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 Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 1, 2010 at 12:06pm
Thanks for info!
I'm on to something not digital, but with and without metalgear.

Comment by Brian on May 1, 2010 at 9:31pm
I'm with Mark on that choice but always wondered why they were so chatty. Almost as chatty as my kindergartener on our whay home after a day of fun at school... ALMOST.

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 2, 2010 at 3:39am
How about something like this for the Skywalker platform:

To "protect" the nose of the platform I made this (cover nose) in glassfiber just ready to glue to the platform.

Are any interested or is it a overkill. The weight of this proto is 120 g.

This raw proto are made in glassfiber, but I also have Carbonfiber and Kevlar-Carbonfiber for stronger lighter materials.

Maybe it should be longer so it cover the whole body down to the tail?

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 2, 2010 at 4:02am
Lets see one flying before bits are added. Until I see 500g mounted within and 100 flights flown by a single example the jury is out for me. I have a big task that would suit this airframe on paper to a T but until I have heard about its flight performance my credit card remains in pocket!!

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 2, 2010 at 4:18am
I understand you Gary!
And I'm not the one to say it's a dream to fly.
Lets wait for other to state that. (but it is) :-)

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 2, 2010 at 6:34am
Ok, cool so you are flying it Hooks??

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 2, 2010 at 7:54am
Yes, but I guess I'm incompetent in this matter.

Waiting for other to tell a story about a big whale in the sky.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on May 2, 2010 at 9:16am
No of course you are not! Don't sell yourself short. For starters then how long does it fly and at what maH in the cruise on a 5000 maH battery???

Comment by Robert Krogh (hooks) on May 2, 2010 at 11:17am
Let me show a flight made in china with the FY21 RTH OSD.

It's a 6 min video and it use ~ 350 mah in this flight. so if you had 5000 mah ~ 85 minutes, lets say -10 % ~ 75 minutes..
I'm sure you can fit a 8000 mah in the fuselage. I know I'm painting the the picture with great colours.

Comment by Morli on May 2, 2010 at 2:42pm
First thing first. Credit where due is due and has to be fulfilled. Congrats and pls pass the credit to Robert too for great service.
***** 5 star to for the fastest service/dispatch and delivery ever. 5 stars to china EMS post too:))) , the skywalker was shipped on 26th in China. It came in to my post office here on 29th afternoon!!!! , Got a call from them/EMs to collect it( I missed the call) and reminder once more today. It will take me 2 days to get the paperwork done here from RC governing body( RC flying is licensed hobby here ) and 1 day for getting paper from freq control authority( who have nothing to do with this but just the same, customs at EMS guys need the paper to release).
So Good job .in spite of small error from who ever filled the EMS application in China , they typed my PO box wrongly, fortunately my contact number was mentioned correct which saved the day.:)) else it would have gone back as unclaimed.
I will contribute to the my 2 cents worth of reviews here but that will take time as I will be traveling soon.


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