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Old May 11, 2014, 11:27 PM
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Flyzone micro Shortcomings

I just recently bought the Flyzone micro SE5a. Before I even maiden it I put a lot of scale details. I got over 25 flawless flights out of it until I smacked the center of the Propeller hub on a low laying wire, knocking the plastic nut off the back of the prop shaft. I tried to get it back on without opening the fuselage all the way and ended up having to disconnect the motor.
I ended up loosing the little nut and decided to upgrade the gearbox with a spare Parkzone gearbox. And while I was checking to see if motor polarities where right I accidentally shorted a servo out with my pliers!!!!
To top all this off this isn't the first time i've had this problem with Flyzone. My first Rc plane ever the Flyzone Albatross had the same problem(except it was from putting it in the ground nose first I ended up putting heat shrink tubing in place of the plastic nut. All this leads me to belive that every Flyzone micro has this problem
All in all Flyzone is sub-standard when it come's to micro's. With there paper thin tail feathers (compared to other brands of micro's), there friction fit propellers(come on! thats the last place you want to put trust in friction fitting), and there joke gearbox's. Screw this I'm getting a T-28
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Old May 12, 2014, 07:26 AM
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Horseshoes might be a better hobby for you.
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Old May 12, 2014, 09:43 AM
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incidentally, the fz albatros was also my first plane. i had a blast with it. relative to my pz um spit, the albatros was more fragile. those are the only two 1s birds i ever owned though.

i flew the albatros a lot harder than you have flown both your fz micros put together and didn't lose the prop shaft nut - or anything for that matter. also, the weak points for me (and others) were the wing mounts and the LG axle.

that said, my 2 cents is you need to go easier on the work you do on the bench. shorting a servo and losing a prop shaft nut are not what most pilots seem to encounter.
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Old May 12, 2014, 05:41 PM
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The statement about Horseshoes was spot on...
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Old May 13, 2014, 10:44 AM
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I got only three or four fights out of my flyzone SE5a, it was just way too fragile for me. The motor mount kept breaking loose on anything but a perfect landing. In contrast my Parkzone UM T-28 has hit the ground nose first from 20 feet up and it suffered no damage.

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Old May 13, 2014, 10:59 AM
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I smacked my P-40 right into a cinder block wall; it really distorted the spinner; bounced off; no hard feelings!

I've since been able to rip the tail off; but it has been an impressively robust plane.
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Old May 14, 2014, 06:25 AM
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I have no complaint about the durability of the fine Flyzone biplanes. I have the Fokker Triplane, Albatros, SE5a. My favorite is the Tiger Moth.

I do have a beef with the brick, however. When starting up, it will respond to any nearby Tactic transmitter -- not necessarily yours! Our club has had a lot of problems with that during indoor flying season.

That's too bad, because the brick is otherwise well thought out. It has a port for an aileron servo and also for an outboard ESC, like a brushless. Price of $40 is a little high, but it's very flexible for different set-ups.

Jim R.
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Old May 14, 2014, 09:38 AM
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I have a FZ Cub. It's super. Flies well as long as theres no wind. Then I bought a DR-1. The maiden flight of the dr-1 was a loop and then straight in. Knocked the LG off, the top wing off, bottem wing lose and lost the guns, broke the prop.

CA'd (foam compatiable) the damn thing back together and put some lead in the nose and she flew. Not great but flew. Then I bought a Nieuport 17. It didn't have the power to get off the ground (street). Returned it to the LHS and trade it out for a PZ T-28. Sweet plane.

All in All, the Flyzone planes are not the same quality as the ParkZone planes.

I did have some problems with the range with the stock (Cheapie) FZ TX (tt402). So I bought a TT650. That's a great TX. I like it allot. I wish the FZ planes were up to the quality of the TT650. Another reason for the TT650 purchase was I have gotten a FZ P-38. I like this plane and didn't want any range problems. Plus you get all the programming features with the TT650, Expo, rates, servo reversing, etc.

My 2 cents worth!.

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Old May 14, 2014, 05:45 PM
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I love my FZ S.E.5a, it has flown flawlessly. The LG did need glued better but otherwise it has been a great little plane so far.
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Old May 14, 2014, 06:25 PM
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I have an SE-5, a DR-1, and a Playmate from Flyzone. All have flown well over the 6-8 months I've had them. I agree that the landing gear on the SE-5 and especially the DR-1 are fragile out of the box. On the SE-5 the carbon fiber axle broke after a couple of months flying (I like to do touch-and-goes, which can get a little rough if the breeze kicks up). I've had to re-glue the DR-1 landing gear to the fuse probably three times, and have had to re-glue the wing struts on the SE-5 and DR-1 at least once each.

That said, I really enjoy flying them as long as it's in calm conditions. The Playmate has been pretty much bulletproof and is still fun to fly in winds up to those that eliminate all upwind progress.

I also bought the TTX-650 and have found it to be a good radio. I've got 7 models programmed into it including RET, REAT and a v-tail RET. Easy to program and easy to switch between models.

I like the Flyzone stuff. I get more of a kick out of planes I've built myself, but the Flyzone planes have been a great way to get back into the hobby.

Just another guy's 2 cents worth.

Cheers,

Mike
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Old May 15, 2014, 02:41 AM
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So far we got 4 cent's worth?

Anybody else?
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that said, my 2 cents
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My 2 cents worth!.
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Just another guy's 2 cents worth.
adds-up to 6 cents, not 4.

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Old May 15, 2014, 01:27 PM
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I purchased the Jenny because I love that plane. I didn't think it flew that well and the quality of the airplane was certainly not in the same league as the eflite stuff.

Probably won't buy another one of their planes.
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Old May 15, 2014, 02:22 PM
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Friend of mine had that fokker triplane,it looked great in the air when he was cruising it around but then he went in for a short dive and tried a loop and the wings ripped right off the fusalage.
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Old May 15, 2014, 06:10 PM
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I purchased the Jenny because I love that plane. I didn't think it flew that well and the quality of the airplane was certainly not in the same league as the eflite stuff.

Probably won't buy another one of their planes.
I didn't know Flyzone made a Jenny. I can't seem to find it, so I guess it's out of production. Not sure how I missed it.

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