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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, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1564626
2011 EasyStar Thread #28, KevinHines, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post20283747
2010 EasyStar Thread #27, KevinHines: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1167272
2009 EasyStar Thread #26, Sarge, sargentw: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=975833
2008 EasyStar Thread #25, 2008-Part 2, Mark Jayne: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=873081
2008 EasyStar Thread #24, 2008-Part 1, Mark Jayne: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=793787
2007 EasyStar Thread #23, Alex, AlexEames: https://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, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=459096
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #21 - What more can I say??, July 2006-Dec, 2006, rwcorleyze, https://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, https://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, https://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, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=356824
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #17 - The biggest trilogy ever!, March 2005-April 2005, jcosta, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=345376
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #16 - The Greatest Trainer Ever Created, Feb 2005-March 2005, Brandie, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=335750
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #15 - The New Generation, Jan 2005-Feb 2005, splash99, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=323760
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #14 - Better'n sliced bread!, Dec 2004-Feb 2005, Ed, intheswamp, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=310649
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #13 - Epic Adventure, superboss, Nov 2004-Dec2004, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=300087
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #12 - Ongoing Saga, Oct 2004-Nov 2004 TreeTrimmer, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=290961
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #11 - The Next Generation, Sept 30th - Oct 25th 2004, jcosta, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=281496
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #10 - Part 10, Sept 9th - Sept 30th 2004, splash99, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=273201
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #09 - Part 09, Aug 1st - Sept 9th 2004, jcosta, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=258656
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #08 - Part 08, June 21st - Aug 1st 2004, Bad Attitude, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=243273
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #07 - Part 07, June 3rd - June 21st 2004, Zoomzoom, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=237392
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #06 - Part 06, May 18th - June 3rd 2004, Zoomzoom, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=231999
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #05 - Part 05, May 3rd - May 18th 2004, Treetop, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=226881
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #04 - Part 04, April 8th - May 3rd 2004, jcosta, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=218540
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #03 - Part 03, March 12th - April 8th 2004, tim hooper, https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...hreadid=208883
Multiplex Easy Star Thread #02 - Part 02, Feb 17th 2004 - March 12th 2004, tim hooper, https://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, https://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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=810365
-The EasyStar Propeller Direction thread: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=813238
-ScrtSqrl's Easy Guide for Getting Started in FPV with the EasyStar: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2739 and https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1387901
-"FPV EasyStar" Thread: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....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:
(3 min 16 sec)


Galaxiex's EasyStar:
(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:
(1 min 39 sec)


I like to use my EasyStars for both conventional flying:
(2 min 26 sec)


...as well as for FPV (First Person View) Flying:
(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!
(3 min 58 sec)



Nakelp86 posted this great EasyStar FPV video, with nice chase scenes, and low (very low) passes!
(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:
(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:
(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. :
(4 min 43 sec)



Gene also posted this great Welcome to the EasyStar Thread Video:
(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:
(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!!!:
(2 min 43 sec)



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



I have flown the gift EasyStar out to a range of 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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2771
-Part #2: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=719
The Build:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1691
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1742
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1782
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1790
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1813
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2241
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2466
Maiden Flight,with stock setup:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=4754
...
Later on, hopped up with many upgrades, including brushless power & FPV:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/beginner-tr...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...08&postcount=1




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



AJ's Wing Attachment Mod:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post18194475 and https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post18230867

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

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

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

-ScrtSqrl's Outrunner Motor Mount, using a Plastic Medicine Bottle: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2961 and more pictures here https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=4361 and a picture: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=4362
-ScrtSqrl's FPV EasyStar Setup and Gear: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=3036
-Wheeled Landing Gear Mods for the EasyStar:
1. Vantasstic's: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=8455
2. Eaglewing's: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=8473
3. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=1542 and
4. https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=8447
-Big Prop EasyStar Mod & FPV EasyStar Motor/Power Setups: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=9918
-Ultalight EasyStar, by NoFlyZone: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1029220
-How to Recover from a Stalled Wing (aka Tipstall or Spin): https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=3905
-Why I fly my EasyStars without a canopy: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ostcount=10012
-ScrtSqrl's Aileron Mod Tutorial: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ostcount=10490
-Motor & Prop Selection Advice, from 2500Gene: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ostcount=10512
-Current Gift & FPV EasyStar configuration: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...ostcount=10010
-Servos for EasyStar, recommended by AJBaker: HobbyKing HXT900's: https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...?idProduct=662
-Wing-Strengthening Mods: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...&postcount=342
-Jurgen's EasyStar II Only thread - Jurgen is posting helpful data for the new EasyStar II version of the EasyStar: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1525403
-Rickochet's scratch built Servo Covers: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=9085



Have Fun!


