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||2 x 400 6V
||2 x GWS PARK HPX for the rudder/Elevator
2 x GWS Naro Pro for the wing
||30 Amp ESC BEC
||8x3300 Nimh and 2S 1.8A lipoly
- 23 Amp at full speed with 8 cells setup
- 16.5 Amp with 2S Lipoly
||Gunther Prop 5.5x4.5
All Up weight
||35.98 to 51.15 oz
1020gr to 1450gr
Depending which battery
23.72 to 33.72 gr/dm²
from wing edge
The box you receive is extremely well made. I can't see how it could be
damaged during transport, not mentioning that Elapor itself is difficult
Who never got one of the latest Multiplex ARF Kits does
not know what means ARF
We are talking here, about a pure beauty.
You have to spend time on:
Decorating it the way you like it, just filling up the
ready made marks, with the material or color you like. Elapor is so
forgiving with the type of substance used on it, that I don't know any
type of painting/marker, which does not work on it.
It is even supplied with ready made decalc, if you feel just like using
them and they are gorgeous !!
Assembling the few different parts of the kit with the
user manual which is, as usual, a work of art, made multi-lingual
And that's it !
There is really nothing much to add in this section. The User Manual is at the best. Anything above would be a video tape.
It has to be noted few excellent points,
that when you are used to Multiplex very high standards, seem normal, but
you just don't find this level of completeness very often.
The mechanism to close the Cockpit, which was already used for the
EasyStar is excellent. Smart, easy to install, easy to use. Just Brilliant
The new motor mount, which now enables you to replace motors, without
suffering with ungluing them from their nacelle, is also extremely smart,
yet simple to use and install
There is this really unusual item given with the kit. It helps to connect
the electric from the wing, meaning the 2 servos and the 2 motors, in 1
device, which is then connected to where it needs. This saves you the
money to purchase the extra cables for the servos and makes it very
organized in the cockpit. The way it is build is that you can't make a
mistake with plugging the motor cables, and you just need to add a little
mark to remember where to connect each servo connector. Anyone who uses
this once, will want it in all his other planes !!!!
Electric cables for the Wing: Servo extension, motor cables. (Photo by
The Decalc are gorgeous, easy to cut and install. They are not needed to
re-enforce the plane structure (no need there), they are just nice,
colorful and well proportionned.
For gluing, the User Manual says clearly not to use Epoxy, but only CA and
I personally use, and used Epoxy on all my Elapor planes with so far,
great results. Said that, most of the plane can be build using CA. I used
Epoxy to lock the Motor mounts and to lock the 4 Servos. ALL the rests was
glued using CA 3 seconds, which by the way was a mistake for gluing the
tail parts (see the MUST DO TIPS below for details). Note that if you
intend to use CA with accelerator, the reaction creates a strong heat,
which can sometimes melt the foam, or painting.
For the Servos, make sure to select some that fit well into the wing.
HS-81 or GWS Naro Pro are fine.
Add tape below the fuselage to protect the material on landings
Check the battery compartment, with all your batteries, and eventually
enlarge what needs to be, BEFORE you glue the 2 pieces of the fuselage
For gluing the 2 parts of the tail, use at least a 60 sec CA, as you want to
position them well, before the glue acts.
Add some CA to lock the screws, on the horns
Nice to do:
Increase a little the space, in the cockpit, in the back, where the
battery would be stopped. This in order to be able to use 8x3300 or 8x3600
Nimh battery and still be able to have the CG a little backward. Not doing
this will still be fine but then, the CG will be very slightly forward.
For the motors, they come brushed and many people will want, sooner or
later to replace these these eventually brushless.
So... Either prepare already a 3rd cable, not used while you fly with the
brushed motor OR ensure that the part you glue would be able to be easily
removed/unglued later, in order to replace the motor cable for brushless
Add some transparent tape or some type of protection, where the wing
touches the ground, which happens on landings at some point.
Special Thanks to Jurgen Heilig
for giving me the permission to use some of his photos, for this review.
