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!
Update: 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.