Hello and welcome to the first SHRIKE CLUB on RCU. My intentions on starting this club is to find out what experiences people are having with building and flying a SHRIKE airplane. I put it in this forum but that doesn't mean people who fly for competition are not welcome. So sit back , gives us your intro, and enjoy yourself.
I recently finished my first SHRIKE about two weeks ago with the help of a couple of people her on RCU giving me tips on the build. My SHRIKE is using a AP.15 Yellowjacket engine on the nose. The first time I launched the SHRIKE I was literally shaking and my stomach knotted up. I did ok but the landing was rough enough to beak a prop. One attempt at a launch , the motor quit and I nosed into the ground and cart wheeled a few feet before it stopped :) No damage so I dusted it off adjusted the engine and back in the air I went . Since this day I have trimmed this baby out and I have it flying like it is on rails. Although it doesn't seem as fast as the first three or so flights, it is still fun to fly zip this bird around the sky with authority. I am probably going to build the .40 size SHRIKE in the near future, but I really want to get comfortable with the .15 SHRIKE first or I may even build another .15 just for ease of knowing what to do with out going step by step with my mouth hanging open in awe. I flew the shrike today and yesterday and have not broken any props on the landings . The kit build was a little annoying but once I finished it, I was glad I stuck it out to the end.
Well that's all I have to say tonight about my SHRIKE . ;)