Good Luck!
Kevin
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Dec 31, 2010, 04:58 PM
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Announcing the FPV EasyStar Thread!


Announcing the FPV EasyStar Thread:

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...0#post17509244



Finally started! Woo-Hoo!

Kevin
Last edited by kevinhines; Feb 24, 2011 at 08:40 PM.
Dec 31, 2010, 04:59 PM
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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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=1077384
-Post by Little-Acorn, a good explanation, using a different method which may be simpler for a new RC pilot: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=6810

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

Welcome,
Kevin
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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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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.
Last edited by kevinhines; Dec 23, 2011 at 09:31 PM.
Dec 31, 2010, 05:00 PM
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EasyStar Poetry


Upup's EasyStar Happy New Year Poem:
posted here: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...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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Dec 31, 2010, 05:19 PM
Why so serious?
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Dec 31, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Reserved for me.
Gee Gene gets all the good stuff! Kevin!!!

Happy New Year to all!

Jack
Dec 31, 2010, 05:37 PM
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Reserved for me.
Quote:
Originally Posted by jpgcag
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!

Kevin
Dec 31, 2010, 06:12 PM
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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
Dec 31, 2010, 06:22 PM
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Okay, I'm over here now too. Kevin, did you close the other thread yet?
Dec 31, 2010, 06:26 PM
I think it'll work this time!!
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I'm in. Happy 2011, everybody!
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Dec 31, 2010, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by jpgcag
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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Dec 31, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Dec 31, 2010, 06:35 PM
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Okay, I'm over here now too. Kevin, did you close the other thread yet?
Van, I'm glad you're here!

Yup, the 2010 thread is closed.

Now it's time to fly RC & party in the new year!

Kevin
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Dec 31, 2010, 06:37 PM
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Bob's workshop


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Dec 31, 2010, 06:45 PM
Me a long time ago
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WOW... Page 2 already and it is still just 2345 in the UK.
Dec 31, 2010, 06:55 PM
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Happy New Year everyone !
Joe
Dec 31, 2010, 06:57 PM
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Thanks Kevin.

We were supposed to do some "training"...but instead found 25 mph winds...lols.

One note though, I probably will not fly as "energetically" again. LOLs...I found some cracking in that airplane's tail boom and vertical stabilizer.
JBB, What caused the boom & vert stab cracks?

Any lessons learned, to help the rest of us, would be much appreciated.

Good luck with the repairs,

Kevin
Dec 31, 2010, 07:18 PM
I think it'll work this time!!
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You mean WORLD FAMOUS workshop!!!
Dec 31, 2010, 07:37 PM
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SARG5 from KANSAS here

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL AND TO ALL A GREAT [ES] flying year.
Dec 31, 2010, 07:42 PM
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Heads Up


Speaking of Happy New Year, don't forget Chinese New Year 2011 (Year of the Rabbit) starts on the 3rd of February and runs for the next 15 days. So if you need to order from HK or anyone else over there you best get your orders in because the whole area shuts down for those 2 weeks.

Jack
Dec 31, 2010, 08:24 PM
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Happy New Year Everyone!
Dec 31, 2010, 09:00 PM
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Originally Posted by galaxiex
Happy New Year Everyone!
Van, Bob, Malcolm, Joe, Sarg5, & Dale,

I'm glad you guys are here!

Kevin


PS - I added Gene's Christmas poem to post #8.
Dec 31, 2010, 09:06 PM
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Happy New Year everyone !
Joe
Ahaha.....joes plastered already
Dec 31, 2010, 09:07 PM
Closed Account
...
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Dec 31, 2010, 09:18 PM
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So what weight Lipo will ... balance an otherwise stock EZ? Knowing that anything below it down to about 150g will need some balast.
...
When I flew the stock power system in a recent EasyStar, I flew with a 2S 2200mah 150g Lipo plus another 60g of ballast in the nose... So I'd say that for my model, a 2S Lipo which weighed 210g would have been about right.

Good Luck,
Kevin
Dec 31, 2010, 09:39 PM
Flying low is expensive.
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Happy New Year everyone! lookin' forward to a fantastic new year in the EZ* thread
Dec 31, 2010, 10:11 PM
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1.00 CAD = 1.00210 USD today
Wow - besides being a fine-tuned ballast, that Cdn 5-cent piece can be a finders reward if my EZ* ever decides to fly away (it does seem to favour a northern heading now... ).

