RCU Review: Flyzone eraze


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    Contributed by: Laurent Caekebeke | Published: April 2013 | Views: 19391 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    Eraze Flyzone RCUniverse.com
    heli-Max 1SQ
    Author: Laurent Caekebeke
    Laurent Caekebeke





    Flyzone 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.

    The 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.



    • Very creative looking!

    • No assembly required.

    • good flight envelope
    • very, very robust airframe

    • fragile decal, which comes off too easily.


      Skill Level:

      Time Required to Build:

      Frustration Level:

      What do these ratings mean?

      As usual with Flyzone, the plane comes in a very nice, convenient box that will be useful for transportation and storage.


      The plane is well packed and secured for transportation.

      Here is what you will find in the box:

      • Eraze body, already equiped with radio, servo, motor, ESC.
      • prop, spinner and 2 O-rings
      • snap-on rudder
      • the manual
        Eraze- manufacturer information

      Price: $99.98 (Tx-R), $149.97 (RTF)

      Features:

        • RTF: Tactic TTX404 4-channel 2.4GHz radio system, brushless motor & 12AESC; (2) micro servos, 7.4V, 600mAh LiPo battery, charger & (5) “AA” batteries
        • TxR: Tactic SLT 4-channel 2.4GHz receiver, brushless motor, 12A ESC & (2) micro servos

      Overview - manufacturer's pitch:

      You 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.

      Specs

      Motor: brushless outrunner
      wingspan
      18.1 in (460 mm)
      Length
      19.3 in (489 mm)
      Weight with Battery =
      6.2oz (37g)
      Battery :
      2S 600mAh Lipo 




      One 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.

      To 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.

       




      The 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.
       
        Tactic AnyLink Adapter

      A 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 it’s installed, your transmitter will be able to fly:

      • All Tx-R™ (Transmitter-Ready™) airplanes;
      • Most electric aircraft equipped with a 2.4GHz SLT™ receiver.
      But that’s not the only amazing thing about AnyLink. Here are three more:
      • AnyLink works with virtually any transmitter, regardless of brand, band or modulation.
      • AnyLink 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.
      • AnyLink 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:
      • As 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.






      Let's 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.

      Take-off
      The 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.

      Flight
      The 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.

      Aerobatic
      This 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.



      FlyZone Eraze

      Photos and video by Burc Simsek and Laurent Caekebeke



      In 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 flying low!


      Give a white and square plane to a bunch of guys,
      and this is what they come up with  :-)




      Flyzone Home Page


      Pictures and videos were shot at:
      http://www.bayoucityflyers.com/



      Comments on RCU Review: Flyzone eraze

      Posted by: cloudancer03 on 04/30/2013
      I am lamo .this looks like a blast to play with.think I will be the first to show up at the next funfly.but then others will follow.hummmmmm.maybe a eraze combat event.in short it looks different and on video looks like a ball to break the 3d day to day.
      Posted by: tailskid on 05/02/2013
      Enjoyed your review - it looks like you enjoyed the plane also!
      Posted by: Turnale on 05/04/2013
      The plane is indeed a lot a fun!
      Posted by: ncsky on 05/24/2013
      Nice review. I have this plane and it is great fun, your review about everything is spot on.
      Posted by: Turnale on 05/24/2013
      thanks for the positive comment. It's been a good month now,I can confirm one thing: it is strong:)
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      The comments, observations and conclusions made in this review are solely with respect to the particular item the editor reviewed and may not apply generally to similar products by the manufacturer. We cannot be responsible for any manufacturer defects in workmanship or other deficiencies in products like the one featured in the review.

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