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Old Jul 17, 2005, 08:33 PM
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Why is the Easy Star so highly regarded for Newbies?

What about this plane makes it so easy for newbies? I'm considering getting it.
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 08:57 PM
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It is a good stable plane to teach yourself how to fly.

It also comes with TONS of debate of other trainer planes ie... GWS Slow Stick. (this is a 3ch plane).

You picked a good starting plane, with about 12 days of INCREDIBLE reading if you do a search on Easy Star on these forums.
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Old Jul 17, 2005, 09:56 PM
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It's not as easy as it is durable. Don't get me wrong, it is easy to fly but planes like the slowstick are easier. The easystar shines for it's durability when it comes to newbs, I bet your prop will last longer than your motor since it's a pusher, and since it's a belly slider landing is a no brainer. The foam it's made from bounces if you dork it on all but the most serious crashes. One thing thats tough for some newbs with the easystar is the takeoff since it is hand lauched but one could easily make a takeoff cart for it if you're flying off pavement, I've done this and it works well.

By the way the easystar is not just for newbs, I have one in my fleet, it can be just as fun as my bipes, paterns, and warbirds,...and it's alot easier to fly than my helis.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 12:47 AM
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If you want to better understand, you can read this:

http://plawner.net/3/1st_plane/
and this
http://plawner.net/4/easystar/easystar.html
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 02:02 AM
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crashingagain has summed things up pretty well but the Easy Star is also considerably better aerodynamically than some other aircraft out there. This is not saying anything against a GWS Beaver for example as I've had one and got more than my money's worth out of it as a bundle of fun but the ES is better. It handles a breeze better, it can thermal given the right day, it won't trip over every time you land (on grass) and so on. Try one and you'll be hooked.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 08:47 AM
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http://www.redrockethobbies.com/product_p/mpu13203.htm I found this supposed RTF kit. Why is this so much cheaper then everywhere else? I mailed the company and asked them for a bit more specifics.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 09:15 AM
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Is this the price with the radio, speed Controlers, servo installed and plane ??
This is soooo cheap and so nice if everything is installed...


Sounds great to me.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 09:37 AM
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That looks like the normal price for the RTF version of the Easy Star. Same price here: http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXFXV0&P=ML . It is a good deal.
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Amazing how these companies can get such deals...


I started, few years ago, with a Wingo... What a gap with the possibilities of today. This is really nice !
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 10:24 AM
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Will it really matter what version I get? The ARF or the RTF?
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 10:28 AM
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Either one will fly about the same. Putting the ARF together is a bit more work, but not difficult, and you will have to make more decisions while shopping. For the ARF you'll need to choose a transmitter, receiver, servos, and ESC. With either the ARF or RTF, you'll want to purchase a good battery charger and at least two battery packs, though three is better if you want to be able to fly all day (one charging, one cooling off, one in the plane).
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 10:29 AM
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I have one that I've trained my youngest on and helped another person on. Anyway the Easy Star brings to the table these items that I feel make a good trainer :

1) Hard to over control due to it's small rudder and is a stable platform.

2) Motor is up out of the way, so breaking a prop isn't a problem with the plane.

3) Easy to construct. Low part count. Couple hours and your ready to fly.

4) Durable. Haven't crashed it yet so haven't tested, but seems like it should take a beating for those who crash. Looks easy to fix.

5) Handles quite a bit of wind (with experience ... recommend to fly without wind when starting) . Aerodynamic.

6) Almost lands itself. It has a long glide path so easy to make 'adjustments' when on final .

7) No landing gear to get caught in grass or be pulled off. Just a simple belly lander.

8) Easy to store and transport. Three Pieces. Wings just pull apart .

9) Motor is Direct Drive, so no gearbox to fiddle with.

10) All electronics are 'standard' and can be moved to another plane when training is complete.

Lastly, it beats the looks of a Slow Stick by a mile (or two) .

Only downer is when it comes time to replace the motor. Not a 'quick' replacement procedure it 'looks' like as I haven't had to do that either .
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 10:50 AM
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Looks like this kit comes with a better battery and charger. Will that battery make a difference? Could I just put one of those in it?





http://www.hobby-lobby.com/easystar.htm
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Old Jul 18, 2005, 11:06 AM
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Does anyone know if the Easystar will float?

I am wondering what would happen if I landed it on the lake.....if it floated for a few minutes I would be able to recover it from my boat.

Is this a ridiculous idea?


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Old Jul 18, 2005, 11:08 AM
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That is a better battery and charger, and yes, you could use that battery with the RTF version of the plane.
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