Hobbico Mini NexStar EP Review

Being born under the shadow of it’s big brother, the Mini NexStar EP has a big task ahead of it. We reviewed the Mini NexStar to see if it could really fill that little electric trainer shoe that makes do-it-yourself a reality at your local park.

 

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

Summary

For the many fans of a true balsa trainer, your park-flying solution just may have arrived. Hobbico introduced to the RC world a mini version of their world-class trainer: the NexStar. For many years RC instructors have leaned on trainers like the NexStar to get new pilots up and confident behind the sticks. See, the true test of a trainer platform is the ability for a plane to execute upright, conventional maneuvers without any funky tendencies. It also has to be able to practically land itself but also endure the occasional bumpy homecoming.

The Mini NexStar not only took off practically on it’s own, it also executed near-perfect text book maneuvers and predictable, solid landings. One of the biggest hurdles today’s foam-taught flyers face is moving beyond 3 channels rigs into true 4 channel flight. The Mini NexStar is the ideal flat turn trainer. “Take it up, do it, do it again and again until you perfect it” could be the mantra for this new little NexStar. If you can’t master your rudder, cross-wind landings, and rolls, loops, inverts and stalls in this plane, you never will.

Hobbico nailed it on the head with the Mini NexStar.

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5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
4.5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
4 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4.5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Small Park

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Model Specifications

Wing Span:

44 inches (1120mm)

Wing Area:

296 in2 (19.1 dm2)

Weight:

25-28 oz (710-790 g)

Wing Loading:

12.2-13.6 oz/ft2 (37-42 g/dm2)

Length:

36.5 inches (925mm)

Motor Design:

Brushless Outrunner

Motor Size:

400

Volt Range:

3s

Construction:

Balsa Built-up

ESC Amperage:

20 Amps

Radio Channels:

4 Channels

Included Motor:

SuperTigre® 400 brushless motor

Included ESC:

SuperTigre® 20A brushless

Included Radio System:

Tacticâ„¢ 4-channel 2.4GHz radio

Included Charger:

D/C LiPo Balancing

Included Battery:

SuperTigre 11.1V 1250mAh 15C LiPo battery

Needed Items:

RTF: (4) "AA" Batteries. RxR: Complete Radio System (min. 4 channel), 11.1V 1250mAh LiPo battery and charger.

Street Price:

$(RX-R) 179.97 USD, (RTF) 249.96 USD
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