bomb drop, as a standard feature not an option
maneuverability even at low speed
retractable landing gear
very pleasing paint job and scale outline
speed, a bit on the low side even at full power
famous A6M2 Zero needs no introduction to any warbird
enthusiast. It played a prominent role in the Second
World War but has not been as widely reproduced
as an R/C scale model as the P-51 Mustang and P-47
via Top Flite and now Flyzone, has remedied this
situation. They introduced the large scale 50cc
Zero last year, and the indoor AirCore Zero a bit
prior. Today, Flyzone is expanding its parkflyer
offering by introducing a 45-inch-wingspan A6M2
full scale Zero was known for its great maneuverability
even at low speeds, due to a very low wingloading.
I was eager to see if this parkflyer version would
conserve the quality of the real Zero!
usual with Flyzone, the model comes in a attractively decorated
model comes already decorated out of the box, and all critical
components were installed by the manufacturer. There is
really little left to do to get the model airborne.
this test, I used an ElectriFly 2200mAh 3-cell battery.
The battery is rated for a 30C discharge, which should
be more than enough for the Zero.
time of review) $229.98
fast, and more maneuverable than any Allied
aircraft of the time, the Japanese Zero was
the ultimate aggressor. With its combination
of looks, performance, and unique features,
the Flyzone Select Scale Zero is an elegant
representation of the power and lethal beauty
of the Zero. This bird is authentic all the
way from the trim scheme and brushless motor
system down to the replica bomb drop and retractable
electric landing gear.
Zero comes in two versions?Tx-R and
RTF. If you own a radio, AnyLink adapter,
and 3S LiPo battery, the Tx-R can be in the
air in minutes. The RTF comes ready to take
your flights to greater heights. Just charge
the battery, get out and fly!
307 sq in (19.8 sq dm)
oz/sq.ft (52-58 g/ sq.dm)
w/Battery: 12.2-12.8 oz (345-365 g)
2200mAh LiPo with Dean's Ultra plug(included
with RTF, required for Tx-R)
TTX-600 2.4GHz 6-channel SLT, with trainer
system, programmable fail-safe, digital
aileron, elevator and rudder trims)
1000kV brushless 77g outrunner
Zero comes with an SLT 6 channel receiver, to be used with
an SLT compatible emitter. If you take the time to count,
you will notice that the model actually has 7 channels: ailerons,
elevator, rudder, throttle, flaps, landing gear and bomb drop.
The solution to control 7 independent functions on a 6 channel
receiver is to combine 2 of them on the controller.
explains in an addendum to the manual how to connect the flaps
and the bomb drop to the same channel. Since we had two Zeros
for this review, we decided to connect one of the planes as
directed to in the manual, and the second plane in a more
conventional way, by using a R6008HS Futaba receiver. We will
see which option works best!
model's pilot is included in the cockpit, and helps give
a more realistic look to this scale plane. Granted, the
blue-eyed pilot may not be the best fit for the Japanese
warbird, but now I'm just being picky. For the sake of
being realistic, we will pretend this Zero has been captured
and is undergoing a test flight by a U.S. pilot. The cockpit
serves an access hatch to the fuselage and enables the
replacing of the battery without disconnecting the wing.
1000kv outrunner motor and the ESC are factory installed.
The ESC is mounted with a Star Plug T-type, which is
compatible with the widely used deans T-plug. The key
feature of this plug is the cover on the back side,
which protects the solder without the need of heat shrink
rudder and elevator servos are mounted on the side of
the fuselage, and the receiver is fixed with double-sided
build starts with the installation of the rudder and
the stabilizer, which are both secured with one screw.
