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Hey everyone
I wanted to know if you guys could help me with my shrike 10 build. I want to make an electric one this time. I know very little about electrics so let me know a good set up with motor, prop and esc combo if you know a good setup. any help would be appreciated. I guess im looking in the 125 mph ish range.

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Back into Shrikes. I now have two .15 size Shrikes. One with a .19 Veco and the other has an OS 25 Max SF.
There are more than 7 in the works at our field. We had maiden flights for 2 of them today. Flights went great.
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Are there any plans available for the Shrike?
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Modified, ultra micro, handles better than original:

Speed 400:

The most well-known. I suggest modifying them as was done for the first listed above to improve handling, especially for landing.

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I always liked the sleek looks of the shrike. It reminds me of a fighter jet on the hunt!

Way way back (1999) I copied these looks and the outline and modified it for more speed. I scaled it to S400 size. Even though it was a fairly streamlined aiftrame, I figured that I could squeeze a few more MPH out of it. The 1st place I looked was the biggest drag producing thing on a plane, the wing. The original .40 has what I think is much too thick. Looking at the .40 sized model, the wing is almost 1 1/2" thick at it's inner chord. I got to mulling that over and thought, "Hell that is almost as thick as a common 2x4 stud!", much to drag producing if you ask me.

I took a tailplane airfoil that I found (NACA006 6% thick) and cut a blue foam core wing out of that. I also added a carbon fiber spar and vacuum bagged .75 oz. fiberglass over the entire thing. This came out thin, stiff, and sleek as all hell! Next step was to add the tail feathers and simple box fuse. Up front around the motor bay I used a plastic spoon cut in half as an cooling airscoop. For power the S400 brushed motors were popular at the time. I used an low ratio inline gearbox and a folding 8 X 8 repitched prop. At that time Nicd batteries were all we had so it got if I remembr right 8 cells. Nowadays that would be equivilant to 2S Lipo (and much lighter!).

I finished it all up with a Blue Angels color scheme in heat applied film (Tricky to do over the fiberglassed wing!).This thing was fast as greased lightning! Someday I'll do another one with modern equipment!


I drove out to it's 1st flight at a meet.

Next to my Graupner Secco at that meet.

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