Looking for a small, fun, stable and durable plane? Look no further than the Firstar 200 motor glider. The Firstar is a great airplane for new and experienced pilots alike. Though very stable for new pilots, it performs loops, rolls, and inverted flight when pushed hard. Since the small 2208 4000kv motor just sips the power, long flight times can be expected. A low landing speed is great when learning to fly or if you are in smaller flying spaces. Since it is such a compact model, it is great for those quick trips to the local park, the ultimate leave it in the car model. The molded EPO foam airframe can handle less than perfect landings and keep coming back for more. Should you need parts, we also offer a full line of replacements.
Assembly is quick and easy with the all bolt together construction. The wing simply slips into place, needing just the control horns and pushrods to be connected. The horizontal stabilizer is held in place with a single bolt. This model can be ready to fly in under 15 minutes.
• Plug and Fly - Just add your battery, radio system and fly
• Ultra tough molded EPO foam airframe
• Simple bolt together construction, no glue required
• Stable flight performance
• Magnetically secured battery hatch
• Loops and rolls easily
Flying Weight: 200g
Motor: 2208A 4000Kv
ESC: 10A Brushless
Servos: 3 x 9g
2S 7.4V 500~1000mAh Battery w/ JST connector
Well, this is my first review ever. I am an experienced builder with very limited flying experience (Don't ask the reasons).
The model flies very well, I would say Yes for a beginner for 2 reasons, 1) it is quite light so when it crashed it does not really gets damaged 2) It flies quite stable and can fly slow (I read a review saying it stalls if flying slow - well not my case)
Do not buy the 2S 500 battery, it can only balance CG with the 2S 800 or bigger battery (unless using FVP).
Motor: enough power (not sure if it can take from the ground)
other parts: OK (great horns and rods)
The stabilizer is at an angle with the wing... a few degrees
The rudder came a bit bent, If looked from the top I need left trim, If I look from below I need right trim, I am gonna chop it off and fly just with ailerons.
The wing can come a bit lose, I placed a rubber band that goes from the motor mount to the body of the plane and keeps the wing still.
I am happy with the bird because I can fly it anywhere (half a soccer field is enough)
The price I think is just rightI am a newbie at RC airplanes. The Firstar is my second plane, the first one being a very mild Eflite UMX Radian. The design of the plane and foam material were excellent. I put it together and installed a gyro stabilized received in it without trouble. It flew the first time without trim needed!
This is probably not the first RC plane for everyone. It has a high performance straight wing and it shows it while making turns. One small mistake like over pushing the control surfaces or dropping below the stall speed, it crashes. But it survives several crashes - noise down stall into the ground and into a tree. It is all good again with some glue.
There are two things to watch out for. When launching, use full throttle and point the nose up about 30 degrees so that the axis of the propeller is at least horizontal. If the plane is launched with nose level, the propeller drives the plane downwards before the wings provide lift from air speed. The result is the plane dropping and hitting the ground.
This plane can fly very slowly when going straight and level. But it stalls very easily in a turn in slow speed. The tell tale sign is it dropping 10 or 20 feet while making a sharp turn. It is about to stall. When it stalls it drops out of the sky in a turn. To avoid that keep the throttle at 50 to 60%. At this setting the plane will not lose any altitude in turns.
I flew this plane with stabilized and non-stabilized receivers. Even without stabilization it flew very well in strong and gusty winds. With stabilization one would not be able to tell how much wind is around, unless you feel and hear the wind yourself.
Flown to avoid stall this plane is about as fast as the sport planes. Once I got used to the speed it is predictable and easy to fly. This is my crash and learn plane. This is also my plane of choice when the wind is strong and gusty.
