Mini SkyHunter FPV Platform (PNF)
Review by Gunnar Hovmark, Staff Contributor
- Spektrum DX6 transmitter
- Spektrum AR400 receiver
- Gravity 3-cell 4000 mAh battery, weight 340 grams
- Very quick and easy assembly
- Flies very nicely
- Very suitable for fitting fpv equipment or an action cam on the nose
- No instructions for applying the decals
- Rudder servos not included
This is a very nice plane that you can either use for carrying a big battery and get long flight times, or to carry FPV equipment or an action cam. It’s easy to assemble, easy to fly and reasonably aerobatic.
The plane I got is the PNP version, so everything is included except the radio equipment and the battery. The main material is EPO, with a carbon fiber rod as main wing spar, fiberglass wing reinforcements and carbon fiber rods as tail booms. Servos, motor and ESC are pre-installed. Assembly is quick and easy. Most of the parts are joined with screws that should be secured with blue Loctite. You need glue, for example UHU-Por, to fasten the fiberglass stiffeners under the inner parts of the wings. Just follow the instructions in the manual and you’ll be fine. There is hardly any room at all between the plywood tray under the wing and the wing itself, so I had to put my receiver ahead of the wing. Maybe the tray works if you have a very thin receiver. There are servos installed for elevator and ailerons, but if you want to control the rudders you have to get servos and install them and the wiring yourself. No need really, this plane flies very well without rudders. There is no landing gear, but it shouldn’t be difficult to fit one if you really wanted to.
The Mini Sky Hunter comes with a large decal sheet, but I couldn’t find any instructions for how to apply the decals and almost immediately tore one of the wing decals in two. I decided not to use the decals at all, except for a few black patches on the lower surfaces of the wings to make it easier for me to see what’s up and down. My battery fit in the nose with just a little force, and with it I got the CG position perfect without any ballast. If you fit some other equipment in the nose it’s a good idea to use a lighter battery.
Total weight of my Mini Sky Hunter including battery is 1020 grams. That is without FPV equipment.
Flying is straightforward. Trim the elevator up ever so slightly and hand launch. The motor provides sufficient power for good climb performance and pretty large loops. Rolls are easy. Turns will not look perfect if you fly without rudders, but they’re certainly good enough. Landing characteristics are very normal. I don’t think this is a plane for absolute beginners, but if you have a little experience you will have no problems at all. The propeller will strike the ground at landing, so you’d better throttle back completely before you touch down. I’ve actually been thinking of getting a folding propeller. I haven’t yet tested exactly how long flight times I can get, but I estimate around 20 minutes.
Adding FPV equipment or action cam:
TheMini Sky Hunter comes with a bundle of plywood parts that you can fit on top of the nose hatch. There is a flat plate that should be very well suited for fitting a light action camera. The other plywood parts are especially suited for fitting HobbyKing’s Quanum FPV bundle. I actually bought the plane with that bundle, but I will leave that for a separate review when I’ve tried it out properly. The magnets that are intended to hold the plywood parts attached to the nose hatch don’t impress me, so I use screws and blind nuts.
I recommend this plane both for general sport flying and for carrying various not too heavy equipment.