Hirobo Shuttle Scaedu
Cyberheli, Hong Kong
.. O.S. 32SX (included)
. Weston tuned muffler
. JR 10X
.. Futaba GY-240/S9253 digital servo
.. Futaba S9204
Weston 15% nitro competition
Bell-Mark twin plug head, header tank, Revolution
base loaded antennae, Pegae start system, Quick paddles, SAB 550mm carbon blades,
For those who read my previous review for Little Rotors about my
Freya will recall that I was pleased as plum with it. In my opinion it is the
perfect sport heli for us weekend flyers, but unfortunalty my relationship with
the Freya ended shortly after that review. Whilst
trying to learn inverted flying the heli went down inverted and at full throttle.
Talk about brain fade and dumb thumbs all rolled into one. Everything was destroyed
except amazingly the receiver which I had locked up in a strong box. After the
mourning period was over I started looking around for something a bit simpler
to build and fly. I always have a soft spot for 30 sized helis because of their
easy handling and less intimidating size. Besides the stability for flight does
not affect me too much since I tend to do all my flying at 6:00 in the morning
before I get to work. I leave weekends for my airplanes.
I liked the Freya build quality and engineering so much that I decided to give
the Hirobo Scaedu and Shuttle RG/M a try. I hope Simon of Little Rotors will
allow me to write him up a review of the RG/M later on. Since I dont have
much time for building, a quick e-mail to Cyberheli secured me the .30 ARF version
which comes with the OS32SX motor installed.
Highlights of the Scaedu
The Scaedu comes in either a 30 or 50 size the only differences being engine,
engine mount, drive train gear and blades. The 30 comes with 550mm woodies whilst
the 50 comes with 600mm glass blades. Looking at the servo bays its pretty
obvious that a CCPM conversion will follow soon. I also liked the 10mm main
shaft with grooves towards the top where the washout attaches giving it a better
bite. The shaft has options for two different heights which should give a better
hover if the top holes (longer shaft) are used. The new FZ-III rotor head is
a scaled down version of the Freya head comes fully ball raced.
At the tail gearbox end I particularly like the simple and effective pitch
slider design. The curvy tail rotors are quite striking and make a change to
the usual rectangular designs. The main and tail blade holders have thrust bearings
in them as standard. A nice innovative idea is the pear shaped cutout in the
frame just below the needle where you pass the fuel tube. When its time to fill
up just push the tube upwards and it cuts off fuel to the engine. Nice touch
but I still preferred to use my Great Planes easy-fueler as I find it more convenient.
Towards the front, there is a neat battery compartment where you can stow your
radio battery pack to keep it from sliding around. However, as my battery pack
was quite bulky I covered my receiver with foam and bunged it in there. The
tail boom is round shaped and the supports are strong, not the chopstick types
we see in the other helis.
The Scaedu came packed in a sturdy box with all assemblies securely stowed.
Since this is the ARF version, it came very nearly complete. I was surprised
that even the pushrods were ready built and attached to the frame. All that
was needed was to fit the radio gear, attach the tail, landing gear, boom supports,
blades, muffler and stabilizers. The rotor head was completed with paddles attached,
which by the way are neat items as on the Hirobo GPH. Heck, even the included
550mm wood blades are pre-covered with roots attached! Just dont forget
to balance them. If you want to get to the field fast, this is the way to go.
As usual, I added my Bell-Mark twin plug head, header tank, voltmeter and Weston
Overall the Scaedu is a sturdy little heli with serious thought gone into the
design. As expected the plastics quality are not on par with the Freya but thats
expected for a heli at this price level and target market.
The instruction booklet is the usual Hirobo type and youll feel at home
immediately. Everything is clear with a lot of good info at the back to help
the first time flier. Dont forget to grease those thrust bearings and
go easy on the screwdriver. I replaced all the 3mm machined screws with stainless
steel hex ones and plastic insert lock nuts. The stock ones tend to rust very
quickly with the sea breeze at my home. Buy them in bulk and they are quite
cheap. They are stronger and you wont strip the head. I also like the
fuel tank mounting system. Unlike the Freya, the tank on the Scaedu mounts on
proper grommets fixed to the frames. More secure and less fiddly to fit.
Since this is a ready built heli I cannot give you a detailed build review,
but I can point out a few areas that I think Hirobo fumbled on. So here goes...
Firstly and most
importantly, there is no cooling shroud over the engine cylinder head. I really
cannot understand the design logic behind this. With my Freya, it managed to
get by, but with the Scaedu it nearly sent me bonkers. See my flying problems
below. As far as the Scaedu is concerned this is my biggest gripe. I dont
think cost is a factor in manufacturing so Im at a complete loss.