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Saturday, September 7, 2013

[Review] Splinter Cell RC Paladin Plane

I decided to continue my review where I left off by creating a new post for the review on the plane. I'll leave a link from the other post to this one so people can continue where they left off.

All in all, I tried to fly the plane. There are some winds today which were a factor for the plane, but nevertheless, I tried to fly it as best as I could.

The plane did not meet my initial expectations. While I didn't expect anything that you'd find at a hobby store, I didn't think it would be this cheap.

The plane is not made out of plastic or metal as you would think by looking at the package. The plane is made out of, all things, styrofoam. Even the "engine" compartments are made of styrofoam. The only pieces that aren't are as follows:
-internal electronics
-nose is made of plastic (optional to take off but recommended for "first time flyers" by Ubisoft)
-rotors are made of plastic
-screws holding it together are made of metal
-wiring connecting the engines and the wings are wires
-battery is a typical battery
-wheels are made of rubber and plastic

The controller is a very cheap grade of plastic. The kind that you would find on most toys found at any bargain store like Big Lots or the 99 Cents Stores. However, once all four AA batteries are in, it has a nice weight and it feels decent for holding onto.

The actual flight is a different story. It took me a while but I finally got it in the air for a short while.

After a few flights, the bottom picture is what happened to the plane.


It's nothing too major as it can be fixed probably by just moving it back up or using glue. It might even fly as is without any restrictions. But this just shows that it can't take a beating so be extra extra careful.

Below I'll include a video of me actually flying the plane unedited. You can see at the end what it looks like as well as that's when I stopped recording.

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(Thanks to YouTube, Google, and Google's "marvelous" Google+, I have been forced to resort to using Blogger to upload my video rather than YouTube)

The plane makes a little bit of noise but nothing that will drive you insane. The connectivity is kind of funky in that it doesn't always reconnect to the controller.

For example, when I was flying the plane, as I went to pick it up, the plane wouldn't respond to the controller. So I had to switch the controller off for a few seconds then switch it back on and then it was back to working. The same thing happened when I inserted the batteries into the controller. I turned on the controller then tried to test the rotors to see if it worked and it didn't work for a few times until it finally came on.

The directions are not that great. As I mentioned on the previous post, I plugged in the battery into the charger before plugging it into the wall. But the charger's lights came on and then it started to smoke. After taking a closer look at the battery, there are small ribbons on each of the cords that say "charger" and "Power". Still, the directions didn't say to not plug both of those in there at the same time. I believe to charge it, you must only have the charger cord connected. The charger is confusing as it has two slots too so I imagined that both would naturally go in at the same time.

The controls are difficult but easy to get the hang of.

After watching my first flight, I don't think this will be my last flight. While it's not the perfect RC plane and definitely not worth paying $169.99 for (of course, WITH the actual game, a graphic novel, and poster), it's not an absolute piece of garbage as I once presumed. I plan to fly it in a larger air space with less wind. I may or may not video record it and share it here if and when I do.

If you so happen to find it for a reasonable price below $100, I'd say go for it. But if it's any more or RC planes aren't your thing, don't buy this. If you love RC planes, you may or may not want this. I know some may just want it for limited edition sakes.

3 comments:

  1. First of all, you're trying to fly this aircraft in your neighborhood. As a novice, you need an open field free of houses, cars, trees and other obstacles. That was your first mistake. Second, your hand launching needs work. You should aim parallel to the ground at a slightly upward angle. It seems as you were aiming for the ground. Even then, the plane wouldnt achieve the sudden lift you would need to avoid getting it stuck in a tree or hitting someones car. This aircraft is rated to go over 35 mph. To scale, thats pretty fast.
    Im not trying to say that tgis aircraft is a glimmering example of an rc plane at its finest, but at least take your beginners mistakes out of the equation before properly critiquing te product.

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    2. Hahaha I'm dumb as hell for that last comment XD I was so tired that weekend that I wasn't paying attention and said "flied" instead of "flew". Here's my revised comment below.

      That's good to know when there's a next time. Thanks, Dave.

      As you can see, I'm not an experienced flyer and I don't claim to be. My review here was meant to be in conjunction with a video game from the Splinter Cell series. Most fans, I'd be willing to bet, are like me in that they don't have much experience in flying RC planes. There weren't very many instructions on how to fly this plane so I flew it the only way I knew how at the time. With that said, I guess there's another bit of critique for the plane in that it did not include sufficient directions on how to properly fly it and thus would not be a good buy for inexperienced flyers like myself.

      I tried to fly it as best as I could and it just didn't work for me. Thanks to your information, I will know how to properly fly an RC plane next time I have the chance to do so. This was my honest review on my experience flying it and I strive to do just that for each and every one of these reviews.

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