In real life, the AAI RQ-7 Shadow is a battlefield UAV used by the armed forces of Australia, Italy, Sweden, the United States and others to provide a reconnaissance, surveillance and as a target acquisition platform.
Over 500 RQ-7 Shadows are in operational use throughout the world carrying electro-optic/infrared imaging sensors and having a range of over 100km and a 4-hour on-target loiter time. The specifications also required the UAV to be able to land in a sports field.
Our RQ-7 Shadow can't offer a 4 hour duration or a 100km range, but it is certainly a fantastic FPV platform with all of the highly practical features of the full size, including the aerodynamically proven inverted V-tail, twin boom layout, center-mounted pusher motor, fixed tricycle undercarriage and the huge central nacelle giving a clear view for your cameras and sensors.
For the scale enthusiasts among us the kit builds into quite an accurate representation of the full-size Shadow and, at 2000mm wingspan the large scale enthusiasts won't be disappointed either as this one is very nearly 1/2 scale!
The kit features a full set of components, laser cut from highest quality balsa and ply to make construction as fast, accurate and enjoyable as possible. A full accessory pack, leaving you with adhesives and covering material to provide in order to finish the model.
• Highly capable FPV platform
• Accurate laser cut parts
• Quality balsa and plywood construction
• Full accessory pack
• Easy to follow manual
• Large payload capacity
• Landing gear included
Flying weight: 3200~4000g
Radio: 4 channel minimum
Motor: 4240~4250 brushless outrunner
Propeller: 12 x 6
4 Channel RC gear (minimum)
2 x 17g servos
2 x standard servos
5000-10000mAh 4S LiPoly battery
4240~4250 brushless motor
60A ESC w/BEC
Choice of FPV equipment (optional)
NOTE: This is the original product. Another vendor is selling a copy that is missing a number of parts required to build the model. Don't be caught out, order the original kit from Hobbyking.
Don't get me wrong I'm having fun building the RQ-7, but there are problems with the model.
the mounting points for the landing gear are drilled in the wrong place, and the hole in the wheels are too small to fit the shafts, they have to be drilled out.
some parts need the tabs modifying because they not match the holes in the appropriate panels ( B13 & B14 where they fit into A2 if any one cares)
and other panels aren't big enough so you need to buy a little bit of extra sheet. finally i was missing some of the balsa wood strips for the wings
Sorry if thats all a bit negative they are relatively small things and i got all the extra balsa i needed for less that 10.
the plus point which is a huge one is that the body of the model has a massive easily accessible bay for mounting FPV cameras and gimbals and theres a cut out near the nose that can be easily modified to house a downwards viewing camera for mapping.
Very nice kit. 3 days for shipping from NL to FR. Parts are ready to be glur, just need a sharp knife. think about have 4m of 3mm x 3mm and 4m of 6mm x 6mm paulownia wood to complete this kit. Some hole wasn't at the good place but its very easy to correct that. perform a test before use glue, especialy for the landing gear D3 parts and for the tail tube in wing (parts D2, D4 and A12). After assembly, dry weight is above 1400gr. I will use glow .46 engine, I think its the better way for handsome look and nice flight time.I love that I'm building this massive model for just over $100 dollars. I'm most of the way done building the fuselage and it's been a lot of fun so far. I don't know if I'll add electronics and try to fly it yet, I really wanted to try building a balsa model.
There is one big flaw however; the quality control at least on my model was not very good. Many of the balsa pieces are not laser cut through all the way so I'm having to trace the back of the balsa on the laser cut lines with an xacto knife to get them apart. Some pieces are so bad however that I can't even see the lines on the back, and the wood doesn't break cleanly if I try to snap the pieces. This is making getting some of the parts out extremely tedious. Most of the parts however are fine, this issue is just with a couple of sheets of parts which does translate into a lot of extra work.