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Multiplex EasyStar I & II 2011 - A discussion of anything EasyStar & sometimes more

Multiplex EasyStar I & EasyStar II - 2011 - A discussion of anything EasyStar & sometimes more


Hello, my name is Kevin, and my friends and I are EasyStar pilots & fans.





The attraction of the EasyStar (aka ES & EZ*) is EZ to understand:
-It's a favorite model for teaching new RC pilots how to fly RC;
-It's simple to begin with, having only three channels;
-It's resistant to damage owing to it’s wonderful Multiplex Elapor foam, and it's even better since it's a pusher, so the propeller & motor are protected during hard landings;
-It's stable and thus good for beginners;
-It's stability along with it's upgradability, make it great for many types of RC flying such as AP (Aerial Photography), AV (Aerial Video) and FPV (First person View, aka Video Pilotage); and
-It has achieved an amazing following of loyal, fun fans.



The “Sometimes More” Family of ES Pilots:
We are a varied group of people from many walks of life, who all share a passion for this wonderful RC model airplane, and sometimes we get a little off-topic… but eventually we come back to what brings us together…. The EasyStar.


As Brandie mentioned in the 2006 thread:

"From time to time you will see other "off topic" items come up. From the weather where I live is..., to I am getting married tomorrow and I..., to I am thinking about this other plane and I am wondering... That is because this forum has become like a large family.

So come and join in on the fun.

Welcome to the family, the family of EZ owners
".



Links to the “EasyStar and Sometime More” threads:
2012 EasyStar Thread #29, 2500Gene, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1564626
2011 EasyStar Thread #28, KevinHines, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post20283747
2010 EasyStar Thread #27, KevinHines: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1167272
2009 EasyStar Thread #26, Sarge, sargentw: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975833
2008 EasyStar Thread #25, 2008-Part 2, Mark Jayne: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=873081
2008 EasyStar Thread #24, 2008-Part 1, Mark Jayne: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793787
2007 EasyStar Thread #23, Alex, AlexEames: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=618732
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #22 - A discussion of anything Easy Star and sometimes more, Brandie, Grassy Knoll, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=459096
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #21 - What more can I say??, July 2006-Dec, 2006, rwcorleyze, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=390318
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #20 - The plane that gives so much and ask so little!, June 2005-July, 2005, Brandie, Grassy Knoll, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=381992
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #19 - Loved and respected by Beginners and Seasoned Flyers, May 2005-June 2005, Brandie, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367080Multiplex Easy Star Thread #18 - Voted By Owners To Be The Best Airplane Ever, April 2005-May 2005, Brandie, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=356824
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #17 - The biggest trilogy ever!, March 2005-April 2005, jcosta, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=345376
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #16 - The Greatest Trainer Ever Created, Feb 2005-March 2005, Brandie, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335750
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #15 - The New Generation, Jan 2005-Feb 2005, splash99, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=323760
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #14 - Better'n sliced bread!, Dec 2004-Feb 2005, Ed, intheswamp, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310649
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #13 - Epic Adventure, superboss, Nov 2004-Dec2004, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=300087
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #12 - Ongoing Saga, Oct 2004-Nov 2004 TreeTrimmer, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=290961
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #11 - The Next Generation, Sept 30th - Oct 25th 2004, jcosta, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281496
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #10 - Part 10, Sept 9th - Sept 30th 2004, splash99, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273201
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #09 - Part 09, Aug 1st - Sept 9th 2004, jcosta, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258656
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #08 - Part 08, June 21st - Aug 1st 2004, Bad Attitude, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=243273
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #07 - Part 07, June 3rd - June 21st 2004, Zoomzoom, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237392
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #06 - Part 06, May 18th - June 3rd 2004, Zoomzoom, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=231999
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #05 - Part 05, May 3rd - May 18th 2004, Treetop, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=226881
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #04 - Part 04, April 8th - May 3rd 2004, jcosta, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218540
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #03 - Part 03, March 12th - April 8th 2004, tim hooper, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...hreadid=208883
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #02 - Part 02, Feb 17th 2004 - March 12th 2004, tim hooper, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=200476
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #01 - Part 01 - New from Multiplex: EasyStar, Aug 21st 2003 - Feb 17th, 2004, Jürgen, Jurgen Heilig, http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=144078



Links to EasyStar-Related Info
-Sarge's EasyStar build and modification thread: www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=350408
-ScrtSqrl's Big-Wing EasyStar thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810365
-The EasyStar Propeller Direction thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1077384
-Brandie's Elapor soup method of repairing the EasyStar's elapor foam: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...6&postcount=73
-Patrick Plawner's EasyStar Review: http://plawner.net/4/easystar/easystar.html
-Searchable PDF file with all 22 threads up to June 2006, courtesy of JediKnight: www.illuminationsfx.com/easystar/EZ.pdf
-Jürgen's Cheap Brushless Motors for EasyStar Thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813238
-ScrtSqrl's Easy Guide for Getting Started in FPV with the EasyStar: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2739 and http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2731
-The EasyStar Fan Page: many cool EasyStar mods and upgrades, & even a great transport box: http://www.mpx-easystar.de/index.php?id=88&L=1
-Mr.Pibb's EasyStar Build Guide (a pdf file): http://www.readymaderc.com/store/man...ld%20Guide.pdf
-Mongrel's Swept Wing EasyStar Thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1387901
-"FPV EasyStar" Thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1394883
-Mark Jayne's website with plenty of EasyStar mods and videos: http://www.rcflights.co.uk/EasystarEquip.htm (unfortunately Mark's web site is no longer online)



Sarge's Sage EasyStar Advice:

Sarge said this so well, that I'd like to repeat his words here...