Happy New Year, All!
Dec 31, 2010, 10:45 PM
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I got a HK decathlon for christmas and was wondering what to do with the ugly little wheel spats.

A bit of a snip here and there and some silver paint.......
Dec 31, 2010, 10:56 PM
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Happy New Year. I just put a new prop on my Easystar's Rimfire 1600kV outrunner: Aeronaut 6x5CF. Wattmeter showed 12.4A @WOT running it in the basement. Should be a good combo.

Tony
Dec 31, 2010, 10:59 PM
I think it'll work this time!!
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Let's start this out right, shall we?

Dec 31, 2010, 11:01 PM
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I got a HK decathlon for christmas and was wondering what to do with the ugly little wheel spats.

A bit of a snip here and there and some silver paint.......
Nice mod, Brett! Looks great.
Jan 01, 2011, 12:02 AM
I think it'll work this time!!
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Happy REAL New Year (US version)!!!!!
Jan 01, 2011, 03:26 AM
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Originally Posted by t-turley


Happy New Year. I just put a new prop on my Easystar's Rimfire 1600kV outrunner: Aeronaut 6x5CF. Wattmeter showed 12.4A @WOT running it in the basement. Should be a good combo.

Tony
Hi Tony,

make sure the prop is balanced. I have had some Aeronaut props which required quite a bit of "rework".

Happy New Year!

Jürgen
Jan 01, 2011, 03:37 AM
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HNY all - thanks for the help & encouragement in getting my EasyStar in the air. I now have about an hour stick time.... and no damage!!

Managed an 18 minute flight yesterday with video and visibilty!!
Jan 01, 2011, 07:00 AM
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happy new year

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

Regards jeff
Jan 01, 2011, 07:02 AM
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Happy new year
Jan 01, 2011, 07:56 AM
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Canopy done.Awaiting programming book.


I have a nice Futaba 9C TX, for this plane. I have ordered a book, published by a lady in Britain, which I hope will help me program channels 7&8, with a "head-tracker" gyro, through the buddy-cord, so we will be able to look around a bit, while flying the EZ*.
(I have the Futaba manual, and I have sat with this thing, & read, & twiddled,
but I seem to lack the mental acquity to grasp its complexity)!
Jan 01, 2011, 09:21 AM
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Happy new year


Happy New Year, everybody!
Last edited by Lancer31; Jan 02, 2011 at 08:11 AM. Reason: Kevin's guidelines.
Jan 01, 2011, 09:30 AM
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Hi Tony,

make sure the prop is balanced. I have had some Aeronaut props which required quite a bit of "rework".

Happy New Year!

Jürgen
Thanks Jurgen. I always make sure to check the balance of my props, and this one did need some work. It wasn't too bad, though.

Tony
Jan 01, 2011, 09:42 AM
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You guys crack me up!!

Happy New Year.
Jan 01, 2011, 09:44 AM
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Hny


Happy New Year to all on the Easy * Thread.

May all your dreams and wishes come true.

Rich...
Jan 01, 2011, 09:48 AM
I think it'll work this time!!
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Originally Posted by Lancer31
... we will be able to look around a bit, while flying the EZ*.
Your FPV canopy looks great! Nice job.
Jan 01, 2011, 10:05 AM
Why so serious?
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Myth Busters


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Originally Posted by Lancer31
I read a post somewhere in this thread where a modeler mentioned applying compressed air to his motor bearings. I had a long carreer in aviation mechanics, and remember reading a very strong caution against this practise. I don't have proof, at the moment, but it makes sense, when you think about it. Individual balls, or the entire race, could easily exceed their
maximum permissible rotational speed, and either gall, (surface-melting, owing to great friction), or simply fly apart, (or some combination thereof).
I can easily imagine cases where one could unwittingly cause hidden damage.
Why risk it? DON'T DO IT!

Oh, by the way, Happy New Year, everybody!
I have a long career in the automotive field and have always heard that too but never any evidence.
Set your regulator to 60lbs or lower and they won't spin as fast.
Jan 01, 2011, 10:10 AM
I think it'll work this time!!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2500GENE
I have a long career in the automotive field and have always heard that too but never any evidence.
Set your regulator to 60lbs or lower and they won't spin as fast.
Seems like a motor that rotates what, 20,000 rpm when it's running should be able to handle a little blast of air. I doubt an air compressor is going to spin the motor any faster than it spins by itself anyway.

