Construction / tuning:
This plane was on offer for just about 20 EUR incl. a brushed 400 motor and a folding prop. Beside the Easystar I was
looking at something my kids could "bang" without too much damage. As it turned out, I was wrong.
In addition I still had a brushless motor in the drawer, so I tried to fix it. As this Himax motor has the same size as the
speed 400 I thought that the conversion would be a piece of cake. Well - the building was - however the motor mount
construction is only some hard wood that interlocks with a bit of glue - not strong enough to hold the power of the
outrunner Himax. The result was a motor pulled out from the mount during a take off. Collateral damage was a broken
propeller, cut cable and damaged motor mount.
In addition this plane did not have ailerons so I made them by inserting two mini-servos in the wing (which is think
enough) at the outside V-s. Their reaction is mediocre but together (electronically in parallel) with the rudder you get a
good response of the plane. ... And it is only a trainer anyway.
An additional weakness of this plane is the flimsy elevator wing made of 6 mm depron plate! Every 2nd landing it gets
damaged and I have to glue it . I am thinking to replace it with a balsa wing (covered in Oracover foil).
Slow, very slow, extremely slow is the right description. An EasyStar is a hotliner against this plane! But as a trainer for
my youngest kids this is great. However the discouraging side is the weak motor fixing and the elevator wing. So, after
most flights the kids have to do some gluing and slowly the plane gets rather heavy. The power is easily enough to do
ground starts (even with the tundra tyres which I have fixed after the first flights went well for the kids).
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