The FPVRaptor is an attractive and superbly designed FPV platform with a a host of neat features that make this model one of the best in it's class.
For toughness and reliability, the model features a blow moulded fuselage which utilizes Nylon and is virtually indestructable, the flying surfaces are all made from tough EPO foam. From point of view of practicality, the wings are plug in and the model requires no glue for assembly, everything simply screws together. The outer canopy is purely for looks and is used when the FPVRaptor is flown as a glider, it unclips in seconds to reveal a camera ready platform, complete with a pan/tilt servo mounting hole that has been pre-moulded. This large camera platform/wing cover is secured by a quick release latch and once removed, reveals huge canopy area for mounting batteries and FPV equipment onto a pre-fitted ply plate. All servo's, motor & ESC are of course pre-installed.
The plug in wings have mouldings for adding flaps if desired and there is also a moulded C of G indicator on the underside of the wing for quick pre-flight checks. There is no doubt that this is a superbly designed, high quality FPV model at an excellent price. It would be fair to say that it is more attractive to look at than most FPV platforms, not to mention much tougher, the FPVRaptor will give the RC Pilot hours of enjoyment for many years to come!
it is a very good plane flys well even for beginners thats why they sell out so quickly. if you buy one on backorder then yours will be shipped out to you even before they put out the arrival list or email you to tell you it is in then you get there and its sold out again. my advise backorder it , i have one it is still mint after some harder landings and not so smooth takeoffs. it is made well, very strong so that helps to protect the arkbird gps, osd, fpv gear. otherwise planes are back in stock within thirty days of selling the last one in stock. hope that helps some.
I ended up buying the Bixler 2 instead as I have been caught before with non arrival of back order items.
The Bixler 2 appears to be a good plane also with enough room for all the required fpv gear. It flies great.
Its been on back order for close to double that time tommy2toes!
Ordered mine on 20th September, it arrived today, 27th September. HK communication about my order was excellent, tracking worked well.
Plane well packed, I had ordered some other small items at the same time and they were nicely packed in the box too.
No damage as far as I can see except for one plastic clevis (elevator or rudder, haven't figured out which yet) that is bent and the servo arm locating pin on it is broken.
It came with a Deans plug for battery connection and the batteries I ordered separately (from AUS warehouse as HK could not airmail LiPo's with the plane) came with XT60 connectors! Great! Now I have to order some connectors to make everything compatible. HK should say in the item descriptions what connectors things come with.
Instructions are minimal but look adequate and fuselage is good and strong. Wings etc look pretty beefy too.
Only 3 crowns for quality because of broken clevis and incompatible battery connector. Might re-post and award more crowns when I have assembled and flown it.
Great for FPV. Lot of room, camera pod ready, wings can take a lot of load if you reinforce them. Flies great, but like all chinese kits you have to work your way around, small things that get in your way.Not the best system to connect the wings to the body, it could've been done way better. Overall, I like it.If you are into FPV, I promise, you won't be disappointed.Same kind of plane, but better than Bixler for FPV.
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A heavy fpv indeed. Flew this recently, very stable and can glide very well with power off... found out when my stock esc burnt off after the 2nd flight. set up: 2200mah 25c lipo, stock esc, prop and motor throws: ailerons 90pcnt -65expo, elevator 100pcnt -55expo. rudder 90pcnt
would be great with a 40amps esc setup. overall good plane.
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Got my FPVRaptor in the mail today :)
Very happy with the quality of this plane. All the EPO molds have a smooth finish and the nylon fuselage feels strong.
The plane goes together easy. One of the fastest build i have done. All screws no glue at all. The hardest part to the build is putting the damn stickers on.
This plane has lots of room inside for all your FPV gear, as well as lots of room to mount your cameras and transmitters.
Im using a 5.8ghz system with a 1/3 Sony cam and everything fit in nice and easy including my pan and tilt camera mount as there is a hole pre cut for my 9g servo.
I'm using a 2200mah 3s battery for the plane and a 500mah for my transmitter. With this setup i was able to balance out the CG with no problems. i even tried 2x2200's and 500 and still could get the cg right by moving the battery's back a bit in the fuselage.
The plane comes with T-type connector on the ESC, so make sure to grab some xt60's if you buy your battery's from Hobbyking.
The only problem i had is that 2 of the clevis's for the control surfaces came broken and the ones that are provided feel pretty weak. I would suggest swapping them for something stronger.
Image of my FPVRaptor in the files section. Some video to come as soon as the weather clears up.
A great platform for FPV and a steal at $70. Thanks HK
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I received my FPV Raptor and was surprised by the quality of of the model for the money. It went together very easily, stickers were a bit rubbish but I'm not that bothered! I don't like the cheap clevises and rods. They do a job but the quality could be better for a little bit more money.
This is my first FPV model; I will be using the Far Shark dominator etc so I hope that the Raptor has the 'punch' to fly well with the extra on board kit.
I will be test flying this one tomorrow before fitting the FPV stuff.
I don't think anyone buying this model would be disappointed.
What would be nice is a slightly larger one with a bigger fuselage and wing (2m)and a 4s setup.