AXN Floater

Not sure if any of you have seen this, but there's a decent looking easy star clone for what appears to be a pretty good price. Here is a review.

The shipping will be a little steep at about $35-$40, but considering it comes with a brushless motor, speed controller and servos for elevator, ruder and ailerons the price isn't half bad.
I'm looking for a airplane test bed for the PicPilot so maybe I'll order one up and be the Guinea Pig on this one.

Brian

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Comment by Mostly Procastinating on June 23, 2009 at 2:22pm
Theres also a UK stockist
http://www.brchobbies.co.uk/?page=shop&action=additem&item=560

Would be interested to hear how you get on if you do order one, I have been looking at this VS the easystar for a project using Bill Premerlani's UAV v2 project board from sparkfun.

T3
Comment by Brian Wolfe on June 23, 2009 at 2:26pm
I'll most likely order it tonight along with a few other things I need. I expect it to take two to three weeks to show up based on past experience ordering from Hobby King, but I'll post how it goes.

Brian
Comment by Jack Crossfire on June 23, 2009 at 3:01pm
Those Chinese are crazy. Why do they produce so much when they could make more money refinancing dog houses or suing people?
Comment by Wyliest on June 23, 2009 at 3:30pm
LOL!
Brian let us know how well it works!
Comment by Xander on June 23, 2009 at 4:12pm
I read it lacks the huge cockpit of the EZ*. Has ailerons though...whether that's a plus or not depends on your application. Performance-wise people seem quite pleased. Been considering it myself vs an EZ*.

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Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on June 23, 2009 at 4:40pm
Hi all,

This aircraft has been looked at before on DIY Drones. There were some pluses and some minuses.

I would do a search on RCGroups before making a purchase.

I read one thread on RCGroups that stated that the aileron hinges were very stiff and the servos could barely make them move.

Just a thought.

Regards,
TCIII

T3
Comment by Brian Wolfe on June 23, 2009 at 5:50pm
Thomas,
Thanks for the heads up. I had actually read that too while looking into this bird. I think the video reviewer mentions it to. He said he cut the ailerons, rudder and elevator off and re-attached with tape at the proper distance.
That's sort of been my experience with a lot of Chinese products. They aren't always real keen on fit and finish. If your not the crafty type who doesn't mind putting in a little time to polish things up (or you simply don't have the time) you'd probably save yourself a lot of frustration by going with a name brand.
Brian
Comment by Wyliest on June 24, 2009 at 12:27am
An other one to look at is the ASW28. It has a larger wing span, load carrying capacity, and faster then the AXN.
Comment by UFO-MAN on June 24, 2009 at 1:48am
I have that plane. After several mods its actually quite OK. See my blog here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=244544

These are the necessary mods to make this platform reliable:

Discard the original motor. It is not of reliable quality. Magnets loose, not balanced, not reliable.
Mount a new motor (see my blog for an example)
Use a 6x4 prop. Properly balanced.
Use a 30 or 40A ESC that is bulletproof. Mount in airstream.
Glue aileron horns (comes off on original)
Glue rudder horn (comes off on original)
Remove original motor mount (black). The makers of the plane has max spent one drop of glue on it and it literally falls off (in air, taking the motor with it if you are "lucky")
Discard original canopy
Hinge all control surfaces
Secure wings
Cut out interor of cockpit to make room for batteries

UFO_MAN

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