Cox Models Sky Cruiser Review


 
Cox has come on strong with two solid micro offerings prior to the release of the Sky Cruiser. Kurt and Rob see how the Sky Cruiser micro glider falls inline with it’s Cox brethren and as a stand-alone offering to the beginner pilot…
 

Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring

 

Summary

Cox Models has made a strong push in micro RC in the last year with the release of three new offerings. We’ve tested the high wing trainer and their mid-wing aerobat and both were very flyable offerings with durability that was off the charts. When we took to the air with the Sky Cruiser, we expected a somewhat similar experience…boy, were we wrong!

The Sky Cruiser assembles super fast just like the other two models (the Sky Ranger and the Extra 300) but, after an extremely easy hand launch, the Sky Cruiser makes you suddenly aware that it likes to fly. It really likes to fly! Fast, slow, and everything in between. Slow speed handling is phenomenal and by all means at the top of it’s class for EPO foam. The airframe is extremely lofty in the air but can also handle a breeze without a problem. Take it up high and let it soar around for 3,4, or 5 minutes in a gentle breeze or hammer the throttle and perform power-on loops from level flight or yank back on the elevator and roll into the rudder for a high speed, super tight descending knife-edge. The wide flight envelope will have you wondering what advanced aerodynamics lab spit out the Sky Cruiser and where you can get an even bigger version!

The most impressive experience in the Cox lineup for it’s representation of a design class, the Sky Cruiser is a complete hit. Run-times are laughably long but we found ourselves wanting another battery pack just so we could keep discovering what all we could do with the Sky Cruiser without charging interruptions.

Get your hands on one and prove us wrong. If you’re not completely satisfied, just send it to us because we haven’t seen ours since Rob took it for some additional “testing”.

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
5 / 5

Finish:

Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
4 / 5

Power:

Specified Powerplant Performance...
5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
5 / 5

Durability:

Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4.5 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Small Park

Portability:

How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

Model Specifications

Model Type:

RTF

Wing Span:

27.6 in (702 mm)

Wing Area:

87.9 in² (5.67 dm²)

Weight:

3.3 oz (94 g)

Wing Loading:

5.4 oz/ft² (16.5 g/dm²)

Length:

20.2 in (515 mm)

Motor Design:

Brushed DC

Construction:

FlightFlexâ„¢

Radio Channels:

3

Included Radio System:

2.4GHz radio system with dual rates

Included Charger:

Balancing LiPo charger and AC power supply

Included Battery:

7.4V 250mAh LiPo battery

Needed Items:

Nothing - Completely RTF!

Street Price:

$99.98 USD

Special Features:

SafeProp Propeller Design (reduces breakage), FlightFlex Durable Foam Airframe

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4 Responses to Cox Models Sky Cruiser Review

  1. avatar gerard m weaver says:

    I bought only the airframe parts and used my own electronics, the balance of the plane has a very small ban almost like a flying wing. Mine, seems to be very sensitive in the pitch attitude.

  2. avatar tonyos says:

    I Purchased this Model for my grandson arrived here in VA it was to be a Birthday gift for him he is 10 years old and can fly a piper cub park flyer very good , I have been in RC for over 50 Years and never had a model that was advertised as a trainer that was hard to fly !!! Well this is it ,,the model wants to loop all the time . This model is a big let down for me as I paid $98.00 for it and can’t return it for a refund because it has been flown by me so I have to buy him another model , so sad Tony

  3. avatar retiredat55 says:

    I am new at RC and was timid to try a bigger palne so I read you review and thought the Skycruiser would be a great smaller plane to learn on. Additionally it doesn’t need a gigantic park to fly in. I have flow it about 7 or 8 times now and I love it, however it really does need a VERY calm day. Even in a slight breeze it will jump all over the place in the sky and is hard to keep level or on a certain track. Once the wind catches it..look out! Probably because it is so light. When it’s calm it’s great. Had to hunt for the COG for a while but I thinbk I have that figured out based on other peoples comments. A fairly indestructible little flyer….nice and easy to learn on. Once I feel confident with this little plane I’m going for the Sensei.

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