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Astra 2.15E F5J/ALES Electric Sailplane (ARF)


Price: $245.00
Color:
Made In Czech Republic
Astra 2.15E LMR
Astra 2.15E LMRAstra 2.15E LMR
Astra 2.15E LMRAstra 2.15E LMR
Astra 2.15E LMRAstra 2.15E LMRAstra 2.15E LMRAstra 2.15E LMR
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Wingspan:
84.5" (2150mm)
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Length:
44.25" (1125mm)
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Weight:
22-27 oz. (620-765g)
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Channels:
4,6
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Good: AXi 2217/12, 12x6 folding
Better: AXi 550/1200, 13x6.5 folding
1800 2S
34mm spinner
One of the most impressive European made sailplanes that we have ever seen, the Astra 2.15E flies as good as it looks. Gentle, smooth, and very long flights are the standards for this beauty. The careful use of composites with competition balsa, creates a good light structure that will hold its shape for a long time. The synergy of low weight and strong structure is very unusual in a production sailplane and can only be achieved with careful attention to design and construction. The entire model is constructed using free-flight techniques. Topmodel uses the latest construction techniques such as CNC milling and laser cutting. The wings as well as standard tail are all balsa built-up with Carbon Fiber main spare. The fuselage is gel-coated fiberglass with carbon fiber tapered tail boom. Whole model is covered with Ultracote. All control surfaces are hinged with adhesive tape. This fully built sailplane needs only basic assembly and motor/radio installation. The two piece wing is easily removable for transport and storage. Each part is carefully hand-crafted with meticulous attention to detail. Value is simply incredible.

Great entry level competition, LMR (Limited Motor Run) or ALES (Altitude Limited Electric Soaring) electric sailplane.

Special Features:
- Control Surfaces: Ailerons, Elevator, Rudder and Flaps
- Tight covering, with all seams hand-sealed
- Elegant gel-coated white fiberglass fuselage
- Two-pieces wing with ailerons and oversized flaps
- Ready-built Balsa/Carbon Fiber 2-piece wing design
- Transparent Ultracote covered wings and tail parts
- Includes all necessary hardware
- Virtually perfect, extremely clean and well made

More information (links):
* Building Instructions (.pdf)
* Tape Hinges Installation

Airfoil
Wing area
Wing loading
Empty weight
: MH 32 mod.
: 565 sq.in.
: 7-7.5 oz/sq.ft.
: 17 oz. (480g)

Suggested Equipment (Sport):
(1) AXi 2217/12
(1) Jeti Advance 30 Pro SB ESC
(1) 1800 2S battery
(2) HS-55 servo (elevator, rudder)
(2) HS-45HB servo (ailerons)
(2) HS-65MG servo (flaps)
(2) Servo frame Hitec HS-65HB/65MG
(1) BB 34/3.2/8mm folding spinner
(1) Aeronaut 12x6 folding propeller
(1) Deans connector
(2) 24" Servo extension
(2) 6" Servo extension
(4) 3" Servo extension
(1) Velcro strap for folding propeller
(1) Building Services (Sailplane Firewall Installation)

Suggested Equipment (Power):
(1) AXi Cyclone 550/1200
(1) Jeti Spin Pro 33 ESC
(1) 1800 2S battery
(1) BB 34/4/8mm folding spinner
(1) Aeronaut 13x6.5 folding propeller
 

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Product Reviews:

(3 Ratings, 2 Reviews) Average Rating:
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Astra 2.1M
Mitchell Marcello (Cumming, GA) 7/11/2016 1:40 PM
Once again, wow! Top Model sailplanes/gliders are TOP. I have the Thermik Dream and Pegasus which are both outstanding (see my reviews on both). I loved the Pegasus so much I wanted another ALES type glider. The Astra went together great. Plenty of room in the pod for wires. I got the blue and put 2 white stripes on the bottom of each wing. No problem seeing it at high altitude or with orientation. The covering on these planes is unreal. Nice and tight and the built up wings look beautiful. I used a 28mm 1250kv motor with a 9.5x5 folding prop on 3S setup just like the Pegasus. It is a perfect setup with a nice smooth climb. You can get to 1000ft in seconds. I am pulling about 18 amps (or approx 200 watts). I went with HS 65's all around and Towerpro MG90's for flaps. 18a ESC and a 6 channel receiver. I use 4 flight modes; cruise, camber, reflex, and crow. The Pegasus balances with a 3s 1000mah, but my Astra took a 3S 1300mah to balance. Flying characteristics are amazing. She is a little heavier than Pegasus (one extra servo and bigger battery), but performs almost identical. These planes stay up forever. Crow landings by your foot (or catch her!). I am a huge fan of Top Model and of course Esprit. Got my eye on Grafas Maxi or big Pulsar Pro next. Get one of these 2M planes (Pegasus or Astra), you will need someone to give you a nudge when flying her, otherwise you may fall asleep and get a neckache!! Well done Top Model!
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what a great plane
roberto echevarria (miami, FL) 6/19/2012 5:03 PM
i got my plane two weeks ago i went to fly it this pass weekend HOOOO MYYYY GOD what a plane it glider like is a feder i'm using a mega 400 and it clims like a rokect AAAAAAAA++++++++ cuality is super i will like to get another one but i got my eje on the prelude. thanks espritmodel