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November 11, 2007 • Reviews

The Silverlit Palm-Z Mini RC Indoor Airplane Review

The call of duty beckons yet again, to review another RC aircraft. But, this time it is not another helicopter, it is an airplane. Specifically, it is the Silverlit PalmZ Mini RC Indoor Airplane, available from Hobbytron.com. To date I have test flown the Hornet 3 Mini RC Helicopter and the RC AH-64 Apache RTF 4 CH Electric Helicopter, both also available from HobbyTron.com. With my RC helicopter flying experience would I be able to take on flying an airplane? We’ll see.

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The Silverlit PalmZ Mini RC Indoor Airplane is small, so small that it literally fits in the palm of your hand. The wingspan is 8-inches and the nose to tail length is 7.25 inches. Like the Hornet 3 and Picco Z helicopters, the PalmZ is made of the same tough polypropylene foam. The PalmZ is also very light, weighing in at only 10 grams with the Li-Poly battery pack.

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Like other small electric RC aircraft before it, the PalmZ recharges from the remote controller unit. But instead of a cable running from the controller plugging into the belly of the aircraft, the PalmZ rests on top of the controller with the belly plugged into a socket on the controller.

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The way the PalmZ connects to the remote for charging is very unique and innovative. The on/off switch doubles as the charging connector.

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After the PalmZ is connected to the charger, the power switch is set to “CHG.” The green charging indicator light will turn on. In about 15 to 20 minutes it will turn off, indicating that charging has been completed. The PalmZ is rated for 8 to 10 minute flight times on a fully charged battery.

At this point, the PalmZ is ready for flying after a quick trimming session to make sure it will fly straight. Take-off is accomplished by throwing the PalmZ in the same way you throw a paper airplane. Although, there are videos on the net that show the PalmZ taking off from tables, I have yet to perfect the “take-off from a table” method.

The controller that comes with the PalmZ is different in that there are no conventional sticks for the flight controls. There are sliders which the instructions call left and right levers. The left lever controls the throttle and the right lever controls the left/right turning of the PalmZ.

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The controller uses infrared (IR) frequency to communicate with the PalmZ. The infrared have a range of up to 100 feet. The PalmZ is available in three bands, A, B and C, which means that up to three PalmZ airplanes can share the same airspace.

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What surprised me the most is how the delicate looking motor and rudder systems are so exposed.

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The construction of the PalmZ appears and feels very delicate and fragile. After many crashes (I lost count of how many times) the airplane has not suffered any visible damage. Just in case, Silverlit bundles repair tape and a spare rudder with the PalmZ. Also included is a wall hanging hook to display the PalmZ.

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Despite the PalmZ being designed as an indoor flyer and advertised as able to fly around your living room, I found that my living room had just too much furniture which got in the way of the PalmZ’s flight; it kept going behind shelves, the TV and the sofa, Other people’s flying experiences may vary based on how much free space is available in their homes, but my home just did not have enough space to fly this airplane. I found the best place to fly it was the same place I flew the Apache helicopter, the lobby at work. With the big open space and little furniture to get in the way, the flying fun could be had. With so much more space, I was able to easily fly the PalmZ in circles and from one side of the lobby to the other. Just a word of caution: watch out for air vents that will throw out unexpected air currents to knock the PalmZ out of control.

Since I flew the PalmZ solo, I was unable to work a camera at the same time. But, HobbyTron has this awesome video of the PalmZ in action. Check it out:

I think the PalmZ is a fun and durable RC aircraft that mini RC vehicle fans will enjoy a lot.

The Silverlit PalmZ Mini RC Indoor Airplane is available from HobbyTron.com.
MSRP: $39.50
What I Like: Durable construction, cable-less charging setup
What Needs Improvement: Nothing


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2 Responses to " The Silverlit Palm-Z Mini RC Indoor Airplane Review "

  1. arslansayed says:

    i like to made a helicopter/air craft on a small size school model i prefer that u teach me by mailing me on arslansayed@hotmail.com that how to made it plz update me

  2. PaperAirplanes says:

    Good review. I like the aircraft. It's almost just as small as a paper airplane!

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