The tail wheel is driven by the rudder directly. Once
all components are properly installed, the control linkages
can then be connected. You will have to loosen the set
screw on the servo side to adjust the length of the
is good practice to always check that the screws are properly
tightened to avoid losing one in flight. The wing is packed
with components, since it hosts the retracts, the flaps, the
ailerons and the lights. Flyzone provides a sticker board
for labelling all these wires which helps organize and clarify
wing is mounted onto the fuselage with a M3 screw. It is now time
to connect the LED with the provided light harness. As explained
in the addendum, the connector is different than the one shown in
is important to tie the wires coming from the wing to prevent
any interference with the servos. A lose wire could easily get
untangled in the servo arm or linkage during flight. Zip-ties
come in handy for this type of task.
last operation consists of setting the flaps and the bomb mechanism.
Once everything is operating correctly, you can mount the bomb
(caution! handle with care).
were fortunate to work with two Flyzone A6M2 Zeros simultaneously
for this review which allowed us to test multiple setups
at the same time. One was mounted with the flaps and
the bomb drop coupled, and the other had these two functions
on different channels. Testing several features and
flying formations with the same planes is a luxury we
don't get every day!
The first few flights were done with only one plane
at a time to adjust the trim, and get accustomed to
the warbird. Taxing the plane on the runway is easy
due to the steerable tail wheel. The plane has the natural
tendency to veer to the left when power is applied.
The plane will take off in a few meters when full power
is applied. To make it look a bit more realistic, the
power has to be increased gradually, but that requires
a bit more tail work. The plane is very light and the
tail will lift at very low speed without up elevator
input. Once the speed is sufficient, and the rudder
starts being effective, the pressure on the elevator
can be reduced, and the take off quickly follows.
The plane is well-tempered and is easy to control even
at very low speeds. The higher speeds underperforms
a bit. This plane is built to fly realistically and
not designed to enter parkflyer racer-improvised competitions.
Even running on 4s doesn't bring a massive amount of
speed to this R/C model. The plane is happy and flies
great at lower speeds, so lets enjoy this parkflyer
where it is comfortable!
One of the best surprises was the behavior of the plane
in all aerobatic maneuvers. The plane's stability and
handling (even upside down) is notably impressive. You
can see this on the video (piloted by Burc and Paul)
as the Zeros flew a serie of very low and slow inverted
passes above the runway wingtip to wingtip.
The flaps add to the overall experience by slightly
increasing the flight envelope and providing the pilot
with an extra degree of control, but they are not absolutely
necessary for takeoffs or landings. The plane is already
able to fly very slowly without the need of using the
flaps. The greatest advantage of the flaps, on top of
looking really cool, is to be able to approach at a
very steep angle for a landing.
The bomb drop feature is as fun as it sounds! The bomb
itself is well designed and follows a beautifully curved
trajectory to the impact point. It takes a lot of experience
to hit a target with precision: the position, speed
and attitude of the plane at the time of the bomb drop
are all critical parameters that the pilot will have
to learn to master to become an expert at this. One
the two Zeros we were testing had the bomb drop mechanism
coupled with the flaps, so releasing the payload also
extended full flaps. The plane tends to 'balloon' right
after the bomb is released, but that is to be expected.
The pilot has to remember to release the trigger right
after the bomb is dropped. Of course, if the two functions
are on a separate channels, this makes the whole operation
a bit more comfortable for the pilot.
The only inconvenience we experienced with both planes
was with the landing gear, which at times refused to
retract. When they work, the plane looks really awesome,
with a very slick outline. Each time we ran into this
problem, a power cycle was sufficient to get them unstuck
which makes the cause of the problem a bit obscure.
The LED lights on the plane are almost unnoticeable
during the day, but they become a key feature when the
sun starts to fall low on the horizon. This reduced
ambient sunlight make the LEDs more visible and enables
pilots to fly even when the sun is low which is definitely
The flight time is roughly around 6 minutes which is
in line with the average flying time for a parkflyer.
Flyzone A6M2 Zero
wonder why the Zero was gray underneath? For camouflage on the
A6M2 Zero is a very good looking parkflyer,
packed with well-designed features. Flyzone
did a very good job at keeping the weight low
and engineering good handling capabilities for
a plane that has features we usually only see
at a much bigger scale. Among them, the bomb
drop is a very fun option, and it will amuse
both the pilot and the spectators.
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