Just my 2 cents!

BTW, what are you doing up this early? It's only 10:00 am!
Last edited by Chairwolf; Jan 01, 2011 at 10:14 AM. Reason: added a smiley for good ol' gene
Jan 01, 2011, 10:37 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lancer31
I read a post somewhere in this thread where a modeler mentioned applying compressed air to his motor bearings. I had a long carreer in aviation mechanics, and remember reading a very strong caution against this practise. I don't have proof, at the moment, but it makes sense, when you think about it. Individual balls, or the entire race, could easily exceed their maximum permissible rotational speed, and either gall, (surface-melting, owing to great friction), or simply fly apart, (or some combination thereof).
...
Have a look in Youtube - seems to be a popular game for bored teenagers:

10 bar und kugellager (0 min 23 sec)


I have heard about accidents, where some idiots put their finger inside the inner bearing ring. You can imagine what happens, when the bearing runs hot or seizes.

Jürgen
Jan 01, 2011, 10:50 AM
Why so serious?
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Originally Posted by Chairwolf

BTW, what are you doing up this early? It's only 10:00 am!
Who said I ever went to bed?
Jan 01, 2011, 10:58 AM
SARG5
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REMEMBER
It has been a great year for us ES flyers and builders. DO NOT LOOK BACK [Been there Done that]. Now KEVINHINES has started us off with the new 2011 thread.
Lets all look forward to better things.
One more small item.
You know the RC flying field that you are enjoying. Who takes care of it? Who heads up the your local RC AMA meeting?, Who pays for the mower fuel? These folks are all our friends in RC FLYING. Pitch in and help out, even if only a very small tokin way. The folks who make your flying enjoyable will notice. Even if nothing more then a PAT ON THE BACK!, and a THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING FOR THE CLUB! The doers and shakers at your RC flying field, do this because they WANT TO and they enjoy doing things that make others around them happy.
LOOKING FORWARD TO 2011
SARG5
From KANSAS, THE FLY OVER COUNTRY
Jan 01, 2011, 11:05 AM
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SARG5
One more thing from KANSAS.
{ARE THERE ANY EasyStar flyers here in Kansas]. I am still looking for more
E-flyers here in the NORTH CENTERAL part of Kansas [Russell, Ks.]
Thank you
SARG5
FLYING AND SEEING THE COUNTRY WE DEFEND
Jan 01, 2011, 11:09 AM
Why so serious?
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Originally Posted by SARG5
SARG5
One more thing from KANSAS.
{ARE THERE ANY EasyStar flyers here in Kansas]. I am still looking for more
E-flyers here in the NORTH CENTERAL part of Kansas [Russell, Ks.]
Thank you
SARG5
FLYING AND SEEING THE COUNTRY WE DEFEND
I heard there was one at 10 Miles north of Russell, Ks. on US281 hy.
Jan 01, 2011, 11:12 AM
'FPV'er...not a "LOS'er
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Originally Posted by SARG5
REMEMBER
It has been a great year for us ES flyers and builders. DO NOT LOOK BACK [Been there Done that].
Well sometimes you just need to look back...especially when you fly behind yourself.
Jan 01, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Chairwolf
Your FPV canopy looks great! Nice job.
Thank you! Hope to fly it again, soon.
Jan 01, 2011, 11:19 AM
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Happy New Year everyone!

Been in Roxton TX on vacation for a week and of course took 2 of my EZ* with me. We stopped by the Grand Canyon on the way out and did take some video from my GoPro HD but won't be home to post it for for a week.
Last edited by 1320fastback; Jan 01, 2011 at 12:32 PM.
Jan 01, 2011, 11:31 AM
Argue for your limitations
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The Big Ditch Pictures


Quote:
Originally Posted by 1320fastback
Happy New Year everyone!

Been in Roxton TX on vacation for a week and of course took 2 of my EZ* with me. We stopped by the Grand Canyon on the way out and did he some video from my GoPro HD but won't be home to post it for for a week.
Was the GoPro attached to the EZ* when you used it? I would love to see that video.
AJ
Jan 01, 2011, 11:32 AM
Argue for your limitations
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Kids having fun


Quote:
Originally Posted by Jurgen Heilig
Have a look in Youtube - seems to be a popular game for bored teenagers:


I have heard about accidents, where some idiots put their finger inside the inner bearing ring. You can imagine what happens, when the bearing runs hot or seizes.

