delivers MUCH MUCH more.

On a scale of 1 to 20, this plane would be very close to the 20.

Reviews:

Videos:

Pictures

  • Wingspan:1630 mm, Fuselage length:1170 mm
  • All-up weight: 8 sub-C cells:approx.2300 g  
  • Wing area:45 dm2  
  • Wing loading (FAI):53 g/dm2  
  • Functions:A/E/R/Throttle, aero-tow for towing gliders or anything else


Ikarus Champion Glider details

 

Towing test report

The Magister "out of the box" towing mechanism controlled the glider without any problem

Few remarks:
- Glider's structure was too weak to handle the stress
- Magister needs some minimum speed which seems already quite a lot for this glider
- The Magister was Excellent, during all the towing test. Immediately released the glider, after accident, and it had no problem, during all the test.

Conclusions:
- Needs to find a heavier/stronger/faster glider to pull
- Needs to use a longer wire, between the 2 planes, to absorb the tensions
- It is so fun to do, we will try this again, VERY soon, until it will become a routine


Fantastic plane !!!

In short: One of the most AMAZING plane, in such category I had a chance to review.
The Multiplex Magister is a Dream Plane !

 

28th of July 2004 - Pelikan Piper Cub Parkflyer review done

Easy to build, looks good and flies great ? That's what is said on this plane, as one of the best 1st plane around. Tests will confirm this or not.
Made of Foam, precovered and with some already in place balsa re-inforcements. Landing gear is very light and strong with rudder turning wheel.
Price wise, It is in the Wingo/SoarStar league.

 

  • Wingspan:1100 mm, Fuselage length:780 mm
  • Empty Weight: 400 gr (14.11 Oz)
  • All-up weight: ? g  
  • Wing area:20.5 dm2  
  • Wing loading: ? g/dm2  
  • Functions:E/R/Throttle

 

28th of July 2004 - Home made E3D videos

 

20th of July 2004 - Ryan STA Electric conversion

Michael, famous in our club for building some of the nicest electric scale planes, brought this time a 8 years old Ryan, which weights 14Lb (6.3Kg). Beautiful on the ground, and even nicer in the air with a very scale like behavior.

 

  • Manufacturer: Great Planes
  • Wingspan:80 inch (203 cm)
  • All-up weight: 14Lb (6.3Kg)
  • Wing area: 1002 sq. inch

 

  • Motor: AXI 4130-20
  • Prop: 16x10 wood
  • Battery: 24 cells Sanyo 3300mA
  • Controler Jeti 70 Opto
  • Gyro: Futaba 350 on rudder channel

 

19th of July 2004 - Javelin 2 doing some great stunts, and some slopers on videos

 

Videos:

18th of July 2004 - Pelikan Piper Cub Parkflyer review done

Review done:

  • Flying: Would be ok for a beginner

  • Building: If you are alone, starting with no help. Don't buy this plane. The manual is really bad and building the plane is not ARF as compared to the normal ARF standards

If compared to the Wingo/SoarStar and EasyStar, I feel that the EayStar should be the winner but since I only heard about it, I can't confirm it 100%.

Review updated and done

2 Videos:

  1. Plane with AXI brushless motor

  2. Build with AXI 2814/12 brushless motor


12th of July 2004 - Indoor Flying Meeting in Tel-Aviv

 

 

4th of July 2004 - Twinjet, Mirage 2000, Unicorn & Mini Wiesel on the Slope

All the pictures from the Slope Day

What a beautiful day for having there planes out, on the beach near Tel-Aviv.
Did some combat between the Twinjet and the Mirage. At few occasions, the planes hit each others, dived after the hit and we were able to save them, but we did have a crash, where the 2 planes just did not have enough space to recover.
No one hurt. The Twinjet was much heavier than the Mirage 2000. It is real fun, highly recommended !!!!
Note that the Mini Wiesel was extremely fast, much faster than the Twinjet and the Mirage. Really nice to watch.

