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NAME:
 
EASY STAR - The SECOND
PRODUCER:
 
Multiplex
TYPE
  Foam (Elapor)
WING SPAN:
 
1370 mm (XXL tuning: 1800 mm)
LENGTH:
 
917 mm
WING AREA:
 
24 dm2
WEIGHT PER DM2
 
29 g/ dm2
WEIGHT (producer):
 
680 g
ACTUAL WEIGHT:
 
690 g (XXL tuning 785 g)
MOTOR:
 
Mega 16/15/3
MOTOR DATA:
  brushless in-runner / 2700 rpm/volt  / 76
g / 200 W / 25 A
PROPELLER:
  5,5" x 5,5 "  or  6,5" x 5,5"
BEC / CONTROLLER:
 
noname,  40 A
RECEIVER:
 
Futaba 2,4 GHz, 7 channel, R-617
BATTERY:
 
2s Lipo, Multiplex 3000 mA or Ray 3300
mA
CHANNELS:
 
5 (2x ailerons, 1x rudder, 1x elevator, 1x
motor)
SERVOS USED.
  wings: 2x Hitec HS 55
others: 2x Hitec HS 81
RATING - BUILDING:
 
Stock: beginner    Tuning: intermediate &
pro
RATING - FLYING:
 
Beginner - intermediate - professional
Construction / tuning:

Due to my pimping desire I managed the following:

1) Mega Motor was installed (same size and weight as the stock motor,
but much more powerful). This motor type is actually not ideal as it is
build for a ducted fan (high revolutions per minute) however the local
store did not have any other type on stock, so I had to make a decision:
this or order a different one (days of delay.... NO WAY). I took this one
and still in the shop we tested the best prop... 5,5 x 5,5" on two lipo
cells (later on I changed to 6,5 x 5,5" for even more power).
So I also bought two packs of 7,2 V lipos.
In addition I decided to build some ailerons ... I cut them out 5 x 30 cm,
fixed them with strong tape (as hinge) ... and they do work perfectly.
And, because of the new setup the lipo and controller needed some
cooling air, so I cut an air-intake in the front part of the nose (and of
course some air-outlets at the end of the cabin).

Flight Experience:

What a difference to the first plane... power without limits, close to
vertical climbs possible, inverted flight, loops, rolls, turns, touch-n-go,
belly start on any kind of surface (grass over 20 cm length does NOT
work), .... you name it, you control it, the EasyStar flies it! GREAT!
No, I did not have had issues with stability of the foam - I run a heavy
duty tape along the length of the fuselage (for landing protection) and I
also taped the wings.
At hard maneuvers the wings tend to bend quite a bit, but so far no
issues.

I still use the EasyStar 2 (after more then two years) as a video platform
or in winter (because of its red wings and easy visibility and simple
starts and landings on snow.

This setup is also fun for the advanced pilot or even the intermediate.
Even a pro will have fun with it as you may fly it very wild!

It makes also a great (and flexible) holiday plane, but I need to work out
how I could make the elevator removable. It is in the way for travelling.
Setup of the EasyStar (no 2) as a video platform:

All on-board videos filmed with flycam one V2 with a 2 GB SD card in
640 x 460 resolution with minimum of 25 frames per second.

For this I bought an additional canopy, cut off the round top,
glued a thin balsa piece in place to provide a flat surface
for the camera. With velcro tape I fixed the camera on top.

In order to provide additional security for the camera (not to
be blown away) I fix the canopy and camera with an
additional elastic band.

EasyStar XXL mode:

When my EasyGlider Electric burned out
(the motor had an heat issue and
decided to burn a hole through the
fuselage) I was left with a pair of wings -
so - checking the profile and wing depth
it turned out that it is almost the same as
the EasyStar - so I sanded the wings of
the EasyGlider in such a way that it
inserted into the EasyStar fuselage
easily!
Now the EasyStar flies slower, but
has more uplift and stability which is
great for video shootings.
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