||2 x permax 480
||4 x mini/micro
||BEC 35 amp
||7-8 cells, 1250-2000 (CP, SCR)
||3 + motor (rudder is not essential)
||graupner cam 5.5x4.3
from wing edge
||Very easy, even for beginners. step by step instructions.
needs some servos extensions wires for ailerons. Y cable is required for
ailerons unless a computer radio is in use. be careful with cyano glue as
it may "eat" the twin star, use epoxy ! make sure the nuts that
hold the wing screws are well glued, otherwise you might risk a wing
coming off during high stressed flights. CG is easily obtained with almost
every battery pack. rudder is not essential, I did not connect it.
||No running needed, just a straight push with full power. the
built in up thrust will immediately make the plane climb.
||Sweet flying plane. can fly slow & fast (not twin jet
fast though). can be used as an excellent trainer since it have a large
wing area and is very docile in every aspect of flight. when flown by a
more experienced pilot the twin star holds some surprises : loops, rolls,
inverted flight... 8 cells are highly recommended, 7 cells are OK for
learning but for more "interesting" flights, the 8 cells really
do make a difference.
||No sign of tip stall or anything. just bring it in slowly
with some up elevator, nothing to it. On windy days I managed to catch the
twin star by hand (if I can do it, I suppose anyone can).
||Nothing that can't be fixed with a little Epoxy !
||wing easily unbolts from fuselage so carrying it in a small
car is not problematic. flies great right out of the box, no need for
dramatic changes. great for relaxing but also for a some aerobatic flying.
From Ralph on how the painting was done
1. Smoothen the surface by filling the holes with light weight
2. Sand with #400 grid sandpaper
3. Apply acrylic paint from a DIY store with a foam roller
4. Draw panel lines with a waterproof felt pen
5. Rivets are made using a "spike wheel" from a tailor shop
Monday, 20 June 2005