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
Product Page

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2 Responses to Lanier RC Stinger II Review

  1. avatar Gordone says:

    Do you run the on-board glow driver “on” full time when the engine is running or just for low speed/idle? I’m running an OS .55 with the glow driver only set for low speed/idle but having trouble keeping the engine running at high rpms when the glow driver is off. I can’t tell if the .55 is just not broken in yet or because its side mounted on the Stinger II.

    • avatar Kurt Gornek says:

      Hi Gordone, typically (and preferably) you only run the glow driver at low speed/idle. Your OS .55 should run perfect at higher and lower speeds without a glow driver, however, on those temperamental days it’s great insurance so you don’t have a dead stick. As for your high RPM issues, chances are you’re just running it a little too rich on the high speed needle OR you have a fading glow plug. If you’re confident the glow plug is good, then you’re probably running too rich. We always break in our glow engines on the bench for at least a couple tanks. Make sure the low speed needle is adjusted properly and then lean out the high speed needle until it’s just below maximum RPM. On the ground, fire it up, disable it and make all your adjustments without that crutch – it’ll give you false results while tuning. Adjust the low needle until you can consistently idle for extended periods and so you can also blip the throttle with good, clean acceleration. Now that you have the low needle set, run up the RPMs and lean out (screw in) the high needle until the RPM is clean and producing a single note. If it’s wanting to stall out (it may be lean already), screw it in until it’s running smokey and producing dual notes, then lean it out until it’s producing max RPM’s and a clean single note sound. Then take it a little further until it starts to dip. At that point you’re too lean, so back off until the RPM’s max again and you’ve got a clean note and then continue to back it off slowly until the RPM just starts to dip, but is still producing a clean note. Now you’ve got the high speed mix right on the money. Now you can kick your onboard glow driver back on and expect your idle to increase just a bit. Now you can adjust your throttle trim on the radio to a comfortable slow idle and everything is perfect. So you see, onboard glow will produce a higher idle which can mask too rich of a low speed needle. Also, onboard glow can mask too rich on the high speed as well. Always tune WITHOUT onboard active, then kick it on when you’re ready to fly. Hope this helps!

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