Multiplex EasyStar R/C Maiden Flight

I built a Multiplex EasyStar for a friend last week. We bought the receiver ready version, so it came with servos and motor mounted, and fuselage almost totally assembled. It wasn’t much of a build. The motor is slightly underpowered with a 7-cell NiMH battery, so we’re upgrading the ESC and throwing in an 8-cell NiMH pack. I’m sure it’ll do much better.

The maiden flight went very well. The best indicator of a good flight is a smooth landing, which this video shows:

This video shows some of the aerobatics the plane is capable of with stock motor:

Today we went out and thermaled it from the heat of our park’s parking lot. I kept it in the air for about 5 minutes with no power. It was great.