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Parkzone Ultra Micro F-27Q Stryker 180 Review Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 24 August 2011 21:06

Intro

It was a late Friday afternoon when I went into RC Hobbies to pick up the new(ish) Parkzone F-27Q Stryker. I had ordered a PnP version and it had finally come in. I was about to pay for the beastly airplane when my eyes looked towards the top shelf and noticed a whole row of Ultra Micro Strykers! Even though I know how to read I blurted out “Are those the new micro Strykers?!” Indeed they were. I was under the impression they were still weeks from being released but somehow they were already in stock. I knew I definitely wanted to review the micro Stryker so I reached even deeper in my wallet and went home with two Strykers in hand.


   

Kit Contents

The Parkzone UM F-27Q Stryker 180 comes with everything needed to get in the air as fast as possible. The Bind-n-Fly kit comes with the mini Stryker, a manual, velcro strips, a 2S 7.4v DC charger and a 2S 7.4v 200mah 25C battery. There really is not much to the kit, but that is the beauty of Parkzone’s Bind-n-Fly series!

   

Assembly

The Parkzone UM Stryker comes 100% assemble! The motor, esc, receiver and servos are all installed, hooked up and ready to rock. Once the included battery is installed the plane is ready to punch a hole through the sky!

Features

The Ultra Micro Stryker is loaded with features despite its small stature. The mini Stryker is nearly an exact copy of its bigger brother; all the details of the big one are contained within the mini. The Stryker comes with full elevon and rudder controls that are run by 4 Spektrum AS2000L ‘long-throw’ servos. Each servo is protected by a plastic hub which is a smart design considering the plane is a belly lander. The brains of the plane are an AR6400BNL DSM2 receiver/5A BL ESC unit. This unit not only binds to your transmitter but also keeps the motor and servos in check. The plane is powered by an E-flite 3000kv 180 brushless outrunner motor that spins a 3.75x3 propeller.

The little Stryker looks great and feels very familiar if you have ever flown a full-sized Stryker.

   

First Flight

It was a hot and windy day when I brought out the Ultra Micro Stryker. I had already completed a successful maiden on the full-sized Stryker so I decided to crack open the box and see what the little guy could do. I bound the aircraft to my transmitter and did not need to reverse any controls; it just worked perfectly out of the box! I slipped the battery in the canopy, secured the top, did one final check and determined the plane was ready for lift off. I checked the wind…and….yup...it was still very windy.

With a small toss into the wind and full throttle on the stick, the Stryker blasted into the air without hesitation. I jerked the controls back and forth to get the feel of the plane and the F-27Q danced around accordingly. The plane was surprisingly FAST! The wind was blowing but it had very little effect on the UM Stryker. I zipped and zoomed all over the field like a house fly high on speed and my poor assistant had a heck of a time trying to keep the video camera focused on the little plane.

   

I pushed and pulled the plane as best I could and it performed much better than I thought it would. It was truly a miniature copy of the big Stryker.

After 5 minutes of ferociously fun flying I brought the plane down in the grass. I did not have the correct adapter to check the battery’s voltage so I had no idea how much juice was left, but on subsequent flights I easily flew for 6-7 minutes with no drop in power.

Flight Characteristics

The Ultra Micro Stryker characteristics are very close to the big Stryker’s. I was not expecting the power and ability for the Stryker 180 to cut through the air like it did. The controls are plentiful and may need to be tamed down a little to avoid feeling ‘twitchy’. I flew with full control and thought it flew great! The mini delta wing is extremely maneuverable and has a plethora of power coming from the little motor.

This is like no other Ultra Micro out there.

The plane can get down the runway or high in the sky in a matter of seconds and should you decide to change direction the Micro Stryker can turn on a dime and leave you nine cents change. It amazes me how fast the plane can bank and turn and not lose air stability. This is a very well designed plane and it is almost perfectly balanced. Out of the box inverted flight is just as stable as regular flight.

The F-27Q Stryker 180 also handles slow flight with great ease. The plane remains stable and there are no heavy tip stall tendencies or any other bad habits. All in all it is a superb flying machine!

Takeoffs and Landings

Launching the Ultra Micro Stryker is as simple as a toss into the wind. The plane has so much power it could probably be thrown straight up in the air and it would climb out without breaking a sweat. I haven’t tried this, so don’t do it on my account!

   

Landings are easy since the plane slows down so incredibly well. Line up your approach, chop the throttle and the plane will glide in. If you are good with the elevons and throttle the UM Stryker can be floated down to the ground with a gentle harrier. No matter how you choose to land keep the throttle low to avoid damaging the Stryker. Even though it is well made, it is still an Ultra Micro and bashing it into walls, weeds and cars can be detrimental to its longevity and health.

Is This Plane For a Beginner?

In the full-sized Stryker review I leaned towards the idea that a beginner could fly the big F-27Q, I hold true to that opinion, but I would say the Ultra Micro Stryker is harder to fly. This would not make a good beginner plane given its speed, agility and unruliness. If you are a beginner and want this plane, don’t fly over half throttle and for goodness sake turn the control throws down!

Conclusion

The Parkzone Ultra Micro F-27Q Stryker 180 is a wonder to behold. There were plenty of ‘oohs and ahhhs’ at the field when I blasted the little plane down the runway. Most of us had never seen something so small fly so fast. The Mini Stryker is a near perfect replica of its full-sized brother and it performs just as well too. I am truly impressed with the how well the plane handles the wind and how well it balances power vs. flight time. I had so much fun flying the Stryker it felt illegal. My only gripe with the plane is the price point. For an Ultra Micro $160 seems mighty steep and I understand that at this point what customers are really paying for is the technology that goes into the plane. If you have a small(er) flying area the UM Stryker is your best bet and it is worth every penny. If you fly in a wide open area the larger F-27 Stryker would be the best choice. If you’re rich or just really love Strykers get both! Both Strykers are outstanding and they deliver fun with a high pitched scream as they whiz by. Either way you will have a blast when flying one.

GRADE: A-

Pros

  • Fast, nimble, powerful
  • No assembly
  • Power  vs. flight time is well balanced
  • Near perfect copy of the larger Stryker
  • Fun factor is to the moon!

 

Neutrals

  • Price point is a bit steep, but worth it if you’re limited on space and want to go fast.

Cons

  • None.

 Media and FLIGHT Time!

   

   

   


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