I am looking to update my current drone setup to either a Multiplex Twinstar or Nitroplanes RQ-11. The primary purpose of this drone is to take vertical aerial photos for making Digital Terrain Models.
I am looking for a plane that can
- Handle some wind (say up to 15 knots)
- Be easy to fly manually (I'm no expert pilot)
- Be hand launched as I won't have access to a runway always
- Has enough internal space for APM and a Canon P&S style camera, downward pointing
- Could possibly have FPV gear added in future
I have settled on the above two planes as they are around the same price, can handle enough weight and seem to be widely used by the APM community. I have the option to buy either one of them. However, they are both quite different animals.
The RQ-11 has that Military look that is kinda cool, but I am wondering if it is too fast for a less experienced pilot?
I like the durability of foam (ie. the twinstar) and am also wondering if the RQ-11 is too delicate with a fibreglass fuselage. I have recently flown a HK FPV168, which has a fibreglass fuse and balsa wing, and it was way to fast for me, leading to nasty crash. That plane weighed a lot more than the RQ-11 though (3kg vs 1.5kg), so maybe they are not comparable - it just scared me off fibreglass.
How does the twinstar go in wind?
Any thoughts on the two platforms?