Multiplex EasyStar

Brand: Multiplex

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4

READER REVIEWS
Raf Golsteyn  |  Oct 14, 2016

Strengths:
Handles 50 watts (standard speed 400 brushed) to up to 300 watt brushless align. Super stable flight characteristics, nice novice to expert plane. . .
Weaknesses:
small size rudder. . . .
Overall:
although a novice-beginner plane, it can handle lots of power (and plenty abuse! ;-))) Nice quality for realy low budget. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Noggin the Nog  |  Aug 29, 2013

Strengths:
Flys itself with no control inputs Easy to land Joy to watch. . . .
Weaknesses:
Floaty - difficult in strong wind (wants to veer to the side and just keeps going up) Be really careful with the leads from the engine as very tight space. . . .
Overall:
Good as a starter and as a relaxing flyer but need to change model to progress with your learning. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
3
Kursat  |  Dec 12, 2011

Strengths:
Most comfortable first plane, indestructable. . . .
Weaknesses:
nor very responsive. . . .
Overall:
best beginner's plane. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
Jon Peek  |  Dec 21, 2008

Strengths:
Some reviews state to slow as a weakness,I say that's one of its strengths as I needed all the time I could get when a situation developed airborne that I was not quite comfortable with. Can be carried in the boot for anytime flying any where suitable. . .
Weaknesses:
If stock equipment supplied is used then there is a reluctance for the aircraft to climb quickly,but it gets there, C of G needs to be spot on to prevent ballooning. Handlaunching can disturb innards be sure to secure firmly b4 each flight. . .
Overall:
As a learner aircraft you would have a job to find better. Help from an experienced pilot in the initial set up can prove invaluable, the difference between enjoying and possible catastrophe if poss seek help dont be afraid to ask. Dont be put off by the look of it,as even as you progress there's room at the flying field for some great fun if a few of you are aiborne together with little danger to aircraft or onlookers. .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
G  |  Dec 20, 2008

Strengths:
FLies really well, so easy to fly, and withstands crashes really well (for example, no forward-facing prop but a really solid nose that can take the punishment). Can be quite fast and semi-aerobatic as well. . .
Weaknesses:
No wheels so you can't practice wheeled landings as with some trainers. . . .
Overall:
Flies really, really well. A lovely little plane that will give beginners or oldies a lot of pleasure. Easy to build. Easy to chuck in the car.

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
3
Richard Cooper  |  Nov 14, 2008

Strengths:
Excellent for practice in small areas. . . .
Weaknesses:
A bit slow. . . .
Overall:
A great design and easy to mend. Useful for teaching flying especially with a buddy box. . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
5
Djay  |  Nov 13, 2008

Strengths:
strong foam,. . . .
Weaknesses:
in stock form, very very slow flyer, struggles to even maintain airspeed, takes a lifetime to get any height, no power at all , takes an eternity to turn/respond to rudder input, always running max throttle. does not like electricity power lines, attracted to the magnetic field from the cables and burns out the speed controller after it hits them. . .
Overall:
with the stock motor and recommended battery pack, mine did not fly at all well, had absolutely no power or flying speed, not enough power to gain height, a brushless conversion made it marginally better. Cheaper toy versions available which fly much better. . .

Overall:
2
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
2
Value for money:
2
John Sparkes  |  Nov 10, 2008

Strengths:
Ease of assembly and repair. . . .
Weaknesses:
none worth mentioning. . . .
Overall:
An excellent learning tool and fun model for impromptu competitions. loads more fun with motor upgrade. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
david anderson  |  Nov 05, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to fly in reasonable conditions. Mistakes can be repaired quite easily. . .
Weaknesses:
Standard power system struggles a bit in stiffish wind conditions. Upping the power is a big improvement. Could possibly benefit from a larger rudder. .
Overall:
Excellent value for money and no vices when flying. Would recommend it as a very good first model. . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Kris1  |  Oct 24, 2008

Strengths:
Rubust, easy to build and flies well. . . .
Weaknesses:
Stock motor weak. Replace it for a cheap outrunner to run say 6 x 4 on 3S lipo. Mine runs for an easy 30 to 40 mins off a 2000mAh 3S. .
Overall:
Recommended as a first ever plane. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
3
Dafydd Bevan  |  Sep 12, 2008

Strengths:
sustains a lot of knocks, prangs and cracks. Glues easily back together and flies again. . .
Weaknesses:
The pillar between the wing and the cockpit. The rudder is too small and needs improving. Underpowered initial motor. .
Overall:
Adaptable and very forgiving. A super beginners plane and resiliant. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
5
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
LIONAWA  |  Aug 29, 2008

Strengths:
easy to fly. so stable!Motor safely located!! Landing is a treat!. . .
Weaknesses:
Would have looked fab with landing gear. Out-runner upgrade may pose some prblems. . .
Overall:
Fantastic I converted one to fly with aelieorons. Superb!. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
Ken Jones  |  Aug 29, 2008

