My short review of an Easy star clone:
Well, the Dynam Hawk Sky I order from nitroplanes.com came in a few days ago. The box came in perfect condition, with no damage whatsoever, and all parts inside looked fine. Right off the bat, I noticed that the box says "Easy Hawk", as do the stickers for the plane, however I ordered a Hawk Sky. I checked on the nitroplanes website and it seems to be the exact same model, but the names are slightly different. Maybe they didn't want to make it so extremely obvious that it is a clone of the Easy Star.
The Hawk Sky is marketed as a 4 channel, 4 servo, RTF plane, however it is a 3 servo, 3 channel plane, with no rudder! There is a space for the rudder servo cut in the fuselage, as well as an area for the pushrod, but the actual electronics just are not there. One small issue, is not actually a problem, just an indicator of the quality of electronics being put into the plane. The ESC has one red wire, and two black wires to be wired into the motor. It isn't difficult to trace the wire into the plane, and to the ESC to see which is which, but what kind of ESC has 2 black wires and one red one?! My next small issue with the plane, is that the battery is 1250 mah, but nitroplanes says it comes with an 1800 mah battery. However, all of these problems can be solved somewhat easily, with little to no cost.
There is, unfortunately, a problem with this RTF model that has no simple solution. The transmitter does not turn on. I put in 4 AA batteries exactly the way that it instructs, and the transmitter did not turn on, at first I thought these batteries were just dead, and
threw them in the trash disposed of them properly :P but after I put in a new set of batteries, nothing happened. No lights, no buzzer, even with brand new batteries. I popped open the case and inspected the wire connections to make sure nothing was loose, and everything seems fine. I have not found a way to fix the transmitter, and I honestly don't even know where the problem is. If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to try them!
So with this RTF easystar clone, priced at 110 USD, I can't even throw the cliched "you get what you pay for," because you can buy the actual easystar with a motor and ESC for 75 USD, and the servos for next to nothing. If you actually plan on using a 1250 mah battery, you can buy that for nearly nothing as well. So I recommend that you buy the Easystar instead if you have the chance, but if you do not, the Dynam Hawk Sky is a slightly overpriced almost ready to fly(marketed as RTF) alternative to the easystar.
There's my .02, does anyone have anything they would like to say about easystar clones?