"To me the EZ* is one of the best all round flying and the safest plane in my hangar. The EZ*’s soft foam body, rear facing prop, light weight, break-away wings, and relatively slow flying speed gives me a level of comfort to fly in parks, the ocean front, and electric RC fly-ins.

Based on experience it’s my opinion that new flyers/builders should start with the “stock” Ready to Fly (RTF) EZ*. Simple, slower, and safer are the better way to go when starting the hobby with an EZ*.

Whenever I post in the EZ* thread I try and keep new flyers and youngsters in mind. Even though we talk about advanced modifications and flying in the thread all new flyers should feel comfortable posting any questions...
"

Sarge, Thank you for keeping the spirit of the EasyStar family going through 2009... we all owe you for the work you have given to the community.

We also owe a lot to so many other people as well, like JoeKnight, Brandie, Jurgen, MarkJayne, AlexEames ... far too many people to mention... I have learned a lot from all of you EasyStar veterans over the years ... Thank you!



Where to Buy an EasyStar:

-Kit: http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...odId=MPU214192
or http://www.hobby-lobby.com/easystar.htm
or http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFRU7&P=ML
or http://readymaderc.com/store/index.p...e4bca081c69595
or http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...R--dsh-/Detail, and shipping is only $4.95 for kits, recommended by Rickochet
or http://www.dealomite.com/craft-hobby...-Easy-Star-Kit, use coupon code "bestservice" for a discount, recommended by AJBaker & by Sparken57
or an Aussie distributor: http://www.wiredrc.com.au/shop/Elect.../prod_545.html, recommended by Mr.Krinkle

-Ready For Radio: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMYK8&P=7

-RTF (Ready To Fly): http://www.hobby-lobby.com/easystar-rtf.htm
or http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFXV0&P=ML



Videos of the EasyStar:

VRFlyer’s 2006 FPV (aka "video pilotage") EasyStar video instantly convinced me to buy and fly the EasyStar:
Vidéo-pilotage (5 min 3 sec)


JoeKnight’s EasyStar Flying:
Multiplex Easy star Tease the Dog (3 min 16 sec)


Galaxiex's EasyStar:
MULTIPLEX EASY STAR WINTER FLYING (4 min 42 sec)


ScrtSqrl's EasyStar FPV Flight to the Lighthouse... AJBaker described this flight vdeo as "...part scenery, part flying skill, part drama, and 90% the guts to even try it.":
To the Lighthouse (7 min 51 sec)


2500Gene’s EasyStar:
EZ Star 2000kv E-Flite maiden (1 min 39 sec)


I like to use my EasyStars for both conventional flying:
EasyStar RC Fun Flights & Short Takeoffs 2009-05-07 (2 min 26 sec)


...as well as for FPV (First Person View) Flying:
Relaxing FPV Flight to End EasyStar FPV Week 2009-08-07 (3 min 5 sec)



If you own an EasyStar
... then please join in the fun and post... perhaps ask a question, help a new pilot with their questions, attach a picture of your EasyStar, or a link to your EasyStar video... If you don't own an EasyStar, then I recommend that you buy an EasyStar, fly it, & discover how much fun it is!


New RC Pilots... and those who want to become one:
Please feel free to join in and ask your questions... we all started out as new RC pilots, and we went through the same learnings you are going through... we are a pretty friendly group, and we'd like to welcome you to this great hobby... so please join in!


Welcome to the EasyStar 2010 Thread!
Kevin & EasyStar Friends


PS -
Post #1 is an introduction to the EasyStar 2010 thread.

Posts # 2, 3 & 4 are: EasyStar Photos, Videos and Advice!

If I missed anything, or you'd like to see something different in this post #1, please PM me. Please post EasyStar advice, photos and/or links to EasyStar videos.
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Photos of EasyStars

I will collect & post EasyStar photos from everyone in this thread ... so please post any photos you'd like to contribute or see added, & ask me to add them to this photo-compilation post. Thanks.


This EasyStar artwork created by HeyMak says it well:



Please post & contribute EasyStar photos you'd like to share.

Thanks,
Kevin
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Videos of EasyStars

EasyStar Videos

I will post links to EasyStar videos here ... so please post any videos you'd like to contribute or see added.

Video-Making Tutorials: http://www.vimeo.com/videoschool/101



Guidelines for EasyStar Videos:

*For me to post a link to your video, your video will need to show an EasyStar flying within standard (AMA, MAAC, etc.) safety guidelines, i.e, stay under 400 feet AGL altitude if within 3 miles of an airport, don't fly near or over road traffic, don't fly near or over other people, etc.