Jürgen
Not very bright, but funny yes.
AJ
Jan 01, 2011, 11:37 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SARG5
SARG5
One more thing from KANSAS.
{ARE THERE ANY EasyStar flyers here in Kansas]. I am still looking for more
E-flyers here in the NORTH CENTERAL part of Kansas [Russell, Ks.]
Thank you
SARG5
FLYING AND SEEING THE COUNTRY WE DEFEND
I used to live a few hundred yards off of US281 in Nebraska - always worried about our border security with Kansas, but feel safer now that we have EZ* patrols .
Jan 01, 2011, 11:45 AM
'FPV'er...not a "LOS'er
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Hmmm...maybe we could start a whole new measuring system. How about kilofeet per furday?
Jan 01, 2011, 12:46 PM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Originally Posted by Vantasstic
Hmmm...maybe we could start a whole new measuring system. How about kilofeet per furday?
That'll be the metric equivalent of the Imperial measurement "Perches per reign of this King...."
Jan 01, 2011, 01:00 PM
Detroit 2-stroke junkie
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ajbaker
Was the GoPro attached to the EZ* when you used it? I would love to see that video.
AJ
Yes it was, it's not in the state park but about 1 mile south of the entrance at a roadside view point. The Department of Interior signs scared me off about flying inside the park. The drop/cliff is about 1400' and even though it's not 5000' it still looks awesome.

When flying below myself the plane would start to disappear in the horizontal layers of the walls but wasn't a problem. Wish I had FPV!
Jan 01, 2011, 01:01 PM
Climb,turn,roll,loop,soar
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinhines
Van, Bob, Malcolm, Joe, Sarg5, & Dale,

I'm glad you guys are here!

Kevin


PS - I added Gene's Christmas poem to post #8.
Great job on the start of the new 2011 thread
Glad your doing it again this year
Thnx.
Joe
Jan 01, 2011, 01:52 PM
SARG5
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YOU NEED TO WATCH THAT FELLOW THAT LIVES 10 MILES NORTH OF RUSSELL, KS.
1. If you are flying in his RC field, you first have to clean up the cow poop from the RR
2. You have to get the little ones off the RR, where mom put them down. They do not want to leave.
3. You have to watch those little swallows that are living under the bridge. They will chase your ES. So far one shot down mark for the ES.
4. You have to watch for those little goffer holes that keep showing up. BUT THE MOTH BALLS ARE WORKING ON THEM
5. You have to steer around the BUFFALO WALLOWS holes that we have not filled yet, but working on them. Only 2 left to go. The field is still work in process.
6. Do not forget to close the gate when you leave. OF COURSE IT IS NOT LOCKED.
7. You do need to be a member in good standing with AMA
8. You do need to be invited to fly. lets see?????, cannot remember of anyone being not asked to fly???
9. Help mow the grass once in a while, while the wife and I are away for a mo. of great fishing in Canada, or just out camping with our MILITARY FRIENDS
10. BUT MOST OF ALL, [PLEASE STOP BY, AND HAVE A GREAT DAY FLYING]
.REMEMBER
THIS IS KANSAS
No trees to worry about
No Airport overhead traffic to worry about
No close neighbors or homes to worry about making mad about the noise

JUST WORRY ABOUT
The Kansas wind
The Kansas snow storms

Other then that. HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR.
SARG5
4.
Jan 01, 2011, 01:54 PM
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Good luck to us all in 2011...


...and a happy new year from this EZ* flier and lurker to the rest of you! Let's hope that 2011 sees a better year for not just us lucky ones, but for most of the rest of the world who don't have the luxury of building and flying toy planes...good luck to us all, I say.

Steve.
Jan 01, 2011, 02:23 PM
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Happy New Year.

Less than one day on the new thread and 66 posts.

Bill
Jan 01, 2011, 02:52 PM
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Blimey, page 5 and I've only just made it over to the new thread.

Oh, and not a single "prop on backwards" yet
Jan 01, 2011, 03:10 PM
Me a long time ago
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Originally Posted by Husky2000
Blimey, page 5 and I've only just made it over to the new thread.

Oh, and not a single "prop on backwards" yet
And we have not had yes or no to 'sanding off the pimples'. If fact we ain't had it for a long time.
Jan 01, 2011, 03:31 PM
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Happy New Year 2011 to every EasyStar pilot!


