I was at the field a few weeks ago and happened upon a set of Hobbico Nexstar Wings discarded in the clubhouse. They looked in OK shape and I took them home to try and make a viable flying concoction out of them. I am not a builder and can be challenged by the act of putting decent sized ARF’s together… never mind building from a kit (a box of sticks) Ouchies…
As I’ve never assembled anything without consulting some sort of plans, this project promised to be interesting. I consulted pictures of a Nexstar, resurrected an old trainer fuselage I had kicking around and voila… an economical and very decent flying trainer was the result!
While not pretty, it is an excellent flyer to thrash about the skies in the wintery winds we have here in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few ground pics from a recent day at the field…
I learned alot from a good friend of mine (Blake Pentecost) who has taught me much about electric airplanes. He explained many things during this project and is a great sounding board for my multitude of silly questions! I’m learning more and more as time goes by but… here’s my best observation;
If it looks like a duck… Walks like a duck… Sounds like a duck… It probably is a duck ! I learned that if it looks right (looks like it will fly) and feels right (the CG is close and lateral balance is good) and power is enough (hold it vertically in the garage and power it up)… Then all should go well !
Wingspan is about 65″,
Length is about 50″,
Power is a G46 Electric Motor from Hobby King,
Battery is a Nano Tech 4s 4000 from Hobby King,
Speed Control is a 45A Scorpion,
I am so pleased that it Flies Just Great !
Paul Dina loves to fly his foam “Multiplex Mentor Trainer” because it allows him to learn about flight with a simple, clean, easy to repair R/C Aircraft. The foam construction lets him “glue” virtually any repair in a clean and concise manner… without wood, covering and filler to contend with.
Powered by good old electricity… it’s quiet, clean and a cinch to “refuel” (just change the battery !). We had a blast flying recently and have a few pics of our day below…
Key Features of The Multiplex Mentor.
Stable flying characteristics,
Low minimum airspeed for ultra-safe landings,
Excellent power to weight ratio,
Two-part wing with removable carbon fiber spar joiner for easy transport,
Removable cowl with quick-release latch for simple battery swap,
What You Need To Complete The Multiplex Mentor
-Motor: 350 – 500 watt 36mm Outrunner
-Speed Control: 45 – 55 amp
-Propeller: 11 x 5.5
-Battery: 3S 3200 – 4800mAh LiPo
-Servos: (2) HS-82HB and (2) HS-322HB
-Reciever: Mini 6S or Micro 05S
Overview From The Hitec Site
The “forty-size” trainer is still one of the most popular types of model aircraft. The MENTOR fits neatly into this class but because it is built with our revolutionary ELAPOR® foam it is much more durable than any balsa and film product on the market. When built with recommended clean and quite brushless motor power pack, the MENTOR is sure to give the beginner or advanced pilot hours of enjoyment without the fear of ending the day with a pile of sticks.
Experience Level: Beginner
Flying Weight: 71 oz
Fuel Type: Electric
Plane Type: Trainers
Power Plant Size: 25-52 Electric
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Wing Area: 698 sq in
Wing Loading: 14.7 oz/sq ft
Wingspan: 65 in (1650mm)
Download the Multiplex Mentor Manual Here…