*To get the most positive responses to your video, I recommend the following suggestions:
-Keep the length of the video short, preferably under 2 minutes or so, in order to hold the viewer's interest.
-Fun commentary helps.
-Having you, your friends, &/or pets in the video helps give a warm, personal feeling to the video.
-Keep at least part of the EasyStar in the field of view of the camera, or add photos of your EasyStar to the video ... let people see your EasyStar.
-For aerial videos, muting the sound of the motor, and adding good music, will get more people to watch your video.



The EasyStar Videos of 2011:

Gene's awesome 2011 EasyStar annual recap video!
2011 Easy Stars from RCG (3 min 58 sec)



Nakelp86 posted this great EasyStar FPV video, with nice chase scenes, and low (very low) passes!
Untitled (5 min 36 sec)



Fastback posted a BEAUTIFUL EasyStar video... including flying over a small portion of the Grand Canyon!
Easystar setup with GoPro Hero HD (4 min 13 sec)



Micsa submitted our first, new EasyStar video... it's fireworks & flying!
Multiplex EasyStar with fireworks wishing Happy New Year 2011 (0 min 52 sec)



Colonel Blink shared a fun, irreverant EasyStar video:
EasyStar on't Moor in't cold... (5 min 31 sec)



The_Mongrel's Swept Wing EasyStar:
Maiden Flight of the Swept Wing Easy Star (2 min 22 sec)



Martin. flys his EasyStar among giant windmills:
EZ.wmv (3 min 49 sec)



AJBaker posted this great video of his EasyStar, with a powerful MicroDan motor upgrade...
EZ Star w-MicroDan Motor#2.mov (2 min 47 sec)



Parambir's video on his cool retractable landing gear & lighting mods:
ezstar.wmv (3 min 29 sec)



ScottDearinger posted this fun compilation video, of two EasyStars flying together:
Easystars attempt amazing formation flight in heavy wind and a minor crash (7 min 36 sec)



NightRunner417's Awesome "Ground Skimming FPV EasyStar" video:
EasyStar FPV 7-6-11: Learning Ground Skimming, Flown With DragonLink! (9 min 25 sec)



Kevin's FPV EasyStar flight over a lake in the mountains:
FPV EasyStar Mountain Lake Flight 2011-12-26 (5 min 31 sec)





The EasyStar Videos of 2010:

Gene submitted our first, new EasyStar video ... this is Gene's compilation of the great EasyStar videos from the contest late in 2009 ... the entire video is great, and the ending, with Olly's EasyStar hand-catch, is superb. :
The EZ Stars of 09 (4 min 43 sec)



Gene also posted this great Welcome to the EasyStar Thread Video:
EZ stuff (2 min 10 sec)



DDruck shared this video of EasyStar Landings... showing the easy & graceful gliding of his EasyStar:
Multiplex Easy Star AV - Landings - Hat Cam - short (2 min 23 sec)



Fernando.Cesar shared this great EasyStar video:
Easy Star In a Box (1 min 50 sec)



ScrtSqrl flew a beautiful FPV EasyStar Sunset flight, in Norway:
2010 Jan 29 Icy Sunset (4 min 26 sec)



Hoges posted this great video, showing how his spoileron & rudder-modified EasyStar flies:
Easystar with ailerons 2 (3 min 15 sec)



Vicarious posted this great EasyStar video, with nice flying and beautiful scenery in Florida:
Greetings from Sunny Fort Walton Beach! (3 min 11 sec)



Mark_ shared this awesome EasyStar Video, with views of the gorgeous mountains near Banff National Park, British Columbia:
Multiplex Easystar fun flight (6 min 18 sec)



FlyLT shared this great EasyStar video:
Multiplex Easy Star Fun (3 min 45 sec)



SanteePat shared this cool video, of a "super-sized" version of an EasyStar, with a 14foot wingspan:
14' WS Megastar with Smoke.wmv - Giant RC Airplane (2 min 4 sec)



SanteePat also shared this cool video, of what appears to be a man flying an EasyStar:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSQp0La12Fc


Zooman posted this Awesome video, flying his EasyStar near Jasper National Park ... I wish I had this sort of mountain scenery

where I live!
Easystar with JVC GC-FM1 HD Camera (4 min 19 sec)



IvanEstebanc shared this awesome, apparently professionally-made, EasyStar video!:
Episode 1 Born of Phoenix 1 (6 min 15 sec)



NoFlyZone shared this "Low & Slow" EasyStar video.... note the nice motor mod :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MibvUMtpvpo


Pure_Gold posted this really cool EasyStar video... I find it a bit mesmerizing!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYViM1lsZKg


ChrisFly posted this great "EasyStar Easy Repair" video:
Easystar Repair (6 min 46 sec)



Free07Style posted this cool EasyStar mods video:
Multiplex EasyStar modified for aerial video and photography (3 min 31 sec)



Here is the maiden flight of the completely stock, "Gift EasyStar" which I received as a gift from friends here in this thread... stock, brushed power system, stock rudder, etc... the stock model flies great... THANKS EVERYONE!!!:
Gift EasyStar Maiden Flight (2 min 43 sec)



And here's the same gift EasyStar, upgraded to brushless power and FPV kit, giving folks video rides at SEFF:
FPV Video Rides at SEFF 2010 (2 min 57 sec)



I have flown the gift EasyStar out to a range of 7000 feet distance:
FPV EasyStar to 7000 feet distance (4 min 6 sec)



Keep up the great work!

