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Pilot’s Choice Product Review Photos by Dillon Carpenter and Matt Ruddick


Ready Made RC STRIX Screech multirotor frame An affordable, all-purpose aerobat


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I’m a big fan of low-deck, bus- style multirotor frames with shortened standoffs, such as


the Chameleon frame from Armattan, and any other number of similarly styled frames. I have been itching to fly the STRIX Screech frame since I got a sneak peek of it last year at FPV Fest in Willard, Ohio. The main problem with this style of frame is that it is inherently tricky to build because of the limited amount of vertical space available in the frame. With that stated, the payoff after the build was completed was definitely worth it. The frame flies better than I expected, although I had high expectations going into the build. This frame is in my top three that I own when I consider flight characteristics. Ready Made RC graciously provided most of the electronics for this build, including its new STRIX Six-Shooter 2207 2450 Kv motors, Seriously Dodo Flight Controller, Cricket Pro v2 VTx, STRIX Talon 5 x 4 x 3 v2 propellers, and STRIX Hoot-R 5.8 GHz RHCP


antenna. For the rest of the components, I went with a RunCam Swift Mini FPV camera, an FrSky R-XSR receiver, and a RaceFlight Bolt 4-in-1 30-amp ESC. I searched YouTube for how-to videos to learn how to build the frame because it didn’t include instructions. I put it together after finding a video from a Ready Made RC pilot. It was straightforward, but it took me a moment to figure out how the 3D-printed HD camera mount was assembled.


The two-piece assembly has a base that attaches with the front four screws of the top plate. The actual camera mount attaches by pressure-fitting two metal standoffs up into the base and then screwing the HD mount into the standoffs in the base. This is the first time I’ve seen such an assembly, and I’m


sure it helps with the mount’s structural integrity.


Another positive note about this type of assembly is the fact that you don’t have to take off the base (and half of the top plate) to remove the camera mount if you want to race with the frame alone to save some weight. While assembling the frame, I noticed that the flight stack screws are actually part of the structural integrity of the arm assembly. This would remove the option to use plastic hardware to mount the flight controller and ESC, but the way the arms interconnect might mitigate the stress point of the assembly. For the most part, this build requires a four-in-one ESC or extremely small


The Screech comes with all of the parts shown here. The addition of the 3D-printed parts is a nice touch


38 PARK PILOT [Summer 2018]


All of the components were provided by Ready Made RC, with the exception of the ESC, camera, and receiver. The price of this build as shown comes to roughly $310.


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