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".
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.
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!
LiPo - 130mAh - rechargeable
from transmitter (included)
3 total - Elevator, Rudder,
Needed To Complete
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.
transmitter features 3 fully-proportional channels and digital trims,
but here's the real kicker... It broadcasts on 2.4GHz!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
was having a blast!
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.
out the video to
see the Playmate in action!
EP 2.4GHz RTF
Download the Video (10meg) CLICK
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
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
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