This shot of the underside of the wing shows the aileron servo
installation as well as the main gear installed. All of the hardware you
see is included in the box and installs in minutes.
Each of the Twinstar’s motors mount to premade motor boxes. There’s
plenty of room for a variety of motors and speed controls and everything
is cleaned up with the included nacelle covers.
throttle, and then returned to low. After a few beeps, only then
is the power system armed.
I’ve been writing reviews for quite a while, but I still get
butterflies before the maiden flight of a review model. I’ve
double- and triple-checked everything, but each maiden flight
is a gamble because maybe there’s something I didn’t notice—
some flaw that isn’t apparent.
In the case of the Twinstar, it was so satisfying to have all
of those worries and fears disappear just a few minutes after
takeoff when I realized that the airplane was flying just as
I hoped, with no problems and no surprises. I was instantly
comfortable with it, as though I’d been flying it for weeks.
In trying to categorize how the Twinstar flies and where it
fits in, I think it is best described as an all-around sportster.
It’s not great at any one thing, and by that I mean it’s not an
aerobatics aircraft, it’s not a Scale model, it’s not a high-speed
racer, nor is it a trainer. It is simply a good, all-around model
that you’ll have fun with.
There’s plenty of power for eye-catching high-speed
passes, fairly powerful climbouts, and eating up a lot of sky.
But there’s also a good amount of control for a nice variety
of loops, rolls, spins, snaps, and more. Granted, you wouldn’t
catch any full-scale twin such as this on a low-level inverted
pass, but the Twinstar does it with ease and doesn’t need full
power to do it.
Takeoffs are effortless because there’s plenty of power on
tap, and the nose gear gives you straight-and-true taxiing right
down the runway. Throw on the power and the Twinstar can
be airborne in as little as 40 feet, but gradually apply power,
and you can achieve a realistic takeoff with less than half
Landings are just as easy. The Twinstar has a nice, predictable
glide path. With a little practice, I found myself touching down
on the main gear with a short rollout before the nose gear
One other thing caught my attention that I didn’t expect:
the sound. It might seem odd to reference the sound of an
electric-powered airplane, but remember that this Twinstar
is powered by a pair of motors. It was great hearing the two
of them work together, and going in and out of phase with a
pleasing sound that you can’t get with only one motor.
The Twinstar is a fun little design that offers a scalelike
look without the fuss. Its twin powerplants make it unique
and give it a great sound in the air. Depending on your use of
the throttle stick, you can get a good, 6- to 8-minute, highly
aerobatic flight, or a longer 8- to 10-minute flight just cruising
around the sky.
It goes together quickly and has proven itself to be the
perfect size to throw in the trunk of my car so I’ll have it with
me for a quick flight on my way home from work.
48 Model Aviation MAY 2016