I was reminded by the Pict'Earth guys last weekend that one of the best all-purpose planes for carrying cameras, GPS recorders and any other sort of equipment you want to test is the Multiplex EasyStar, a virtually unbreakable powered glider. Because it's made of elastopore foam you can carve out the equipment compartment to carry pretty much anything you want, and the same foam protects everything in case of a "hard landing".

EasyStars are available for $54 without the radio equipment. This post is just a quickie to show you what else you'll need top make them good UAV platforms.

Although the kit comes with a brushed motor, I suggest you upgrade to a brushless so you can carry heavier loads with ease. This motor is a perfect fit and has power to spare. I matched it with this ESC. As always, you'll want Li-Ion batteries if you can afford them. An 11.1v, 2200 mAh pack will allow you to fly for more than half an hour under power. A 6x4 prop fits perfectly

For a radio, almost anything with six channels or more will do. The EasyStar has compartments pre-cut for servos; the HITec HS81s fit them best.

Finally, here's an important point. With the more powerful brushless motor, you'll find that rudder is really too small to be effective. You need to make it bigger to increase its "authority", which both helps in more extreme moves and at slow speed. The easiest way is to glue or double-sided-tape two business cards to the rudder. Here's a picture of one such mod (I didn't bother to trim mine as neatly as this guy did):

Once you've done all that you can shove all manners of cameras and such in the equipment area. If you don't want to carve holes in the bottom, you can always just bolt a camera to a bit of wood and strap it to the top, like this.

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Comment by NorthSweden on June 6, 2009 at 3:05am
I can just say, a great plane, Very easy to fly, You can even stand still in the air and balance it toward the wind, no problem, I have crash the plane and tear of the right side of the elevator rudder and split the nose.

Just use some CA glue and you are done, as good as new,

I have fly about 40 minutes until i was tierd hehe, so this plane can stay up a long time,

My setup:

Scanner RC brushless motor 1200kv
and a 8x4 apc propeller
2200 mAh 3cell
Comment by Zahid Hasan on June 25, 2009 at 9:11am
I can't seem to find the brushless motor Mega 16/15/4 anywhere. Where should I look?
Thanks!

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on June 25, 2009 at 9:26am
Zahid,

I believe that the Mega 16/15/4 is no longer available. You might want to try the Himax 2815-2000 with a 5.5X4.5 APC propeller and a 3S 2100 mAh LiPo battery.

Just a thought.

Regards,
TCIII
Comment by Reto on June 25, 2009 at 9:31am
you may find it here in the UK,
here in Australia,
here in Switzerland,
here in the US,
and probably elsewhere too (there's also one in my hobby room ;-) )
Comment by Zahid Hasan on June 29, 2009 at 11:33am
Thanks guys.
I will take a look.
Best,
Z
Comment by shawn vatcher on September 15, 2009 at 5:41pm
what is the third servo for. sorry im new.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on September 15, 2009 at 6:18pm
Shawn,

The EZ* only has two mechanical servos (usually HS 81s) for the rudder and the elevator and an ESC to control the motor. Therefore you only need a three channel R/C setup if you are on a budget.

Regards,
TCIII

3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2009 at 8:08pm
Well, you need at least four channels if you're going to us an autopilot (toggle on/off). And since you don't get toggle switches until six channels, that effectively becomes the minimum.
Comment by shawn vatcher on September 17, 2009 at 3:20pm
ok the link you have to to the servos above sets the the number of servos to 3 for purchase thats why i ask. you may want to change the link so it only puts 2 in your shopping cart thats why i asked.
Comment by shawn vatcher on September 28, 2009 at 3:24pm
the batteries you reccomend have been discountinue can you make another suggestion in the 2000+ mah categorie?

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