Thanks,
Kevin



PS - How to Create Great Videos, by 2500Gene:
(Note Gene's post is here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post16730375)
===================
...
Need help? Just ask.
Here are some suggestions on making a video I posted on another thread while back:

I've noticed alot of guys making their first video so I figure I'd offer some advice about some things I have noticed over the years. Its all my opinion and can not be verified by any reasonable source.

How to make a decent flight video.

1. Get a real camera. Cell phone vids look like crap no matter what the content. It doesn't have to be HD but a basic digital now a days will produce a fine picture.

2. Limit the video length. Anything over 5 minutes is too long unless something is on fire, exploding or there are bikini women involved. I often watch a vid that is like 11 minutes long and after about 7 minutes hear a sound like the motors burning up..turns out the sound is me snoring.

3. Edit the video before posting. No one wants to see you insert the battery or stare at the grass for 46 seconds after you land or your left leg before take off.. If you are on a Windows operating system you have MovieMaker. Its simple and straight forward to use. Tons of online help to make cool vids.

4. Music. You may like rap but most normal humans don't. If you use music choose something soothing if flying slow or faster is flying more aggressive. Don't violate copyright laws. (added by my lawyer) Music without lyrics are best. (unless its Learning to Fly by Pink Floyd) Danger Zone is over used and corny.

5. Subscribe to a video hosting site such as YouTube, Vimeo or any of the others out there. It's free and simple to post your vid here with copy and paste. Having to download a vid file and then having to view it is a pain in the buttocks.

6. Get and teach a cameraman to shoot you flying. Its not hard to do but they need to know a few things before filming like don't zoom. They will never be able to follow the plane in zoom and since most cameras are digital zoom, you will loose resolution. Also don't try and use the view finder. You'll find it works better if you just point the camera at the moving plane. You will follow it much better and smoother since the cameraman will still have his peripheral vision to adjust and follow. It also helps if he's not drunk or under the influence of a controlled substance.. Also fly close to the camera man. No one wants to watch a dot in the sky though sometimes it is unavoidable.

7. If after all this you view you vid and think its lame, it probably is. But don't dispare, just edit some more and cut out the junk and make it real short. Show the "thing" you wanted to show and end it quick. There is always next time.

8. If your putting your camera in your plane for vid then the nose of your plane shouldn't take up 3/4 of the screen. Also shooting through the prop is a no-no. Black or orange squiggly lines never help any video.

9. People on the forum will always tell you that you did a good job. They are being nice and are lying. Except Bob, he never lies.

10. And finally, be critical of yourself and figure out where you need to improve. Each time you make a vid you will get better and they will be more enjoyable.

I love watching flight vids and find it a nice escape. So keep them coming


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Advice for EasyStar Pilots

General EasyStar Advice for New Pilots

I intend to collect & post general EasyStar advice for new pilots here ... please post EasyStar advice for new RC pilots, which you'd like to see included.

In particular, I'd like to thank the following folks, for advice I copied from some of their posts, to post here: SargentW, MarkJayne, AlexEames, Galaxiex, ScrtSqrl, 2500Gene, JoeKnight, TheOtherCliff, NoFlyZone, ShaunHendricks, AJBaker, MichaeHay, Chairwolf ... and many other folks... Thanks!



Build Logs of Stock EasyStar Kits:

H2SO4's EasyStar Build Log (with excellent photos and tips):
-Part #1: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2771
-Part #2: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2772

My EasyStar Build Log:
I built the EasyStar kit which was given to me by some of my friends … Here it is, starting from the beginning:
...
The Stock Kit:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=719
The Build:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1691
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1742
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1782
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1790
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1813
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2241
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2466
Maiden Flight,with stock setup:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=4754
...
Later on, hopped up with many upgrades, including brushless power & FPV:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=5050



Michael's RTF Advice (RTF means the 'Ready To Fly' version of the EasyStar):

"I know all the mods sound tempting, but they have their following of horror stories with inverted channels, swapped channels, etc. that caused many people many hard crashes. Why do that? Start by having fun, leave the crashes and the inextricable troubleshooting for later
So my advice is: go STOCK, buy an RTF *EZ and have fun after just an hour out of the box.
"



First RC Aircraft Model Advice:

Regarding the model airplane to start with... Many models are not a good first model (even though it may look cool or fly well for an experienced pilot), because many models would have to fly too fast for a reasonably-sized park area ... and much too fast for learning to fly. When starting out, slower models are much, much better, as they are less likely to fly away, less likely to get damaged, and you learn faster with a slower model... so with a slow model, you get a lot more time flying and you learn faster.

