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    Contributed by: Jim Buzzeo | Published: July 2013 | Views: 15331 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of the Flyzone Micro DH.82 Tiger Moth
    Jim Buzzeo
    (AMA 74894)

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    Exclusively Distributed by:
    Hobbico
    2904 Research Road
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660
    www.flyzoneplanes.com

    The de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and others as a primary trainer. The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk in 1952, when many of the surplus aircraft entered civil operation. Many other nations used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in many countries. Now Flyzone brings this highly successful trainer to our wonderful sport in the form of a micro sized park flyer.


    The Tiger Moth is the latest addition to Flyzone's growing number of Micro sized 3 channel airplanes and is sure to be a hit at your local ballfield, gym or flying field.


    • Almost No Assembly
    • Lipo Charger included
    • Charger Batteries included


    • None as Tested




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    Time Required to Assemble:

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    What do these ratings mean?


    Name:Flyzone Micro Tiger Moth

    Price: $79.99 (Tx-R) $99.99 (RTF)
    (Accurate at time of review)

    Stock Number: FLZA2062 - Tx-R

    Stock Number: FLZA2060 - RTF

    Wingspan: 15.1 in (385 mm)
    Length: 12.9 in (327 mm)
    Weight: 1.1 oz (33 g)
    Radio Used:Tactic TTX650
    Battery Used: Included 3.7 V 140 mAh LiPo
    Channels Used: 3 Total - Elevator, Throttle, and Rudder

    Items Needed To Complete: (Tx-R)

    • Tactic AnyLink and Compatible Transmitter ~OR~ Tactic 4-channel (minimum) Transmitter.
    • Foam Safe Glue and Paint. (For the Pilot Figures. Pilots require painting and installation.)

    Items Needed To Complete: (RTF)

    • Foam Safe Glue and Paint. (For the Pilot Figures. Pilots require painting and installation.)





    The Flyzone Tiger Moth is Available in two varieties: Transmitter Ready (Tx-R) and Ready to Fly (RTF). The RTF version includes a Tactic TTX402 4-Channel SLT 2.4GHz Mini Transmitter (which doubles as a LiPo charger). The Tx-R Version includes a wireless, battery operated LiPo charger in lieu of the transmitter. I received the Tx-R version, and planned to use my new Tactic TTX650 6 channel computer radio. As is typical of the Flyzone Micros, the Tiger Moth arrived in a colorful, sturdy box that doubles as a carrying case. The well-designed foam packaging kept the Tiger Moth undamaged by any muscle bound warehouse workers, delivery people and the author. Included is a 140 MaH LiPo flight battery, cordless DC charger, five 'AA' batteries and two unpainted pilot figures.



    I've owned several of these Flyzone Ultra Micro airplanes, and I can say for certain that they all fly very well. The Tiger Moth is no exception, it just LOOKS like it wants to fly. The pre-painted airplane looks great decked out in a nice red and silver paint scheme. I'm astounded at the amount of realism that is built into these tiny aircraft. Stand off scale details like simulated wing ribs, scale looking cowling, wing struts and landing gear really make this airplane look great. The unpainted pilot figures are not installed, but a few minutes with some water based paint and some foam safe glue completed the assembly. of course the pilot figures are not required, but I had a couple minutes while I waited for the battery to charge.

    Speaking of the battery, I removed the single cell charger, installed the five 'AA' batteries (Batteries ARE included!) and plugged the included lipo battery into the charger. The flight battery even has hook and loop fastener pre-installed! After a few minutes, the green LED on the Charger went out, indicating that the 3.7v LiPo flight battery was fully charged.

    The next step was to Link my transmitter. I had the opportunity to review the Tactic TTX-650 computer radio recently, and since the Tiger Moth is fully compatible with this transmitter I thought it would be a perfect fit. I wasn't wrong! Although a full blown computer radio is NOT required for the Tiger Moth, I couldn't resist the temptation. Linking and setting up the transmitter with the Tiger Moth took me less than four minutes. Although I prefer to leave the rudder on the left stick (Mode II), I COULD easily have set the rudder to move with the aileron stick.