Happy New Year 2011 to every EasyStar pilot. This was our way to celebrate the New Year last night:

Multiplex EasyStar with fireworks wishing Happy New Year 2011 (0 min 52 sec)
Jan 01, 2011, 04:42 PM
Why so serious?
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Originally Posted by micsa
Happy New Year 2011 to every EasyStar pilot. This was our way to celebrate the New Year last night:
You're going to be told how illegal that is and how it hurts the RC community when folks take a chance like that but it sure looked cool.

Bob's esc does the same thing when he over props.
Jan 01, 2011, 05:14 PM
Team Daedalus
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Easy Star 2011 post #1


First thanks for all the hard work Kevin. It's much appreciated. Thanks for being an inspiration to have fun and explore the limitlessness of the Easy Star.


Also inspiring was the video from Ivan Estebanc. I'd never seen that before. With the music it's very moving.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1#post16967971

Happy New Year to all!

Todd
Jan 01, 2011, 06:58 PM
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The aileron mod is complete. Pretty easy actually. Used a combination of techniques from Scrtsqrl and Sarg5. Way too windy to test fly. Maybe tomorrow. Had a can of grey paint that was close to the wing color I used to paint over the strapping tape. If it flys as good as I hope I'll do a complete wing repaint to make it all match. Couldn't find a 36" cf tube at my lhs for the wing. Did come across a 29" aluminium arrow shaft. 10" longer than the original tube. Better than nothing. Thanks all for the help getting it done.
Rick
Latest blog entry: The first F-4 I crewed.
Jan 01, 2011, 07:04 PM
Why so serious?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fuzzyhead
The aileron mod is complete. Pretty easy actually. Used a combination of techniques from Scrtsqrl and Sarg5. Way too windy to test fly. Maybe tomorrow. Had a can of grey paint that was close to the wing color I used to paint over the strapping tape. If it flys as good as I hope I'll do a complete wing repaint to make it all match. Couldn't find a 36" cf tube at my lhs for the wing. Did come across a 29" aluminium arrow shaft. 10" longer than the original tube. Better than nothing. Thanks all for the help getting it done.
Rick
Nice job.
Walmart and KMart sometimes carry the CF arrow shafts real cheap. Might be a seasonal or regional thing but check them out.
Jan 01, 2011, 07:07 PM
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And we have not had yes or no to 'sanding off the pimples'.
Wouldn't that hurt?
Jan 01, 2011, 07:13 PM
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I say if you sand the pimples the EZ star will not fly correctly...
Jan 01, 2011, 07:20 PM
Old F-4 Crewchief
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 2500GENE
Nice job.
Walmart and KMart sometimes carry the CF arrow shafts real cheap. Might be a seasonal or regional thing but check them out.
Will do. Keep in mind this is Texas. These folks down here shot anything that moves anytime of year.
Latest blog entry: The first F-4 I crewed.
Jan 01, 2011, 07:29 PM
Why so serious?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fuzzyhead
Will do. Keep in mind this is Texas. These folks down here shot anything that moves anytime of year.
and I'm from Jersey. Most don't limit themselves to just shooting animals.
Jan 01, 2011, 07:39 PM
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Don't recall saying animals only. But point taken.
Latest blog entry: The first F-4 I crewed.
Jan 01, 2011, 07:44 PM
I think it'll work this time!!
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Originally Posted by 2500GENE
and I'm from Jersey.
Me too. It's a great place to be from. (think about it...)
Jan 01, 2011, 08:27 PM
Why so serious?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by fuzzyhead
Will do. Keep in mind this is Texas. These folks down here shot anything that moves anytime of year.
Quote:
Originally Posted by fuzzyhead
Don't recall saying animals only. But point taken.
Our 7-11s sells .45 hollow points.
Jan 01, 2011, 10:08 PM
Team Daedalus
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Convex faces direction of travel


Just so we get this "Straight" at the beginning of the year "The convex side of the prop faces the direction of travel"
Jan 01, 2011, 10:26 PM
Team Daedalus
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Chairwolf
Seems like a motor that rotates what, 20,000 rpm when it's running should be able to handle a little blast of air. I doubt an air compressor is going to spin the motor any faster than it spins by itself anyway.

Just my 2 cents!

BTW, what are you doing up this early? It's only 10:00 am!
When I was racing RC buggies and trucks. We had compressed air hoses for people to use on their motors. Granted this was dirt track racing and they were brushed motors (brush dust) but just as expensive bearings as the motors we use.

That said if you're flying (landing/takeoff) in dirt. It shouldn't hurt. Little dirt or rock particle will ruin bearings before a blast of air.

