Esky Honey Bee King 2
OverviewThe Honey Bee King 2 is a great little helicopter and in the right hands it can be amazing. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a toy and suitable for beginners, it takes a lot of practice and skill to fly. Overall if you have been flying co-axial or a single rotor fixed pitch helicopters, then I think the Honey Bee King 2 perfect for the next step.
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The Esky Honey Bee King 2 was my first actual RC Helicopter and as such I will write this review from a complete beginner’s perspective.
As long as I can remember I have always been interested in RC Helicopters but the cost of entry kept me from taking the plunge and buying a kit. Esky came to rescue with their low cost, ready to fly helicopters. You no longer have to worry about what kit to buy and the matching electronics, Esky thought of it all and supplies everything in the box. All you have to do it charge the battery and go out flying. Or so I thought…
The Honey Bee King 2 is classified as a 400 class helicopter and is therefore not as stable as the bigger helicopters on the market. Some would say that makes it more fun to fly, which I agree with, but it does become a little bit difficult to control in the wind.
Esky markets the Honey Bee King 2 as a high performance entry level 3D helicopter. Let emphasize the “entry level” part, by this they actually mean entry level for 3D pilots, not entry level for complete beginners. My first flight didn’t end well, but more about that later.
The package is pretty comprehensive and contains everything you need to go out flying. There is the actual helicopter, which is completely assembled and test flown at the factory, and all the accessories.
- Honey Bee King 2 Helicopter
- Esky 6 Channel Transmitter
- and Adapter
- Lipo Battery
- Tools and mounting accessories
- Instruction Manual
Even though the helicopter comes ready to fly, there are a few steps you should follow before flying for the first time. The tail boom supports need to be attached to the main frame and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers need to be secured. I also highly recommend that you check all the screws.
Once you are happy it is time to install the battery, but DO NOT connect it yet. Secure the battery in the battery bay with the provided Velcro strap and check the center of gravity by balancing the helicopter on the flybar.
Once I had switched on the transmitter and plugged in the battery, I took a few steps back and slowly applied some collective. The Honey Bee King 2 smoothly spooled up and my confidence grew. Within seconds the skids lifted off the ground and I was flying. The adrenaline kicked in and I applied more collective, unfortunately then it seemed to develop a mind of its own and, being my first RC Helicopter flight, I ended up chasing the helicopter around the parking lot. Luckily I got it down and vowed to practice on a simulator before trying again.
Fast forward a few weeks and I was back and brimming with confidence after countless hours on the simulator. Spool up was once again smooth and the helicopter was smooth and responsive. It reacted exactly as I was expecting and was an absolute pleasure to fly.
While the Honey Bee King 2 is capable of light 3D directly out the box, the motor does feel under powered. Luckily there are many upgrades that can be done very easily and cheaply.
Upgrades that I highly recommend are to change the Motor and ESC to a brushless motor and 25A Brushless ESC. Some people also like to upgrade the head to a full metal version but I honestly don’t see the point, the plastic head is more than capable and much cheaper to repair.
The Honey Bee King 2 is a great little helicopter and in the right hands it can be amazing. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is a toy and suitable for beginners, it takes a lot of practice and skill to fly. Overall if you have been flying co-axial or a single rotorhelicopters, then I think the Honey Bee King 2 perfect for the next step.Esky Honey Bee King 2,