Featuring a full fiberglass fuselage with built up ply and balsa construction, the HobbyKing FPV / UAV is set to raise the bar in FPV flight performance. The large motor mount area allows for a variety of motor sizes depending on your application. A slick fiberglass finish provides superior aerodynamics to foam planes while the rigid airframe offers a greater level of flight performance. The large clear canopy is perfectly suited to FPV cameras or can be removed or modified with ease for a custom setup.The Fuselage boasts ample space for FPV equipment allowing a variety of custom setups and the split flaps will ensure low speed landings with heavier payloads.
You will require a 35 to 42 size burshless outrunner, 5 x 9g servos (one for each control surface and one for the steerable nose wheel), a 40 to 60Amp ESC, 3s to 4s 2200mah~4400mah Lipo battery and your own transmitter and receiver (Tx/Rx). All the general hard ware (Push rods, screws, landing gear etc) are included to get this kit underway.
Some modeling experience will be required to complete this kit, However the finished product will be of a high quality with superior flight characteristics to foam and will last a life time.
Specs: Wing Span: 1660mm Fuselage: 1190mm Motor Mount Diameter: 58mm Distance From Center of Mount to Fuse: 114mm (max prop diameter 8"] Dry Weight: 1300g 5 Channel (throttle, aileron, elevator, rudder/steering, flaps)
Required: Motor: 35 to 42 series Outrunner ESC: 40a to 60A Servo: 5 x 9g Battery: 3s to 4s 2200mah~4400mah
Ah ha! The skywalker. BTW I just checked into a replacement wing for the FPV UAV and it is not available. I did a tail drag at take off and rolled the plane over. The wing broke loose and was cycled through the propeller, not a pretty site.
I've got a SW... just wondering what I'd expect from this that's different. I gather I'd have to get used to faster approaches. Also, I've never flown balsa composite. My SW is pretty darned stable, but is this more-so? Can it take crashes at all? Thanks.
just keep flying the SW! This thing does fly nice when you get it properly set up but the SW flies better IMO. I got one of these first, after dinging it up I finally got it flying right only to have my radio lock out on me and cause a crash.... this thing doesn NOT like crashing... snapped the tail nearly clean off... and fiberglass is a much bigger pain to fix. My brother did a nose dive into the ground from 30 feet and it turned the front into mush. Now I have a SW and would probably never get one of these again. if HK could refine it so it wasn't so darn tail heavy off the start I would consider one again. But with that said Balsa/ply and fiberglass models are far more ridged then foam and fly with a bit more crispness and responce
Cheers! Thanks for that. I decided I'm probably not experienced enough yet to try balsa/ply. I still crash regularly enough that I'm going to stick with foam for now. I've actually never crashed by SW, luckily enough. I always seem to save my best flights for that bird :) But everything else hits the dirt with consistency lol.
Your Welcome and thanks for the credit! :) Yeah, that's the nice thing about foam.... you have to have a pretty nasty crash for it to be none fixable. Cool you haven't crashed your SW, hopefully you never do :)
Why is shipping USPS almost $40 bucks for this plane? It's only $25 with EMS from HK to the US. I probably going to order the whole thing including gear directly from HK if they don't adjust the shipping prices. I remember they had a glitch for the DuraFly T-28 .. i bet it's the same here.
And be real... its $67.73 for EMS from HK to the US. Why post a bogus $25 number that you pulled out of your hat?? Even the cheapest option is $48.69. From the US warehouse, it obviously depends on where you are. I'm quoted only $12.63... but I'm lucky enough to be in the same state.
No.. In fact the kit wont even come with instructions, you have to hunt those down. You won't be anything telling you about the cg either. I made the assumption that it was 22pcnt back from the leading edge, but I cannot be sure, the bird kept falling out of the sky. It was I good thing I didn't decide to throw the expensive fpv in there.
is there enough room to use 2x 3s 5000mah or possibly even 3x 3s 5000mah? i really want as looong of run time as i can.. also how is the wing strength when loaded to max? any problems with flex or any fear of wing snapping.. i plan on using a GoPro and as much battery that will fit...
I have one sitting in front of me, and I dont think space will be a problem the fuselage it huge inside, but I dont know about the weight. The wings are solid sheet wood then coated so they seam very strong. Once I get it built up I can do some load tests.
