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    Contributed by: Mike Buzzeo | Published: June 2010 | Views: 19697 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Hobbico Flyzone Playmate Micro EP 2.4GHz RTF
    Mike Buzzeo

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    Distributed by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    • Quick, Easy Assembly
    • Can Be Flown Indoors or Out
    • 2.4GHz radio included
    • Comes with everything needed to get airborn

    • None!

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    What do these ratings mean?

    One of the newest trends in our sport is Micro Fliers. With technology growing at the phenomenal rate that it is, it never ceases to amaze me how small these things are getting! One of Flyzone's latest offerings is a fun little plane called the "Playmate".

    The Playmate is not scaled after any particular full-scale plane, it's just a cute little backyard/indoor flier that comes with everything you need to get in the air.

    That's right - No additional purchases required! Just pull it out of the box, install the "AA" batteries in the transmitter, charge the flight pack's LiPo from the transmitter and you're ready to fly!

    Let's go have some fun!

    Name:Flyzone Playmate

    Price: $79.99

    Wingspan: 18.5" (470mm)

    Wing Area: 51 sq in (3.3 sq dm)

    Length: 13.5" (345mm)

    Flying weight: 1.0oz (30g) with Battery

    Battery: LiPo - 130mAh - rechargeable from transmitter (included)

    Channels: 3 total - Elevator, Rudder, and Throttle

    Items Needed To Complete

    • Nothing- everything is included!

    The packaging is excellent. The box contains a foam insert that cradles the plane and transmitter, and the box can double as a carrying case to avoid damage while traveling to and from your choice of flying site.

    The transmitter features 3 fully-proportional channels and digital trims, but here's the real kicker... It broadcasts on 2.4GHz!

    Next, we install the four "AA" batteries (which are included) into the transmitter and plug the LiPo battery into the transmitter's receptacle to charge it. Once the LiPo is charged, it plugs into the plane and you are ready to fly!

    It's time to write the flight report. Hmmm... It's hard to get serious with a little plane that I had so much fun with! But I'll try.

    It was a cold, windy day and the rain was coming down at a light and steady pace. Not a day I would normally even consider flying. But it was the day of our Club's annual Mall Show and the Playmate was among the myriad of planes I had brought with me. I had charged it up so that I could demonstrate to passers by that a plane this small really worked and that it really was a radio controlled aircraft.

    Well, you know how it is, I powered up the motor a few times, ran it around the floor for a bit. Then at one point, I noticed that the halls were relatively empty and the 14-year-old in me took over. With the Palymate sitting on the floor, I applied full power and took off.

    I had to back the power off almost immediately to keep from hitting the ceiling, this thing has PLENTY of power! And while sharp turns were a must, due to the excellent slow-speed characteristics, I was easily able to fly it in a "T" formation through the hallway intersection where we were located.

    I was having a blast!

    For the rest of the day, I made short flights every half hour or so to the delight of shoppers and mall walkers, and to the dismay of shop owners. Of course, not every flight was perfect, there were a few times when I scraped a wall and the Playmate spiraled to the floor, and once I smacked the wall straight on, but the Playmate features a spring-loaded prop shaft which disengages the drive shaft from the motor during just such a head-on crash so it escaped without a scratch. Then there was one incident where... Well, let's just say that the woman who runs the jewelry store on that particular corner won't forget me anytime soon. But who cares? I had fun, the crowd liked it and I have no intentions of buying any diamonds in the near future.

    Check out the video to see the Playmate in action!

    Flyzone Playmate Micro EP 2.4GHz RTF
    Or, Download the Video (10meg)

    These new Micro-Fliers are a blast and the Playmate is no exception. It is ready to fly right out of the box, flight times were much longer that I thought they would be and even the most basic beginner could handle it easily. And to say that everything is included for under $80 is astounding!

    For ease of use and just plain fun, I think the Playmate is this millennium's answer to the Frisb... uh, you know, that flying disk thing!

    Distributed Exclusively by:
    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021; Champaign, IL 61826-90210

    Comments on RCU Review: FlyZone Playmate

    Posted by: jerrydearmond@rocketmail.com on 07/01/2010

    Posted by: twizzy on 07/03/2010
    i brought that plane but they servos failed in one day so i added 10 bucks more and got the champ..wow what a difference!!
    Posted by: Inferno7600 on 07/08/2010
    i bought one of those planes and it was junk, mine was defective and the minute i tried it the prop and spring shot off and i had to glue it on while destroying the nose with needle nose pliers to keep the shaft in place, after that i went outside and watched the prop spin, and guess what, the shaft was crooked in all it was very frustrating and i lost a prop, and some paint that was on it
    Posted by: CE Taylor on 07/29/2010
    I have had this plane for a month or so and have flown it maybe 40 times. It flys very well as long as the wind is very low or nonexistant. I have had no problems at all with the plane or control. I am thinking of trying the Albatros when they are available as I am very happy with this model.
    Posted by: kyracer29 on 09/25/2010
    I had the same sort of experience as twizzy. I have the Champ, my girlfriend wanted the Playmate. She never even got it past the control check. Rudder servo was locked. She now wants a champ.
    Posted by: MinnFlyer on 09/25/2010
    Just send it back for a replacement
    Posted by: evaristus on 12/19/2010
    I just had bad experience with playmate, the transmiter range is about 10 feet and the rudder servo stucks, bad quality, just think of this as a swindle given that for 20 bucks more you can get a pz or a plantraco.
    Posted by: MinnFlyer on 12/19/2010
    Just return it for a new one
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