    Well let's see now, here we are 15 minutes after seeing the UPS guy leave my office and I have a beautiful micro sized Tiger Moth ready to fly. (ok, 15 minutes if I hadn't stopped to paint the pilots and take photos, but you get the point.) If instant gratification is your thing, the Flyzone Micros deliver!


    Manual


    The manual, like most from Flyzone and Hobbico, is very well written with good illustrations. Flyzone also has the Manual and TX-Ready addendum on-line. Should you use the AnyLink system, I'm sure you'll find the addendum helpful for discovering useful information. For example, some radios should use the 'Alternate Mapping Function', otherwise you may find your aileron stick moves the elevator.

    Download the manual

    Download the Addendum


    Flight test day dawned sunny and calm. At the field I checked that the throttle stick was at idle, turned on the transmitter and connected the battery. After a final check that all controls moved in the correct directions I armed the ESC (throttle first set to low, then slowly to full and back to low waiting for the appropriate 'beeps') and advanced the throttle.

    I'm still trying to figure out how the folks at Flyzone are able to produce such great looking airplanes that weigh so little yet fly so well. I suspect their experience in the field may have something to do with it. The little Tiger Moth flew well without ANY trimming. Even in a (very) slight breeze the rudder provides enough control authority to put the airplane where you want it, but without being twitchy or sensitive. Here I DID resist temptation as I decided not to use any Expo or fancy programing of any kind. (Even though I COULD have with the TTX-650... nudge nudge, wink wink.)

    After takeoff I reduced the throttle to less than half and the little Tiger Moth leveled off dutifully. As was the case with the other Flyzone Micros I've had the pleasure to fly, the Tiger Moth gets better after only a few minutes knocking the rust off the skills. After putting around the sky for a few moments I decided to try a little barnstorming. After all, this IS what most full scale Tiger Moth pilots were doing with them back in the day. PURE fun. I cannot think of a more appropriate way of describing this little airplane. Gain some altitude, turn it toward you and go full bore. Keeping the nose only slightly below the horizon, the little Tiger Moth would ZOOM past as low as I wanted. THIS is zero stress flying.

    Not long ago, I would have considered an airplane of this (small) size and (light) weight to be appropriate to fly ONLY indoors. Keeping in mind that the Tiger Moth does weigh less than 2 ounces, it certainly can (and does) fly well outdoors in very light winds. It's small size makes it perfect for indoor venues. If you're fairly new to the RC hobby or if you've been flying for years, the Flyzone Tiger Moth should keep you smiling and is perfect for a little lunchtime flying at your local ball field, gym or even at your full-fledged flying field.

    The Little Tiger Moth has plenty of control authority and although designed to be a 3 channel trainer and sport airplane, it is capable of mild aerobatics. Loops, stall turns, even spins are easy and predictable. If you get into trouble, just bring the throttle anywhere in the "low to mid" range and let go of the sticks. The Tiger Moth will right itself and keep on flying. Even if you're short on altitude, the Tiger Moth's slow speed and low inertia usually prevents those 'OOPS' moments from becoming a catastrophe. Even if you do break something, Flyzone offers a full line of reasonably priced replacement parts.

    Check out the video to see the Tiger Moth in action!




    Flyzone Tiger Moth


















    The folks at Flyzone have done it again! With practically zero time required for assembly, the Flyzone Tiger Moth lets you forget about building and go directly to the field. For low stress, pure fun flying, the Flyzone Tiger Moth is tough to beat!








    2904 Research Road
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660


    Exclusively Distributed by:
    Hobbico
    2904 Research Road
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660


    Exclusively Distributed by:
    Hobbico
    2904 Research Road
    Champaign, IL 61826
    Phone: 800-637-7660
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