finished his E-Starter!
This little Cessna-like foam trainer has been sitting around forever
while he built other planes, in order to train for his trainer.
There's actually some logic to this: the E-Starter is a fairly nice
looking plane, and it's also a fairly heavy foam plane with a 350C
engine, which means that if it crashes, things will break and have to
be glued back together (making the plane heavier and less
straight). Dave saw me go through this with the Formosa, a similarly sized and powered foam
plane, and was determined not to follow the same process with his
It flies very well! Much better than the
various undercambered-foam planes he's been flying so far, like the Slow Stick and the Blue
Maxi Stick. Loops, rolls, sharp turns, spins that are easy to
enter and easy to recover from, and responsive handling. It
doesn't fly well inverted (not surprising in a trainer) but it does
just about everything else.
course, he's crashed it several times, due to
radio issues. In particular, the GWS design seemed to encourage
putting the speed control very close to the receiver; it turned out
this made the motor cut out unpredictably.
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