EasyStar is probably a bit faster and heavier than the SuperCub. Of course, it is far less "scale looking." The belly-landing nature of the plane, and its pusher prop offer lots of advantages for a newb. Plus, I hear the RTF version of the EasyStar comes with a decent (72 MHz) radio and uses standard components...
The only hop-up I'd suggest (from a stock RTF EasyStar) would be to use a large 2S lipo in place of the NiCd or NiMH battery pack. It's not like you need a large battery, but you'll need some extra weight up front, to get the CG right.
After you've flown the EZStar a bunch, you might also want to upgrade its motor to brushless. With the stock motor, you're best advised to avoid winds above, say, 5-8 mph.
The Supercub is a honey, no doubt... but I have about 20 planes including fast EDFs, scale warbirds on steroids, etc... and I always come back to my Easystar andf I long ago got bored and parted out my BL/lipo Hobbyzone Supercub.
Compared to the Supercub, the Easystar is an elegant, graceful and efficient flyer...on the stock brushed motor, it flies fine but with the drop-in F27 StrykerC BL motor, it has an incredibly broad flight envelope on 3s- from almost gymnasium fly-able to a high speed cruiser.
This plane will be the one that earns its spot in your transmitter's memory...Mine is my all weather flyer- it takes off brilliantly from powdery snow, thermals extremely well for a trainer-type plane and will fly forever on a 2200 pack. I have documented a 1+ hour flight with no help from thermals.
So- of the two planes, the Easystar wins in my book...
...but it will require you to assemble the kit (very easy...but still) and source your own electronics...which is not an easy task for a first plane.
Hopefully this will help:
Multiplex's suggested power system:
A pair of Hobbycity's finest 9g servos:
would also fly fine on:
Any Spektrum rx (if that's what you're using)
Last edited by Smokescreen38; Oct 23, 2009 at 02:00 PM.
I don't have the experience of others in the thread, but when I'm bored and want a change of pace my SC is where I go back to. If I'm at the field alone and the wind is light I get a kick out of doing hammerheads on either end of the runway with touch and goes in between. I do wish it had more power and it may be time for a new motor or BL/lipo conversion.
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