The Great Planes Twinstar EP ARF gives you scalelike
looks with a sport-aerobatic design. It can cruise around
the sky at half throttle or it can loop, roll, and snap with
the best of them at high throttle.
Photos by the author
Ithink all of us need that go-to airplane—something that is small enough to throw in a car and doesn’t
require much support equipment, yet
is big enough to have fun with. I’m
reviewing a model that might fill that
spot for many of us.
It is of one the newest offerings from
Great Planes: the Twinstar EP. This
aircraft is a smaller, electric-powered
design with tricycle gear and twin
motors mounted outboard on each wing.
If I’ve caught your attention so far, trust
me; it gets better as we go. Let’s dive in.
My reviews start by opening and
inspecting all of the parts as I arrange
them for pictures. A few things caught
my eye. With the exception of the
two nacelles and the nose cone, the
entire airframe is assembled from
laser-cut balsa and plywood, making
it lightweight, but strong. All of the
airframe pieces are precovered with
MonoKote in a blue and white color
scheme, with red and black trim.
The nacelles and the nose cone are
vacuum-formed plastic. The nose cone’s
walls felt thin, so I made a note to be
careful not to dent it during assembly.
A 24-page printed manual is included,
along with a couple of addendums.
These addendums cover the nose gear
steering pushrod and the application of
the windscreen stickers. A large sheet
of self-adhesive stickers is included,
giving the Twinstar the look of cockpit
windows, and some fake N-numbers for
a realistic appearance.
Rounding out the parts count is a
complete hardware kit, including the
wheels, pushrods, clevises, hook-and-loop straps, and two red plastic spinners.
One thing I didn’t expect was the
inclusion of a Y harness for the power
The first step with most ARFs is to
tackle the wrinkles. This only took a few
minutes and they did not reappear after
the test flights, as sometimes happens.
Construction starts by installing an
aileron servo into each wing panel and
running the wires through the ribs and
45 Model Aviation M AY 2016
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