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Tuesday, 23 August 2011 22:18


Intro

A few years back I decided I had the need for speed. Still being somewhat of a ‘noob’ I did some research and found that if I wanted to go fast I should buy the Parkzone Stryker. I looked online and found someone that was selling a highly modified Stryker near my house. I met the guy and although the Stryker was bright orange and beat up, I bought it. The airplane was a beast that definitely topped 100mph at full throttle but the motor and battery would come down blazing hot after each flight. It served me well for several months before I pulled a ‘watch this’ maneuver and ran it full blast into a tree. The resulting carnage was spectacular. Over time I rebuilt the Stryker but it was never the same and Shaky Thumbs has constantly bugged me about getting a new one.

When I saw that Parkzone was re-releasing the Stryker I was only mildly intrigued since I still had one on the shelf. A month ago I managed to burn up my Stryker’s motor while testing a questionable ESC and watched in dismay as hot embers jumped from the motor can like fleas off of a dog. Suddenly I was in the market for a new Stryker! Last weekend I went to the RC Hobbies and bought the new F-27Q Stryker to see what all the fuss was about.



Kit Contents

The Parkzone F-27Q Stryker comes in a Bind-n-Fly and Plug-n-Play kit. For this review I chose the PnP as my weapon of choice. The kit comes with the Stryker airplane, 4 digital metal gear servos for the elevons and rudder control, a 40 amp ESC that drives the 480 size 2200kv outrunner on the back of the craft. The kit also includes the manual, control rods for the rudders and extra tubing for all of the clevises. Everything was nicely packaged within the box, although I did notice a tiny blemish near the edge of the wing.

   

Assembly

The plane comes 98% built and in classic Parkzone fashion there is no required gluing, mess or fuss. The simple assembly starts with the vertical fins/rudder. Using the supplied double sided sticky tape I lined each strip up to the bottom of the vertical fin and did some necessary trimming since the tape was a little wider than each fin. After trimming the tape, I took off the sticky backs, placed it on the fin and set the fin deep in the groove of the airplane. I repeated the steps for the other fin and when I was satisfied with the fit of both fins I CA’d all around the edges of the fins to really lock them in. Parkzone’s manual mentions using CA in the grooves if you are going to do any high G maneuvers but I would do this step no matter how you plan on flying the plane, just to be safe.

   

Once the fins were in, I attached the supplied control rods to the rudder servos and the rudders. Be sure everything is flush and lined up with each rudder so there are no weird anomalies while flying.

With all the control surfaces hooked up, I pulled off the entire top panel and found there was a perfect rectangular slot for my receiver under the hood. With the receiver installed and everything plugged into it, I began the fun of dialing in the delta wing settings.

   

It is important to remember that one of the ailerons wires plugs into the ailerons slot of the receiver and the other plugs into the elevator slot. After your radio has been set to ‘Delta Wing’ the control surfaces are dialed in by either reversing the direction in the radio or swapping the wires on the receiver. Have patience since it make take several tries to get it right.

   

After all the surfaces were correct I popped on the magnetic nose cone secured the edges of the cone with some tape and I was done!

Features

The Parkzone F-27Q Stryker features a new, slimmer design with the added functionality of dual rudders. If the first Stryker was fast, this Stryker is faster. If the first Stryker felt maneuverable, this Stryker is more maneuverable. The Stryker is decked out with 4 digital metal-gear servos and the 2200kv 480 motor really puts out the power at 40 amps and 467 watts of power on a 3S 2200mah 30C battery. The watts surprised me as it was a little lower than I was expecting, but the Parkzone Stryker does not lack any power. The paint/sticker scheme on the plane is wild without being too obnoxious and the contrasting Red-White-Blue of the bottom really helps to keep orientation when blasting through the sky. I am very pleased with the improved battery bay and canopy, they are head and shoulders above the old design. Things are tight, but everything fits very well. Likewise the new Stryker has skid plates and hard plastic protecting the outer edges of the wings. The airframe is thinner but more rigid than the original design and is reinforced with fiberglass, very nice!

   

First Flight

The first day I took the Parkzone Stryker out it was hot and very WINDY. It was supposed to be a day of maidens, but I decided to hold back on a few of the planes because there was a nasty cross-wind coming from the North and I didn’t want to chance bonking the ground with the shiny new planes. Despite the wind, I had zero fear about flying the Stryker.

After a round of pre-flight checks and dialing down the elevons to 85% throw and 20% expo, I handed the delta wing bird to Shaky Thumbs and said ‘let her rip’. I blasted the throttle, he gave a wimpy throw and within one second the PZ Stryker was airborne. There was only a miniscule climb in the plane, but after a couple of down clicks the plane was flying level and true.

   

Almost immediately the goofiest grin spread across my face and my thumbs were leaping with joy over the new Stryker. The delta winged craft was as responsive as it could possibly be and it whipped and ripped through the sky with everything I could throw at it. After slicing the air I could quickly kill the throttle and massage the elevons so the Stryker would float and gently glide towards the ground. The rudders provided a new challenge and for the first few flights I was unable to do anything outstanding with them, but as time as progresses I am learning new tricks.

