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Parkzone UM Mosquito MK VI Review Print E-mail
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Saturday, 05 March 2011 05:27

Intro

A few months back I caught wind of Parkzone’s two upcoming releases. The UM Corsair and UM Mosquito. I remember clicking the link excitedly that they were releasing a Mosquito but when I had to do a double take when I realized it was going to be an Ultra Micro! An ultra micro with dual props? ‘Get right out of town’ I said, but fortunately I stayed in town because last night I swung by the hobby shop and picked up the new UM Mosquito.



Kit Contents

To my current knowledge the Parkzone Mosquito comes in only a Bind-n-fly version and I’m not sure if they are planning on releasing a Ready-to-fly version. Being a BnF you will need to have a DSM2 compatible radio such as a DX6i, DX7, DX8 and so on. The kit comes with the airplane, battery, a DC battery charger and manual. All the control surfaces are already linked up so there is nothing to put together!

     

   

Assembly

100% Assembled. You have to connect the battery, which is the total amount of ‘assembly’ required.

Features

The Parkzone Mosquito MK VI features a scale paint job and body design with mini guns coming off the front of the nose. Robust landing gear are glued in the bottom for those less than graceful landings and the counter-rotating props are about the coolest looking thing on a mini plane since the first micro was invented. Perhaps one of the best features is the magnetic battery hatch that hides the battery inside the micro body. The kit comes with only a 250mah battery but the battery hatch can easily fit a 500mah battery without any detriment to CG or performance. This is great news for longer flight times and power....and everyone loves power.

First Flight

My very first flight was done indoors in a conference room that is plenty big for a Parkzone Ember or ERC Micro Stik, but too small for this beast. I was able to fly around the room very quickly before the nose of the Mosquito found the wall and came crashing down. Normally I am quite fond of squishing mosquitoes, but not this one.

I packed everything up, decided to head home early and grabbed my lovely assistant to head out to the local school before the darkness and rain set in. There was a slight wind and only small sprinkles coming down when I arrived at the school. Placing the Mosquito on the pavement I stepped back and throttled up. The small bird bounced towards the right but took off with a little over half throttle. Everything seemed straight and true but after a couple of minutes if felt like a bit of right trim was needed, but it could have been the slight breeze blowing.

It didn't take long to feel at ease with the Parkzone Mosquito in the air. The plane is definitely heavier and bigger than other Ultra Micros, but it also packs quite a bit more punch. Because of the weight I felt the tiny warbird was less affected by the wind and in the case of my first flight...rain. This Ultra Micro actually flies more like a larger scale foamie. It is less twitchy than other small planes and more stable during turns and most maneuvers.

The flight went very well and I was able to perform loops, rolls, inverted flight and landings all without crashing. I flew the first flight on the stock 250mah battery and landed around the 5 minute mark. The plane showed no sign of slowing down or losing power, but I wanted to make sure I had plenty of juice to bring her down safely.

Flight Characteristics

The Parkzone Mosquito MK VI flies very well for a heavier Ultra Micro. The plane can be flown leisurely in circuits at about 1/2 throttle and there is plenty of top end power to climb above the enemy (dogs and small children) and strafe them with relentless precision. Fun for the whole family! As stated above, the plane is able to do all the basic maneuvers, but I was a little disappointed at the roll and loop rate. Loops take quite a bit of speed which is understandable since there is a lot more weight on the front of this plane when compared to others. Aileron rolls are slow but can be sped up by adding in rudder for a snap roll. The plan is able to fly inverted and takes a fair movement of down elevator to stay level while upside down. Surprisingly the Mosquito has enough power to climb up and out of inverted flight without rolling over, something I did not think it was able to do.

The Micro Mosquito was also able to execute a very flat knife edge which brought a nervous smile to my face every time I tried it. When stalling, the plane is a lot less floaty than other Ultra Micro airplanes. The low wing design and heavier motors in the front definitely pull this beast back down to the Earth quickly. The good news is that it is not too prone to tip stalling. When I took it up and deliberately stalled the craft it pointed to the ground nose first and fell in wide circles. Forcing the plane into a deeper dive will allow it to gain enough speed for a smooth, controllable landing should a dead stick or malfunction occur.

Takeoffs and Landings

Takeoffs are easy with a steady throttle roll and gentle pull back on the elevators. I have noticed on the ground there is some looping, but I haven't been able to tell if that is because of the uneven surface of the pavement or because of the torque of the plane. Either way, the effect of the ground looping is minimal and can be completely avoided should you choose to hand launch the mini warbird.

Landings are a little trickier. The Mosquito likes speed on the landings and will fall out of the sky quicker if you slow down too much. Several times I have thought that I could glide it in and chop the throttle with a perfectly timed flair 6 inches off the ground only to discover that after chopping the throttle there was not enough air speed to execute a flair. Because of this the plane tends to hit the deck harder than expected. It is best to maintain a steady throttle that will allow you to fly the plane completely down to the ground in a controlled manner, much like some of the bigger aircraft that have been reviewed on this site. Stepping up from something like an Ember or Night Vapor will make the Mosquito feel like a handful on landings. Be sure to treat and fly this plane more like a bigger plane and you will enjoy great success.

Good Things and Nit Picky Things

One of the things I quickly noticed after taking the Mosquito out of the box was that it came with a DC charger that comes equipped with alligator clips for your battery. Really Parkzone? A charger that you have to hook directly to a car battery or other 12volt power source? This is not a huge deal, but it seems like an odd choice since the Ultra Micro is the kind of Plane that you can fly in your backyard, or in other smaller spaces. I imagine a kid or young adult having to bug their parents for the car keys so they can charge the batteries to fly the plane. To me it seems like a pain to have to crack open the hood to charge up a 1S 250mah battery for 25 minutes. Why not include the AC to DC adapter that allows people to charge from inside the comfort of their home? Just a weird choice on Parkzone’s part if you ask me.

It is cool that this UM Plane has a battery hatch that allows batteries of varying sizes to be placed inside. I thought it was a little hokey that the magnets for the hatch were only taped down. That lasted for about 2 uses before the magnet in the fuselage fell out. A little dab of CA and the magnet is as secure as it should be.

The landing gear are strong but after a hard landing I had one fall out, not a big deal, no permanent damage but more glue could be used to ensure they stay in.

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

An intermediate beginner could definitely fly this plane. I wouldn't feel comfortable handing it to someone that has never flown but with a minimal amount of training a beginner could pilot the Parkzone Mosquito. Micro planes are very forgiving since they are so light, crashes are usually a non-event but since this plane is heavier it could certainly sustain more damage at fingertips of a beginner.

Conclusion

The Parkzone UM Mosquito MK VI is a sweet looking and flying plane, easily one of the most unique in the UM genre. I am thoroughly impressed with the power generated by the dual motors, there is plenty to keep this mini warbird in the air and to keep your fingers tingling for more. Flight times are anywhere between 6 and 7 minutes and with a bigger battery the Mosquito can stay in the sky much longer.  With the scale paint scheme, dual props and good speed the Mosquito is sure to turn heads wherever you choose to fly.

Grade: B+


Pros

  • Nice Paint Scheme
  • Counter-rotating props
  • Good speed
  • Is a beast compared to other Ultra Micros

Neutrals

  • Magnets only taped in, glue those babies down!
  • Landing gear could use a few more dabs of CA

Cons

  • Charger is DC only


   



    



    


 


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