3D Robotics

Yet another not-quite EasyStar clone

My neverending quest to find the perfect n00b UAV platform has taken me to yet another EasyStar clone, this one the Xen Phoenix (also known as the Esport, or E-Sport Phoenix). At $48 it's very cheap, and it comes with a brushless motor, ESC and a funky four-bladed prop.


It arrived today, and I'm afraid it's another case of "close, but no cigar". It does get some things right: ailerons, a brushless motor and a decent-sized rudder, which are all missing features with the EasyStar.

It also avoids the errors of some of the other EasyStar clones, such as the AXN Floater, and at least has the servo bays on the outside of the body, not taking up room in the cockpit. (Sadly it doesn't come with servos).

But it fails badly in the design of the fuselage, which is considerably more narrow than the EasyStar. The useful width of the cockpit is 43mm, as opposed to the EasyStar's 55mm. According to flight reports, this thin nose is also vulnerable to crashes and breaks off a lot.

Here's a picture of the EasyStar (a very battered one), the Dynam HawkSky and the Phoenix nose-to-nose:

Of all the EasyStar clones, I still prefer the HawkSky, despite it having a kind funky plastic power pylon that vibrates and makes noise when flying. It's got lots of room and comes with servos already installed. Shame you can't buy it without that 72Mhz 4Ch RC gear, which you simply have to throw out when it arrives and replace with proper 7ch 2.4Ghz stuff.

Someday either Multiplex will finally update the EasyStar and ship it with a proper brushless motor and prop, or the cloners will get it right. In the meantime, I'll keep looking.
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  • @Michael its phoenix Made-In-China and it cost me very low in RTF configuration even not only about this I also purchase a glow powered 6 channels helicopter for just 6700 rupees that is equal to 79 $ dollars only but when it comes shipping cost to you it would be very expensive
  • 3D Robotics
    Jonathan, I'm happy to sell it. It's still in the box. Let's say $55 including shipping, which is less than the $89 it will cost to get it shipped from HK. PM me for paypal details in you want it.
  • Website does'nt say anything about the material !

    Since it is very very cheaper as compared with Multiplex Easystar, so newbies may opt for it. Anyone who has very well tried and tested Multiplex Easystar with Autopilot, should probabaly go for Skywalker as it has a large airframe yet in a foam but very strong.

    Skywalker has lots of space available.....its like a football ground inside ;-)) With 6000mAh, 4S Lipo it can give you very very longer flights, that you even do not expect from it.

    Advanced user won't find any thing great with this plane Xen Phoenix 140cm, as its bottom is not fpat as that of Multiplex Easystar and the fuselage is very thing so it will be very difficult for housing a 4200-4400mAh 3S Lipo inside it which is really good and required during waypoint navigation with flight time of around 45minutes.
  • ouch. Sorry I missed the part about the ailerons. Let me know if you want to sell yours!
  • 3D Robotics
    Jonthan, yes I mentioned the ailerons in the post. I found the shipping from the company pretty fast (13 days) but not cheap: $40 to ship it from Hong Kong to San Francisco, which almost doubled the cost of the plane.
  • Chris, another difference is that the Pheonix comes with built-in ailerons. The narrower fuselage and 4-blade smaller diameter prop probably means this model is geared towards higher speed flight. If that's the case, and it can still be hand-launched, and if it has the same size wing, probably means lower wing loading (higher lift at higher speed) and thus you can load it up with more gear (maybe in an underwing pod). For the price, definately interesting!! How did you find the shipping times from this company? Should I be worried buying from them?
  • Ahmad,
    Did you purchase a Phoenix or a Sky Surfer? If it's a Sky Surfer, can I send you money and have you ship me one?
    When the Sky Surfer first came out there was some talk an another board about Multiplex suing Banana Hobby because the Sky Surfer has the exact same specs. All of the parts are interchangeable. I'm planning on buying a pair of their wings when I decide to go with ailerons.
  • I have purchased this one from my local market in Pakistan that cost me just 2200 rupees or 27$ in RTF configuration. This has great performance.
  • Looks like the Sky Surfer might be very similat to the Easy Star, but may not have as much room up front. funny, that is what they would make so different from the Easy Star. The one thing that makes the EZ better. Payload room.
  • Sky Surfer servos appear to be stuck into the side, like the easy star, but appear they would go in deeper as they are Perpendicular to the fuselage, not parallel like the easy star. I can just make it out in the pictures.
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