Strengths:
just about idiot proof. . . .
Weaknesses:
at the price none I can think of. . . .
Overall:
great little fun trainer. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
Brian Barnes  |  Aug 29, 2008

Strengths:
Flies in any weather,(brushless motor a must for performance. . . .
Weaknesses:
Rudder a bit small and un-responsive at low speed. . . .
Overall:
Great value for a first model, great fun when you beef it up with brushless and lipo. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
Dean Williams  |  Aug 25, 2008

Strengths:
can be flown to destruction and back. just glue it back and off to go again. . .
Weaknesses:
sould make it full house instead of just three chanels. . . .
Overall:
to start flying it has got to be the must have plane. easy to fly and fun for anyone new or old to the sport. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Matthew Lloyd  |  Aug 18, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to build. Easy to fly. Easy to repair. .
Weaknesses:
Possibly TOO easy to fly? It just won't spin - so I have yet to learn to cope with tricky situations. Struggles with windy conditions. Canopy no longer fits nicely - nose area a bit prone to damage - must practice gentle landings!. .
Overall:
Fab first model. Inspires confidence from the off and was perfect for taking on holiday. My current set up: Stock motor, 20A ESC, 1800 3S Lipo - giving me flight times of around 1 hour!! I expect the stock motor to die soon, so will replace it with a brushless and take out some of the down thrust. .

Overall:
5
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
5
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Capt Kremen  |  Jun 20, 2008

Strengths:
Versitile e. g. trainer, test-bed, aerial photography/video, fun when fitted with a good motor and improved control surface i. e.
Weaknesses:
As it comes from the box, weak power system as supplied, poor rudder response, light weather/wind strength ability. Canopy hatch retainers are not durable for regular use i. e. they wear, deform, break etc.
Overall:
It's from Multiplex so high quality assured. Generally a very good model see the hundreds of threads on the net in support. . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
4
John Edwards  |  Feb 24, 2008

Strengths:
Reliable all-round flyer with simple aerobatic and soaring capability. . . .
Weaknesses:
structural design weakness from rear of cabin to front of nose. Too crunchable!. . .
Overall:
Recommend it to anyone from beginner onwards. . . .

Overall:
3
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
3
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Ken Milton  |  Feb 21, 2008

Strengths:
Very easy to fly & virtually indestructable. . . .
Weaknesses:
No ailerons. . . .
Overall:
As my first "real" model, this was fantastic. Very forgiving and very robust, it gave me a lot of confidence. . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
4
Derek Small  |  Feb 14, 2008

Strengths:
Just what it says on the tin!. . . .
Weaknesses:
Cant think of a single one!. . . .
Overall:
I have to be honest in that I was rather cynical at first. Then I flew it. I now have a second with a very hot motor and a spare wing set waiting to convert it to ailerons. Just brilliant!.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
4
John Joy  |  Feb 11, 2008

Strengths:
ease of build. . . .
Weaknesses:
none i can think of. . . .
Overall:
100%. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
JC  |  Feb 03, 2008

Strengths:
The easy star requires no previous modeling experience to build. The supplied instructions are very clear and easy to follow. It is the perfect training aircraft in that it is easy to fly and easy to repair. The easy star has a superb glide ratio and sinks very slowly making landings a doddle.
Weaknesses:
On the suggested power setup it does struggle to gain height and requires a good shove to get airborne. This will catch the learner out. . .
Overall:
I love this aircraft. I taught myself to fly with it and after many hard arrivals and subsequent repairs it still flys true. With practice you can have the easy star almost out of sight as it will also catch thermals on a warm summers day. Although I have have moved to to larger slightly more complex gliders this still my favorite model to nip over the fields with for a relaxing 15 minutes after work.

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
4
Value for money:
5
John Melville  |  Jan 28, 2008

Strengths:
Easy to build, easy to trasport, easy to fly,almost unbreakable - but if you do, easy to repair. . . .
Weaknesses:
Can only be flown on calm days or in light winds. . . .
Overall:
Fantastic experience after years of trying to learn to fly with the help of others but with no success the easy star taught me the basics of both power and gliding in a field on my own and after the inevitable crashes and repairs (no new parts needed) she still flies well - I'll keep her for ever. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
3
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
Janner  |  Jan 25, 2008

Strengths:
Flies beautifully, Easy to repair. . . .
Weaknesses:
The Rudder! Motor & wiring access. . . .
Overall:
Great for learning & 'chucking' around the sky!. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
5
Build quality:
4
Flight performance:
3
Value for money:
5
David Ashby - moderator  |  Jul 12, 2007

Strengths:
Easy to build, strong, very good flying qualities - an excellent model for beginners. . . .
Weaknesses:
None really. . . .
Overall:
Don't let the simple design fool you, a lot of work has gone into this model to make it one of the best electric trainers of all time, simple as that. . . .

Overall:
4
Ease of assembly:
4
Build quality:
5
Flight performance:
5
Value for money:
5
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