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Old Mar 26, 2005, 07:55 PM
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Easy Star with camera mount and Himax brushless

A few people have asked for some pics. of the EasyStar Plane I use, so here they are. I don't think this is all that much different than what other people are doing, but here are some pics. The second pic. shows the stock motor with a .125 carbon rod glued into the fuselage. For the first 3 weeks I used the plane with the stock motor and glued only the last 6 inches of the fuselage together and used tape to hold the rest of it together. After getting the Himax 2815 brushless motor, Ph 25 controller and Berg micro stamp receiver, I split the fuselage and installed the new stuff, Pic. 3 The rest of the pics. show the plane as it is now with the Canon S230 camera sitting in a foam cradle camera mount, being held on with rubber bands. I did cover the foam camera mount with 2 separate applications of .55oz fiberglass and minwax to add strength. Also a 6" servo extension helps in getting the camera on and off. The Black camera mount that looks like a small box is made out of Kydex , a thermo plastic, that you heat in the oven to 300 and then fold or mold to the camera. I use it as a multi purpose camera box. as I also have a alum. bracket that mount under my Slow Stick, and this box will bolt right up to that. Overall I am very happy with the end results. I use the Easy Star for when it is windy and or when I have a lot of room to land it, as the thing seems to glide forever. The Slow Stick works great when I need to bring it out of the sky at a step angle and don't have much room to land. They both work great, but its nice being able to choose for the situation. Also the EasyStar does fit into a day pack, which can make for a nice bike ride/ photo shoot.
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Old Mar 26, 2005, 07:58 PM
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Old Mar 27, 2005, 02:37 PM
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cool whats the AUW ? and hwodoes it land ?
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Old Mar 28, 2005, 12:38 AM
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Great job...love how you can just take her apart and throw her in your back pack...keep em' coming
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Old Mar 28, 2005, 12:46 AM
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That is nice. I have the same motor on a modified Slinger flying wing that I use for AP. It's a great direct drive motor with 3 cell lipos. I have never heard of the Kydex. Would you happen to have a link to an on-line supplier? Thanks.

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Old Mar 28, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Stellar work Frank! Thanks for sharing!!
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Old Mar 28, 2005, 11:41 AM
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Thanks for the compliments. I don't know the weight but I will check on that and post it. On the Kydex, I have been using it for years to make sheaths for some of the custom knifes I make and it works well for things like this camera box. The manufacture can be found at Kydex.com or at Google. For suppliers that sell very small amount, you can get it Texas knife supplies or K& G supplies, I think that stands for Knife and Gun supplies. Both sells it for around 4.50 a foot. I have used the .060 on the camera box, but have also used the .090 to make landing gear for another plane. If you have plastic supplies store around, they will have it cheaper if you buy a full sheet.
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