In the past 12 months, HobbyTron has
sent me several RC helicopters to review, but today I’m going to tell you about
something a little different. HobbyTron has a new offering; the Silverlit Palm-Z
RC airplane. Silverlit is the same
company that created the tiny PicooZ helicopter.
Palm-Z Mini Plane
2 Channel Infrared Control
3.7V Li-Poly Rechargeable Battery Pack in Plane
The only items not included with this kit are four AA batteries to power the
handheld remote control.
The Palm-Z airplane is made of
EPP Foam. I’m not sure what the differences are between EPP foam and regular
styrofoam, but like styrofoam, the Palm-Z is very light weight and fragile
feeling. It’s really stronger than what you would think though. I’ve been having a lot of fun with
this little plane and have crashed it numerous times without any breakages so
far (fingers crossed).
The Palm-Z is small. It has a wingspan of only 8 inches. This will allow you to
fly it in small rooms without difficulty. The most fragile part of the plane in
my opinion is the small tail rudder piece. It’s made of the thinnest material. I guess that’s the reason why an extra one is included with this plane.
As you can see in the image above, there is a small propeller located behind the
top wing. This propeller is powered by a very small Li-Poly rechargeable battery
pack that is located in the body of the plane. Recharging of the battery is done
through the handheld remote control.
The remote has several controls, including a throttle slider, Left / Right
steering slider, trim control, power / charging toggle switch, and channel
switch. LEDs indicate charging and power on status.
If you look at the top of the remote control, you’ll see a small socket. You can
plug an IR booster pack into this socket, which will give you more range between
the controller and the plane. As is, the controller has a range of approximately
The remote control requires 4 AA Alkaline batteries (not included) to power the
controller and charge the battery in the plane. To charge the plane, you plug
the plane’s connector into the top of the controller and turn the switch to
The charging light will glow Green while the battery is charging, and will
turn off once the charge is complete. Charge time is about ten to twelve minutes
and will give you flight times of up to seven minutes.
To fly the Palm-Z, you flip the switch on the bottom of the plane to the On position and push the throttle up on the handheld remote. The propeller on the plane will turn and you can then give the plane a gentle toss like you would a paper airplane and away she’ll go. It takes a bit of practice before you’ll be able to make turns and landings, but flying this plane isn’t very difficult at all. Since this plane is relatively fragile in construction, it’s probably better suited for older kids and adults. That said, it makes a wonderful play thing for rainy days or any day for that matter.