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04-02-2005 02:56 AM  13 years agoPost 1
yugi

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New MA Stratus??
OK, Now we know the name. Would like to here some thoughts on this new bird. Video looks great! Should give "The Vibe" a run for its money!


Yugi

If you keep doing the same thing…...you’re going to get the same results!

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04-02-2005 05:31 AM  13 years agoPost 2
THX1138

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First off... lets keep in mind that Eric could fly a Quisenart and make it look good enough to want to buy one.

With that having been said, here are two pennies for whoever wants to hear it.

I think it looks great. I have decided my next bird will be a MA product for lots of reasons. The Stratus looks like it addresses all of the concerns I have with the other models in the MA line.

1. Carbon frames, pricey but light and stiff. The later two are always a plus in our hobby.
2. Improved geometry. The Tempest line "fixed" the odd CCPM interaction problems that some Extreme owners have by making all three links the same length. This translates to less fiddleing with your radio to get your bird to feel right.
3. Better weight distribution. The Ion has all three servos at the top of the frame closer to the CG. This equals wicked fast roll and flip rates as the inertia is more centerd to the rotational axis. An odd comparison would be sporty float planks. If you every fly a plank with floats, you will notice the floats give a sort of pendulum feel to the roll. On heli's, this pendulum effect it not as noticeable because the swinging weight is less and closer to the center line than floats on the bottom of a plank.
4. New engine mount. This part I like very much. Mounting the engine to an almost 1/4 inch thick CF plate and then using the Uni-ball clutch will go a long way in isolating vibration to the entire airframe. This makes nice for all you avionics and is less stressfull on the CF frame. I also like the ability to get to your engine quite readily.

Take all this into account and in my opinion could be one of the best heli's made. Depending on what MA offers with the kit this could be the answer to my nitro dreams. This is all just what I have gathered looking around and reading what people have had to say.

Lou

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04-02-2005 11:32 PM  13 years agoPost 3
tym2fly1

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I managed to make it to Toledo and I saw the new Stratus. The engine mounting is definitely a different approach and the bottom plates that support the engine mount seems to be pretty stout. The thick, hollowed out aluminum uprights that attach the frames to the bottom plates look pretty robust as well. The one feature I was a bit skeptical of is the location of the receiver switch which is mounted facing downward in the bottom plate in front of the engine. Other than this minor detail, my overall opinion was it appears to be a nice machine and if it holds up over the long haul (don't see why it would not) then it should be a viable contender.

Tim

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04-03-2005 12:51 AM  13 years agoPost 4
NewHeli

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Video? Where...?!?

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04-03-2005 01:30 AM  13 years agoPost 5
kthane

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hit back then scroll down to prototype video

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04-03-2005 03:18 AM  13 years agoPost 6
THX1138

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tym2fly1
Were any more kit details unvieled? I am curious to find out what thier estimated kit cost is and what the kits comes with. It seems that they have already done a boat load of testing and I am wondering how long before they give a release date.

Lou

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04-03-2005 06:33 AM  13 years agoPost 7
Bobby Watts

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I know that there was another tester out there.... Damn,,, I forget his name now that you all mention it!

www.bobbywatts.com

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04-03-2005 01:17 PM  13 years agoPost 8
NewHeli

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kthane, can't find what you're talking about...you mean in the MA forum or what?

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04-03-2005 01:22 PM  13 years agoPost 9
James Vaello

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I know the prices, I know the prices...nya nya.

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04-03-2005 01:26 PM  13 years agoPost 10
THX1138

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Here is a link to the Video for those who have not seen it.

Stratus Video

Lou

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04-03-2005 01:28 PM  13 years agoPost 11
James Vaello

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Thanks, I just posted that in the other Stratus thread.

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04-03-2005 06:18 PM  13 years agoPost 12
tym2fly1

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Unfortunately, I did not ask any details as far as cost, availability, etc. They had brochures to pick up. The only thing I noticed different was the display model had servo horn supports on the three eCCPM servos versus the pictures shown on MA's website.

Tim

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04-03-2005 09:51 PM  13 years agoPost 13
James Vaello

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Ok, I will give. Street price is supposed to be $329 for Fury Extreme to Stratus conversion, and similar to a FE for the full kit or ~$995.

Stratus, if you drop the r, it reads Status...is that like a symbol?

JV

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04-04-2005 12:10 AM  13 years agoPost 14
Alistair

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i shall call it Sparticus

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04-04-2005 01:17 AM  13 years agoPost 15
THX1138

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I am Sparticus!!

Just give me five dudes and two flashbangs...

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04-04-2005 05:17 PM  13 years agoPost 16
JitsuGuy

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Sweet, I wonder if this will follow the MA trend and be another damn expensive machine.

J

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04-04-2005 05:40 PM  13 years agoPost 17
GM1

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NO!
No, I am Spartacus.
G

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04-04-2005 06:08 PM  13 years agoPost 18
James Vaello

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You guys be Sparticus if you want....I have a Stratus coming sometime before the end of the year...HURRY UP MA!

JV

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04-05-2005 11:02 PM  13 years agoPost 19
groran

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All I can say is wow, that heli rocks, I wish I could fly like that

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04-06-2005 02:30 AM  13 years agoPost 20
puttputtmaru

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As far as money is concern I have built many heli from JR vigor to Raptor to millenium, Although I have not flown my Tempest Fury 3D yet (Canada still snow), it is with the other brand that I feel I didn't get what I paid for my money.
Look at the machined pieces, you sure won't find other brand with the same finish and quality and fit (I could write about pieces that don't fit for a long while)
If the quality of the kit is any indication on how it will fly WOW
I think that money is relative to what you get not what you spend out of pocket (and I paid in Canadian dollar for my kit even more pricey that way, hey!)

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