Guillow's Remote Control SNAP&FLY 3-in-1 R/C Airplanes, retail $120.00 (
Manufactured by ItCanFly (
Last updated 05-09-13

The Guillow's Remote Control SNAP&FLY 3-in-1 R/C Airplane is more than just an R/C airplane. It's more than two of the critters! It's actually ***THREE*** R/C airplanes!!!

Using specially-placed magnets, the three airplane bodies {a canard body, a biplane body, and a V-tail body} just snap onto the lower part of the fuselage (this word is definitely *NOT* pronounced "
fyoo SELL' uh jee" as Drake Parker from the TV program "Drake and Josh" would say it ) -- it's pronounced, "")

This isn't a flashlight, household lamp, Christmas light set, or other thing that glows, but since I love things that fly (this is also why I added seperate sections titled "PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO FLY" and "GUILLOWS TUFFOAM™ PRODUCTS" on my website), and because it has a blinking red LED in it, I figured "what the hey".


This toy is remarkably easy to use for an's how to get it flying (or I should say, "
here's how to crash & destroy it" ):

Assemble it (see the included instructional material - you really only need to snap in the battery and snap on the base module -- then you can pretend to fly a really large dragonfly (well, that's what the kitty cat would think it is if it were designed to be flown indoors).

Set the two knobs on the remote control according to the type of airplane body you're using -- the following photograph shows these settings:

1: On the remote control, turn the "on/charge/off" switch to the "on" position. Wait a second or two until the airplane emits four tones to indicate that it has binded to the Tx.

2: Hold the airplane (pointed slightly up) in one hand, push the left hand stick on the controller up (toward the front), and firmly but gently toss it straight forward.

3: The motor should immediately throttle up, and the airplane should now begin to climb.

For additional instructions & tips on how to fly, please read the instructional material that comes with the product.

Turn the remote control off when finished using it. Same switch as before, but slide it in the opposite direction this time. Unsnap the base module (the lower half of the fuselage), and remove the battery from it.

The battery in the airplane itself is rechargeable; however the batteries in the remote will need to be changed from time to time.

To change the batteries in the remote, turn the unit upside-down, place both thumbs on the texturised areas near the top of the battery door, and firmly push toward the bottom edge of the remote. The battery door should then come off. Very gently place it on the ground, and kick it into the garden so the hungry, hungry praying mantids will think it's something yummy for their insect tummies and subsequently strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

Remove the four used AA cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert four new AA cells into the compartment, orienting each cell so its flat-end (-) negative faces a spring for it in each chamber.

Finally, place the battery door back on.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Here is what a praying mantis looks like.
I found this guy on the morning of 09-08-06 clinging to the basket of my scooter.

To charge the flight battery in the airplane itself, use your thumbs to slide the transparent red cover off the upper surface of the remote, and set it aside very nearby ("very nearby" because you'll be using it in a moment).

Snap one or both battery packs onto the brass contacts for them in this shallow compartment, and place the red cover back on.

Turn the "on/charge/off" switch to the "charge" position; a red LED will glow next to each battery.

When the LEDs have almost turned off (they'll still be on but at a very low level), remove the red cover, remove the batteries, replace the red cover, and turn the "on/charge/off" switch to the "off" position.

The flight time per charge is stated at 10 minutes.

The Guillow's Remote Control SNAP&FLY 3-in-1 R/C Airplane is meant to be used as a toy in a dry area outdoors, not as a flashlight meant to be carried around, rained on, thrashed, trashed, and abused, so I won't try to drown it in the toilet tank, bash it against a steel rod or against the concrete floor of a patio, let my sister's citty kat , my mother's kitties, or my own little fuzzbomb go to the litterbox on it or let my mother's big dog's ghost lift his leg on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, leave it outside in the rain, use a medium claw hammer in order to bash it open to check it for candiosity, fire it from the cannoñata, drop it down the top of Mt. Erupto (I guess I've been watching the TV program "Viva Piñata" too much again - candiosity is usually checked with a laser-type device on a platform with a large readout (located at Piñata Central), with a handheld wand that Langston Lickatoad uses, or with a pack-of-cards-sized device that Fergy Fudgehog uses; the cannoñata (also located at Piñata Central) is only used to shoot piñatas to piñata parties away from picturesque Piñata Island, and Mt. Erupto is an active volcano on Piñata Island), send it to the Daystrom Institute for additional analysis, or perform other indecencies on it that a flashlight might have to have performed on it. So this section of the web page will be ***SIGNIFICANTLY*** more bare than this section of the web page on a page about a flashlight.

One thing I noted almost immediately is these airplanes are extremely fragile; just one rough landing is all it takes to damage the airplane itself and damage or even destroy the base module.

In fact, I never got any of these airplanes to fly for more than a couple of seconds -- three seconds tops.
The biplane module was destroyed (one of the control arms snapped into several pieces and the base module was also destroyed by having one of its control solenoids relieved of its coil and actuator arm) -- and both batteries were damaged when I attempted to fly the V-tail -- within the next week or so I'll see what kind of luck I have with flying the system with the canard airplane body affixed to the base module.

Photograph of the remote control.

Photograph of the V-Tail airplane.

Photograph of the Canard airplane.

Photograph of the biplane.

Video showing a surprisingy brief flight of the Guillow's Remote Control SNAP&FLY 3-in-1 R/C Airplane; V-tail version.

The base module popped off of the V-tail's fuselage (this word is definitely *NOT* pronounced "
fyoo SELL' uh jee" as Drake Parker from the TV program "Drake and Josh" would say it ) the instant I applied vertical elevator. :-/

When the base module came off, the battery popped out and became ruined.

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Test unit was purchased via an Ebay listing on 04-14-13, and was received on 04-23-13.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



Extremely fragile -- crash-landings that would not leave a scratch on other R/C planes will damage or even destroy this one.
Magnets in the airplane bodies can become dislodged & lost surprisingly easily

    PRODUCT TYPE: Remote controlled airplane
    No. OF LAMPS: N/A
    CASE MATERIAL: Styrofoam
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 4xAA cells (remote), 3.6 volt 150mAh NiMH rechargeable (airplane itself)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND DIET PEPSI-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: 3x airplane bodies, base module, NiMH flight batteries, spare parts (motor, propellers)
    SIZE: 18" (45.7cm) wingspan
    WARRANTY: Not specifically stated (reads "reasonable amount of time")


    R/C rating

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