Yes, there is plenty of room. In fact, the biggest problem I face is the center of gravity being too far forward. So, heavier batteries up front will improve the flight characteristics, and as long as your motor is powerful enough it will also give you a good long flight.
I received this plane today 9-20-2011. I put it on the scale before opening it and it is 3524 grams. I opened the box and saw the plane is grey in color not white as in the picture. it has no decals on it but they did include a decal sheet. It has all the basic hardware, wheels and such. it has flaps on the lower half of the center wing section, they are both controlled by one servo. thats as far as i got so far but now that I have it in front of me I can answer a question or two.
I am order num six in line and anxiously wait.I plan to use 8/6 three blade. I really want to use 8/10 but cannot locate. This is clean fast design and in addition to flaps I plan leading edge slats equal to flap area as on boe727. They can be simple flat plates hinging from LE of wing to 30deg position.
Looks like HK have been removing the old names from their URL so the link broke a day after it was posted. Quick fix: Click on the link and get an error, change hobbicity in the moddle of the "broken" link to hobbyking and it will work.
I wonder where the guys making the video were able to buy a small enough CCD camera to fit in the plane? (Notice the vertical lines when the camera was pointing toward the sun or it's reflection in water? That's a sign of a CCD camera. A CMOS camera would not do that, but it's rolling shutter makes vertical objects appear to be bent as the camera flies by them, as well as other artifacts like vibration induced 'jello'.)
Train, According to the discussions/reviews for this plane at the international warehouse, it's built up balsa wing. There's a guy called Crash9 under the discussion tab there that has video posted. You have to find this plane at the Int. warehouse and see discussions/reviews there. It's new here (USA warehouse) so there isn't any info under discussion/review tabs here at U.S. warehouse but plenty at Int. warehouse.
aaaagggh!!! i can't afford it, i have a gift card coming soon, but a window opened up on the side saying "Hello shopper!
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I've had this plane for a few weeks and it's a nice plane. I purchased mine from the HK warehouse with EMS so glad to see it's here in the US. My 168 RTF is 6 lbs/2.70kg and powered with 4s 5000mah lipo and a KMS 730kv outrunner (.40 size) with a 9x7 3 blade prop. There are no instructions but if you have built covered planes then this will be about the same. You do need to feel through the covering to locate the mounting holes and servo hatches on the main wing. On mine the battery needed to on the nose to get CG and almost all the payload needs to be towards the nose leaving lots of room in the center for lighter gear. I'm using the Turnigy plush 60amp ESC and HS-65MG servos. You will need a HS-85MG size servo for the nose wheel as micro servo don't fit the mount. Plane is strong but the balsa nose gear mount came unglued so I re-enforced it and made a mount from aluminum...no problem landing on a dirt runways. The horizontal tail was low on one side so I shimmed it to get it true and there are 2 1" wood screws for mounting but I replaced them with longer ones for more "Bite". I also swapped the wheels for larger 2-1/4". I added flaps because this plane flies fast (60mph ) and needed to be slowed down for short runway landings. My plane stalls at about 23-24mph and drops the nose with no tip stall so easy top recover from a stall. I highly recommend this plane for FPV pilot
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I'm new to FPV but old at models. The first I flew was Brown Jr .60, about 1948. Although FPV is highly technical, the manufacturers have produced a modularized system that is really plug n play, almost. It appears that you must be computer literate to activate some parts. However if you are reading this, you must be already. The FPV phenomenon is so popular that much remains on backorder, so order ahead of your real needs.
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This is one of the better quality airplanes that HK sells. However, no matter what level of builder you are, instructions would have been nice just to crosscheck as you build. The airplane flies well with coordinated rudder, but requires a ton of nose weight without any camera equipment. If you have big hands like mine and can't quite fit them into the fuselage to set up the nose gear, then I suggest routing the cable through the fuselage and place the arm slightly below the nose. A small tube adds enough support to keep the wire from flexing. If I knew how to attach a picture, I'd be glad to accommodate.
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Sorry, I tried 7 times now to get this thing up in the air and about 5 different motor combinations with no or little luck. Either the plane is extremely tail heavy or even with a 8000mAh LiPo you only get about 10min flight time.
It's a great plane and good quality if you use it as a real RC plane but as FPV plane it's just not suitable.
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Mine is still coming but I got the ntm 35-42A 1200kv 600w so on this plane with that motor what's the best prop?