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01-27-2007 06:42 AM  12 years ago
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AndrewK

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Question about the Stratus
Hi everyone,

I am looking into getting my first 90 size heli. I have focused in on either the Stratus or a Vibe. I am curious as to how reliable the Stratus is if I dont run it into the ground. I have heard that it will take considerably more maintenance than other helis. Is this true? What are your overall impressions of this machine? Is the crash cost much higher than the Vibe? Your opinions will be of great help to me.

Thanks,
Andrew
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01-27-2007 07:11 AM  12 years ago
Peterr

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this " crash cost " question is impossible to answer ... I've crashed my Stratus 3 times , the most expensive was over $900 AU , did blades, boom , YS91 crankshaft and case , and muffler , and servo gears ....misc other "normal " bits ... the cheapest was $350 AU , but V's are $200AU here .........

But its a bloody great bit of gear to fly.. Its lots better than I am ... I like it so much that I'm building a 2nd .....

Any 90 will cost $$ after a gravity attack , its just some attacks are more $$$ than others....

And ANY heli requires lots of maintanance time,. Stratus is no better/worse than a rappy 50 in that regard ..

As has been stated here and on every other heli forum ..

IF YOU CANT AFFORD TO CRASH , YOU CANT AFFORD TO FLY.......
E ,N ,G Whiplash's;Spectra G's;Stratus;E&N Razor,Fury 55;Furion6;TSA 600N, 700N, 700G;; Be
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01-27-2007 09:25 AM  12 years ago
alfred

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I have heard that it will take considerably more maintenance than other helis. Is this true?
Absolute rubbish.
As any new heli, you inspect it and check for loose bolts etc on it's 1st 1/2 dozen flights.
After that just check your tail gear mesh often as they run in and require little to no play for 100% reliability.
MA is very clear about it in their manual. After about 15 flights mine started to just be heard when running and showed a small increase of play. It took 20 minutes of maintenance to remove the backlash.
That's it.....

As Peter said, you fly it hard, you check more often then any other heli. You crash..you will be looking at the same cost as any of the top level helies in spare parts cost.

It's a precision heli, build it with the same care as it was designed for and you will love it.
The new tank took out the last bit of issue that existed.

But yo need to buy what you want, not what I think.
If you like the look of the vibe,buy it.
If you prefer the look of the Stratus, well....what are you waiting for
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01-27-2007 09:39 AM  12 years ago
DS 8717

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Buy one of each.

YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE..IF YOU LIVE IT RIGHT THATS ALL YOU NEED
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01-27-2007 12:19 PM  12 years ago
blingboy

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my 2 stratus's , need very little maintianance i just keep an eye on the bannana rubbers in the clutch stack and check the links and nuts and bolts for tightness . I have had them both for almost a year and flown most weekends and not one thing has worn out which is pretty good in anyones eyes i think....blingboy
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01-27-2007 02:23 PM  12 years ago
Jim Patterson

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MR10X Good answer

AndrewK Jump in, the waters fine, you won't be disappointed with a Stratus. As mentioned above,,,they're all expensive to repair, so just don't crash.
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01-27-2007 05:37 PM  12 years ago
seflyer

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going on a year now on the stratus i built, no maintnance issues at all, only has three flights though, built for a freind who is still advancing his skills on a 99se until comfortable. but a great build, top notch qualityMy heli is right side up -- the world is upside down
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01-27-2007 05:44 PM  12 years ago
AndrewK

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Great answers guys!! Thanks a lot!
Andrew
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01-27-2007 06:45 PM  12 years ago
xcell1600

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I have flown MA helicopters for years. I agree that all 90's are expensive to repair compared to smaller machines.

I own two Stratus machines. I have over 150 flights on my primary machine. I find that the maintenance is minimal. You have to check dampners, thrust bearings, rubber blocks in clutch and tail rotor gear mesh.

I own a Robbe Millennium and have had a Vigor CS. You would have to perform the same tasks on all these machines.

Regards,
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01-28-2007 05:07 AM  12 years ago
marc8090

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If anything because of the design of the Stratus frame it's actually easier to work on than other helis. Removing the engine is very simple, so is the clutch assembly, and main gear. Like the others said keep an eye on tail gear mesh and clutch dampers and it will give you trouble free service. MA machines have a reputation for being hard to work on which couldn't be farther from the truth.
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01-28-2007 09:13 AM  12 years ago
THX1138

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I'm with alfred, my Stratus is seven gallons strong and I haven't even had to change a glow plug. This thing is as solid as you build it and it flys amazingly.

Lou
Just give me five dudes and two flashbangs...
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01-31-2007 12:04 AM  12 years ago
Jim Patterson

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MR10X By the way, that paint job looks familiar..... Oh, yea, I forgot, you're the one that painted my SE.

Highly addicted to carbon fiber.....
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02-01-2007 05:40 AM  12 years ago
jolo1000

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just get a stratus, awson machine.Life is too short,so I'm gonna fly as much as I can!!
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02-03-2007 01:33 AM  12 years ago
rada70

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Stratus is a solid built machine. Off course crsh cost is a little higher than a raptor. However, buying a stop tail light for a BMW is not going to be cheaper than buying one for a KIA.Just do it.
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02-09-2007 04:32 AM  12 years ago
Dr.Sevoolig

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Stratus all the way!!
Stratus is the way to go. Solid machine. American made. Can NOT go wrong.

Sev T.
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02-28-2007 10:09 PM  12 years ago
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Stratus++Team Synergy Factory Specialist / Scorpion / Thunder Power / Byron's Fuels
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