Go one-on-one for bragging rights or engage in a frenzied, six-plane
free-for-all with the new HobbyZone Fighterbird-R/C's first ready-to-fly
combat airplane anyone can enjoy.
Combat at the Speed of Sound
The Fighterbird is more than just another RTF. It's actually an
evolutionary progression that adds the thrills and excitement
of a multi-player video game to the ready-to-fly experience. At
the heart of this revolutionary advance is an ingenious Sonic
Combat Module (SCM) with which each Fighterbird comes equipped.
The Fighterbird's designers developed the SCM to avoid the sunlight
interference that often hampers infrared combat systems.
The detachable module clips on to the bottom
of the Fighterbird and is connected to the receiver circuitry
by a small BEC-style connector. When the pilot pulls back on the
throttle stick, it fires a focused, high-frequency sound blast
with an effective range of 50 feet. The unit also serves as the
detector when a "hit" from another Fighterbird is received.
||To score a hit, a Fighterbird pilot has to get
on his opponent's tail and "blast" them with his
SCM. When hit, the opposing Fighterbird's SCM will emit a
high-pitched tone, and its motor will be disabled for 10 seconds.
During this time, the pilot of the stricken 'Bird will still
have directional control so that they can maneuver for a counter
attack or, if they're too low, make a safe landing.
One of the cooler aspects of the Fighterbird is the fact that
you don't have to be an experienced R/C flyer to enjoy the aerial
combat fun it offers. Anyone who has ever flown one of HobbyZone's
other ready-to-fly planes will have little trouble getting the
Fighterbird airborne. It uses the same easy-to-master Flight-Trak
control system found on the Firebird IITM and Firebird XLTM that
have introduced thousands to the world of R/C flight. The throttle
stick controls altitude and the rudder stick controls direction.
The Fighterbird's fuselage and basic design
is virtually identical to the Firebird XL, but its turning ability
has been tweaked by using a new efficient wing to make it more
maneuverable for combat. This quicker turning response is great
for making tight turns to get on someone's tail or to make a break
if someone's on yours. Hold a turn long enough, and the Fighterbird
will perform a tight spiraling maneuver that is ideal for quick
get always or surprise attacks from above. While there's no question
the Fighterbird is easy to fly, it isn't really designed to be
a rank beginner's first R/C plane. We'd recommend you start out
with a Firebird II or Firebird XL if you simply want to see what
it's like to fly an R/C airplane. The Firebird planes are specifically
designed for this mission and will provide all the thrills a complete
beginner could want. With the Fighterbird, combat is king.
||A Complete Package Like the
rest of HobbyZone's planes, the Fighterbird comes with everything
needed to get it flying in one convenient package, including
the transmitter, field charger, and battery pack. Also included
is a handy instructional video and two sets of colorful decal
All that's left for you to provide are 8 "AA"
batteries and anybody else with a Fighterbird who's itchin' for
In addition to complete replacement parts support,
HobbyZone provides a colorful array of optional wings, V-Tails,
and decal sheets that allow Fighterbird owners to customize their
plane with totally unique combat markings. There's also an optional
7-cell speed battery that boosts climb performance and gives Fighterbird
veterans an edge they can use when taking on other more experienced
The More the Merrier
The Fighterbird is available in six different frequencies. This
opens up possibilities for all kinds of multiple plane melees.
You could have "squadron vs. squadron" team play with
up to three planes on each team or you could go for a last Fighterbird
standing, every man for himself, free-for-all. Of course there's
no denying the satisfaction of an TMace vs. aceTM one-on-one duel
either. Whatever multi-player scenario you dream up, with the
Fighterbird, you can be assured more is definitely merrier.
Specifications: wingspan: 42in;
Range: 2500 feet; Flight Time: 15 minutes
Steering: proportional; Throttle: proportional
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