Actually, the very best first RC airplane "model" to get is an RC flight simulator, like this one, RealFlight Basic RC flight simulator, (this one uses "Mode 2" which is standard in the USA & Canada; I understand "Mode 1" is standard in Europe): http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...1&I=LXXSG5&P=3, or the free FMS simulator.

There are many good first RC airplane models, such as:
the Vapor RTF: http://www.amazon.com/ParkZone-Mode-...4010510&sr=1-1
or the Ember RTF: http://www.amazon.com/ParkZone-Ember.../dp/B001IEXZ4U
or the Slow Stick kit: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXHCJ2&P=ML (this kit would require a number of additional items)
or the EasyStar RTF: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFXV0&P=ML

The "RTF" (i.e., "Ready To Fly") packages normally include a battery and a Tx (transmitter), while a "kit" does not include these items... nor servos and sometimes other parts ... so getting an RTF set is usually better for a first model.

I am, of course, partial towards the EasyStar... I think the EasyStar RTF is a great first model RC airplane.




RC Tips:

A good general intro to RC, including electric power, is at http://www.easyrc.com/, and I'd also read through the electric-power section of RCGroups, here: http://www.rcgroups.com/beginner-tra...ft-electric-8/ I would read at least a few hours of info there, to help you avoid many mistakes that someone new to electric power would make.



Keep It Simple:
Keep your first EasyStar in the stock configuration and power setup. Learn to fly it stock, first, and then later upgrade it if you wish.



Advice for Your First Flight:

The following quote is copied from a post by TheOtherCliff:

"1st advice - don't use a lot of throttle if you have a big motor. You will probably have to put in a little up trim for it to stay in the air with lower throttle setting.

Second advice - The first thing you do when you get in the air is trim it to fly straight and level and fly at reduced speed.

Third advice - get a bigger field with no trees (big bushes are not too bad). Those trees will be your next problem. Don't be within accidental flying distance of things you can't climb. Have a big enough area to land comfortably, a couple football fields side by side with trees on only one side is a good minimum.

Fourth advice - Landing is all about being:
- low
- slow
- the wings level
- where you want to put it

Plan ahead for these. Slow and level is important to avoid damage. Putting it where you want to is a luxury that can be done without at first. Practice flying slower for minutes at a time high up. You can't be slow if you are above tree top just a few seconds before landing. That is another reason you need a bigger field.
"


Advice for Your First Flight - Part 2:

-CG (Center of Gravity) Location: is absolutely critical to get right... Slightly Forward CG is Okay or even Good: If the CG is slightly forward of the manual's recommended location, that's okay, as a slightly forward CG will cause the model to be more stable in flight, which will help the pilot to fly the model successfully. I like the CG slightly forward, at the center of the spar cover... so that my EasyStars are more stable and thus easier to fly. ....... Rearward CG is Bad: If the CG is too far rearward, the model will be "twitchy" in pitch, and will be much more difficult for a new RC pilot to control without crashing. The manual recommends placing the CG at a specific location - do NOT place the CG behind this location until, at least you become experienced at flying RC models.

-Ask an experienced RC pilot, someone you trust, to check out your model before you fly it, and to fly it the first time. There are so many things which can go wrong in the model's setup, and in how one flies the model, that you will be much more successful, with fewer crashes, and less damage to your model, if you get help from an experienced RC pilot.

-Follow the manual's building instructions.

-Fly with the stock power system (i.e., motor & prop), initially... using a 6, 7 or 8 cell NiMH battery, around 2000 mah in capacity. Once you are ready for the added work and responsibility of LiPo batteries (LiPo's can catch fire and burn down your home if charged improperly), use a 2S Lipo (not a 3S) with the stock motor and prop, and be sure to use a LiPo-friendly ESC with a LiPo LVC (Low Voltage Cutoff).

-Make sure your prop is on the right way. See this thread: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1077384

-Practice a lot with an RC flight simulator, like FMS or RealFlight, before your first flight. You should practice with the flight sim until the stick movements become automatic, so you don't have to think about the sticks very much. I'd recommend about 20 to 30 hours of flight sim practice before your first flight.

-Fly in the largest, open area you have access to... with no trees, no buildings, no cars, no park visitors, no spectators, etc. for at least 100 yards x 100 yards (100m x 100m), i.e., two side-by-side football fields... preferably a larger area if available. The EasyStar glides so well and so far, that it takes a lot of room to land it. As your skills improve, you'll be able to land it in smaller areas.

-The reason to fly with no spectators for your first flights, is that you will be distracted, and you will look unskilled during your first flights... wait to invite folks until after you've practiced and have confidence that you won't fly into their car or crash during take-off ... I crashed almost every day I flew RC, for the first three months I flew RC...

-Fly on a day with no wind.

-Fly where you can land in tall grass, if at all possible, since it will soften the hard landings ... second best would be grass ... third best is dirt... fourth best is pavement ... next worst would be bare rocks... absolute worst could include: tall trees, buildings, moving road traffic ... or foam-eating pets.

