Beating the Wind: Parkzone F27 Stryker

current plane is not too bad, it’s faster and more stable than the last one, but it still struggles to make headway when the all too common low pressure system comes rumbling up from the southern ocean and starts the wind sock whipping about.

stryker I could go bigger, but bigger means much more money. A bigger plane basically entails a complete new set of radio gear: bigger servos, bigger motor, bigger bills. The alternative: stay at the same scale but go faster!

!–adsense–>The Parkzone F27 Stryker is a fairly tame flying wing shaped parkflyer in its standard form, but who ever sticks with standard? Besides, buying a RTF plane is silly when I have half the gear (servos, receiver and motor) sitting around doing nothing.

By happy coincidence, RC Bandit sell bare Stryker kits, just waiting for someone to install a high-power brushless motor and get silly. I haven’t gone quite as silly as some other guys have (as witnessed by this video), but I did pick up a grunty 55 Amp speed controller so that I can go for a bigger motor at a later date if the speed is not sufficient.

As you can see from the photo, it’s almost complete after one night of building. Easy stuff. I forgot to get bullet connectors for the motor, so I’ll pick those up ASAP and then all I have to do is fit the canopy, and maybe give it a dab of fluro paint so I can recognize which way is up!

No longer will the waving trees outside bring my mood down!

strykerpaintedUpdate: All painted. Maiden flight in very still air this morning, followed by a wind-buster against a decent sea breeze this afternoon. Flying the Stryker in the wind reminds me a lot of slope soaring. Lots of ‘bumps’ and wing tilts, but she has plenty of grunt to push through it all.


  1. Why a pusher configuration? Does that get you anything much? Protect the propeller at all during landing?

    I thought pusher style flight was abandoned post WW1…. ah guess not!

  2. I think the pusher is mostly for looks. A flying wing is nice and fast and slippery, but a jet configuration with a big fat propellor in the nose looks silly.

    Also having the motor raised up at the back provides heaps of good cooling airflow, so you can run the motor at huge RPM which also helps with speed.

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