Just noticed that
Nitroplanes' has a flying prototype of the RQ-11 featured on a pair of YouTube videos.
Model appears to be a final test version, as they've created copies of plans and other
packaging details which would only exist if they were planning to go to market with it.
I've also checked their website but didn't find any reference to this kit. I'll keep this
topic updated as more information becomes available.
Here are the links to the two YouTube clips they've posted on this so far.
Note: Photo from US Army, is similar but not
identical to actual version featured in video.
Quick question if you know, on scale of one to five how would you compare this uav(RQ11) lets say to a Skywalker on the following points
I dont have ether buy am looking at one and comparing these to I can not decide i know the meterials diffrent but value for money ?
I don't own the Sky Walker, so I can't speak for how durable or roomy it is in comparison to this new RQ-11 model, but from all I've read about the skywalker in RC forums it seems that a lot of folks have heavily modified theirs or had structural failures, especially to the wing. It all fairness, it should also be noted that there also seems to be a high percentage of SW owners who tend to exceed the craft's designed flight envelope. Viewing the videos which relate to the RQ-11 on the other hand seems to suggest it has a durable balsa/plywood airframe and built up wing (minus flaps and alerons). Again, latest video details some much needed improvements, i.e.. wire tail skid and anti-scuff tape along bottom of fuselage and on wing tips, but overall opinion of builder was very positive.
I will be glad to post more complete appraisal once my kit arrives, hopefully on the 22nd.
I think Im getting one two but 117USD shipping to Europe is just $%#@^ and they dont offer any other service I think someone can make some cash here acting as middle man !
If i could i would buy 50 of them to sell in europe at a fair price because what they are charging is unreal!!
Luis you think we can find someone to play middle man?
I hope some some other member from USA that reads this could do that, lets hope so!
FYI, the box containing the model weighs 1.3 kg and is 23"x10"x8". I is quite small as the wing is in 3 parts.
The entire box was shipped in a fitted, protective, sturdy cardboard outer box. I already tossed the outer box, so I can't give you the weight.
I just received a Nitroplanes RQ-11 and compared it to a Skywalker. They have nearly identical internal payload volumes. The RQ-11 fiberglass fuselage with tail boom and verticle stabilizer weighs 350 grams, The Skywalker fuselage with carbon tube an intregal vert stab weighs 240 grams.
The wing on the Skywalker is considerbly larger than the RQ-11. It would be an easy mod to make the skywalker wing fit the RQ-11 fuselage.
I was thinking a nearly ideal combo would be using the fiberglass RQ-11 fuselage, more durable, larger, Skywalker foam wing, and replacing the covered stick built balsa tailplanes with depron copies.
I uploaded some comparison images.
Thanx for that , just what i wanted to see and planning todo was just worried bout payload size but its the same. the heaver Fuselage should be better in high winds aswell .
Why not just use a Skywalker wing? You get the durability of foam with it.
Why not just use a Skywalker period then, and forget about the RQ-11? No need to buy both kits, or an RQ kit and a SW wing and toss the RQ wing. Does not make any sense at all, if you want a foam wing, just stick with the SW entirely, with a few minor mods (stiffen tail) its fuse is much better than the RQ anyway, making the whole airframe the better option.
I have a SW as well,love it!!
I already have ailerons modded in to the RQ-11. I will have a build thread up on RCG in a few days.