The compact ArtiZan™ park flyer is a nimble, grab-and-go sport plane that’s perfect for exploring aerobatics. Its light wing loading and sleek lines give sport pilots a superb balance of slow speed stability and high-speed agility. Anyone with experience flying a ParkZone® warbird or civilian scale model will feel right at home the first time on the controls.
- 4+ channel transmitter and receiver radio system
- 11.1V 3S 1800mAh LiPo flight battery
- Charger for flight battery
Six month pilot here. I had the HK Club trainer to start, ParkZone T-28 as my second plane, and now the Artizan as a sport/ aerobatic plane. Our resident club pro did the maiden for me. Only very tiny bits of trim were needed, and he absolutely loved the plane. After I flew a couple of packs through it very tamely, he asked if he could fly a pack, and of course I said yes. I've never seen a knife edge flipped 180 degrees four feet from the ground!
It's almost as forgiving as the T-28 but a LOT more responsive. Our pro had me really dumb down the low rates to make the plane mushy, and it was still on a razor edge compared to my Trojan. Landings are a breeze; there is just less ground control when you're down with the tail dragger setup.
The glide path of this plane is amazing! I went deadstick about 200 feet up, and it took several circle routes to get it on final. Then it just floated in, flared nicely at the end, and actually made me look like I knew what I was doing.
Typical ParkZone build quality. They may not include as many "extras" as some of the competitors for the same price, but they sure put a lot of well thought out engineering into their planes. Assembly time was under an hour, very little mechanical trim needed and even less on the transmitter.
I purchased the PNP version, added my Turnigy receiver and an Orange gyro (which I left off during the entire day), and was very happy with the setup. Center of gravity was perfect right out of the box. Takeoff rolls are basically as short as you wish them to be and you can land at walking speed if you wish. I keep a little throttle on landing since I have trouble with flaring out properly, but our pro was landing it deadstick from way, way out with a perfect flare at the end.
My only minor (VERY minor) complaint is the canopy. It's painted just a dull gray, not matching any color scheme on the plane and looking totally out of place. Some careful masking and some foam safe gloss black spray paint will improve it quite a bit. The design and shape of the canopy is such that you can't do a clear cover over an open cockpit, so it has to be a solid piece that is painted. I just wish it wasn't a dull gray.
Service from Hobby Zone was exceptional. The plane was packed to survive a nuclear explosion, shipping was free, and the plane was here in five days. I also got to use my coupon from when I bought my T-28, so the price was actually a bargain.
I usually don't write reviews, but the ArtiZan is worth writing about. It's easy to fly, very forgiving, great for acrobatics, easy to take off and land, and very tough if you do screw up and hit the ground hard. It's just a fun plane to fly, even in the wind. It is very controllable at near stall speed, and when it does stall, just a gentle drop of the nose, no wing tip stalling. This is the best all-around ParkZone plane I have ever flown. The only negative is that the battery has to be connected before you can slide the battery into it's slot. The battery leads are too short. A minor inconvenience on a really great aircraft.
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