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Old Dec 22, 2014, 04:56 PM
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HCP100S Unboxing and Review

Hey fellow members,

Here I will be writing up my Hisky HCP100S review.

In this first part I will start with the unboxing and first impressions. I will reserve a second post for the flight review and updates.


Part one, Unboxing time!!

After a couple of days waiting and getting excited, she arrived today. A nice DHL package containing a surprisingly small box, with some nice graphics and a ht-8 adapter. And let`s start with the box. There has been some discussion about the new packaging by Hisky. Some have said that it doesn`t look very sturdy and strong, but as soon as you hold the box, you feel that Hisky has really put some effort in this package. Dispite the box being hardly any bigger than the heli itself, it is incredibly strong. it is folded in the right way and the heli is held on its place by some extra cardboard supports. The small spare parts box is fitted nice and snug underneath the tailboom and the cd with the instruction manual is underneath it. A big plus for Hisky on the design of this eco-friendly packaging.



Enough about the package, what`s inside besides the HCP100S? There is a small cd with the instructionmanual and a small box containing spares inside. The spares are the following:

1 set of spare neon green main blades
1 spare tailrotor
1 small screwdriver
1 small hex wrench (used for tightening the blade grips)
1 small plastic bag containing several screws, a feathering shaft, servo linkages, swash linkages and a couple of pieces of double sided
mounting tape. (even the small main gear screw is in there)
1 lipo battery 2s 450Mah

Yet again Hisky has thought things over and provided us with the most crucial spares we need.




First impressions.

After carefully taking the HCP100S out of its packaging and holding it in my hands for the first time, I can only say that I am really impressed. The colors and design of the canopy are stunning. She looks really good just sitting on the shelf. The tail motor mount is very impressive. It is the first time I have seen such a design and it makes the tail look nice and beefy, dispite the tailmotor being really small. It also provides enough strength to protect the brushless outrunner in a crash. The tail case floats around the tailmotor so to say. The tailrotor has a new design, it is a little bigger and has less pitch than the v922. Probably because of the higher rpm`s that the 8200kv tail motor provides. The frame itself also feels very strong. It has no flex whatsoever and looks like it can take a beating. The mount for the tail boom feel equally strong and holds the tail without any play at all, assisted by the screws that go into the tailboom trough the frame and tailmotor mount.
When you take the canopy of, you reveall the internals of the heli. On the front of the frame you can see the flight control board with directly underneath it the double esc for the main and tail motor. Behind the esc on the left side of the frame is the brushless 8000kv outrunner main motor. A relatively small outrunner that hopefully packs an incredible punch. The wires from the esc to the main motor are tucked away nicely between the esc and canopy post. On the righthandside you have the elevator servo just behind the esc. The tailmotorwires come out of the esc on that side and go around the elevator servo into the tailboom in between the pitch and aileron servo at the back of the frame. These wires are extremely thin and I will probably end up rerouting them and replacing them with a thicker diameter wire. Something that is also noticable, the motor wires have small connectors just after the esc. these connectors appear to fit nicely and provide a good contact for the wires. I will be fitting a piece of heatshrink around them to be sure they won`t separate during flight.
At the bottom are the landing skids with integrated battery mount. Nothing fancy to say about the skids. They look very similar to all the other microheli skids. They do appear to be less flexible than the HCP100 ones, but are really sturdy. The battery mount is a bit to wide for the 450 lipo. It almost looks like Hisky intended to use a different size lipo, but switched later on after prototyping was done. This does give us aftermarket lipo possibility`s. The battery mount holds the lipo well, but it is far from a snug with and I do not expect the lipo to stay in place after a hard crash.
Last but not least: The headassembly. Nothing much to say here. Most of these parts are similar to the HCP100 and v922. The blade grips don`t look much different and neither do the head and swash. The swash has been turned around to make some roome for the bigger main motor and the antirotation guide is on the right instead of the left. The main shaft is made out of metal and looks nice. Only time will tell how it will hold up in a crash.



As I already said, I am really impressed with this heli. It has a lot of strong points and good things going for it. Is it all good? No. Unfortunately I have encountered some things about this heli that I really don`t like. First of all, the thickness of the canopy. This heli feels so incredibly solid, but the beautyfull canopy is really thin. Matrixflyer already warned me for this, but I didn`t expect the plastic to be so thin. It kind of reminds me of my nano cpx. One off the first things I will be doing is coat the inside of the canopy with plastidip too beef it up. Not only the canopy is thin, the motorwires are also pretty thin, especially the tail motor wires. The main motor wires are tucked away safely, but the tail motor wires are pretty exposed. they are guided quite loosely past the elevator servo gears into the hollow tail boom. I expect a lot of short in these wires and will be rerouting the wires. As I said, the tailboom is secured into the frame and tail mount with a small srew. the screw is long enough to reach the inside of the hollw tail boom, where the tiny tail motor wires are. I dont wan`t those wires to short out on those screws. Yet another reason to reroute them on the outside of the tailboom. Besides these small flaws I have noticed one really important thing I would like to point out. The maingear is held on its place with a small Philips head screw. This screw sticks out underneath the heli just enough to touch the lipo. You have to push the lipo all the way to the front of the battery mount to prevent the screw from digging into the side of the lipo. This should have been done better.



What are my conclusions after unboxing this heli? Dispite some small flaws, this looks to be the best thought out microheli I have seen so far. The quality on this heli is amazing compared to other manufacturers and I am really looking forward to flying this heli when the weather allows.



Last but not least, I wan`t to give a big shout out to James for his support on the forum and making it possible, together with Banggood.com, for me to review this beautyfull bird.


Hisky HCP100S unboxing.:
Hisky HCP100S unboxing. (6 min 39 sec)
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Old Dec 22, 2014, 04:56 PM
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Flight review.

Coming soon. Due to bad weather here in the Netherlands, I have only been able to torture myself by keeping it in sight.
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The swash has been turned around to make some roome for the bigger main motor and the antirotation guide is on the front instead of the rear. ].

For real?? I thought it's on the rhs of the heli on the hcp100s?
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For real?? I thought it's on the rhs of the heli on the hcp100s?
Noe, not for real. thnx for correcting me. Its half past one in the night here and I am not too sharp anymore.

Corrected it. it is on the right hand side instead of the left side with the hcp100.
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Thanks for posting the review and pictures of the new HCP100S! Well done!
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Thanks for posting the review and pictures of the new HCP100S! Well done!
You're welcome Dteel.
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