3D Robotics

Roundup/Review of all the EasyStar clones

3689354440?profile=originalI've now had a chance to see and test virtually all the EasyStar clones out there, so this post will compare them all and make recommendations. There are a few others out there by different names, but I think most are just rebadged versions of the ones below. Bottom line: I think the HobbyKing Bixler (see below) is the best option.




First, the baseline: The classic Multiplex EasyStar ($72 for basic airframe, no electronics)


Pro: Lots of cockpit room, tough, flies well.

Con: Only 3 channels, comes with terrible brushed motor that must be upgraded, rudder too small and must be enlarged. Quite expensive once you add all the stuff you need. See our post on upgrading it here.



3689354440?profile=originalHobbyKing Bixler


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. Add a 20a ESC, battery (plus battery and motor connectors), a charger, a 7ch RC radio and the APM 2 autopilot 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

3689385181?profile=originalThis is a comparison the Bixler cockpit (left) with the EasyStar (right). The Bixler has a bit more room.



3689385117?profile=originalDynam HawkSky ($99 with everything you need: servos, brushless motor, LiPo and charger). See our review here.


Pro: As much interior room as the EasyStar, has ailerons, comes ready to fly.

Con: Plastic motor pylon is noisy. Included FM RC system should be thrown away and replaced with proper 7+ channel digital radio.



Xen Phoenix ($48 for airframe with brushless motor. Servos etc not included). See our review here.


Pro: Brushless motor and ailerons

Con: Fuselage is too narrow. Not enough room for autopilot electronics. Fragile. Weird four-bladed prop.




Sky Surfer ($130 with everything you need: servos , brushless motor, LiPo and charger, 2.4 RC system)


Pro: Comes with digital RC system (only 4ch, however, so must be replaced for UAV use). Solid design w/ailerons

Con: Sadly, the design has changed and what appears in the product listing to be servos on the outside of the body, like the EasyStar and HawkSky, are now on the inside, taking up valuable interior room. Here's a picture of what the current cockpit is actually like:



















AXN Floater ($50 with servos and brushless motor). Formerly known as the Cloud Sky


Pro: Inexpensive, solid design w/ailerons

Con: servos on inside of cockpit like SkySurfer, robbing interior of valuable room for electronics. Narrow nose makes 2200 LiPo a tight fit.3689385217?profile=original


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  • OK, I'm just getting started with UAVs. Why 7 channels for the radio? I can think of 5, if ailerons are used.

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    Felix: It's not available in the US yet, so we haven't been able to test it. 

  • Hi all,

    I am new to UAV’s and new to RC in fact.

    Have read the posts in this thread and am wondering if the new Easy Star II can be used as a UAV/FPV plane now that the original issues seem to have been addressed; small rudder, no brushless motor, no ailerons etc.


    I am looking for a plane I can start learning on; needs to have forgiving flight characteristics, robust construction and easy to fix.

    At the same time I would look at employing it as a UAV in future, with some mods of course.


    Any comments welcome.



  • Well I ordered one just after it launched from HK, to be the platform (after some mods) for my UAV/FPV. The price of $65 was attractive to gamble on and reviews seemed to support that idea.


    There are a few youtube reviews around on it with various levels of rating but none bad.


    My impression although I haven't finished this project yet (as I'm like many others waiting for my APM2) is that this plane is a decent enough basic platform and decent rating as is. But a few minor mods would improve it to bring it up to an 'inexpensive category' 5 star platform. Mods like stiffening and moving the servo mount, minor improvement to magnet latches, up from recommended motor/esc slightly and then ensure airflow for esc., slot the ale hinges as they are a bit stiff and add weight to the nose, depending on how much gear you have, as it tends to be a bit tail heavy.

    One suggestion had a vertical tail mod to make it bigger. I'm not so sure that is required but perhaps once I have more load it may make that a reason too.

    I'm also on the lookout for another large fixed wing platform but haven't figured out all my requirements for that one yet. One reason I"m here.

    Last if I may ask. I'm thinking about something really new and strange for a UAV platform to catch public attention. If anyone has or does later, stumble on a design or something really outstanding and cool, especially if it has a noticeable presents in the air and on the ground. Big enough to hold uav/fpv gear plus accessories. Would you pm or email me please?  The purpose is to raise awareness of UAV/FPV so people notice that it isn't just another RC whatchamacallit. UAV/FPV has only just really begun. The future could be exciting.

  • Hello Blogers ..... I would like to build a trainer, with something like the "2GB Fly Mini Video Camera" in it. It will be used to capture images for rendering 3D computer models. I think I found the right place to make this happen.


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    @Garrett Shirley,
    Have you read this blog at all?
    The Predator is NOT in the same catagory as the EZ clones!
    The whole point of the EasyStar and its clones is survivability and stability.
    The Predator model has neither.

    It always grabs attention because it is a wellknown image with an almost romantic appeal.

    Nice looking, but a bear to fly...and not at all forgiving.
  • Here are some other planes that will probably work. http://www.nitroplanes.com/projet-drone-2500mm-kit.html 

    and thishttp://www.nitroplanes.com/projet-003-rq11.html  both have nice interior room.

  • lost my hawksky .. 1k lost lol .. im thinking  of getting one of these for a  search and rescue  . or use a 450 heli but .. i need something that flies well


  • Just killed my AXN Floater.

    Alas, no amount of carbon fibre reinforcing, hot glue, epoxy and duct tape will get it back in the air after that last crash. 

    It is a good training airframe though, but I am not sure it would be the easiest plane to mount the APM in. Fuselage space is very limited unless you are willing to do some serious cutting.

  • Robomotic, did you read comments concerning this plane? I am not sure you need it...

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