All kits parts (Photo by
All kits parts - Accessories (Photo by
Furnished motor Mount and motor - (Photo by
Part used to lock the wing - (Photo by
Another innovation, parts to assemble which will receive the screw to hold
the wing - (Photo by
Sanding all the plane is done very easily and quickly. Just apply the
sanding paper all around the plane, not just on the marks, in a circle
manner, until the entire surface becomes smooth
Very nice and easy to select a good color, as the White Elapor opens
Then decoration is just a piece of cake. using the pre-made windows
Main Paint used for decorating this plane.
tested & Balanced with batteries
||- 3S2P, and I found a way to balance them easily
- 2S, and it needed a little stone found on the runway, to be balanced
- 8xRC2400 NiCd and was fine
- 8X3300 Nimh and was fine (CG just a little nose heavy)
- 8x3000 Nimh and was fine (CG just a little nose heavy)
Stone used in the front (inside the plane), to balance the CG if "2S 1.8A" used
This shape won't enter the battery space in the TwinStar 2
In general, all Sub-C, in a flat shape, will enter. 3S or 2S lipoly as well.
If used alone, the 2S 1.8A will need an additional weight + needs to increase the
space inside the
Cockpit in order to be able to push it all the way to the front. The 8x3300
Nimh enters fine, but you may want to increase the space in the back. See
You could increase the space here, to provide a little more freedom to
balance 8x3600 Nimh batteries or equivalent. Then, you could move the hole
for the antenna just a little behind.
See also where the cockpit locks on the left, and then how everything is tied
and clean (Photo by
How the 3S2P 5.2Amp batteries are placed, to balance the CG
||Very easy. The plane flies straight,
without any glitch. You can almost not use the stick on take-off.
The Flight path is very
clean, you can do many maneuvers like:
- Inverted flight
- Split S
- Snap Rolls
- English Bunt
- Cuban 8
- Barrel Roll (must require good technique on this one)
And all using the standard setup, meaning 2 Permax 400, 6V.
The Stall behavior was not tested fully yet, but the few tests done were
The plane, can be flown, without using the ailerons. Just the elevator
and rudder. It then behaves like any 3 channel plane.
||It glides forever so you may want to use
the flaps here. The Rudder is fully effective and helps very much to line up
with the runway. Then, Belly landing is very easy and smooth. A pleasure to
do and... to watch !
||It's like with cars, some cars have
better chances to keep you alive, after an accident, than others. With
planes, same thing. Some planes are build smarter than others and are just
much better behaving, if a crash happens.
Now, after few other test flights this morning, I decided to add flaps
and test it.
Regular stuff, Checklist before flight, all fine.
Then, landed and decided to add mixing on the elevator, with the flaps.
Tested the mixing, all fine BUT I forgot that
the mixing disabled the Elevator control completely... Only the mixing
So, I throw the plane... Climbs, with the motors, as usual... do a flat
turn, fine... Opens the flaps.... and I try to compensate with the
elevator... NO elevator responses....
Plane went down right after this.... 80 degrees crash, nose down...
- 1 Prop broken. Need to replace
- Nose open and a little bended. Will apply the Elapor Soup on it
- The 2 pieces that help to lock the cockpit went out of their place. Need
to glue back
- Elevator horn went out of its place. Need to glue back
The Motor mount and motor area did not suffer at all. That is also
very unusual !!!
The fact that 2S 1.8 Amp was used certainly helped but still, speak about an
amazing plane resistance.
By the way, the wing automatically left it's place, and therefore avoided to
IF it was a 1 piece wing, it would have broken the structure.
I can only insist on this, LEAVE the wings in 2 pieces. In cases of crashes,
it makes THE difference !!!!!
Last point, this plane build behaved EXTREMELY well during the crash, like
all the crash impacts were disseminated all around in order than nothing
special really broke.
For the wing, this was the most surprising thing !!!
The platic holders actually let the wing leave them. I think the nylon
screws also helped here but still.
Each wing advanced to the front, leaving its place, and since the wings are
in 2 parts, they were able to move forward, WITHOUT breaking the structure,
just advancing around the screw.
You have to crash your plane to believe it !!!! JUST AMAZING !!!
Prop broken, needs to remove the prop adapter and out a new prop set
Elevator Horn out, needs to glue it back
Nose bended a little - Apply hot water to put it back
Front nose open, glue it back
Cockpit lock system out, needs to be glued back
Plane look, after a vertical crash, at high speed... Amazing, no ?
||Nothing Epoxy/CA/Glue guns can't take care
of. Elapor is excellent, when it comes to repairs
In conclusion, this plane is pure pleasure. It has so many excellent
aspects, and almost none of negative ones you could find on so many
Tuesday, 03 July 2007