3rd of July 2004 - Wingo Spins and recovers - What you should not try with your wingo

Watch the Video

 

25th of June 2004 - Multiplex Magister almost done

Needs only the tail, wings (with 1 servo per aileron) and motor to be done then should be ready to go.

19th of June 2004 - Electric R/C Plane flyers meeting in Ashdod

From now on, we will be going every month or every 2 months, to a new, different place, in Israel. All Electric Plane Flyers are welcome to join, on each occasion. For this first meeting, we went to Ashdod, South of Tel-Aviv. The place was ok, but it was very hot and the landing field was not good enough, so it should be better next time. Still, we had a good time and it is a good occasion to meet Electric Flyers that we don't know or don't meet often, except on Forums.

Interested to join for the next Outing: send me an Email at Patrick@plawner.net and you will be contacted then.

 

12th of June 2004 - Back home

 

  • Multiplex Magister coming Review

Vendor web site

14th of May 2004 - New videos & TA183 review

 

10th of May 2004 - TwinSpeedy Low speed, low passes video

The TwinSpeedy remains one of the nicest plane to fly. Easy, precise, fast, fun, and so many more positive things. Its only drawback is that it is not a plane that would enjoy a crash as the foam is purposely light. It is quite difficult to crash it anyway. No tip stall, no bad behavior in any circumstances... In short, still one of the best plane in the fleet, from far away !

9th of May 2004 - New Electric R/C shop in Israel

This shop is owned by Shay Kuglevitch, a person who is actually selling Electric R/C for a long time and who has an extensive knowledge about them. He now build, in the heart of Tel-Aviv, a very nice R/C electric shop, 100% electric dedicated, with lot's of R/C items to choose from, at competitive prices, offering as well services to help to get into the hobby as well as repairs, or even building if you only feel like flying and have no time, or skills, for building.

Shay also runs the Electric R/C club at Arsuf, just few miles north of Tel-Aviv, so it is always convenient to have someone brings to the club the items you need :)

It is a fact that Electric flight is developing in Israel at a big rate, and certainly for a serious part, due to him and his motivation. So here is the big event for all of us who can now have a place to go, to even just look at the nice planes, motors, lion poly batteries, and all the stuff we need.

Shay told me he intends to have part of his site, translated into English, which would be great as some of the planes he sells are really nice and not easy to find on the internet market.

8th of May 2004 - Corona day

7th of May 2004 - Protech Tigermoth, test flight done

 

2nd of May 2004 - TA-183, ready for test flight

 

 

1st of May 2004 Scale Rambler, Pelikan Piper Cub, and Corona pictures and videos

 


Pelican Piper Cub


World Model - Rambler


Corona with Bell 222 cockpit

22th of April 2004 - Report from the Paris "Model World Show 2004"

 

 

 

26th of March 2004 - Back from Vacation - Pictures

And yes ! with the FAA Private Pilot license done in Florida. It took 15 very intensive days, but it worked :)
Now, back to business. Coming reviews:

  • Protech Tiger Moth. Balsa ARF, with 400 geared. User Manual

  • Focke Wulf Ta-183

1st of February 2004 - Trick 1000 Review

Learning E3D or stunts used to be complicated, as each crash, using a plane made of balsa, required time to repair as well as skills. It is now possible to learn without the fear of crashes, with this new wave of EPP E3D planes. The plane won't breal anymore, of course, props, and all the electronic are still subjects to crashes, but are well protected by the EPP around. Let's now review one of these planes, that are coming to the market, the Trick 1000 and see if it delivers as well as expected.

 

28th of January 2004 - CoPilot Review

2 axes plane: Omega 180 Windows Format or Real Player Format
Delta Plane: Zagi Windows Format or Real Player Format
Helicopter: Corona Windows Format or Real Player Format

 

28th of January 2004 - January 2004 Award for Overall Best Brushless Speed Controller

ESC BEC comparison charts

  • Some compatibilities issues were reported between ESC and motors, is it still true ?

  • What do you actually get with these Speed Controllers, are there big differences ?

  • Differences in prices ?

  • Support ?

  • Programming Options ?

