has been very active with new plane releases lately, with new models
ranging from micro-planes to larger scale aircrafts. The Eraze model
comes in the sports category, as a futuristic-looking fun-flying wing.
Its design is novel by many aspects and it is guaranteed to be noticed
at the field, despite its relatively small size!
It is intended for the more experienced hobbyist, who wants to have fun with a robust and good flying model.
model comes in two versions: RTF and Tx-R. The RTF has absolutely
everything you'll need to fly the model, including the charger and the
battery. The Tx-R is for those who want to use their own equipment.
Today we are testing the later.
can have the Eraze completely assembled
less than 60 seconds after you open the
box. That's less than a minute. But that's
not surprising, because all you have to
do is snap the rudder in place and
let the magnets do the rest. Both versions
arrive with all onboard equipment
servos, receiver, brushless motor and ESC
factory-installed, so your choice
is easy. If you want maximum ease, go with
the RTF; it includes the Eraze and a full-size
Tactic TTX404 2.4 GHz radio. But if you
prefer to use your own radio, go with the
Tx-R Prime. You can fly it with an SLT radio
system alone, or with a non-SLT system and
the AnyLink; add a battery, and you'll have
everything you need to fly the Eraze and
most other Tx-R aircraft, too.
in (460 mm)
in (489 mm)
with Battery =
of the impressive features of Eraze is that it only takes seconds to
assemble: all you need to do is insert the rudder into its slot which
snaps in place thanks to two strong magnets, and you are done! These
ease of assembly shows a good level of manufacturing control.
actually fly the plane requires one more step which is installing the
prop saver which, combined with the first step, brings the total set up
time to 2 minutes maximum. No glue is needed in the assembly which
demonstrates truly how ready-to-fly this model is.
plane's components are a brushless outrunner, a
12A ESC, 2 servos and the receiver. The receiver is Tactic, and could
be easily replaced by any other brand, if you do not have a Tactic
anylink, or a Tactic Radio, like the TTX650 shown above.
transmitter alone can only do so much. But a transmitter with AnyLink
can do wonders. It's so revolutionary that a patent is already pending,
and so simple to use that it takes only seconds to add. Yet, once its
installed, your transmitter will be able to fly:
Tx-R (Transmitter-Ready) airplanes;
electric aircraft equipped with a 2.4GHz SLT receiver.
thats not the only amazing thing about AnyLink. Here are three more:
works with virtually any transmitter, regardless of brand, band or
enables your transmitter to send out a true, 2.4GHz signal and
operate with all of the interference-free dependability of a
frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum system.
offers all of the convenience, versatility and benefits listed above
for far less than the cost of a new 2.4GHz radio system.
We decided to use the new TTX650 radio which is a perfect match for this model.
The setup of the plane is
simple, and very well covered in the manual. Two important things to check:
with any small plane, the center of gravity location needs to be
checked carefully. A small variation will have a big impact on the
plane's behavior. Check it as per the manual recommendation, and you
will be fine.
The elevon's neutral is not aligned with
the trailing edge!
The manual is not exactly clear on the neutral position of the aileron.
If you align them with the trailing edge, the Eraze will nose dive on
launch. Instead, align the elevon to the underside of the wing. The
elevons will look as if they are set slightly up. See the picture below.
start with a two word summary of the flight experience: pure fun! And
it is even more fun on a 3s battery. And let's get to the details.
plane is easy to grab and throw, thanks to the finger hole underneath
the frame. Make sure to correctly set the elevon neutral before the
first launch, or you will be surprised by a sharp nose dive upon
take-off. Once the Eraze is trimmed, take-offs are eventless: the plane goes flat and straight, with no tendency to roll or dive.
Eraze is designed to be a sport flyer and its aptitude to fly on
wide-speed range will make you comfortable. The wing is sensitive on
the roll control, and some expo helps taming the beast for steady fast
speed pass. At high speeds, the plane is really easy to fly around
making wide and smooth turns. At lower speeds, it takes a bit more work
to keep the wing altitude constant in a turn, but with proper power
management, the wing behaves nicely.
is where the fun is. The ailerons are very effective, and the roll rate
is very good, without being too fast. The wing can easily perform a loop
from level flight; the power is there for having fun. Inverted flight
requires some down elevator, and the wing stays perfectly controllable. The
plane is very (very) robust. During the course of the review, it
crashed a countless number of times, and was always back in the air in
less than a minute. In a crash, the rudder and canopy often pop off and
the propeller gets dislodged but that is about it. This robustness is
an encouragement for more fun, and fun we had! You might tell from the
video and pictures below. As we were gauging on how accurate we could
be on low passes, we managed to get the rudder to drag against the
runway and maintain speed and the capability of still flying away! Safe
to say that this plane would win any limbo contest. See the picture
below, the plane is actually flying!
To go beyond: 3S battery Once
we felt confident with the testing of the plane on a 2S battery, we
switched to a 3S 540mAh 20c Electrifly battery which really brought
added pep to the plane. The maximum speed is notably higher, without
significant decrease is flight time. The motor and the prop saver
seemed to be well adapted for this amount of power and never let us
down. I would definitely recommend switching to a 3S battery once you
master the Eraze on 2S.
Photos and video by Burc
Simsek and Laurent Caekebeke
summary, the Eraze model will definitely get you noticed both for its
different shape as well as for its flying characteristics! Flyzone did
a very nice job designing and manufacturing this plane resulting in a
nice looking plane with interesting flight capabilities and a robust
and durable frame.
One thing to note is that the colorful decal
the model comes with peels off really easily following the first dent
made on the leading edge which will trigger the peeling process. It is
however really easy to use paint or tape to decorate this plane, should the decal peel off entirely.
The peeling decal does not
interfere with the fun of flying this plane, and I really look forward
to the next limbo contest! Having a plane that you know will survive a
crash with only a few minor scratches really relieves the fear of
Give a white and
square plane to a bunch of guys, and this is what they come up with :-)
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