Multiplex EasyStar

 


Building Level


Flying Level

 

Winner of
the Most Recommended 1st Plane Award 2005-2006

 

 
Review 14-Mar-2005 Patrick Plawner Video Available Follow the link
Motor 400 Direct Servos 2 x HS 55
Speed Controller SUN 30 Batteries 8 x KAN 950 or 1050
Channels 3 Flight Time 15 to 23 minutes (with little thermics) - Reported much more if you take the plane high enough and play with thermics
Propeller Gunther Prop 5.5 x 4.5 Gear Box None

 

Wingspan 53.93 "
137 cm
Length 36.1 "
91.7 cm
Empty weight  oz
 gr
All Up weight 24.13 oz
684
 gr 8xKAN 950
Wing Area 2.58 sq.ft
24 dm
Wing load 9.4 oz/sq.ft
28 gr/dm
CG location
from wing edge
3.07 "
7.8 cm

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Building


Have you ever wondered what a very well designed ARF
plane should be like?  Well, like this one.

The EasyStar User Manual is of the best there is. Clear, multilingual, many illustrations, and tips.  Just Perfect.


Building the
plane takes very little time, a matter of one to two hours, tops.  All the parts fit together perfectly. This is Multiplex at its best, one could say.  The wings are very well-engineered.  They can be fit, just by clicking one into the other. To remove them, just pull slightly; so convenient!


The cockpit is the same way, just push it, and it will click and be locked. To remove it, just pull it.

 

It is recommend not to use Epoxy in the manual but this is what I have used for all my Multiplex Elapor Planes for years and it has always worked great for me, so make your own choice on this one.

 

Tips:

  • Don't forget to add some tape on the bottom of the fuselage, for protection during landings
  • For the rudder and elevator, either detach them and re-connect them using hinges, or be sure to flex them them many times before connecting the pushrods.  This will ease their movements and prevent a heavy on the servos.
  • Add some cyano on the screws that close part 25 (linkage connector) (Blue thread-locker works as well, and is not as permanent)
  • When you glue the two halves of the fuselage together, don't use too much glue.  Make sure you put it on specific areas, which you will be able to take away.  If you need to open it in the future, you will be glad you did.
  • Some people don't glue the fuselage at all.  Then they use a different way to hold it together. (like tape) This way, if needed, they can open the fuselage easily.
  • Add some velcro tape, where the 2 wings connect.  With time, they won't "click" as well and the velcro will ensure that they don't disconnect during a flight.

From drj153(ezone): "I STRONGLY suggest you tell people to use Silastic to glue in the motor! It holds very well but is infinitely easier to remove the motor should it fail - as Loopy's did yesterday! If it had been mine, held in with epoxy, I would still be trying to get it out without demolishing the plane! The Silastic took 10 seconds to remove! "
 

Take-off Absolute piece of cake. Just throw it full throttle, against the wind.
 
Flight behavior

This is a first plane trainer. All movements are slow, especially the rudder inputs and especially at low speeds. Still, it behaves extremely well, with absolutely no bad behaviors spotted.  Stalls are straight, and easy to recover from. Turns are smooth, without any surprises. The plane does not know what tip stalling is.  It can do loops and simple maneuvers that any 2 axis trainer can. Slow and fast speeds are both easy.  It also handles windy conditions well.  The stock version flies beautifully.


On full throttle, the plane tends to climb too much, only to be stopped by a stall. If you release the throttle, it glides perfectly so you can either compensate manually while climbing, or by programming some mixing between the throttle and the elevator.

 

Landing No event phase. Cut the throttle and it glides slowly towards landing, with a slight flare just before touch-down
 
Crash Results The plane is so well designed that not only can Elapor take quite a lot of abuse, but breaking the wings must very difficult.  They can unlock under stress easily, instead of breaking. A direct vertical hit would damage the fuselage, but again, nothing epoxy could not fix easily.
 
Repairing Elapor: so either cyano or epoxy works great
 
Other comments
  • Replacing the battery pack is a piece of cake.  Just pull the canopy, replace the pack, replace the canopy, and go.
  • For Q1 2005, the EasyStar won first place as the plane to purchase as a 1st plane.  See complete article here.
     
Interesting Links
FMS plane
Pictures

Click to view video
Photo courtesy from Patrick McGrath (oldpilot on Ezone)
 

Click to view video

 

3 Pictures below from Lanny Giorgi

Here I am flying the ES in Hope Valley above Lake Tahoe at about 2330 meters and in very gusty wind at 3000 meters in the White Mountains. (East of the Sierra Nevada above Bishop California)


Picture Courtesy from Lanny Giorgi
 


Picture Courtesy from Lanny Giorgi


Picture Courtesy from Lanny Giorgi


Picture Courtesy from SanteePat
stock Camo


Picture Courtesy from SanteePat
Permax 480 w/ APC 6x4 and 3s2000 lipo's to compete with the Shark.


Picture Courtesy from SanteePat - credit to "San Diego Hoby".
Tornado 400F w/ APC 6x4 and 3s2000 lipo's for stunning performance due to it's light weight.

 

Latest Update: Friday, 12 May 2006