-Be prepared to crash... a lot. You will crash... a lot. Did I mention that I crashed almost every day I flew RC, for the first three months I flew RC...

-How to Test Glide & Trim out any RC Aircraft Model, written by NoFlyZone: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...08&postcount=1




NoFlyZone's Advice -How to Properly set up a Plane's Center of Gravity:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...59&postcount=1



AJ's Wing Attachment Mod:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=306




Power System Upgrades:

I recommend starting with the stock power setup, when new to any model... I flew the EasyStar with stock power setup and 6-cell NiMH batteries, for about a year, before upgrading the power system. The stock power setup works great. And a 2S LiPo battery, 2200 to 3000 mah, is just right for the stock power system.


Upgrade Propeller to use with Stock Motor:
-Prop: APC 6x4E: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXZK90&P=ML
-2.3mm Collet Prop Adaptor, to fit stock motor's 2.3mm shaft diameter: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMWK4&P=7


The Most Popular & Highly Recommended Brushless (BL) Power System Upgrade, from Chairwolf & AJBaker:
-Motor, 2200kv, 28mm diameter inrunner, a drop-in replacement which fits the stock motor mount nacelle - https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=5203
-ESC - https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=2164
-Battery, 3S LiPo - https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...idProduct=6306
-Prop: APC 6x4E: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXZK90&P=ML
-Collet Prop Adaptor, to fit this motor's 3.2mm shaft diameter: http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXMWK6&P=7
-Servo, need two - (not exactly a power system component, but recommended in any case) https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/...?idProduct=662


Additional Brushless (BL) Motor Upgrade Advice & Options:
-See NoFlyZone's "Beginners Guide to Motor and Prop Selection", here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1136470

-Vantasstic advises: "For simplicity, the proper size in-runner motor (28mm OD) will fit ... with no modifications needed other than running a 3-wire to the BL motor vs the brushed 2-wire config."

-NoFlyZone recommends: "A very nice generic system seems to be a motor of around 2000-2200 kV, that can handle around 20 amps of current comfortably from a 3s Li-Po, with an ESC rated for around 30 amps (always better to buy an ESC rated for more amps than you plan to put through it). And an APC 6x4E Thin Electric prop."

-2500Gene, NoFlyZone & JoeKnight recommend: E-flite, Inrunner BL motor, 28mm OD (Outer Diameter), 2000kv, Six-Series, $60, http://www.horizonhobby.com/Products...rodID=EFLM2000

-Prof100 recommends: HeadsupRC's 2836-22, Inrunner BL motor, 28mm OD, 3.2 oz, 2200KV, 350Watt, $24, http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...s-Motor/Detail, "$2 shipping from inside USA for one motor or a dozen. One flat fee of $2 per order."

-FlyPoppa & Upup recommend: "Suppo-type" A2212-10, Outrunner BL motor, (note: an Outrunner requires a mounting mod on the EasyStar... see the "Outrunner Motor Mount" section), 1400KV, $12, http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13562 or here, $16, http://www.bphobbies.com/view.asp?id...7&pid=B1488466

-Prof100 & AJBaker recommend: MicroDan Outrunner (note: an Outrunner requires a mounting mod on the EasyStar... see the "Outrunner Motor Mount" section), 2505 "Custom" 2535Kv, $55, http://www.gobrushless.com/shop/inde...=MD2505-C-2535, and you'll need a 3.0mm prop collet, to fit this motor's 3.0mm shaft, $3, http://www.gobrushless.com/shop/inde...f=BULLNADAPTER. This motor can be mounted like any outrunner, on a piece of wood, or any of the other outrunner motor mounts.



Outrunner Motor Mounts:
-AJBaker's Plywood Outrunner Motor Mount: Fill the motor nacelle (with expanding foam like "Great Stuff", or balsa, or scrap foam, etc.), then glue a flat, thin plate of plywood onto the back of the motor nacelle, and screw the motor's mount to the plywood, as shown in these posts by AJBaker: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post18194475 and http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post18230867

-Universal Motor Mount, designed by JoeKnight & documented by AJBaker: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...4&postcount=34

-2500Gene's Outrunner Motor Mount: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=6439

-DrKiwi's Outrunner Motor Mount, using Balsa Wood: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=9527 and here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=7201

-ScrtSqrl's Outrunner Motor Mount, using a Plastic Medicine Bottle: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2961 and more pictures here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=7370

-MicroDan Outrunner Motor Mount: fits right into the EasyStar's stock motor nacelle hole, 28mm diameter, $12, http://www.gobrushless.com/shop/inde...DSP400-mtr-mnt, and with this you'll also need the MicroDan GBX motor mount, (Note: the spoacing of holes may or may not match your motor, so check before buying this, or be ready to drill new holes in the metal), $7, http://www.gobrushless.com/shop/inde...show&ref=GBxMM

-My Outrunner Motor Mount, using a GWS 10mm square stick mount: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=7190



Politeness Pays - I have learned the following from my own mistakes:

Please ignore posts where someone disagrees with you.