Jan 01, 2011, 10:35 PM
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Happy New Year Everybody!!!!!!

I flew my EZ* last Wednesday for the first time in a long time (medical reasons ) and it was just too much work to keep the plane flying. The wind was blowing gusty at 10-20 mph and I did more hovering than anything. I had to work hard to get it back toward me several times when the young man that I was letting fly (hover) it (4 mistakes high) let it get turned and in seconds was downwind of the flying field. Two landings and two batteries later with no serious damage made me feel good about flying again.
ew
p.s. I have 2 EZ*'s and the one I flew was this one....
Jan 01, 2011, 10:39 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by eaglewing
p.s. I have 2 EZ*'s and the one I flew was this one....
What is your motor, ew?

Tony
Jan 01, 2011, 10:40 PM
Firepower
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Originally Posted by Lancer31
I have a nice Futaba 9C TX, for this plane. I have ordered a book, published by a lady in Britain, which I hope will help me program channels 7&8, with a "head-tracker" gyro, through the buddy-cord, so we will be able to look around a bit, while flying the EZ*.
(I have the Futaba manual, and I have sat with this thing, & read, & twiddled,
but I seem to lack the mental acquity to grasp its complexity)!
I also have the Futaba 9C TX and have nearly finished the Easy*. I have not turned on my elogger, OSD pro etc and a Damtronics head tracker yet. I can see it will take quite a bit of time to get going.

Any tips along the way when you get yours going would be most welcomed.

Your camera setup on the plane looks great. I bought the standard ply setup.
Jan 02, 2011, 12:49 AM
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Originally Posted by eaglewing
Happy New Year Everybody!!!!!!

I flew my EZ* last Wednesday for the first time in a long time (medical reasons ) and it was just too much work to keep the plane flying. The wind was blowing gusty at 10-20 mph and I did more hovering than anything. I had to work hard to get it back toward me several times when the young man that I was letting fly (hover) it (4 mistakes high) let it get turned and in seconds was downwind of the flying field. Two landings and two batteries later with no serious damage made me feel good about flying again.
ew
p.s. I have 2 EZ*'s and the one I flew was this one....
Eaglewing,

Glad to read you are back flying. Those windy days are an adventure.

I like the matching green tape.

Bill
Jan 02, 2011, 04:06 AM
Me a long time ago
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Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowcolorado
I say if you sand the pimples the EZ star will not fly correctly...
Ah, but just think of the extra drag those 'pimples' cause.
You must think 'LAMINAR FLOW' for glider wings.
Jan 02, 2011, 04:52 AM
Foam is where the heart is
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Tried out the aileron and big rudder mod today and I must say it flies much nicer than before.
Turns are cleaner and she will roll, slooowwwly.
Jan 02, 2011, 07:51 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Firepower
I also have the Futaba 9C TX and have nearly finished the Easy*. I have not turned on my elogger, OSD pro etc and a Damtronics head tracker yet. I can see it will take quite a bit of time to get going.

Any tips along the way when you get yours going would be most welcomed.

Your camera setup on the plane looks great. I bought the standard ply setup.
Thank you for the compliment! I expect the programming supplement tomorrow, and if I learn something that seems like it might help someone,
I'll try to figure out a way to publish it, in a non-controversial manner. If I fail that, I'll PM you.
Jan 02, 2011, 09:12 AM
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Hey Kevin


Hi Kevin. I wondered if you might want to add HeadsUpRc to the ES vendor list. They carry the ES and only charge a flat rate $4.95 shipping for kits. Other orders are $2 flat rate shipping. If you order from HURC in the morning you usually get a shipping notice after lunch. With all of their kits Jeff lists recommended equipment which he also carries and usually performance data. It's a great place to shop. He also answers emails very promptly.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...R--dsh-/Detail
Jan 02, 2011, 09:38 AM
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A bit of fun from 2008


Hi,

Wishing you all a happy new year lads.
A video from the past, having fun.
TWFC Thu 29th May 2008 Catch Me if you can (2 min 24 sec)


Andy
Jan 02, 2011, 09:59 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Grandadap
Hi,

Wishing you all a happy new year lads.
A video from the past, having fun.

Andy
Thanks, that put a smile on my face.

Mike K
Jan 02, 2011, 10:48 AM
Team Daedalus
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That's a great place to fly Grandadap! I bet you you could stay aloft 90 minutes or more on a 2200 mah with the wind coming off the sea there.

