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#1 ChuckTseeker Jul 16, 2010 01:42 AM

Parkzone's F4F Wildcat Owners Thread
Hi All, seeing as the other thread i started is now 50 pages long with lots of "Off Topics" in it, I thought now the plane is Here, I would start an owners thread and will lock the old one in a week or two, once everyone has migrated here ;)

i have copied any relevant info from the first thread and posted it here, so lets keep this thread on track and about the new F4F Wildcat

cheers chuck

well it's Thrusday here in Australia and the new Warbird is up on our local hobby stores web page :eek:

it's a F4F Wildcat and it looks cool :cool: still got an 18amp ESc though :(

cheers chuck



Horizon Site:



Specs list for PKZ1980
Wingspan 38.4 in (975 mm)
Overall Length 28.7 in (730 mm)
Flying Weight 25.4 oz (720 g)
Motor Size 480 sized 960 Kv brushless outrunner
Radio SPM 2.4Ghz DSM 2 AR500 5 channel full-range sport receiver (DSM 2 transmitter required)
Servos PKZ SV 80 sport servos (4)
Trim Scheme Colors light gray, navy blue, white and red
CG (center of gravity) 1 7/8 in (47 mm) back from LE of wing at root +/- 1/8 in (3 mm)
Prop Size 9 x 6
Speed Control PKZ 18A BL ESC
Recommended Battery 3S 11.1V 1300mAh LiPo (included)
Aileron proportional
Elevator proportional
Rudder proportional
Throttle proportional
Control Throw (Ailerons) 8 mm (low rate), 11 mm (high rate)
Control Throw (Elevator) 9 mm (low rate), 13 mm (high rate)
Control Throw (Rudder) 11 mm (low rate), 14 mm (high rate)
Charger 12V DC powered 1A balancing LiPo charger


From Pearl Harbor through 1942 the F4F Wildcat was the only U.S. fighter in the Pacific theater capable of thwarting the advances of Japan’s naval air forces. And though it was slower and less maneuverable than the vaunted Zero, its heavier armor, self-sealing fuel tanks and rugged airframe could often help a skilled pilot overcome this performance gap and live to fight another day.

ParkZone brings the legendary Wildcat to life with this great flying Bind-N-Fly park flyer modeled after a plane flown by Lieutenant Commander Edward “Butch” O’Hare – the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace. Scale touches include a realistic paint scheme, simulated engine cylinders and cowl flaps, molded wheels tucked into the fuselage and more. Its flight performance is equally impressive thanks to the full 4-channel control and ample power provided by its 480 brushless motor and the included 3S 1300mAh Li-Po battery.

Best of all, you can have it flying in the time it takes you to charge the included battery pack and bind its Spektrum AR500 receiver to your full-range DSM2 aircraft system (sold separately).

3S 11.1V 1300mAh Li-Po battery and balancing charger included
Spektrum™ AR500 DSM2™ 5-channel sport receiver installed
Powerful 480-size 960Kv brushless outrunner motor installed
Dual aileron servos for precise control
Durable and lightweight Z-Foam™ construction
Two-piece plug-in wing
Battery compartment accommodates most 1800mAh–2100mAh Li-Po packs (sold separately)
Only requires a full range DSM2 aircraft transmitter (sold separately)





nice looking plane thats for sure :cool:

link to movie and it's good too :D


Parkzone F4F Wildcat (1 min 11 sec)


Originally Posted by Microwave Six (Post 15398126)
I Googled F4F Wildcat and I think this is the plane that parkzone was going for. http://www.armee-americaine.net/avia...es/image02.jpghttp://www.flugzeuginfo.net/acimages...szjezewski.jpg

I'll be waiting outside of Hobbytown...;)


Originally Posted by Mattfly (Post 15400126)
Here is a photo of the two piece wing and how it is attached to the fuselage.


Matt Andren
Horizon Hobby

Horizonhobby.com Preview - ParkZone F4F Wildcat (6 min 34 sec)

Parkzone F4F Wildcat (1 min 36 sec)


Originally Posted by Mattfly (Post 15400126)
Here is a photo of the two piece wing and how it is attached to the fuselage.

Matt Andren
Horizon Hobby


Originally Posted by Mattfly (Post 15553440)
Just a quick little tip on the F4F.

The wing fit on the Wildcat is very nice and the wing slides into a pocket in the fuselage. I accidentially left my plane in my truck for about 30 min during a very hot day (yes I know Parkzone recommends against this ) and found this evening that the wing was a little tricky to remove as the paint had softened in the heat. I would recommend rubbing a little baby powder or talcum powder on the wing root before assembly to prevent the wing from potentially sticking. Especially in the hot summer months.

The nice thing about this plane is that is is fairly small and easy to transport even in one piece, so some may never disassemble the plane.

But just wanted to give a heads up to those that plan on removing thier wing for transport or storage.

Also try to keep the plane from sitting in direct sunlight for long periods, or storing them in a hot vehicle as I did.

I hope you guys enjoy the F4F as it is a great flying airplane that really looks the part in the air.

And as Stav mentioned they did ship today and some will have them as early as tomorrow.

Have fun!!


Matt Andren
Parkzone/Hobbyzone Product Developement
Horizon Hobby


Originally Posted by mfpage (Post 15554518)
Here is your F4F Wildcat Manual:



And here is a link to the first thread started about this plane, 50 pages of on topic off topic stuff if you feel like sifting through it


#2 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 02:30 AM


#3 ChuckTseeker Jul 16, 2010 02:40 AM

looking forward to this one :cool:

#4 gsnewflyer Jul 16, 2010 02:49 AM

Wow! Great First thread ChuckT,

I am sure everyone is ready to get their hands on Parkzones newest warbird! I am one, and will add it to my Mustang and Trojan!


#5 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 03:04 AM


#6 ChuckTseeker Jul 16, 2010 04:44 AM

all cool and yes i too am sorry :( i should know better, but you got to me :o

lets talk Wildcat and you guys should see it on the shelf's tomorrow :cool:

cheers chuck

#7 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 04:56 AM


Originally Posted by ChuckTseeker (Post 15555572)
all cool and yes i too am sorry :( i should know better, but you got to me :o

lets talk Wildcat and you guys should see it on the shelf's tomorrow :cool:

cheers chuck

well good thing tomorrow is paycheck friday!!!!!!!!!
i will be sitting/camping outside the lhs is pnp out tomorrow? good this i smashed my mustang yesterday morning after work!!!!! (hated that thing!!!!)

#8 LunaRendezvous Jul 16, 2010 05:32 AM

Chuck, anyone from OMP contact you with regards to the F4F airframe I mentioned?

#9 ChuckTseeker Jul 16, 2010 06:08 AM

F4F thread
no mate not yet :popcorn:

#10 Sammy70 Jul 16, 2010 06:09 AM

My finger is ready to hit the "buy" button for the replacement airframe and add my own goodies to it:)

#11 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 06:36 AM

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um how about mods i borrowed this from someone on the other thread so no credit to me except on the only 1 servo needed!!!! the retracts are all him!!!
the spring dont need to be heavy but just enough to keep the joint closed

#12 LunaRendezvous Jul 16, 2010 06:51 AM

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would put the servo link further down on the strut for more leaverage.

#13 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 06:57 AM

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agreed but it breaks from the top like so

#14 LunaRendezvous Jul 16, 2010 07:37 AM

OK I see what going on now, still needs to be drawn up in scale to get a better idea if the geometry will work though.

#15 RM_Sparks Jul 16, 2010 07:46 AM

I agree I have some spare ofna rc buggy A arms I'm goin to check out and mod to fit I'll stay posted

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