me start this by saying, just like its bigger brother, the
ultra micro Stryker delivers in the performance department.
The UM Stryker is very easy to launch. You can launch by
using the provided launch spots in the bottom of the airframe
in an overhead manner or simply grab it from the wing and
toss it like a Frisbee. I used low rates for hand launches
as it gets up and goes fairly quickly and I did not want
to mistakenly over correct the elevator and cause an mistakenly
crash right out of the pipe.
the UM Stryker was up in the air, a few clicks of trim were
required to get her to achieve level flight which I applied
using the transmitter then later corrected using the U-bends
on the connectors. My first flight happened on a fairly
calm day and I really enjoyed the performance that the UM
Stryker provided. It can go from a gentle sport plane which
can cruise around at crawl speeds to a fairly quick speed
demon in the flash of an eye. Roll rates with high
rates on the ailerons are blistering.
to the full sized Stryker, inverted flight required a bit
of down elevator to maintain level flight. The UM Stryker
can perform inverted harriers just like its bigger counterpart
and upright harriers transitioning to elevator landings
are a blast to perform. There is a good amount of wing rock
in high alpha flight but amazingly the ultra micro Stryker
can fly through it without stalling to one side. On successive
flights as the wind picked up around 10 mph, we flew the
UM Stryker without any troubles and even enjoyed riding
the wind and keeping the UM Stryker in stationary flight.
I think the UM Stryker may be the best ultra micro airframe
for windy conditions.
edge flight and spins are possible with the dual rudders
and the boomerang maneuver, which I still cannot get perfectly
flat, is very fun to perform. When I first started flying
the full sized F-27Q Stryker and started to learn the boomerang,
I was still using a lot of throttle to get the airframe
spinning. I later discovered that throttle is not really
required after the spin starts and in most cases you can
get even flatter on the spin without the throttle.
throttle flight is very exciting and I think that the UM
Stryker is the fastest airframe in my ultra micro fleet
as expected. Due to its tiny size, it can get out of view
fairly quickly so it is probably best to keep a good eye
on it until you get used to its flight envelope.
rubber nose cone does a good job of protecting the airframe
against mild crashes. In most cases, the contact with the
ground causes the rubber cone to pop off absorbing some
of the impact. During a failed recovery from a boomerang
maneuver, I went in nose first and with some speed. The
impact caused the Stryker to break right above the leading
edge of the wing a crush the nose a little. I was however
easily able to glue the UM Stryker back together and straighten
out the foam easily and was back in the air by the time
the battery charged again.
provide 2S200mAh battery allows for a comfortable ~8 minutes
of flight time. Which can vary drastically depending on
how much you get on the throttle. Landing the UM Stryker
is always fun. I find myself trying to choose between a
regular belly landing, an elevator landing to the ground
or an elevator landing where I try to hand catch it on the
way down. Regardless of your choice, you will most likely
be wishing you had a few more batteries on hand as I found
myself not getting enough of the UM Stryker.
out the video to see her in action!