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DILLON CARPENTER dillonc@modelaircraft.org


SPECIFICATIONS:


TYPE: Quadcopter frame SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate LENGTH: 235 mm motor to motor WEIGHT: 3.5 ounces (frame only)


NEEDED TO COMPLETE: Four motors and ESCs; ÀLJKW FRQWUROOHU 97[ SURSHOOHUV DQWHQQD UDGLR and receiver; camera


PRICE: $39.99 INFO: readymaderc.com


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As I mentioned, I am impressed with how well this flies and can lend some of that to the Six-Shooter motors. As far as the “pep” and response of this build goes, the frame’s center of gravity comes out in the way it flies. That has to do with the True X configuration of the arms, which means that the arms all meet at a 90° angle.


The STRIX Screech is a well-balanced flier and the Six-Shooter motors add plenty of pep and response to make it a very capable build.


individual ESCs if you’re looking to arm mount them because the arms are thin, widthwise. They are 1 mm thicker, heightwise, than average arms at 5 mm, but during my testing, it wasn’t enough to save an arm from breaking. The break occurred at the arm’s outer hardware mounting hole.


The slots in the back of the frame are a welcome addition to its design. Components can be zip-tied in the back of the frame, where there is sufficient real estate for a VTx and receiver. The included 3D-printed VTx antenna and receiver antenna mount works perfectly with this configuration and allows you to mount your antennae safely out the back of the multirotor.


It is worth noting that the HD


camera’s angle and positioning allow the propellers to be in view of the HD footage, which is a consideration some pilots might have when selecting a frame. From what I gather, some pilots prefer a clean HD view and some enjoy seeing the propellers in the footage. I prefer a clean view, but it doesn’t bother me enough to mark it as a detractor. The propellers are also in view of the FPV camera, which is standard. The way the HD camera is positioned makes it difficult to get the camera into and out of the mount. It is accessed from the rear of the mount, and takes careful, but forceful, positioning. I would rather


it fit tightly in the event of a possible ejection scenario and keep the camera safe.


What really stands out about this


frame is that it comes with all of the elements needed for the HD and FPV camera included in the form of 3D-printed parts. I appreciate when a designer takes into consideration what the frame will be used for and goes the extra mile to make sure that there are no additional expenses or time spent trying to source an HD camera mount and FPV camera-mounting solution. I tend to avoid frames that don’t include a clear way to mount an HD or FPV camera. The Screech frame comes with these elements out of the box, and that is a big positive.


The flying part is always subjective and relies heavily on the components selected, so it’s difficult to narrow down specific characteristics that are heavily influenced by the frame’s design. The flight characteristics that one would expect from this style of frame are


present in this build.


This frame features a True X arm arrangement, where the arms meet at 90° angles for a balanced feel on both axes.


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Other similar frames that I have flown have been Relaxed X or Faux H designs, where the distance between the front arms and the back arms are wider at the front and closer together at the sides, which is a popular configuration in freestyle frames. This is in contrast to the Stretched X design found on most racing frames, where the front and rear arms are closer together than the sides, which are wider or stretched. This design provides better roll response than the Relaxed X design, but is less stable. The True X design is a good compromise to both of these, and its inclusion in this design makes the frame feel as though it’s on a pivot in the center and makes for a smooth flight.


The Ready Made RC STRIX Screech multirotor frame is definitely worth a closer look and is available for $39.99 through Ready Made RC.


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