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Apr 09, 2017, 11:33 PM
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Swapped out the ELE servo today. No sweat! I was even able to salvage the decal/sticker. I'm not sure - but I wonder if the ELE was hitting the bottom of the rudder and that may have caused the gear strip. The amount of throw the rudder allows the ELE seems minimal to me. I cut away about 1/4" of the bottom of the rudder and slightly increased the rudder throw to compensate. Hope too fly again .. tomorrow or as soon as weather cooperates.
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Apr 10, 2017, 12:25 AM
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My Stratosurfer came in last week and I managed to maiden it today. It flew great out of the box with little trimming needed. Even handled the wind pretty well except for the last flight today when it came down hard while landing and the elevator cracked in half.

I should have all of my FPV gear in it by next weekend and will see if I can get a video.
Apr 10, 2017, 01:47 PM
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A fellow flier at my club had his first FPV flight and landing with the Stratosurfer and did great! What a great FPV platform.
Jun 02, 2017, 10:53 AM
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Hey gang what's the flying weight of this thing without fpv gear? inlcuding an avg. 3s 3200. I'm evaluating getting either one of these or a Bix3 as a trainer for my kids.
Jun 16, 2017, 12:19 AM
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Maiden StratoSurfer June 10, 2017


Having flown Bixler V1.1 and Bixler 2 with flaps for years , with many modifications I wanted a ruggedly built plane for a beginner FPV plane of the same easy flying manners of this design. I wasn't disappointed with the Strix StratoSurfer. I purchased a PNP model and installed a Spekrum 6 ch receiver with satellite using a DX9 transmitter. Flew stock prop with HK Graphene 3000mah 4S battery in the nose, yes I know it was over propped but that is all I had! Windy conditions 10 to 20mph, so launched directly into the wind and it leaped into the air at 3/4 throttle. Trimmed out quickly and checked out stall and aerobatic characteristics with the 3 different rates I programmed, recommended throws aren't to bad for normal flying. Need more for windy conditions. A good plane for experienced novice on up but not a beginner. Good luck.
Jun 19, 2017, 03:17 PM
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Could you do the Fat Shark pan/tilt camera on this or would be too much weight?
Jun 20, 2017, 04:06 PM
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I think it would be great for kids! Landings may take a while as it doesn't bleed off speed quickly (I don't use flaps) but if its a grassy area - no problem! They can just fly it into the ground and it'll stop quick fast wo/any fear of damage. Takeoffs MAY cause a problem. When the temps got in the high 90's and our density altitude pushed 8'000, it was hard to get it to launch until I added an up elevator switch for TO. Now its really easy.
Jul 13, 2017, 03:51 PM
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I would be doing a maiden today.
The nut for the prop appears to be compromised.
The threads look cockeyed and won't thread nicely onto the prop shaft. Bummer.
I guess I need to take theTime to hunt down a nut.
Jul 13, 2017, 10:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Moto leo
I would be doing a maiden today.
The nut for the prop appears to be compromised.
The threads look cockeyed and won't thread nicely onto the prop shaft. Bummer.
I guess I need to take theTime to hunt down a nut.
Sorry to hear that. The nut should be M6. If you can't find one, we will get you one ASAP through the support system.
Jul 14, 2017, 02:02 PM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
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Originally Posted by Moto leo
I would be doing a maiden today.
The nut for the prop appears to be compromised.
The threads look cockeyed and won't thread nicely onto the prop shaft. Bummer.
I guess I need to take theTime to hunt down a nut.

It's a pain to tightened. Its still hard to turn and prop was not fully seated....keep tightening. These cobra motors (atleast from my Goblin and Strato) are cockeyed threads
Jul 14, 2017, 03:49 PM
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Thank You RCLab1. I will do that.
I worked in a machine shop for some time and never seen threads like that.
Jul 20, 2017, 11:28 AM
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Maiden Day.
Not much fun.
My buddy hand launched and the Stratosurfer traveled maybe 10 or 20 feet and landed on its belly.
The second toss my buddy really tossed it hard. The Stratosurfer flew for a good 100' and slowly settled into the ground busting up the elevator.
my AUW is 1395g just over 3 Lbs.
I think I need more thrust.

Should I go to a 4s?
Jul 20, 2017, 02:14 PM
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"Not much fun"
I had similar results when launching wo/any wind in the hot summer at a density altitude comparable to Aurora's this time of year. When I started launching w/full elevator, no problems since. I just have a switch which gives me full up. By the time I get on the controls it's about ready to stall and drop into level flight at a nice, comfortable altitude.
Jul 21, 2017, 07:45 AM
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Bummer
I need to find an airplane that works here without that kind of hassle.
I Have been flying the hell out of my Blade theory type w.
I was hoping to get a little bit of something different buying the Stratosurfer.
I wonder if the Goblin acts like that.
Time to rethink this.
Jul 21, 2017, 09:36 AM
USA: LakeGeorge, New York
Yup....full throttle launch when no wind.
Not enough thrust for me too.
(ya Easy to launch with no gear onboard but with FPV gear I need for launch oooomph)

Hoping the upgraded motor mount comes soon.
8"-9" prop is going to be powerful no problem