Airbus 3845 2-Channel R/C Airplane, retail $62.77
Manufactured by Unknown
Last updated 05-10-14

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" on my website), I figured "what the hey".


This toy is (well, SHOULD BE) remarkably easy to use for an's how to get it flying:

Assemble it (see the included instructional material - assembly appears simple (but is actually just a wee bit "complexicated"), screw the antenna into the top of the remote control, charge the flight battery (see directly below) and install the battery in the airplane itself -- 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).

Attach the ribbon to the remote control's antenna, extend the antenna, point the antenna straight up, and observe the ribbon. If the breeze blows the ribbon at less than a 45° angle, it is safe to fly.

1: On the remote control, turn the "on/off" switch to the "on" position.

2: On the port (left) side of the airplane's fuselage (this word is definitely *NOT* pronounced "
fyoo SELL' uh jee" as Drake Parker from the TV program "Drake and Josh" would pronounce it; the word is pronounced "" ) (body), there's a black slide switch. Use a fingernail to slide this switch to the "on" position.

3: Place it onto a hard (paved) surface with a decent length of clear space ahead, and lift off that way.

4: The motor should immediately throttle up, and the airplane should now accelerate along the ground and soon begin to climb. Be certain to aim the remote control more or less up at all times; this will help to reach maximum range of the R/C.

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

Turn the airplane and remote control off when finished using them.
Same switches as before, but slide them in the opposite direction this time.

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 your thumb on the texturised area 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 eight used AA cells from the compartment, and dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert eight 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, remove the battery from the airplane first if it is not already out. Plug the large end of the charger into any standard (in north America anyway) 2- or 3-slot 110 volts to 130 volts AC 60Hz household receptacle ("wall outlet" or even, "wall socketw" if you're more familiar with those terms), and plug the small plug on the end of the charger's cord into the mating receptacle on the battery pack itself (attached to a very short length of cord).

Charge for no longer than three hours (180 minutes), then unplug the battery from the charger and then unplug the charger itself from the wall receptacle.

The flight time per charge is stated at "4 to 5 minutes".

The Airbus 3845 2-Channel 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 carport, 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 cats ort her big dog's ghost lift his leg on it, run over it with a 450lb Celebrity motorised wheelchair, leave it outside in the rain, stomp on it, uranate on it, 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.

The remote control's maximum range is stated as 400 feet.
The frequency of this particular unit is labelled as 27.120MHz.

There is a long, thin white wire coming from the back of the airplane;
***DO NOT*** pull, cut, or otherwise remove it!!!
This is the airplane's antenna, and it is absolutely necessary for the wire to be intact for the airplane to maintain contact with its remote control!!!

The Airbus 3845 looks like it would fly well (and the instructional materials tout how easy it is to fly!),

Photograph of the remote control.

Video on YourTube showing the pre-flight check (mainly checking the rudder) and taxiing of my brand spanken new Airbus 3845 2-Channel R/C Airplane.

This video is 2.6555523419 megabytes (2,765,797 bytes) in length; dial-up users please be aware.
It will take no less than twelve minutes to load at 48.0Kbps.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay on 04-20-14 and as received at 6:31pm PDT on 04-20-14.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Looks very nice



    PRODUCT TYPE: Remote controlled airplane
    No. OF LAMPS: N/A
    SWITCH TYPE: Slide on/off on port (left) side of product's fuselage
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic & compressed foam
    BEZEL: N/A
    BATTERY: 8xAA cells (remote), 7.2V 200mAh NiMh rechargeable (airplane itself)
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    WATER- AND BIRD S**T-RESISTANT: Very light splatter-resistance at maximum
    ACCESSORIES: NiMH flight battery, R/C unit, charger, wind ribbon, spare propeller, numerous parts for assembly
    SIZE: 620mm {24.4"} L x 800mm {31.40"} Wingspan
    WEIGHT: 253g {8.930 oz.} incl. flight battery
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated (presumably guaranteed against DOA)


    Rating will not be assigned until after the Airbus' maiden flights.

Airbus 3845 2-Channel R/C Airplane *

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