Volantex R/C TrainStar Exchange PNP Electric Brushless Airplane
This is the Volantex RC 1100mm TrainStar Exchange PNP (Plug-N-Play) Electric Brushless Airplane. A brilliant design for beginners and still fun for advanced pilots, the TrainStar Exchange is a joy to fly. Features include a plastic Unibody design, ABS cowling construction and included electronics. Users will find the TrainStar Exchange to be extremely easy to fly and very durable. Add your own radio system, flight battery and charger, and away you go.
- Durable plastic Unibody technology
- Durable ABS cowling
- Quick and easy assembly
- Powerful brushless outrunner motor
- Extremely easy to fly
- Great for beginners and experienced pilots
Wingspan: 1100mm (43.3 in)
Overall Length: 864mm (34 in)
Flying Weight: 750g
Prop Size: 9040 propeller
Motor Size: 2812 brushless out runner powerful motor
Speed Control: Easy-Plug 20A Brushless ESC
Servo: 9g Servo (4pcs)
Recommended Battery: 11.1V 1500mAh 25C Li-Po
Radio: 2.4Ghz 6-Channels
Minimum Age Recommendation: 14 years
Experience Level: Beginner
Recommended Environment: Outdoor
Is Assembly Required: Yes
Assembly Time: Around an hour
- TrailStar Airplane
- (4) 9 Gram Servos
- (1) 2812 Brushless Motor (1250kV)
- (1) 20A ESC
Needed To Complete:
- 6+ channel transmitter and receiver radio system
- 11.1V 3S 1500mAh LiPo flight battery
- Charger for flight battery
- ECP-4011: EcoPower "Electron" 3S Li-Poly 20C Battery Pack (11.1V/1350mAh)
This product was added to our catalog on February 23, 2015.
First off the Exchange has brushless power, it just glides through the sky where the Supercub seems like it is always working hard. The Exchange chugs along at about 35% throttle, goes great a 50% and anything over 75% seems to just make more noise. The awesome thing about the Exchange is two wings are included. The beginner wing sets you up for a gentle 3-channel model. The fuselage of the plane is almost indestructible. It feels like a thick milk jug. That said, any real crash is likely to break the inner wood structure. There is plenty of room inside to mount lots of gear, a 2200 MAH battery fits perfect and balances out the plane nicely. The EPO foam is pretty resilient, but make sure to tape the wings, especially where the rubber bands are.
-Two Wings included
-Indestructible fuselage shell
-Brushless power for brushed price
-Lots of room inside
-Nice build quality
-Flies pretty fast
-Needs setup/tweaking from experienced hands before a beginner takes the controls
-Wheels are way too small for grass
-Chingrish instruction manual
-My kit was missing the rubber bands (the bands from the E-flight Apprentice are a perfect fit and white)
-Poor parts support
Overall, a fantastic plan, and a great bargain but there are other planes that are also great options like the Ares Gamma or its Twin the Volantex Cessna VLTX-1005, or the Hobbyzone SuperCub.)
For one thing, the plane is sold as BNF, it is actually nearer an ARF. The Rudder and Elevator servos had to be centered and the control horns had to be installed on the aileron servos, as well as all of the control horns having to be installed on the various control surfaces. Assembly is still easy though and thankfully no glue is required...everything screws together with the included screwdriver.
There were three main problem areas. Probably the most bothersome is that the decals to be applied to the plane are extremely thin and curl back on themselves very badly. This can be countered fairly easily by using some small sticks of some sort (toothpicks, coffee stirring sticks cut to length, etc.) to stick across the decals as you remove them from the sheet to keep them from curling. You can then place them on the plane, removing the sticks from the back of the decal as you go. I also had a problem with the rudder screws matching the backing plate on the other side of the control horn. This is a minor thing but took a bit of time go get lined up well enough that the screws would thread. The third thing I would mention is that mounting the propeller on the shaft requires a small pair of vice-grip pliars...small enough the fit between the cowl and the back of the prop, to be able to securely hold the shaft while you screw the nut on the opposite side and tighten it. These are not big things, could be a bit of a problem to an inexperienced builder.
There is also no data included in the manual as to how much deflection you should have on the control surfaces. I used the indicated holes on the control horns and everything was ok, but some suggested measurements would have been nice.
As to the durability, I maidened the plane and it flew very well and was quite enjoyable, however something went wrong (possibly with a receiver or maybe a bit of pilot error) and the plane got into a stall and back and forth wobble on the ailerons. I couldn't get it back under control and finally just cut throttle to avoid it going into the woods and possibly being hard to find. It fell from probably 20 or 25 feet and made a terrible thud behind some small trees. A friend and I made the walk to find the plane, fully expecting a bad crash scene. Amazingly the plane was setting on it's wheels and almost undamaged. Upon closer inspection the battery hatch had come off and the propeller shaft had broken. The shaft on this plane is long, with about the last 3/4 inch threaded, which makes it kind of a weak spot if you nose in, which mine apparently did. The large piece of styrofoam that the battery mounts too was also loose. It is indeed a tough trainer.
The parts to fix the plane were under $20 shipped and I glued the battery shelf back into place this morning. I have no doubt that if this had been a balsa plane or even a foam fuselage plane, it would have probably been a total loss, or required time consuming repairs. When the parts get here in a few days, it should be ready to go back in the air (with a different receiver) within 30 minutes or so.
Even with the few shortcomings listed above, I would still highly recommend the plane.)