I have a number of flights with the Easy Glider Pro Electric (EGP) so it is time to puts some thoughts into a review.
The build log is a separate article so I won’t spend much time on the assembly other than to say the EGP went together just about like every other Multiplex model I’ve owned. The instructions are clear and the parts are well engineered and fit snuggly.
I didn’t put the ball bearings in the tail of the EGP and probably should have. I ended up mounting some weights under the horizontal stabilizers to get the CG where the majority of folks on the message boards suggest.
The EGP has plenty of power with the 2814 12 turn motor I got from bphobbies. When matched with a 50mm spinner and 10X6 folding prop, it flies smoothly from my hand with just a gentle toss at about half throttle. The EGP really climbs with this set-up. In fact, I had to mix in down elevator to keep the nose from going too high and at high power settings I still have to add quite a bit of nose down stick to keep the nose from going vertical. A trip to the upper limit of our clubs flying area of 400 feet takes only a few seconds.
Here are some of the EGPs vital statistics.
|Weight||30 ounces w/o battery|
|Battery||11.1v 1800mAh (5 oz)|
|Prop||APC 10 X 5 folding|
I’ve had some luck finding some fall thermals over and around the field. The EGP’s light weight has it climbing easily in the vertical currents. There have been a couple of times where I’ve had to put up the spoilers and nose it over to avoid being chastised about the field ceiling. The slow graceful glide can sometimes be misleading. The airplane will stall. The nose drops straight ahead and will take altitude or power to regain flying speed. The elevator has a lot of authority and a secondary stall is pretty easy to get into by pulling the EGP back to level flight too quickly.
I’ve found the EGP to be pretty good in the wind. Once away from the ground, it is easy to settle into your desired flight regime. Being so light weight and with its large wingspan, it will bounce around in the gusts but with a powerful brushless motor it will fight the wind and come back against the breeze without much trouble.
I’ve been experimenting with the landings. I’ve used the flaps (flaperons) , the spoilers (spoilerons) and a clean wing. I’ve yet to find my preference. Given proper power control on base and final (little or none) I find the clean wing works fine. If you’re not using a computer radio or are using only 4 channels, you’re not a big disadvantage if you’re just a beginner with the sailplane, like me.
Even when I’m not too successful at finding thermals I can get 15 – 20 minutes from my 1800mAh battery just using it to climb to altitude and glide gently down. I’ve found that the EGP is a great plane to take the stress of the day away. It is a big slow flying glider that seems to spell relaxation on a nice afternoon.
As you can see in the photos, I decided to have some fun with the color scheme for the EGP. The hot pink underside is easy to see in a variety of sky conditions. I seldom fail to get some smart remark from someone at the field about the colors. The teasing goes away when the EGP takes a 45 – 60 climb angle and speeds to altitude.
See the EGP at Amazon.com.
Update: You would think with those colors you'd be able to see this large glider. That proved not to be the case. With only one other person flying, he was turning and burning with a gas warbird and climbed directly into the Easy Glider from below and behind. With a sickening pop, the EGP pretty much exploded and came down in multiple pieces. It has been one of the few Multplex airplanes I chose not to try to piece back together. Its replacement is now in the build queue.