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Parkzone Ember Mk1 or 2

Manufacturer: ParkZone

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Average Rating
No. of Reviews3
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Michael Hickman wrote on 18/01/2009:
GREAT FUN
Strengths: Takes my sudden landings both vertical (walls)& horizontal (floor), without damage.
Weaknesses: Battery life, I would like to use some expo, but other (more experienced) fliers had no problems.
Overall: Indoor only recommended, but may be OK in VERY slight breeze outdoors.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

Jonathan Lewzey wrote on 12/01/2009:
NOW DSM2 COMPATIBLE!!!
Strengths: -Now in BNF Spektrum DSM2 -Very well thought out and built -For a 3 channel rudder ele model it flies superbly -Suitable for just about anyone -for a complete model its excellent value for money
Weaknesses: -Can't fault this product, what about a 4 channel version Parkzone?
Overall: A beautifully built micro indoor model that is exceptionally well thought out and executed. The sizeable box contains a fully built ember with or witout a transmitter. I went for the ember 2 BNF which hooks up to my DX6i through a simple bind process. Charge the supplied single cell 70 mAh in the delta peak charger (supplied) and its time to go flying. From a Rise of Ground or hand launch the Ember is very stable and my example required no trimming. Due to the sizeable rudder, the model can be turned in about 3 metres, but this is about the sharpest, so don't try flying one in your living room! Control familiarisation is very rapid and you quickly find yourself looping, stall turning and performing touch and goes with the ember. Its great fun to 'buzz' one of the other indoor flyers in the safe knowledge that if you do fly into them, they'll just laugh about it and get back on with the flying! I would recommend flying the ember in at least a 2 badminton court sized hall, 1 should be possible, but not for early flights. All my flights have been so far conducted in a 4 court hall which has shown the full potential of the ember. I don't think this is a model anyone could ever get bored with, there's always something new to try like flying through rafters, avoiding obstacles and other models or piloting it with the tx behind your back! Hmmm, i really must try the last one. :)
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
100%
Overall
80%

andy watson wrote on 17/12/2008:
WONDERFULLY ENGINEERED INDOOR FLIER
Strengths: Works straight out of the box. The supplied battery is great. 2.4GHz means no interference. Batteries included!!
Weaknesses: A bit fragile in places- especially the tail. Buy spare props (which are quite expensive (7 for 3)
Overall: I have never bought an indoor flier before, so on opening the box there was an initial "is that it?" reaction as it's not got the same presence as you look for in an outdoor flier. It is only as you look closer you realise what a beautifuly engineered plane this is. The tiny exposed motor, the sliding battery compartment, the tiny length of carbon fuselage that looks far too thin, but isn't. The decals on the wings were a bit creased, but no one commented, so they are good enough. I bought 4, having being recommended them. They are for the students to fly at school. It is important to remember this during the rest of the review- these planes are being flown by complete novices, and some of the comments will reflect this. The students loved them, and I was surprised that the small scale and incredible lightness was a real turn on for them. The included charger is, like the plane itself, a lovely practical design. The thumbnail sized 70mAh battery slots in, and sits there for 20 minutes to charge. As the battery is supposed to last 15 minutes of flying (and it does) I bought spare batteries so I could have constant flying. This would be unecessary for most people, but with 20 kids sharing 5 planes I thought it would be a benefit to us. Then again they are only a fiver or so, and for that you can be in the air all day. I had first go just to see what they were like to fly, and they are so easy it's incredible. The wings have a big dihedral, which makes them very stable, and they will potter round in 1/3 throttle beautifully. The 3 channels are all responsive, but progressive. The transmitters have trim adjustment, but it was completely unecessary. It was possible to get a loop out of them by diving then pulling back, but they seem too stable for many acrobatics. Then the kids got hold of them, and chaos ensued!!! Now to be clear, not one student had flown an RC plane before, and the instructions (if not the box) clearly say some experience is advised. The students took some time to get to grips with them, and unlike many people reading were happy to throw them in the air then see if they could learn from there!! In fairness many of them started to get to grips with them, but the attrition rate was high. After an hour 2 elevators were broken, along with 2 props. It is clear as a chuck it and fly, the more robust Silverlit planes are tough enough to cope- these should really be the next step on from there, and for that they would be perfect. For me the restriction of 3 channels on the silverlits is a downside, so I pushed it a bit with these. Anyone with any experience will find them a delight to fly straight out of the box- although I would wonder if you will start hankering after a more acrobatic model after a while. At 50ish they are an absolute bargain considering the charger, radio gear, everything is there. You could give one to a complete novice as long as you were there to "train" them for half an hour or so. If you gave it to them and left them to it, you might find that they damage it before seeing the best of it.
Ease of assembly
100%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
80%
Overall
80%

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