• Review: VSKYLABS Guimbal Cabri G2

    Interior

    The cockpit of the G2 was equally as impressive as the exterior, with crisp clear texturing used throughout. Visibility was exceptional (thanks to the large glass area), and all dials and switches were very easy to use and read. Each one of the switches also gave off a very satisfying and positive 'click' sound, which was a nice touch.

    VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2

    As well as the standard set of instruments found in the cockpit, there is also a Garmin 430, and a rudimentary autopilot, the VSL-AP-1. This handy little aid is usually hidden, but becomes visible when the aircraft compass dial is clicked. It is simple, but does include functions such as altitude hold, and left / right turn buttons.

    VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2

    The autopilot worked well with its system of lights, and combined with the Garmin 430, they make for a good team!

    Inspection concluded, it was time to see how the G2 performs.

    Aircraft Handling

    On the ground, the G2 had no adverse yaw, unlike some helicopters I have experienced in the past. A certain amount of right rudder was required to keep it from rotating, but once in forward movement, the G2 flew very straight and level (even without the autopilot). VSKYLABS have produced an extremely stable flight system here and one that allows the G2 to hover almost without pilot input.

    One nice feature which very nearly escaped me however, was the beeping sound coming from the main panel. I eventually worked out that I was over revving and applying too much power. Once aware of this feature, the trick is to try to keep the white power needle below the blue one (something which can really help new pilots).

    VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2

    With a gentle forward angle, the G2 picked up speed nicely to a maximum of 120 knots.

    VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2     VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2

    The throttle response was very precise, making descents both smooth and easy to control.

    Sounds

    The sounds samples included with the model did their job extremely well, and sounded entirely authentic. There was a nice audible range between RPM's, and no presence of samples looping (which I could hear anyway).

    Updater

    At this point, I have to mention the exceptionally useful auto updater which comes packaged with this add-on, and is the same version which was included with the AT-11 Kansan I reviewed earlier. In my opinion, this is something which should be adopted by every developer, as one of my biggest bugbears is chasing either scenery or aircraft updates! This method makes updating the aircraft an extremely simple affair.

    Cost

    The VSKYLABS Guimbal Cabri G2 is available directly from the VSKYLABS web site:

    https://www.vskylabs.com/search?q=Guimbal

    At the time of writing, the purchase price of this wonderful little flyer was US $29.00 (UK £22.27, AUS $40.16).

    In my opinion, the purchase price represents fantastic value, especially considering the amount of enjoyment it provides. To put it into perspective, I've purchased aircraft costing twice the price, and which have only given me a fraction of the enjoyment.

    This is a great model for novice rotary flyers, particularly with its good stability and exceptional visibility. This comes into its own when landing, as the lower glass fuselage panels provide a good view of the ground below the aircraft.

    Conclusion

    In my book, VSKYLABS have produced a real winner here in the shape of the Guimbal Cabri G2. It's a helicopter that not only looks good, but feels right in the air too (perfect for beginners).

    Having flown the aircraft for some time, it's obvious that getting it to this stage, took a great deal of hard work, and I applaud the developer in getting it just right.

    For a helicopter fan such as myself, it doesn't get much better than this.

    VSKYLABS - Guimbal Cabri G2

    Paul Mort

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    1 Comment
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Thanks Nels, good review. I was looking for a good heli for X-Plane 11 and contemplating this, but wasn't sure. Your review helped greatly! It is on sale now (black friday) at x-plane.org for $21.
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