HobbyZone Firebird Outlaw
August 15th, 2004 -
Direct Link: Firebird Outlaw
By the time you are done reading this, you could have assembled
your Firebird Outlaw. This kit comes mostly assembled. Just rubberband
the wing on, charge the battery and you're ready to fly.
expect to turn any heads with this wing-on-a-stick. This plane
is built for flying, not for looks. It also doesn't really seem
to be built for landing. The landing gear consists of plastic
wheels on wires that are almost as useless on pavement as they
are in the grass. The good news is that it handles the resulting
cartwheel very well. I found that my Outlaw has survived crashes
into the ground, trees, chain-link fences and even a house with
only minor damage. If you have trouble keeping it in the air,
it should be able to handle the abuse. If you do manage to break
something, replacement wings and props are usually pretty easy
The Outlaw does fly very well...provided that there is no
wind. Even a little breeze can make this plane unmanageable.
On a calm day, though, this plane can really be fun to fly. After
a hand launch, the Outlaw will make a slow climb, followed by
a slow, wide turn, followed by a slow climb, followed by a slow,
wide turn, etc., etc. Climb and turn are pretty much your only
options for this plane. If the plane is heading somewhere you
would prefer it didn't (a house, your neighbor's new car, a jogger),
the best you can do is close your eyes and hope it ends quickly.
There is no way to quickly bring down the plane or turn it out
of the way. It is important to make sure the place you fly has
plenty of room to make some wide turns.
you've mastered the climb and the turn, you can try to go for
more advanced maneuvers...like turning the other way. The fact
is that after you have had a few flights with this bird, you'll
realize that the Outlaw is pretty much a kite with a remote control.
You can put it up in the air and watch it float around for a
while, but that's where the fun ends. There aren't enough controls
on this plane to do any stunts. The plane's two-channel control
is also too simple to teach you anything about flying larger
In the end, the Firebird Outlaw is not a bad little plane.
It just doesn't do enough. If you are looking for a substitute
for your kite on a windless day, this could be kinda fun. If
you are looking for something more exciting than a leisurely
day at the park, you should save your cash for something better.
Write your opinions in the forum.
Time to Bash
9/10 Charge and go!
9/10 Not much to work on.
Worst case scenario: Buy a new one for $50.
Car Show Rating
3/10 A wing-on-a-stick is
not so impressive.
8/10 It puts up with quite
a bit of abuse.
Big Squid Rating
6/10 Tentacles. This plane
just doesn't do enough to keep it fun.