First impressions on the Bixler: Best Easystar clone ever!

I just got the new Hobbyking Bixler, their newest EasyStar clone, and I'm very impressed. I haven't flown it yet, but based on the design I think it's the best Easystar clone out there yet. (And I've tested them ALL!)

It's available as a kit, a RTF with a 4 channel radio, and an ARF without radio. I recommend the ARF version, which is just $52 (or,if you live in the US, it's available for $58 in the US warehouse with much cheaper and faster shipping). Add a 20a ESC, battery and 7ch radio and APM and you've got a UAV for under $500.

 

Some of the advantages of the Bixler, compared to the EasyStar and the other clones:

  • Ailerons
  • Big cockpit area, with tail servos on the outside
  • Decent brushless motor
  • Available in ARF form with servos installed but not a useless radio that you have to throw away
  • Inexpensive

Here are some shots of the Bixler fuselage compared to a standard EasyStar:

 

Bixler on left, beat-up EasyStar on right. It's a clone all right!

 

Closeups of the cockpits--Bixler on left, EasyStar on right. The Bixler is a bit wider!

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Comment by Azam Shahani on June 24, 2011 at 1:19am
Awesome! What's the shipping cost to the US?
Comment by Russkel on June 24, 2011 at 2:08am
Really cheap! It's probably cheaper than getting replacement parts for the EasyStar!
Comment by brett binnekade on June 24, 2011 at 3:13am
Thats awsome! I have one on the way to me=)
Comment by Paul Mather on June 24, 2011 at 5:42am
The only negative I can see about a wider bay in the fuse is that's going to be the break point when the plane crashes. It would have been nice if they added some CF rods to beef up those walls.

Developer
Comment by Mark Colwell on June 24, 2011 at 6:15am

HK is really getting there act together...I want one, but too many unfinished airframes...


T3
Comment by Krzysztof Bosak on June 24, 2011 at 6:18am

@Happy "It would have been nice if they added some CF rods to beef up those walls."

Stiff and soft doesnt mix.

They widened usign the least method I would accept. If they have also lowered EPP density by 10%... I think you just figured out their key design requirement.


3D Robotics
Comment by Chris Anderson on June 24, 2011 at 6:44am

Developer
Comment by Max Levine on June 24, 2011 at 7:47am
Thanks Chris, it was a classic case of "impulse buy" :)
I hope it will not take forever to get it here :)
Comment by T.D. Gonzales on June 24, 2011 at 7:51am
@Krzysztof I assume the problem with stiff and soft is that the rods just ram through the soft material?

Developer
Comment by Mark Colwell on June 24, 2011 at 8:23am

@ Max you were compelled to BUY... Good Value @ HK..

I now have a $15 FlyCat with EDF too bad it is EPS :-(

I can't resist a cheap Airframe, 

EDF is not too bad..

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