Dromida Sky Cruiser 2 EP Glider RTF 29.5" Review
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Review by Adrian Apodaca, RealRCReviews Owner
- Stock Sky Cruiser for LOS flights
- Added Cricket FPV Camera/VTX combo and 1s 205mah battery for FPV.
- Recorded and flown through FatShark Dominator SE goggles for FPV
- Very nicely made, quality foam
- Comes with regular canopy and platform canopy
- Really nice transmitter
- Uses Futaba FHSS protocol
- Dismantles quickly for transport
- Wallet friendly
- FUN!(especially FPV)
- Feels a tiny bit tail heavy
- Pitches up at full-throttle stock set-up
If you any of you have followed my other reviews, you know that I am a pretty big fan of the Dromida brand. I have really enjoyed several of their quads and a couple of their 1/18 scale cars and trucks. Generally speaking, they are a great brand for beginners but also have several models that even an experienced RC guy/gal will enjoy. When they announced recently that they were releasing some planes, I excitedly picked which one I would get first. I decided on the Sky Cruiser 2 as I instantly saw the potential for some small scale FPV.
As you all know, I don't like to bore you with unboxing videos. As per the product page, it comes with the Sky Cruiser 2 Glider, radio, battery, charger, and 4 AA Batteries. What the product description doesn't say, is that it comes with a different canopy. At first I thought it was some kind of spare or perhaps a mistake. Upon further inspection, I saw that it had an ample flat spot with a hole toward the back of it. My plan of making this a small FPV aircraft became 10 times easier. I started charging up the batteries (I ordered a spare) and got a spare Cricket Cam/VTX and placed it on the platform canopy. I ran the power cable through the hole and fitted a 1s 205mah battery underneath. You can use a smaller one, but I wanted the longest possible runtime for the camera.
The plane and equipment provided are all of solid quality. The transmitter is pretty nice and compact and has a nice digital screen with visualizations for trims etc. To get the wing on, you slide spar in one of the wings, and join them in the wing slot. It takes a total of about 20 seconds. On a side note, if you have a nice Futaba transmitter, you can bind this plane to your Sky Cruiser 2. After my testing for this review, I hooked it up to my Futaba 14SG.
For some reason, when I saw this billed as a micro glider, I thought hmm, docile slow flyer. As I do with micros sometimes, I like to take them out in my townhouse parking lot and give it a little flight. I took the Sky Cruiser outside (in 8mph winds of all things) and gave it a nice gentle toss. It certainly had enough power to get up and go, but I also quickly realized that the wind against the ample wing, with only 3 channels, and plenty of trees in he parking lot, the Sky Cruiser 2 wasn't in the right environment lol. I was lucky enough to fly out, make a quick and very sloppy turn and dive it back in my direction. Landing would have taken too much room so I just snagged it by the nose as it came down. I put my testing on hold until I could get to the field.
For my REAL maiden flight (1st video below), I took it to my club field. Wind was nice and gentle at about 4-5 mph. I loaded up the battery and shoved it as far toward the nose as I could. I soft toss and some good throttle, and the Sky Cruiser 2 was up and away. I noticed at high throttle, the plane had a tendency to pitch up. I thought it might be just the trim, so I adjusted that. Even with full down trim, I would pretty much do the same. It leads me to think that on the stock set up, it may be a tiny bit tail heavy. I will concede the fact that it is more of a glider, so full-throttle isn't really the way you're supposed to fly it. At anything under full throttle, I had no issues maintaining level flight. With no ailerons, you are turning with just the rudder. It's not as responsive as with ailerons, but the Sky Cruiser 2 has no issue making a sharp turn. Loops are possible, but it does not like being inverted. Makes total sense, but I always try to invert any aircraft I fly.
The Sky Cruiser 2 is a little bit quicker than you would expect for a small "glider". For that reason, I would not totally recommend it as a first plane. For a total newbie, I would have to point you toward the Dromida Stinson Voyager. It is also 3 channel, but it is a sweet, gentle, great looking plane. Anyway, the Sky Cruiser 2 is fun and relaxing to buzz around an AMA field or a local soccer field.
So now for the REALLY fun part (2nd video below). As I mentioned above, I outfitted the platform canopy with my Cricket cam and a 1s 205mah battery. With a few batteries of line-of-site flying out of the way, I was ready to slap on my FatShark Dominator SEs. Recharged and ready to go, I put my goggles on my forehead to take off first before sliding them back down in front of my eyes. As I got up and away, I had to put the elevator trim back at neutral. I must say, the added weight of the 1s battery and the camera really balances the plane perfectly. With the trim at neutral, my FPV flights were really nice and level. It really felt like I was flying a much larger airplane. I hadn't had this much fun with a small airplane in–dare I say–years? Sorry the footage is low-res, but that is recorded from the direct FPV feed. Through the goggles, the image is clearer and more colorful. It is truly a wonderful experience having that cockpit vantage point. I did feel a little silly as I felt myself leaning my body with some of the turns lol. With just the addition of the platform canopy, you are pretty much getting two planes in one.
Dromida does not disappoint with the Sky Cruiser 2. As I mentioned, I would not suggest it as a first plane, but I would not hesitate to recommend it to you as a 2nd plane. It is more of a sport glider versus a real floaty, thermal riding glider. It can get up to decent speeds, and you can loop it and twirl it a bit. As much as I enjoyed it line-of-sight, the big selling point for me is how awesome it is flying FPV. The price is impressive for a plane this size (slightly larger than most micros). At the time of this review, it sells for $99.99 at Tower Hobbies and using a Tower coupon code, you can knock off an additional $15, getting it to you at about $84. Dromida has given me another positive experience with yet another solid product.
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