  • Reliability ?

  • Any blocking issue ?

These few criteria have been reviewed in the following review.

The few ESC BEC tested are:

  • Kontronik SMILE 40-6-12

  • JETI Jes/Advanced/Hacker Master

  • Castle Creations Phoenix 45, new model.

The best Speed Controller will receive the Award for January 2004 Best Overall Speed Controller available.

Special attention was given to spot a bad Speed controller as well. One that should be avoided, as with blocking issues.

 

Follow this link to see the review and classifications

 

 

26th of January 2004 - Twinjet Formation video rebuild

 

22nd of January 2004 - Freezing day, with lot's of wind: Caleb, Swallow and Barak go to the beach

They actually did not do any slope soaring as the wind was way to strong. We tried Zagis, but no way they could fight such wind either. Only heavy planes could even take-off.

See video: Windows Media Player Format or Real Player Format

18th of January 2004 - In flight video, of a E glider:  Windows Media Player or Real Player Format

 

17th of January 2004 - Unicorn Flight Video, equipped with Brushless and 8/10 cells


Click on the picture above to access the Videos

  • Astro 020

  • 8 cell 950 kans or 10 cells

  • Top speed 55 mph (measured by Radar Gun) with 8 cells

  • Weight 22oz

  • 6x4 prop

  • Temp = 15 degrees and the wind was going at 15 mph gusting to 20

  • Comments in this setup: This plane has been wrecked many times but keeps coming back for more, so I took my chances on the lake.....Lake Erie that is...I am just glad I did not have to go swimming!!! whoooooo cold!!!...But she flew like a champ

3 videos:

  1. Flying above the lake (8cells)

  2. Final (8 cells)

  3. Flying with same setup, but on 10 cells

Note from Thor4944 on this 10 cells setup
The 10 cell 1050 kans gives me about 6 to 8 min. full throttle.  But that is WOT all the time.  I cant push it with this plane (astro 020 does not go beyond 20 amps) and I am pushing it right now!!!..so I go at burst.  I get 10 to 13 min. with burst of throttle then letting off.  I could get 20 to 25 just flying around but if I wanna just fly around I want the plane to be lighter......so I use my 8 cell kans. I get 20 to 25 min just floating around......10 to 15 min. aerobatics....

16th of January 2004

  • SoarStar doing loopings Video: The Soarstar is a Wingo twin type of plane. With 8 cells, it flies about 8 minutes and behaves extremely well. First flight is made by an experienced pilot, second by a beginner who flew only 30 minutes before. Pretty impressive to see how nice it goes.

    • Video when flew by an experienced pilot (Windows or Real)

    • Video when flew by a beginner, only 3 flights with the soarstar. (Windows or Real)


  • Trick 1000 Video: This time, tried the Trick 1000 with AXI 2820/10 and 13.5x6.5 prop on 8 cells. Still, it does not hover :( but it behaves quite nicely. Last hope for hovering on 8 cells, next time will be Jeti 30/3 with 12x6 prop. (Windows or Real)

 

15th of January 2004 - MonoJet Ezone Review released

 

 

9th of January 2004 - Table that compares Brushless ESC BEC

Coming Soon ! 

This table will cover a critical point in the combinations. How does the motor starts. Also, some ESC BEC just don't work well with some motors. Among the working ones, some ESC BEC deliver more overall good results, with a wider range of motors, others have many programming capabilities, others have more efficiency, and then price comes into the picture.

At this point, here is the list of the combinations tested: These are the most commonly used ESC BEC with some pretty common motors as well.

ESC BEC

Motors

  • Castle Creations Phoenix 45
  • KONTRONIK SMILE 40-6-12
  • JETI (old and new models 40 Amp)
  • Hacker (waiting for ESC BEC to arrive)
  • AXI - 2 outrunners, 2814/12 and 2820/10

  • Kontronik FUN 400-23

  • Mega 16/15/3

  • JETI 30/3 and 15/4

  • AVEOX 27/26/1.5

  • Hacker (waiting for motor to arrive)