RMRC - Nano Skyhunter Stealth EPP - PNP Review
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Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
- Stock NSH
- Glacier 3s1300maH batts
- Cricket FPV vtx/cam combo
- Futaba 14SG
- Great size
- Brushless 3s power!
- Looks great in black!
- Comes w/ FPV and LOS canopies
- Relatively Inexpensive
- FUN AS HECK!
- Mine arrived defective
- Build process could be improved
As FPV gains more and more traction, there are now more equipment options for getting started than ever before. Some are great, some, not so much. What I have noticed about the smaller scale FPV plane offerings is that they usually have unbearably short flight times. Who wants to gear up for an FPV flight only to have to land 3 to 4 minutes after taking off? Also, some companies like Horizon Hobby (who I generally love), seem to be slapping a camera/vtx combo on an existing $100 micro, then charging an additional $100 for it. Micros are great for calm days and for the gym, but most of us want something that can fly at the field and stay up for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
Enter the Ready Made RC Nano Sky Hunter. With a 31” wingspan, it is larger than a micro, and little smaller than the average parkflyer… and it has 3s brushless power. You can purchase a kit (you assemble everything and add your own electronics) for $50, the PNP without camera for $75 (some assembly required), or the FPV equipped PNP that still requires some assembly but comes with the FPV Cricket vtx/camera combo for $110. Banggood sells the same plane in white for around the same price, but who the heck wants to order from Banggood, have almost zero customer service, and have it come on the slow boat from China. I’ll buy from a USA retailer over a foreign retailer any day of the week, especially if it’s a company like Ready Made RC.
That said, I ordered the PNP version since I already had my own Cricket cam/vtx combo lying around. If you go this route, make sure and buy the harness so your camera can plug into an empty receiver slot.
Unboxing and Build:
As one would expect from RMRC, everything came nicely packaged and well protected. The foam is nice quality and it is actually black, so no worries about paint flaking off or exposing white underneath. Nothing looked damaged so I got right to the build. Please exercise patience with your build as you will be using relatively slow curing glue (I used Welders Glue for this). I preferred this method over RMRC’s method of using hot glue. I didn’t use hot glue as I wanted to be able to adjust while the glue cured instead of having it dry instantly and potentially making a permanent mistake.
As I proceeded with my build, one boom/wing went together perfectly, but when I went to do the other one, I noticed the vertical stabilizer was totally angled. Upon closer inspection, I noticed that the square carbon boom must have been inserted at an angle, which threw the alignment off. I contacted RMRC and they were awesome in working with me so their customer service gets high marks for that. As I was anxious to build it, I broke the carbon tube free a little bit so I could re-angle it. After getting it straight, I glued the horizontal stab/elevator piece and was pretty much ready to go. One last thing, be sure to use the included lock-nut for your propeller and not the spinner thingy. I used the spinner initially and it actually came off in flight. Don’t be afraid of putting a little dot of blue loc-tite on the threads also.
Finally, be mindful of the recommended CG and aileron/elevator throws. I found them to be spot on and definitely worth trying first. Also, make sure you elevator is nice and straight so you don’t make your little plane into a lawn dart on your first hand-launch.
For my first flight, I followed the simple instruction the guys from RMRC mentioned in one of their videos. "Toss it like a football!" With a bit of power, and a gentle toss, you are in the air nice and smooth. Organize your thoughts in your head so you raise the throttle, toss the plane, and then grab your right stick to start controlling the plane. If not, this will be your result lol!!
Once airborne the first thing you'll notice is how speedy the plane is. You'll also notice how robust the plane feels with the weight of the plane and the battery. The first video below is my line of sight maiden flight. As you may notice by the bouncing around, it was pretty windy that day. If you are relatively new to fixed wing, I recommend flying the NSH (Nano Skyhunter) for your first time on a calm day, especially FPV. It does handle some wind well, but over 7 or so miles per hour, you're going to get bounced around a bit. The second video below is my maiden FPV flight. It was a different day and much more calm. For FPV, my first thought was to have someone launch my plane for me so I wouldn't have to launch goggles off, then slide them back down for FPV. Then I figured, why not just give it a shot with goggles on! Since you can see out of the camera, you can tell what the plane's attitude is. So I took a breath, and did the same gentle toss and I was up and away!
So back to the actual flight characteristics, the NSH is a hoot to fly. It is totally enjoyable both line of sight and FPV. This is my first plane without rudder control, but you don't miss it with this plane. Performing bank and yank turns are instinctual and natural. The NSH doesn't lose altitude on turns which makes flying FPV really comfortable. One thing that surprised me about the NSH was it's smooth glide on low and zero power. Slow flight is possible and landing is a breeze. Even landing with your goggles still on is pretty easy and risk free. The little 25mw camera/vtx combo has impressive range. I wanted to push it further, but my field is surrounded by trees and brush and I had no desire to lose my sweet, new, little plane. I found the roll rate to be pretty adequate, elevator control is good also. They have really managed to pack a pretty impressive plane into a relatively small package.
Ultimately, I am pretty amazed at the pricing on this 3s, brushless powered airplane. You are getting a lot of plane for the money. I wish more companies would follow suite and offer awesome planes at more wallet friendly prices. I think many of us would be willing to do a bit more assembly if it meant a lower price point. My one wish build-wise, would be that all of the components screw together instead of getting glued. It isn't a difficult build in any sense of the word, but I always prefer screws to glue. That minor complaint out of the way, my overall thought is that this is a phenomenal plane at a really great price. Unless you really like building, I would suggest going with the FPV package. You'll get everything you need minus battery and receiver. Of course if you already have a camera/vtx combo, get the PNP version. The important thing is that you get one. You will really love this plane. Also, do yourself a favor and order it from RMRC, it's much nicer to support an American company and also have the ability to talk to US based customer service. The Nano Skyhunter gets our seal of approval!