few years ago, Flyzone had this interesting idea of
designing a plane that could switch from a low wing
to a high wing configuration in a matter of minutes,
they called it The Switch (see the review here).
This concept is now coming back today, only in a smaller
scale: The Mini Switch! The wingspan has gone down from
the previous 45" we found in the Switch to 34" and the
weight is right around 600g. The plane is the perfect
size for all-around flying and easy transportation.
Mini Switch by Flyzone is available in two versions, as with most other
models from this manufacturer: Tx-R and RTF. The RTF includes a TTX450
radio, the battery and the charger, whereas you will need a TACTIC
module for the Tx-R. This review focuses on the Tx-R Mini-Switch.
The idea and the
implementation of the wing switching concept - easy and practical
simple and rapid assembly
power-to- weight ratio
The manual, which is very thorough and even includes the ESC programming sequence
landing gear attachment to the fuselage is a bit weak.
wing pocket plugs pop out too easily in high wing configuration
The transportation box is
nicely decorated, showing the model in different configurations.
All the components are
secured in molded Styrofoam to avoid any transportation damage.
of the box:
Switch body, with the receiver, servos, motor and ESC
propeller and spinner
Two wing halves
wing fuselage adapter
The Mini Switch lets you change between a low-wing
and a high-wing quickly and easily. Its compact
size makes it easy to transport to and from
the flight park without disassembling the plane.
It changes the flying characteristics and the
look of the model, both offer unique results
in the air and on the ground. Different aerobatics,
different looks, different strengths.
The Mini Switch RTF
includes a 2.4GHz radio, so you can be airborne in minutes. There?s
also a Tx-R Prime version you can fly with your battery, AnyLink and
radio. Experience the more flexible and fun way to fly today with the
Flyzone Mini Switch.
4-channel 2.4GHz radio
AeroCell Mini Switch
airframe with pre-applied trim
components for both
high and low-wing configurations.
brushless motor, ESC and electronics
3S LiPo battery and
AC/DC balancing LiPo charger
(4) "AA" batteries
AeroCell airframe ready for easy, glue-free final assembly
brushless motor, ESC and electronics
2.4GHz SLT receiver
compatible with Tactic AnyLink
34"- 865mm (high wing)
32.5" - 825mm
20.4 - 21.2 oz
/ 580g - 600g
1300mAh 3 cells
wing servos are installed and set. The first
power up done later confirmed that they were perfectly
motor is installed behind a strong firewall. Notice
the large ventilation holes on both sides.
landing gear is made of aluminum and the wheel pants
make it look very scale-like.
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:
equipped with a 2.4GHz
that?s 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
offers all of the
and benefits listed
above for far less
than the cost of a
new 2.4GHz radio system.
recommended battery is a 1300mAh 11.1V
15C 3S Lipo. It is strongly encouraged
to go with the stock battery. With the
battery of this plane located behind
the CG, using a heavier battery might
make the plane unstable.
2.4ghz TACTIC receiver is mounted in
the fuselage, along with the rudder
and elevators servos and the ESC.
No need to duplicate the manual in this section:it is well written and deserves a special mention for even including the ESC programming sequence.
assembly simply consists of screwing in place the stabilizer, and
tightening the prop and the spinner in place. The assembly depends on
what you want to try first: the low wing or high wing configuration. We
decided to start with high wing option for this review.
I really like about compact airframes such as the Mini Switch
is that it fits in the car in one piece. That brings parking
to first flight an absolute minimum. The Mini Switch is essentially
two planes in one, so the flight report will be done in two
High-Wing flight report
The first takeoff was as easy as it gets: the plane was aligned
on the runway, noise into the wing, the power was gradually
increased, and the Mini Switch took off in around 10 meters,
with no tendency to veer right or left. A few clicks down
on the elevator, and the plane was flying nice and straight.
The photographer was already asking for lower passes, so I
slowed the plane down and brought it over the runway. It was
easy and smooth - no issues at all. Note, this plane is not
a beginner plane, so to slow it down, you need to bring it
to a higher alpha, and play with the throttle, to keep the
plane airborne. No problem for anyone accustomed to sporty
planes. The power is there, and the plane will go vertical
The plane will deliver most aerobatic maneuvers easily, however
the self-correcting tendency of high-wing plane kicks, and
the rolls are bit more barrel-like in this configuration.
As predicted, landings are a formality: the plane is brought
to the runway at reduced power and once it enters in ground
effect, a foot or two above the ground, the throttle is chopped
off, and the Mini Switch nicely sits on its main gear.
Low-Wing flight report
Let me start with this statement: this configuration is my
All the positive attributes gained in the high wing configuration
are also found in the low wing arrangement. With added benefits
of cleaner aerobatic capabilities and more responsive
The plane is capable of any maneuver expected from a sports
plane: rolls, loops, Cuban 8, etc. Even inverted the plane
remains easily controllable, and in capable hands, is able
to perform very slow and low passes right above the runway!
I invite you to have a look at the picture to see for yourself
While doing a series of touch and goes for the pictures, we
had the surprise to see the landing gear come off. It sheared
right at the attachment between the hard plastic mount and
the foam. It is not a big issue - some CA and it was fixed
- but it is worth mentioning, as the landing wasn't hard at
We tested the plane wings up to 10-15miles/hour, and it did
surprisingly well for its size! Its power and speed make it
cut through air easily.
Switching from high to low
at the field?
You might wonder if the wing switching is a lengthy process
or requires many tools/rework of the plane. I recorded the
transition on video to time it and it took around four minutes,
which is not bad at all. It only requires a flat screw driver.
FlyZone Mini Switch
and Video by Burc Simsek and Laurent Caekebeke
Mini Switch is a very interesting concept and helps the
pilot in understanding the fundamental difference between
a high wing and a low wing configuration. It is not that
often that you can compare two planes against this single
parameter, with everything else being equal: weight, wing
As the high-wing configuration looks like a trainer, you
might think that the Mini Switch is the perfect starter
plane for those pilots recently picking up this hobby
but you would be wrong. This plane is in fact a sports
plane in both configurations, with different behaviors.
It is targeted towards pilots who have flying experience
and have mastered a few previous planes and are ready
for something new and fun. We all want to vary the experience
at the field, and most of us own many different planes.
The Mini Switch was designed just for that.
will bring you the experience of flying two different
types of airplanes in one single box!
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