I kept the Stryker in the air for about 4 minutes on the first flight. I wanted to be careful and not damage the battery since the first Stryker I owned was such a hog for power that I puffed several lipos. After gently floating the Parkzone Stryker down to the grass I pulled the battery off and to my surprise it was only barely warm, in addition each cell read 3.92! There was still a good amount of juice left in the battery and so I knew with each subsequent flight that I could go longer than 5-6 minutes!

Flight Characteristics

The Parkzone F-27Q Stryker is a true yank and bank aircraft, but what makes it so fun is that the plane does it so precise! I don’t know of any other RC Airplane that can cut through the air at 85mph and then with a flick of the sticks pull a complete 90 degree direction change! The stability the airplane possesses is superb and the speed envelope is very nice. This plane can MOVE and will become a dot in the sky in short order if the discerning pilot does not rein it in. The elevons have liberal movement on the stock setting and this gives the Stryker the ability to roll faster than a tornado. Vertical performance is not unlimited, but very close and inverted flight is just as stable as normal flight. I found I was able to harrier the plane better when it was inverted than when right side up, it is very solid while upside down.

   

The addition of dual rudders give the Stryker even more control making flips, spins and nasty looking rolls easily achievable with the rudders. The power the 480 2200kv motor can push out is ample for piercing the sky. The Stryker handles the wind like it doesn’t exist and it is probably the only foamie I know of that could fly into a hurricane on one side and fly out the other side unscathed. (I’m not sure if this is true, but it feels like it might be possible.)

Perhaps the most enticing thing about the Stryker is not what it can do at full throttle or when rolling through the sky like a blender, but rather when the throttle is cut and the plane is floating. The Parkzone Stryker slows down to a crawl and is able to float with very little effort. It amazes me that something so quick can be flown so slowly.

The best thing about the Parkzone F-27Q is that it is 100% pure fun. I must’ve said that phrase 80 times this past weekend, but it is totally true. It is sweet to fly a plane that is so agile and ferocious without worrying about landing gear, scale looks, lights…etc. Just grab it and go!

Takeoffs and Landings

Hand launching the Parkzone F-27Q is very easy and does not take the arm of Brett Favre to get in the air. At full throttle only a small toss is needed to take to the sky. Try and get a friend to launch the Stryker for the maiden flight so you can be concentrating on the controls in case it needs any trim or quick adjustments. Also having a friend hand launch the plane is convenient should something go wrong, that way you have an easy scape goat!

   

Landing the Stryker can be done in multiple ways. The new version actually features a small wheel and nice skids so landing on cement is less damaging. If you plane to land the Stryker in a traditional manner, understand that the plane will float for quite a distance so cut power early and feather the bird in. Once you get used to the plane’s characteristics the flying wing can be landed very slowly with a harrier landing. A tiny bit of throttle and full elevators will cause the nose to pitch up in a slow controlled ‘stall’. Keeping this position a pilot should be able to ride the Stryker all the way down to the ground. The landing might be a little jarring, but if it is done above grass nothing should be damaged.

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

I almost answered yes to this question, but the better part of my brain said ‘no’. The problem with the Stryker is its speed. If there was a way to limit top speed for beginners I would say that a new pilot could fly this with little instruction since it flies slow so well. The problem is the temptation to blast the throttle and see how fast it could go. I know a new pilot could not resist the temptation. Better to hold off on this plane as a 2nd or 3rd plane. The beauty is the airframe is very repairable should a newbie fly it into a tree like I did a few years back.

Conclusion

The Parkzone F-27Q Stryker is a simple RC Airplane that gives new meaning to the term “turn and burn”. The Stryker has re-ignited a flame inside of me like I haven’t felt for years. Don’t get me wrong, I love flying and do so several times a week, but this pusher prop plane gives me a thrill like none other. It is reckless, wild and tame all in one. The possibility of what it can do feels limited by only your imagination and ability. Pure performance and fun is the Stryker’s calling card, and like the mailman, it delivers. The stock power system is completely dialed in so 7-8 minute flights are the norm; when you land the battery and motor will have not even broken a sweat. If you do not own an F-27Q Stryker you should, run to the store and quite denying yourself happiness!

They say that money can’t buy happiness but money can buy the Parkzone F-27Q Stryker and I can’t imagine anyone not being happy when flying this RC Airplane!

GRADE: A

Pros

  • Fast, nimble, powerful
  • Virtually no assembly
  • Power  vs. flight time is well balanced
  • New Improved design is better all around
  • All this performance on a 3S 2200mah battery
  • Can’t help but smile when flying it

Neutrals

  • Front edge of wing has sharp edge that likes to catch dandelions when landing. Tips of edge could wear/break over time.

Cons

  • None.

 

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Many Thanks To RC Hobbies!

 
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