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Jun 01, 2011, 08:56 PM
A fool in a field.
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body,18.99,fins and hatch,free made from coroplast election signs,elevons,3.99 rods,2.49servos,2.69x2,esc,hk25-30a,5.99,clone 6100 reciever,4.99,motor 2409-12,9.79,paint,sharpie marking pens,2.00 batt,1800 3s,11.19 so my stryker complete ready to fly with batt 64.81 before tax.forgot,motor mount was about 3.00 it's a piece of 10mm square alum tube and hot glue
Pretty darn amazing how much fun you can have with a $65.00 airplane!!

Flew mine yesterday, just about time to break out the lite Stryker night flyer.
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Jun 03, 2011, 04:14 PM
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Going through my box of parts. Realize i have 2 HXT500's. Also have 6 HXT900's. Its been so long i can remember what the heck i was buying and for what.

8 gram difference....i dont mind the extra weight. Not sure if i bought the 500's for this build of just to have around cause so cheap.
Jun 03, 2011, 09:28 PM
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Wopachop use the hxt900 the weight difference is minor and a 5 gram servo is just to light in my opinion. I use the hxt900 and similar in mine.
Jun 03, 2011, 09:31 PM
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10/4 brotha!!!
Jun 05, 2011, 04:33 AM
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I decided to go for it and ordered my parts tonight:
  • TURNIGY Plush 10amp 9gram Speed Controller
  • GWS EP Propeller 8040
  • Turnigy 2730 Brushless Motor 1500kv
  • HXT900 9g Servos

I plan to run 800mAh 3S LiPos on it. Tell me that'll work.
Jun 05, 2011, 08:42 AM
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I'm using the 1360kV Park 370 outrunner with the EP 8x4 and 2S 1200 lipo. Top speed on mine is about 40mph or so, although I usually fly it low and slow. I would guess yours will be a bit more zippy with the 1500kV motor.

Tony
Jun 05, 2011, 10:46 AM
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mclarkson the 800 ma should work fine. Watch your weight as much as possible. The stryker body does not really need any extra reinforcement when built light.
Jun 05, 2011, 03:24 PM
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Thanks. I read through this whole thread and people are using a lot of different motors, usually somewhere around the 'Blue Wonder.' I thrashed for days before I decided to just pick some gear and go.

I'm not looking for anything near 40MPH on this plane - it will be all about the low and slow. I'd like something to fly in a small park, or even the neighborhood. I might try a 2S, but I don't have any right now.

Thanks for all the advice and info in the thread.
Jun 10, 2011, 01:25 AM
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I did a quick test with some LED lights tonight. I taped a strip of red, upside-down, on the top of the wing. This way they shine down through the wing, lighting it up like a Chinese lantern. I’m not entirely sure it’ll be bright enough, but I’m planning on this being a low-and-slow plane, so I think I’ll be okay. (I hope.) Here is how it looks from the bottom with one wing:
Jun 10, 2011, 03:46 AM
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Does anyone have any suggestions for ways to get those fiberglass support rods out of there without destroying the wing?
Jun 10, 2011, 11:47 AM
what ya mean i have to land?
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Does anyone have any suggestions for ways to get those fiberglass support rods out of there without destroying the wing?
i use a piece of dental floss,slide it under one end of the rod and slide it back and forth while moving it slowly down the rod(keep your comments to yourself)take your time and it will come out fairly easy.
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Jun 11, 2011, 04:06 AM
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I never ever would have thought of that. Thanks! I'll give it a try.


And I'm back and it worked. Thanks again. Man, those empty channels are begging to have some LED strips put in them.
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Jun 11, 2011, 04:16 AM
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Does anyone have any suggestions for ways to get those fiberglass support rods out of there without destroying the wing?
Being naturally impatient, I just run a sharp knife quickly down each side of the rod and then grip the wingtip end with my needle nose pliers and just pull it out. Easy, quick and since I replace with 5 or 6mm rod and hot glue anyway, the extra "slot" size is an advantage!
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Jun 11, 2011, 09:11 PM
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I nearly cut my fingers off with that floss, but I got them out. Those slots are the exact perfect size for HobbyKing LED strips.
Jun 11, 2011, 11:46 PM
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I nearly cut my fingers off with that floss, but I got them out. Those slots are the exact perfect size for HobbyKing LED strips.
The Stryker wings flex quite abit without the CF spars, so be carefull in tight turns and pulling out of steep dives.
They also will have a tendacy to warp up at the tips.


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