Skywalker: Best UAV platform ever? (I'm in love)

[UPDATE: Hooks has, er, hooked us up with a 10% discount at, for this and anything else they sell. Just use the discount code "diydrones". Awesome! Thanks Hooks!]

Thanks to Hooks for turning us on to the new Skywalker foam UAV platform. Mine just arrived and based on a quick inspection, I'm pretty sure this is the one for me! Everything about is totally optimized for a UAV, from the payload capacity to transportability. I'm blown away by how thoughtfully designed this one is.

It's got it all:
  • The durability of foam with all the interior room of balsa
  • Payload area right under the CG, so you don't have to worry about balance issues
  • Hand launchable, but still can carry pounds of payload
  • Breaks down easily for transport
  • Ailerons and optional flaps
  • Pusher, high-wing configuration, with servos outside to save room inside
  • Super tough EPO material
  • Easy to get to equipment with big bay doors on both sides
  • External mounting spots on rear fuselage for wireless transmitters (keeps them away from other electronics)
At $144, I think it's very fairly priced. I think this is one of the best made foam ARFs that I've seen, right up there with the Multiplex line. Don't forget to order the power pack at the same time.

Here's a shot of a prototype being flown by the creators:

Rather than give it a full review (I haven't flow it yet), I'll just give first impressions in pictures.

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Comment by Morli on April 29, 2010 at 5:26am

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Comment by Morli on April 29, 2010 at 5:37am

Spec from website
Wingspan : 169 cm
Lenght : 115 cm
Empty airplane weight : 700 grams
2815-2835 800-1000kv brushless motor,30-40A ESC,3S 2200-5000mah LiPo,9040-9060 propeller
Comment by Bob Hvarven on April 29, 2010 at 6:45am
Be careful what you say about my brothers the hampsters...... We rodents can be very violent when provoked.. :O

Comment by Gary Mortimer on April 29, 2010 at 7:42am
You should view it as skills training. Advancement if you will, anybody got a diagram showing the number of hamsters that can be fitted. I guess a couple in the cockpit driving and taking care of the nav and the rest on the wheel. Could you cut a hatch so they could swap, only fair could be an exhausting run.
Comment by evilmacaw on April 29, 2010 at 8:12am
well i just smashed the piggy bank open and ordered one , as for power i say screw the hamsters ,i am gonna Velcro my Macaw to it and take him flying ,after he grows back in his clipped inner flight feathers :-))

Comment by Mark Colwell on April 29, 2010 at 8:56am
This one is a winner..

Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on April 29, 2010 at 9:20am
Check this thread on RC Groups:


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on April 29, 2010 at 9:38am
One of the RC Group Skywalker thread members received a broken fuse. Not a good sign if normal shipping can damage a fuse.

Just a thought.


Comment by Thomas J Coyle III on April 29, 2010 at 9:52am
According to the RC Groups Skywalker thread, there may be several different version of the Skywalker, some better than others, for sale at various websites so be careful about your purchase if you are trying to get it for a lower price.

Comment by Wayne on April 29, 2010 at 10:03am
Oh yeah sure after I get my EZ* and some of the parts you go and find something better. Figures as much. Just kidding this does look like a very awesome platform though. You could fit a guinea pig in that thing, ta hell with hamsters. Perhaps this means I will just have to create a second drone later down the road.


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