The FIRST EasyStar

Construction / tuning:

Simple - as it was my first plane after 20 years of leave from this hobby
the entire "foam" system and use of super glue was new to me. It took
me however just one (longer) evening to put the plane together. No
issues with any part of the construction. I only deviated in one point -
changed the motor to a 7,2 V edition after a few flights.

Flight Experience:

The first flight ended (as you may expect) not very successful... what
happened:
1) the radio I got was set up for mode 2 (however I learnt originally in
mode 1) - and can you imagine, after all theses years the fingers still
followed the old instincts. So plane control was out of finger-control
and that ended in a nice bore hole.
2) the propeller should have been fixed with epoxy... but that was the
only item that the store forgot to give to me, so I had none when I
assembled the plane. I used super-glue and wondered why the plane
is not really flying... well after the first "abrupt" landing the closer
inspection showed that beside the wrong RC mode the propeller was
not properly fixed on the shaft (or became loose). Back home I went to
wife and family and on the way a stop in the local hardware store to buy
some epoxy.

The following flights after the remote mode change and the proper
fixing of the propeller started to get better and better and I managed my
first loop on the third flight. Then a few days later I allowed my family to
come with me ... because before the level of adrenaline was far too
high  to allow spectators and the knees were too shaky and weak.

At the end it turned out that the plane had difficulties with the constant
winds in our area - it was just not powerful enough - so back to the
shop I went to ask for a more powerful motor - I got a low cost 400
rated at 7,2 volts (versus the original 6 volt). Well, some improvement,
but not great.

Over the internet I checked out some forums and looked up what kind
of tunings other guys (kids) nowadays do on this EasyStar.

A great site for that is:
www.easystar-mpx.de

Ok, a German site, but loads of pictures and descriptions. So, my
second plane was ordered and the "pimping" was planned...

Now this first EasyStar is the training plane for my kids but slowly it is
too heavy to lift off due to all the repairs... but still it flies.

UPDATE. September 2010

After many, many flights, crashes and gluing sessions it was time to
retire this battered plane. Beside that the flight weight at the end was
over 750 g the wing nest in the fuselage became too loose and once at
the last "retirement" flight we even lost first one - and during spiraling
decent - even the second wing.

UPDATE: September 2011
As I could not sell the plane through the net, my - by now - 6 year old
boy discovered it again when I was cleaning out the storage.

The plane was fixed back with glue and all rc equipment - and now we
wait for some good weather to take it for its 2nd first flight.... :-).

Now the first flights have been done in the new outfit....and some more
crashes and for the first time, Maxi, my now 4 year old, had his first
flights alone....well, with some little help!
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NAME:
 
EASY STAR - The FIRST
PRODUCER:
 
Multiplex
TYPE
  Foam (Elapor)
WING SPAN:
 
1370 mm
LENGTH:
 
917 mm
WING AREA:
 
24 dm2
WEIGHT PER DM2
 
28 g/ dm2
WEIGHT (producer):
 
680 g
ACTUAL WEIGHT:
 
650 g
MOTOR:
 
Speed 400   7,2 V (stock was 6,0 volt
motor)
MOTOR DATA:
  76 g / ? W / 7 A at 8 NiMH cells (Shark -
1100 mA)
PROPELLER:
  5" x 3 "
BEC / CONTROLLER:
 
MultiCont X-16
RECEIVER:
 
Futaba 2,4 GHz, 7 channel, R-617
BATTERY:
 
NiMH, Shark-Pelikan, 1100 mA, 8 cells,
9,6 V
CHANNELS:
 
3 (1x rudder, 1x elevator, 1x motor)
SERVOS USED.
  2x Hitec HS 81
RATING - BUILDING:
 
Simple, Beginner
RATING - FLYING:
 
Simple Beginner
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AS OF SEPTEMBER 2011