I want a place like that.

Todd
Jan 02, 2011, 11:35 AM
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HeadsupRC


I concur with what Rickochet says about HURC! (He's just a few miles from me, and I have seen his stock). Great place to do business.
Jan 02, 2011, 12:07 PM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Just come back from another session flying my EasyStar.... this time managed two flights on one 8 cell 1500mAh NiMH battery - total air time approx 30 minutes.

I do believe that I'm starting to get the hang of this....I concentrated more on being smooth especially on pitch, and tried not to overcontrol (as much); I think I was successful, but there is still improvement to be made! I also went for more altitude this time, and possibly got into some ridge lift over the moor top; I had it flying motor off for about five minutes with very little loss of height. In the right conditions, the EasyStar soars as well I remember my old Middle Phase did. I became concerned at the short but perceptible time delay between opening/closing the throttle and hearing the motor note change... then I realised it was due to the speed differential between radio and sound waves....

The two flights would have been one, but I decided to practice a bit of low flying. Whilst low and slow, a wingtip clipped a clump of moor grass (or a 'bobby's helmet' as my wife inexplicably refers to them) and an abrupt arrival ensued.

Second flight was shorter, but after the LVC/BEC cut in for the first time, I did a few more low and slow passes and the flight culminated in a nice landing less than 10 yards from my feet - which at my skill level, I was pretty pleased with.

Previously, I was adamant that balsa was best. However with the EasyStar I have really seen the value of foamies. At the current point in my life, I have little time free to build a balsa model (much as I enjoy the creative process); plus the 'crashability' of foam makes me far less concerned about pushing the envelope (such as it is) with some low flying when I am still struggling with flying toward me.

As I said in the 2010 thread:
Blimey, I love this plane!
Jan 02, 2011, 12:12 PM
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Flying Site


Quote:
Originally Posted by Wolveslayr
That's a great place to fly Grandadap! I bet you you could stay aloft 90 minutes or more on a 2200 mah with the wind coming off the sea there.

I want a place like that.

Todd
Hi Todd,
It's a great place when we have an easterly wind, soaring until the hands get numb or we tire. The club (TWFC) been there a number of years but it looks as if the end is in sight.
http://twfcrc.zxq.net/TWFC/seaham%20index.html
Planning permission has gone in for a 100 space caravan site so we could be saying goodby within a years time.
I hope that the farmer who has been good to us in the past can find an alternative flying strip before we are asked to leave.
I'm a member of another club, but would feel gutted if we lose this strip, as the flying area is unlimited to the north, east and the south.
Andy
Jan 02, 2011, 01:23 PM
Registered User
I messed up . . . I forgot to charge my Tx last night. We're having a beautiful, sunny but cold day outside, and here I am reading what you blokes are up to instead of flying my Easystar. Again,

Tony
Jan 02, 2011, 01:49 PM
I think it'll work this time!!
Chairwolf's Avatar
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rickochet
Hi Kevin. I wondered if you might want to add HeadsUpRc to the ES vendor list. They carry the ES and only charge a flat rate $4.95 shipping for kits. Other orders are $2 flat rate shipping. If you order from HURC in the morning you usually get a shipping notice after lunch. With all of their kits Jeff lists recommended equipment which he also carries and usually performance data. It's a great place to shop. He also answers emails very promptly.

http://www.headsuprc.com/servlet/the...R--dsh-/Detail
I second that motion! I've been a customer of theirs for a while. They're a great outfit, and they do our hobby a tremendous service with the motor/esc/prop info that they post for every motor, among the other good things that they do as a vendor.

I encourage my fellow EZ pilots to check them out. They deserve to have some of our bid'ness.

Bob
Jan 02, 2011, 02:08 PM
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New Addition


Well its still the holidays over here and i spent today putting together my third Easy*, I now have.

1 completely back to stock (brushed motor) on a 2cell lipo and Apc 6*4 (to hopefully teach my girls to fly this spring on)

1 revved up model with a Eflite seris 6 2700kv (more time to be confident on this)

And the new model with a pair of Sky Surfer wings for Aeiliron practice with a cheap 2200kv motor on.

Now lets hope for a calm day to get back out there and to maiden the new model.

Rich.....
Jan 02, 2011, 03:40 PM
So I'M meant to be in control?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by t-turley
I messed up . . . I forgot to charge my Tx last night.
Which reminds me - how often do you guys charge your Tx? I have flown three times this week, and it's still showing 95% charge.....?????


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