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Multiplex TwinStar II (2005 onwards)

Manufacturer: Multiplex

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No. of Reviews18
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aidan mcatamney wrote on 29/10/2018:
FANTASTIC PLANE
Strengths: Very stable in flight. Loads of power with brushless motors. Long flight times with 3s 3900 mah lipo batery. Elapor foam is a good strong material and this plane should provide many years of fun and enjoyment to its owner. It also looks so majestic in flight. To add some strength to the belly of the Twinstar, i ran a broad strip of clear weave tape right along the bottom for all those landings.
Weaknesses: None found.
Overall: I would highly recommend this plane. Ive been flying model aircraft since 1986 and this is my third Twinstar since the year 2002. Its the brushless version and its become my favourite electric plane to fly.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
100%
Value for money
100%
Overall
100%

Ruckus

Manufacturer: Max Thrust

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No. of Reviews1
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Capt Kremen wrote on 01/09/2018:
A REASONABLE LOW-WING SPORTS MODEL
Strengths: Depending on version purchased, (i.e.ARTF, Airframe Only, Complete RTF), a quick route into the air. It flies very well with no particularly bad habits. A good 'hack' sports low wing model follow-on from the 'Riot'.
Weaknesses: Reviews are always very subjective and what doesn't bother one flier, is of concern to another. For me the model if purchased as ARTF i.e. with Motor, ESC and servos is made down to a price and not up to the highest quality. Servos, their linkages and clevises as supplied exhibited a degree of slop and lack of resolution, why have a a good radio set and then spoil it with poor controls? Front wing bolts project into the flight battery LiPo area, require cutting and blind nuts covering to prevent LiPo chaffing. Supplied Motor is OK but not the best (bearings?), ditto the 40A ESC lacks airflow cooling. Supplied prop and spinner not balanced. U/C raked forward causes 'squirally' ground handling at times, especially during high speed taxying. Wheels could be larger for handling rough grass strips and the chinese metal axle bolts ... strong enough not to bend on those occasional less the perfect landings? Tailplane mylar hinges very stiff, replaced with 'proper' pin hinges for a dramatic lowering of elevator servo current. A lovely cockpit area but no pilot figure supplied!
Overall: I have enjoyed, (and continue to), flying the Max Thrust high wing 'Riot'with appropriate changes to supplied equipment. The 'Ruckus' (as supplied) employs the same main wing, tailplane, fin, undercarriage and motor/esc. Yes, these work but the model can be so much better and importantly more durable using just a few better components. I have subsequently fitted a 4-Max 700kv motor and flown the model on a 4cell LiPo pack. (Care in selecting a suitable size/shape is required as these may be a tight fit. Performance ,and probable long-term durability, was noticeably improved. UPDATE EDIT 07.10.18 Anyone with a first batch 'Ruckus' should check the 'Max Thrust' website 'Ruckus' page as they have published an addendum to the instructions. There were no air exit holes in the underside. This results in air pressure build up and the canopy hatch 'blowing off'! How do I know, it happened to me. Latest batches have exit air vent holes on the underside. UPDATE 29.10.18 After a reasonable number of flights now conducted, this is an update on my thoughts. The LiPo size and its security in the fuselage needs careful consideration. I've used a variety of packs, 3 & 4 cell. Whilst 4 cell did give a slightly more sprightly performance, I don't consider it essential plus squeezing in a smaller capacity but 4 cell pack reduces flight time. The u/c continues to give me some interesting taxying & take-offs unless very careful throttle is applied. I've now put the kit u/c on 'back-to-front' to improve the models squirrelling antics! I also fly a 'Riot' (basically same aircraft only high-wing), I find that model far more aerobatic and no problems taxying/take-offs, strange(?) For me, the 'Ruckus', an OK model but not outstanding.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
60%

Hitec Flash 7

Manufacturer: Hitec

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No. of Reviews1
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Russell Hawkes 1 wrote on 25/06/2018:
DOES THE JOB
Strengths: It has aileron/flap mixing which is great for slope soarers. Cheap 6-ch Ikonnic Rx's available on Ebay.
Weaknesses: Steep learning curve to understand channel mixing procedure.
Overall: For an occasional flyer like me who needs basic mixing ability it has the minimum functionality required, plus sliders on the back if ever needed...
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

Max Thrust Riot

Manufacturer: Max Thrust

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No. of Reviews6
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Shaun Walsh wrote on 25/06/2018:
NICE PLANE GOOD VALUE
Strengths: Well made and quite strong. Docile on low control throws. Easy to assemble
Weaknesses: Even though this is the second version the battery compartment is still small, had to cut out the base of the battery compartment to fit a Turnigy Graphene 2200 and a velcro strap. Added a couple of thin wire rods to the sides of the battery hatch to act as strengtheners when the side clips cracked after just a few flights. Undercarriage bends on a hard landing but is easy to straighten and probably stops more serious damage occurring. Lights are pointless. Replaced the supplied prop with an APC-E 12x6 which was much quieter.
Overall: Have returned to the hobby after a break of 40 years and this was a good choice to relearn the old flying skills. Forgiving and fairly easy to fly but not staid. With the throws turned up it should be capable of reasonable aerobatics especially with a 4S battery.
Ease of assembly
80%
Build quality
60%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

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