Lanier RC Stinger II Review

The name “Lanier” is proven in fuel RC airplanes, but how will the new Stinger II hold up to the punishing 5X5 review process? See what Kurt and Rob discovered with their .46 equipped Lanier RC Stinger II by Great Planes…

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring



Sport planes abound, but those steeped in rich heritage require additional scrutiny. The Stinger II came out of the box as a beautiful representation of what every ARF should possess: expert covering, solid construction, and pieces that fit together perfectly. The wings and fuse were straight as an arrow and all the lines were clean and flawless…all the elements you need for a straight-tracking bloodhound of an acrobat.

The Stinger II jumps off the runway with complete authority and you can credit much of that to the O.S. .46 AX powerplant we installed (and broke in/tuned properly). With very little adjustment the MAX was running smooth as glass and chirping a beautiful 2-stroke note from the Bisson Pitts muffler. Just the right amount of smoke and we were powering through all the standard maneuvers.

For just about any flyer, when you get a truly accurate and aerodynamic airframe in your hands you feel like a better pilot. Your aileron rolls stop on a dime, knife edges are almost thoughtless, snaps end where they started and “big sky” aerobatics look stunning. The Stinger II caught everyone’s attention at the airport last Friday and the consensus was unanimous: It’s an excellent, powerful flyer that is point-and-shoot (and that’s with the smaller powerplant!). Look no further for your first mid-sized aerobatic nitro “trainer”.

If the Stinger II can’t teach you clean, precision aerobatics, you’d better head back to the simulator.

Our tested exponentials:

We’ve included our Futaba T8FG Dual Rate settings used in order to achieve recommended throws based on the servo and control horn attachment points identified in the assembly instructions. If you have a radio capable of exponentials (expos), you can dial in these settings in addition to the factory-recommended high and low rates to achieve smoother response at the centerlines.

High Rates:

Low Rates:

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
4 / 5


Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4.5 / 5


Specified Powerplant Performance...
5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
4.5 / 5


Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Flying Field


How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
4.5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level

Model Specifications

Model Type:


Wing Span:

49.5 in (1,255 mm)

Wing Area:

586 in² (37.8 dm²)


5-5.5 lb (2,270-2,490 g)

Wing Loading:

20-22 oz/ft² (61-67 g/dm²)


46 in (1,170 mm)

Motor Design:

Single Cylinder

Fuel Type:

Nitro Methane


.46 (tested) - .55 2-stroke, .70 - .72 4-stroke


11 X 6 (tested)


Balsa Built-up

Radio Channels:


Needed Items:

Radio system with a minimum of 4 channels; 5 servos; 2-stroke .46-.55 or 4-stroke .70-.72 engine. , radio support equipment, field support equipment

Street Price:

$169.98 USD

Special Features:

3-line fuel system with easy-access fill line holder and plug, painted fiberglass cowl, easy removal wing design.

Where to Buy
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