Sky Hero Anakin FPV Racing Quadcopter - ARF Super Combo

SKU: SKH00-280-BR

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J.S.

I read all the reviews about durability issues before I purchased the Anakin. I bought it anyways just off coolness factor. Turns out it flies dam good. Good enough to shelf my Vortex 285 if I'm practicing on 3s. You will need to upgrade the ESC's if you want to run 4s as the stockers will get hot and burn up. No biggie, it's a ARF and was expected. There's several upgrade options to go with if you run 4s.

As far as durability goes the only real weak point WAS the motor mounts. The new polyurethane mounts help a lot however you can still break them with a good crash. They are reasonable in durability though. I would rather break a $1.00 motor mount than snap a carbon fiber arm. If you want to really beef it up and bling it out, Rakon has a whole slew of alloy upgrade parts that keep the weight down. Another issue which is fixable is the crappy camera mount. Instead of mounting holes to bolt the camera to the mount, it has 4 pegs which fit into the camera bolt holes and the camera is held to the mount with double sided tape. To fix this you can just order a $5.00 carbon fiber mount or cut the plastic pegs off and drill the holes in the mount. I drilled my mount out and bolted my camera down. Works perfect now. Some positive things worth mentioning is that you most likely won't break an arm except in a really bad crash. Also, the body is absolutely indestructible. I'm not talking like RC car body lexan tough. I'm talking about run it over with a truck tough. It's made of something similar to a flexible PVC. Not sure what it is but you WILL NOT break it.

Also, you cannot run PWM with the mini CC3D. PPM must be used. I did have some trouble getting my new Spektrum quad sat running with the CC3D. I played around with it all evening and the GCS would not detect any input. I ended up plugging a standard DSMX sat into the DSM plug and it worked right off the bat.

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S.

I was really excited to get this drone. When I unboxed it it looked solid and felt solid. On my first flight I landed hard and one of the plastic motor mounts broke. Make sure to stock up on these if you get one. Thankfully the kit came with extras, so after a repair I was off again. The next landing was nothing less than a crash due to failure. After breaking down the unit I noticed the ESC on motor 1 was not fully sheathed in shrink wrap and had terminated against the carbon tube causing the ESC to fry and taking a motor with it and a few other parts during the crash. I'd stay away from the ARF due to quality control concerns. Unfortunately It's now a useless drone.

On the plus side, HeliDirect is really fast with shipping. I've also ordered a few items though them on Amazon as well with expedient delivery.

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A.S.

I have got a box about 2 weeks, all done. Thank you

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p.g.

Good build quality and super cool looking machine. Installation isstructions for using a DSMX satellite were lacking. I could not get the DSM port to work as per the instructions. I ended up using the flexi port for signal and ground and power from the DSM port. Everything is working good now and I am excited to start flying!

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M.C.

Bought this on the premises that it was 4S capable (which IMO is necessary for any 'racing' quad in this size/class). Even HeliDirect's description mentions it can use a 3s 1300-2200mAh or 4s 1050-1800mAh. HeliDirect: Please update that per Sky-Heros's FB page. Until the ARF/BNF versions come out of the box 4S capable I would not recommend it.

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M.C.

Just got my Anakin ARF version today and it was a good thing I checked out Sky-Hero's Facebook page BEFORE I powered it up for the first time! According to their Facebook page "4S batteries are not suitable for Anakin ARF/Bind Ready Editions" and doing so "may cause irreversible ESC's damage" WTF! This thing is marketed and sold to be a FPV racing quad. Also, it came with 3 of the 4 prop nuts floating/rattling around freely in the box. The double sided tape had failed that holds the board camera to the viewing angle adjusting plate thus allowing the camera to move around some. IMO that double-sided tape method is a rinky-dink method anyway to secure it to that bracket...just plain cheap. The camera lens is slightly loose yet the set screw that holds it in place/maintain focus is tight :(
VERY disappointed right now with it and debating if I should return it before flying it, sell it or keep it and hope for at least a free upgraded set of ESC's from Sky-Hero that can handle 4S batteries as this machine was meant to use. I have to say that Sky-Hero FAILED on the Anakin ARF/BNF version.....
At the asking price I recommend NOT buying this until the ARF/BNF version comes with ESC's that can handle 4S batteries as it is was designed for in the first place. If I would have seen that before buying it I wouldn't have ordered it. The other issues with the camera also helped in giving me a less than favorable first impression of Sky-Hero or should I say "Sky-Zero".

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M.f.W.

Just got my Anakin ARF version today and it was a good thing I checked out Sky-Hero's Facebook page BEFORE I powered it up for the first time! According to their Facebook page "4S batteries are not suitable for Anakin ARF/Bind Ready Editions" and doing so "may cause irreversible ESC's damage" WTF! This thing is marketed and sold to be a FPV racing quad. Also, it came with 3 of the 4 prop nuts floating/rattling around freely in the box. The double sided tape had failed that holds the board camera to the viewing angle adjusting plate thus allowing the camera to move around some. IMO that double-sided tape method is a rinky-dink method anyway to secure it to that bracket...just plain cheap. The lens is loose yet the set screw that holds it in place/focus is tight......
VERY disappointed right now with it and debating if I should return it before flying it, sell it or keep it and hope for at least a free upgraded set of ESC's from Sky-Hero that can handle 4S batteries as this machine was meant to use. I have to say that Sky-Hero FAILED on the Anakin ARF/BNF version.....
At the asking price I recommend NOT buying this until the ARF/BNF version comes with ESC's that can handle 4S batteries as it is was designed for in the first place.

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J.S.

I recently bought the Anakin and I had no idea what to expect. I did have problems getting it to actually run although you have to go Completely through the CC3D set up even though the Anakin directions dont show it. You also have to use two sticks to bind it. Once I figured it out and flew it for the first time this little FPV racer is excellent and worth the money. It is extremely fast and even faster when you tilt the motors 10 degrees.

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P.c.

1st the camera is on the mount by 2side tape, the jig for align the motor broke as soon as you mount it and put it down on the ground, the plastic block broke , the front motor and the back is tilt in each other. This is just out of the box and not even in the air yet! Save your money and get the Vortex

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T.

I got this kit ARF. For two days I am unable to have the CC3D program. And there is no You tube you can got view how to set it up. Don't buy until they fix these problem!