Post what you believe is helpful info.

Realize that teasing is often misinterpreted in discussion forums.

Encourage people to be respectful to each other.

If you post something, and later you feel it could be misinterpreted in the wrong way, please edit your post to something more helpful.

Realize it's up to the people who read the posts to determine which advice to listen to.

Many times there is more than one good way to do things.

Please report all posts which violate the RCGroups rules.



Helpful Links:
-Multiplex, in Germany: http://www.multiplex-rc.de/ Then select your language, then Products, then EasyStar.
-Multiplex EasyStar Page, in USA: http://www.multiplexusa.com/models/m...easy_star.html
-EasyStar RTF Video from Multiplex USA: http://www.multiplexusa.com/files/M2...0-easystar.wmv
-Multiplex EasyStar Kit Manual Download (this opens a pdf file): http://www.multiplex-rc.de/cms/vorsc...systar_5sp.pdf or here: http://www.multiplexusa.com/download...Kit_Manual.pdf
-Multiplex EasyStar RTF Manual Download (this opens a pdf file): http://www.multiplex-rc.de/cms/vorsc...ar_rtf_5sp.pdf
-Multiplex EasyStar Manual's Illustrations (this opens a pdf file): http://www.multiplex-rc.de/cms/vorsc...tar_bilder.pdf
-Multiplex EasyStar Brushless Motor Upgrade (good quality, but expensive): http://www.multiplexusa.com/power-an...ower_pack.html
-"Everything You Wanted To Know About Electric Powered Flight", by AEAJR: http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31071
-ESC, BEC & LVC Explained, by Galaxiex: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=4361 and a picture: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=4362
-ScrtSqrl's FPV EasyStar Setup and Gear: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=6281
-Previous EasyStar Threads on RCGroups: see post #1.
-EasyStar Review in Fly RC Magazine, Feb, 2004: http://www.multiplexusa.com/download...Star_FlyRC.pdf
-Beautiful EasyStar Build Photos post by JPHong: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=3036
-Wheeled Landing Gear Mods for the EasyStar:
1. Vantasstic's: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=8455
2. Eaglewing's: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=8473
3. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=1542 and
4. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=8447
-Big Prop EasyStar Mod & FPV EasyStar Motor/Power Setups: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=9918
-Ultalight EasyStar, by NoFlyZone: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1029220
-How to Recover from a Stalled Wing (aka Tipstall or Spin): http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=3905
-Why I fly my EasyStars without a canopy: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=10012
-ScrtSqrl's Aileron Mod Tutorial: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=10490
-Motor & Prop Selection Advice, from 2500Gene: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=10512
-Current Gift & FPV EasyStar configuration: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=10010
-Servos for EasyStar, recommended by AJBaker: HobbyKing HXT900's: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...?idProduct=662
-Wing-Strengthening Mods: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...&postcount=342
-Jurgen's EasyStar II Only thread - Jurgen is posting helpful data for the new EasyStar II version of the EasyStar: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1525403
-Rickochet's scratch built Servo Covers: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=9085



Have Fun!


Good Luck!
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Announcing the FPV EasyStar Thread!

Announcing the FPV EasyStar Thread:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post17509244



Finally started! Woo-Hoo!

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Post 6 - EasyStar Propeller Mounting Directions

How to Mount the EasyStar Propeller:

This is one of the most frequently asked questions, for folks are new to RC building & flying...

I'll assume you are using the stock EasyStar prop... or any other "typical" prop.

1. Make sure the motor shaft rotates clockwise, when viewed from the rear of the aircraft.

2. Mount the prop so that the concave side faces rearward, & the convex side faces forward.

"Concave" means the middle is recessed, or "caved" in; this side should face towards the rear of the aircraft.

"Convex" means the middle bulges outward; this side should face towards the front of the aircraft.

References:
-Excellent picture, below, contributed by FozzyTheBear.
-A thread about mounting the EasyStar prop: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1077384
-Post by Little-Acorn, a good explanation, using a different method which may be simpler for a new RC pilot: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=6810

And if it's still unclear... just ask...

Welcome,
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Spirit of "Sometimes More"

The spirit of Our EasyStar Thread's "Sometimes More", was shared in a passionate and eloquent post by Rick/NightRunner417... he wrote with such skill, that I will simply quote his post, which he originally posted here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=8971


...the material in this thread is not mostly sometimes more. Yes, there's a lot of it, but most information here is still in regards to either the EZ* directly, or indirectly in terms of related mods and miscellaneous flight and gear discussions.

For two, I don't believe that it is a valid assumption to say that all questions have already been answered and therefore all (or most) discussion at this point has fallen into common chit chat. If it were always the same people attending the group, then I'd agree, but it is never JUST the same crowd. New people are all the time coming here, with the same old questions, and they will come here because, simply put, this thread appears at the top because the old threads are inactive and thus buried. Anyone who thinks there will be no new traffic difference between an old attraction and a new one really needs to take up webmastering and try to make money at it. New always attracts more than old, and inactive can decline to almost zero quite quickly. The latest EZ* thread will ALWAYS attract new people with new old questions until a day when no one cares about the EZ* at all anymore. It's a fact of life.