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vlGood little airplane.Niece for somebody who wants to go from glider to a little more control movement,such as airlerons from three channel movement too 4 chanel movementtoday we did the first flight, as predicted the wind was up to 10mph. i had an experienced friend take the controlled so i could launch the aeroplane ok into the wind. it was easy to control and when we had sufficient hight i took over the controls. it is relativly easy to fly with the control push rods in the outermost hole in the horn to give mininal movement and the dx6i set at 50% rates for rudder ailerons and elevator with some expo as well... it flies at half throttle and remembering to keep it in the field and not let in go too far down wind i flew it for 5 mints.it landed ok with no throttle once it was at the right and close enough. the 850ma 2s lipo showed 50% capacity which was good concidering more than 1/2 throttle was needed to fly up wind in the gusts. i concider it a good training and riskable model when conditions are marginal, with its excess of power and very good stability. some clubs will concider it little more than a toy and that trainers must be heavy ,noisy and messy with i/c fuel and the like. this plane makes relativly little noise but can scream a bit and test you skills and abilities and lastly is easy to fit i your car and take out every time time you go out to fly ,i certainly will. .please see fist part of reviewi received the aeroplane today and its just what i wanted .. a compact cheap mode to be kept ready to go into may car with 6 or 7 upto 800mm planes ... as expected,i had read other reviews there were only 2 screws for each of the 3 supplied horns so i have to find one for the rudder. i fixed the wings one , and the trailplane after removing the surplus foam and added a dash of uho por to fix the tailplane as well. what i didnt expect was the crunchy motor. it crunched on way and parshally jammed the other. with my stick in the eye jewelers magnifier i could see a paper thin curved grey one side piece about 1/2 the size of one of the magnet pole piece. i had to open the motor by taking off the cir clip and it had indeed come from a flaking magnet. i removed this and managed to reassemble the now freely rotating armature. i bound the model to my dx6i which has space on it and the motor runs ok. i fixed the propeller with locktite but left the spinner off because it caused vibrations. i used the outermost holes on the horns as recommended and set the duel rates to 100 and 50% with 20% expo. not being a beginner this is intended as a fun/warmup model before more difficult planes. if you are a beginner get an experienced modeler to check it out or if a go it alone you dont,(read all of the instructions) need full power on a hand launch .if you do you will get into trubble much quicker and crash that much quicker. nor do you need to bend the sticks from stop to stop. watch and see how its done. also fly somewhere safe. throttle LOW on switch on, check controls, stick left, left aileron up,model turns left,stick right,right aeileron up,model turns right ,, dont annoy people and take some plasters and a tesco bag. the small prop will shred your fingers and the tesco bag if/when you crash .. best of all get an experienced helper unless you have lots of money glue. have fun . ps ime not an expert but graded 4 or 5 out of ten. follow these comments AT YOU OWN RISKBought it to pack into the suitcase for an Xmas trip. Had a lot of fun. Matched it with the Nano-Tech 2S 0.95. Even velcro'd a Mate8 camera on under it for some aerial video.I’ve bought it mainly to teach my two sons to fly (teenagers). First I need to learn how to control it myself. I was surprised that the flying speed is quite fast – nearly same as for normal size glider/plane. The angle of the motor is perfectly adjusted so it flies straight at any thrust level.
At first the elevator had very small move so I moved the rod to the far hole of the servo and it made it perfect. So it is very responsive for controls and can do lots of aerobatics – rolls, loops etc.
My kids learned to fly it very quickly – after 3 hours solo take off, loops etc. They never flew before.
It survived 2 hard crashes (nose down) and several minor (trees) and still flies well after fixing some cracks with foam safe glue! It easily flies for about 15-20 minutes with 800mAh battery with 50% throttle. Wings became loose but you can fix them with glue. Motor is a bit noisy but it makes it feature and fun especially doing loops when you need playing the throttle.
Lots of fun for kids but do not expect them can fly it straight away. Spend some time flying together then a bit more under supervision in still weather. Then they will not crash it, just keeping proper altitude for aerobatics even in moderate windy conditions.
Good model to learn to fly. It has all common properties of planes.Got mine last week, and got it ready to fly in less than one hour. Noticed 2 servo screws loose so had to tighten them. I always use stabilizer/gyro for park flyers to protect my investment! No exception. It flew well on 2S-750mah 50C battery. Flew high and glided nicely after adjusting CG by putting the smaller battery and flight stabilizer together forward. Motor is powerful but very noisy. A better motor with better prop would have been quieter and smooth. Canopy could have been better fitted. It rolls and loops fine. It has a heavy feel to it compare to my other glider (E-Flite Radian), but I am happy for this purchase given it's price.Absolute rubbish. Bought as a first plane for my son. Too fast and twitchy, even with dual rates and plenty of expo. Cannot recommend this at all.quit small than i have imagine but it ok