By Per Tidemann
While I was writing my first review on the Multiplex
Movie-Star, I did not find this plane amazing, using the standard setup
provided with the plane, and was even a little disappointed, which I shared
on the review.
Per read it, and took it to the next level. Installing a Brushless setup
into this plane, and modifying few details.
First time I received Per's Email, he did not fly it yet, and I was thinking
how interesting it would be to have a second opinion, from someone like Per,
as you will read that Per is not someone who does things, half way......
then send me several Emails, with his findings, proving step by step, that
the Movie-Star can not only be a good plane, but can do things that not many
other planes could.
Here are some of Per's findings, and
pictures on the Movie-Star. I was really impressed and I am sure you will
have been hunting for a good platform for video and GPS guiding and
Moviestar was my choice after I lost my SunnyBoy when the wing suddenly
broke in flight.
|Servos: 2 x 6 gram servos in the tail. It looks
very fine and rudder and elevator are rock steady.
Motor: 2 x Hacker brushless BL20-15, 2.33:1 gear and 8x4 or
Battery: 3000mah.Nimh. 7cell.
Weight: fly ready without camera is 1283gram
Takeoff from ground was good. Stability very good. Climb easy, and
level flight at about 35% throttle. It was airborne for 12 minutes,
not because the battery was empty, but this mornings temp is -12C and
my fingers are so cold. Heavy bird, I am not sure.
Speed was ok not too fast, need a lot of elevator, and it is possible
to push a lot of elevator to reduce the speed.
Now you can talk about heavy! total weight 1976gram:
With GPS, overlaycard,3x1650mah LiIon, rear mounted camera, heavy TX
and front mounted camera with tilt.
Had to hand
launch because of snow. Climbing was good, and handling superb, more
First landing with motor off. Dive to get speed and pull a little bit
before touching the ground.
Flight time was only
10 minutes, cold battery and -1.5C.
Also the load is heavier , we talk about payload in the 700gram
This plane is excellent for heavy camera load.
Flight, with on board GPS
Here you have the statistic from the GPS after today's flight with MS:
||12minutes 42 seconds
Still have some stripes/and noise on the front cam, I try to
The video equipment are:
Front cam Hires CCD 480lines resolution
Rear cam Med CCD 380lines resolution
Overlaycard STV-GPS - take NMEA strings from GPS and put it on the top
Homemade rc switch - relay to switch between the 2 cameras
Transmitter - 50mw 1 audio channel 2,4ghz **
Antenna airborne - 1/4 wave ground plane
Ground receiver 2,4 Ghz
Antenna - 12 element vertical home made yagi mounted on a bicycle helmet.
* Think this camera have some defect now, it's color balance is out of
spec. I am looking to find a new hires camera.
** Will change the transmitter when I got spare parts and then it will be
Range should be approx 5 km free sight with the
yagi antenna on the receiver.
Remember that using this high power video transmitter require a license,
otherwise 10mw is more or less legal in most countries. 10 mw with good
antennas is normally enough for good video reception for
app.300m.range.Place your plane
300m.away and see how small it is!
I have a Sony Cybershoot 3 mega pixel camera, I will try to make some kind
of bracket for this camera. I will not use the hole in the bottom, don't
like it. Side view with a little down tilting and cut a hole in the cockpit
Also this camera has video out and I will use that to see where I am
When I use the still camera will I remove the CCD cameras to save weight.
If weather are bad, the time is good to do this.
made with this Movie-Star