The "sometimes more" part is only ever an actual problem when it's more than just a tiny fraction of the people being bothered by it. So long as it is far below the majority that dislike it, it is beneficial and provides a warm and accepting atmosphere that attracts more new people, and thus attracts more new people to the plane as well. As an alternate look, a restrictive, strict group tends to push away more people than it attracts, and it is a losing prospect in the long run. In addition, the ones that stay tend to be aggressive and generally unfriendly, attracted to the challenge of competition against what they perceive to be aggressive and unfriendly opponents. Even worse, some see it as a chance to act out, attracted by what they perceive as an environment where discord is not just welcomed, but encouraged.

Competition IS one way toward progress, but competition without friendly encouragement and support destroys far more than it creates. An atmosphere of loving support and encouragement may take longer to get to the destination, but it forms lasting and durable bonds that a colder atmosphere simply cannot.

Rick NR417



PS - Here's another great post, this time by Mixer421, with more great thoughts about "Sometimes More", originally posted here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=9100

I'm sure there are others, like me, who read and enjoy every post on here whether they are on or off topic, crabby or helpful or even just plain daft. I'm delighted if I can help someone and just as pleased to add serious or silly comments. Overall, it's one of the best, most interesting threads anywhere with a lot of good people so please don't change a thing and long may it and the EZ* reign.
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EasyStar Poetry

Upup's EasyStar Happy New Year Poem:
posted here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...5&postcount=39


happy new year

may your crashes be slight
and the wind be lite
.....sounds about right

Regards jeff


===

The EasyStar Christmas Poem, by 2500Gene

(originally posted here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=10294)


A Chairwolf Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the place
No one was smiling, not one happy face.

The dogs were all sleeping by the warmth of the fire
While Bob sat on the sofa smelling of booze and perspire.

With he in his boxers and wife in her nightgown
hopped in the sack and started messing around.

When outside the trailer there rose such a clatter
he fell from the bed and emptied his bladder.

The moon was reflecting off the snow in the night
but he knew with that noise that something aint right.

But the what to his bloodshot eyes did appear?
A large jersey elf with some Budwiser beer.

More rapid then eagles his course that he came
He farted and belched and started calling Bob names.

"Yo rebel, yo dimwit, hey crossed eyed old fool"
"Your brain is a turnip" and "you smell like a mule"

As Bob drew in his head and was turning around
Through the door came the elf and tripped on a hound.

He was dressed in all Kevlar from his head to his toes
A very white beard and rather large nose.

A bundle of 30 packs he had flung on his back
He grumbled and coughed, like a bad smokers hack.

He spoke not a word but went straight to his work
Filled Bob's fridg with beer then called him a jerk.

Then shoving his finger inside of his nose
and shooting the bird, up the smoke stack he rose.

He sprang to his Tundra and flooring the gas
Got out of there quick, really hauling some @ss.

But Bob heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight,
"Im sorry about the beer, they were out of Bud Lite".

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.
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Reserved for me.
Gee Gene gets all the good stuff! Kevin!!!

Happy New Year to all!

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Gee Gene gets all the good stuff! Kevin!!!

Happy New Year to all!

Jack
Gene & Jack,

It's good to see you guys posting!

Happy New Year!

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I had some east coast flying experience this week. Wednesday I woke up to find that it had snowed during the night. It wasn't too cold, so I went out and got my EZ and flew for about 10 minutes. Not a breath of wind and it flew beautifully in the cold crisp air! But alas the snow was gone by mid afternoon. Now its down to 20 this morning and supposed to get into the teens tonight! At least it will keep some of the drunks off the road around here, but its way too cold for me to fly! Sooo I'm hoping for a warming trend to happen this weekend. My brother called from Scottsdale and they had snow last night, so the cold weather is everywhere! It must be those North Koreans and their nuclear sites messing with the flying weather.

Jack
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Okay, I'm over here now too. Kevin, did you close the other thread yet?
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I'm in. Happy 2011, everybody!
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I had some east coast flying experience this week. Wednesday I woke up to find that it had snowed during the night. It wasn't too cold, so I went out and got my EZ and flew for about 10 minutes. Not a breath of wind and it flew beautifully in the cold crisp air! But alas the snow was gone by mid afternoon. Now its down to 20 this morning and supposed to get into the teens tonight! At least it will keep some of the drunks off the road around here, but its way too cold for me to fly! Sooo I'm hoping for a warming trend to happen this weekend. My brother called from Scottsdale and they had snow last night, so the cold weather is everywhere! ...

Jack
Hi Jack,

We got some warm weather today (it's been in the 20's & 30's for about 4 weeks) ... today it got up into the 50's! Woo-Hoo!

In fact, Bob/Chairwolf and I got to fly our EasyStars today ... including some EasyStar HeadPlay FPV flying...

I hope you have good flying weather soon!

Kevin
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