SkyHunter FPV UAV Aircraft Platform - kit

The first thing that came to my attention was the large bay which is suiteable, according to the product description, for batteries from 5 to 20 Amps. The large bay in combination with a wingspan of 1800 mm (70 inch) and the suggested power train allows this aircraft to carry enough gadgets to make it a great FPV aircraft.


• Tough EPO Construction
• Large Size Ideal for a Stable Flying in a Variety of Weather Conditions
• Unique Nose Mounted
• Large Camera Canopy
• Plug In 2pc Wing and Tail for Easy Transport
• Large Payload Capability
• Large CF wing and tail Tubes

Price is US$ 111.78 and available from Hobbyking

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 11, 2013 at 5:55am

Interesting.  I was looking at getting a Phantom wing, but one thing holding me back is the batteries. I have a lot of 4S 5000s I'd like to use, but I'm pretty sure they're too big for the Phantom.  This thing can use them though.

The only problem is as Guy says, the fiddlyness of it.  I also wonder how the landing is on rough surfaces.  How well it takes it.

I really wish somebody made an airplane with a layout like this, but twin tractor props in front of the booms, for redundancy. 

Comment by Austin Suhler on October 11, 2013 at 6:17am

On your note of 2 booms, I've been looking at doing the same thing. My thought is that you could take any two basic fpv planes(like the HobbyKing axn floater) and add them to a larger airframe, maybe even a flying wing, and modify the noses with some carbon fiber rods and motor mounts. The only problem would be that you would most likely have to drop the main fuse back a bit to maintain CG, which would be difficulty to do at best.

Comment by Stan Clayton on October 11, 2013 at 6:47am

@Austin - if you would consider a twin tractor flying wing, check out the Hercules 72"/78".

Comment by Scott Fuller on October 11, 2013 at 7:45am

There's a huge thread on RCG's FPV forum on the Skyhunter. It's a awesome plane but needs reinforcement around the boom areas. I'd suggest folks take a look at that thread and get an idea of what to expect.

Comment by Martin on October 11, 2013 at 8:39am

The Hercules/wings are great platforms. But you still a lot of room to fit in a car. I wish they made a bit bigger Twinstar.

Comment by MD on October 11, 2013 at 12:46pm

I agree with Scott re the reinforcement. Maiden flight had 12amps of 4s and a full FPV suite with camera gimbal, etc (running APM 2.5). Was always a little weary of the booms and rear end flexing. Took off, got to altitude and banked her moderately to hard and one of the rear fins flexed and sheared off from their attachment to the tail assembly which led her into an instant spin straight at me. Literally crash exploded into a million pieces. Does have potential just really needs A LOT of reinforcement. The tale and fins are attached via these little flaps you are supposed to simply glue to hold each other together. Not believing that would work I also put screws through them but it didn't matter, it simply sheared at the weakest point above that. Mine was the grey/greenish foam colored one but regardless there is potential, it has a pretty large internal bay (there are some mods and one person on RCG who makes a glider style landing wheel for this) but if built up, it could be a great plane. IMO. Also, I have the entire thing on video (from the plane) somewhere. Heres a pic of the aftermath. 


Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 11, 2013 at 1:43pm

And... that's the reason I've held back from these things.  I'm an old-school built up balsa and liteply airplane guy.  I've only had one foam plane, and it was horrible.

I've looked at this thing and wondered if it would work.

I should just strap a camera to the bottom of my 80" Satio powered Cub and be done with it.

Comment by MD on October 11, 2013 at 5:40pm

And that is exactly the direction I'm switching too. Foam is good to test certain things as they can be built up and created pretty quick and easy to replicate but the strength just isn't there... How stupid to have a an entire airframe disintegrate because of a broken fin that was not only properly set up but also moderately reinforced...

Comment by MD on October 11, 2013 at 8:10pm
Foam definitely does have its advantages. I love testing with it for just those reasons. So flexible (in terms of options), almost disposable airframes but once a platform is tried, tested and proven, I think the shift from foam to balsa and/or composite is a big plus but for testing I'd definitely stick with the easily adaptable foam.
Comment by Alex on October 12, 2013 at 12:36am

"You need at least 2 meters if you need to have onboard camera(s), OSD, Telemetry, etc...."

what a load of rubbish... never seen a TBS Caiprainha ? 85cm...


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