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Old 10-01-2004, 07:39 PM
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Hello speed demons,
I've just bought a shrike 10 and was wondering if there are
any mods I should do. It will have a norvel 15 for power
and standard radio equipment just like it calls for. Also,
what prop should I use? If there is anything else you
may need to know about, just ask.
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I'm in a similar situation, have the shrike 10, but I'm going to use a K&B 3.5 cc rear exhaust with tuned pipe. I've probably read every shrike thread while researching. The most important thing I've read is to keep it light. I plan to install mini servos rather than standard. This will save an ounce or two. I also plan to use a 6-700 mah nimh battery pack rather than the standard nicd pack. And finally, I bought a light weight receiver rather than standard size. This will save quite a bit of weight. For me, the investment in lighter radio equipment is worthwhile because almost all of my planes are in the .15-.25 size.

Some people have tried installing landing gear. The consensus appears to be that it was not worth it.

Can't help you on prop selection, I don't have a Norvel.
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replace balsa wood wing spars with spruce or bass wood
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Old 10-06-2004, 05:21 PM
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How do you guys attach your hatch? I was thinking about a couple
of screws in the sides, good or bad? Any one have any ideas?
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To attach the hatch just I glued a ply tongue on front of hatch to fit under front lip. Then I just put 2 screws at the rear going through side of fuse to hold it down. So far it hasnt came off.

I wish I had of reinforced my Shrike from beginning. My spars broke and cause wings to just about fold in air. Luckily I caught it in time and landed it before that happened. It ended up breaking the spars and the side of the fuse. If I was to do over again I would use a carbon fiber Arrow from Walmart from spoting goods section. They are pretty thin and would be perfect for that app.
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Instead of 2 small screws in from the side I always glue in a piece of ply on the back bulkhead, drill and tap for a nylon wing bolt. The advantage is that you can install and remove with your fingers.
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ORIGINAL: MikeMc

Instead of 2 small screws in from the side I always glue in a piece of ply on the back bulkhead, drill and tap for a nylon wing bolt. The advantage is that you can install and remove with your fingers.
And if you use a hex head nylon bolt, if you want to tighten it more than finger tight, you can do it with a wrench or socket. Eliminates the possibility of a hole in the covering when the screw driver slips.
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So far I've used spruce spars and I also went with
the stock dowel in front and allen head screws in
the back with hard points to screw into. I've got the
wings almost done. All I need to do is put on the
cap strips and wing tip bocks. The fuse is done
and smoothed out good. All I've got left is the tail.
Is there anything in this department I need to change?
What about the "landing skid"? Should I make
some thing different?
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