ArtiZan BNF Park Flyer from ParkZone
July 14, 2014
Product: ParkZone knows when it has a winning combination. The power system in its new ArtiZan draws its lineage back to the hugely successful T-28. I have one of the early production model T-28s, and lots of my club members went out and bought one after I flew it at my local field. I think the ArtiZan has the same potential. It’s available to the consumer in two versions: PNP and BNF. I’ll focus on the BNF.
Photo by Horizon Hobby
Performance: What sets the ArtiZan apart from other BNF sport planes is it comes with a Spektrum DSMX receiver with AS3X system installed. I remember when Horizon introduced this system with the E-flite UMX Hyper Taxi. A buddy of mine flew one, and I was amazed how the system made the plane fly really well. The same is true of the ArtiZan. You can turn the system off, which I did, and the plane still flew well — although a pilot with experience on models like the T-28 will notice the difference. You can adjust the throws from mild to wild, and the AS3X system will make a pilot feel like he’s flying an expertly tuned model that goes right where he points it.
I like to get a feel for a new plane before I start tossing it about, and that took a very short time with the ArtiZan. Takeoffs are smooth. I love snap rolls, and the ArtiZan will do them all day long. Simply neutralize the controls and the plane straightens out nicely. Next up was an inverted figure eight, and I was amazed how little backpressure I had to put on the elevator to keep it level. Knife-edges were easy. You name it, and this plane will do whatever is asked. It even flies great slow. The BNF version comes with a 480-size, 960-Kv brushless outrunner motor, an E-flite 30-amp Pro Switch-Mode ESC, a 1,800-mAh 3S 30C LiPo battery, a 2- to 3-cell DC variable-rate fast charger, and servos.
Although the ArtiZan did everything I asked of it, I thought it was a bit underpowered. The same was true with the first T-28s. A lot of my flying buddies put larger motors in theirs, as did I after being left behind. There was a noticeable difference in speed, which meant wilder maneuvers. A quick fix for the ArtiZan would be a battery like a 2,200-mAh, which fits in the plane with just a bit of foam cutting. Other than that, this is a great-flying plane.
Marketing: I’m betting you stock the ParkZone T-28 or the Corsair. The same customers who bought those will love the ArtiZan even more because it will make them look like a great pilot. It should be an easy sell. It’s made of the same durable Z-Foam construction and looks cool with its high-visibility blue-and-yellow trim scheme. It’s a plane a customer can toss in the back of his car and fly during lunch at a nearby park.
An add-on sale would be a four-plus channel DSM2- or DSMX-compatible transmitter, which is needed to fly it, along with at least one extra battery, so customers don’t have to wait on the charger.
Product: ArtiZan BNF Park Flyer
Stock number: PKZ6980
Availability: Horizon Hobby
• Great flyer, cool looks
• Good “next plane” for your T-28 or Corsair customer
• Easy to fly with Spektrum DSMX