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03-13-2014 08:33 PM  6 years ago
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Funky Trex

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Sad Day for my Stratus
Stripped down my Stratus today What a great heli, every piece on there is nicely machined and finished. Sucks to see a great heli company go under. Ever since my first heli I wanted a MinAir heli in my fleet. The Stratus definately never dissapointed.

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03-13-2014 08:55 PM  6 years ago
wjvail

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Ouch!

I can't bring myself to do this. While I personally never cared for the Stratus, I have two Tempests that I can't seem to find time to disassemble. They fly sooo good and I can't bring myself to park a heli that is working well.

Now that your Stratus is gutted what are you going to do with the frame?

Bill
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03-13-2014 09:19 PM  6 years ago
nismoflip

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03-14-2014 03:41 AM  6 years ago
Funky Trex

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It was tough to finally tear it down, especially since it is such a smooth flying predictable heli. It was crazy how smooth that Stratus was from startup to spool down. Somehow Minair gets all those parts working together perfectly. Including my electric helis, the Stratus was just as smooth if not my smoothest flying heli. I was just too scared to crash it so it spent the majority of it's life as a shelf queen. Now I am only flying electric so I figured it was time to retire the Stratus with MinAir going out of business and move the electronics to something I will be flying this season.

I am not sure what I will do with the airframe yet. I have thought about selling it, but I am not sure if it is worth the hassle considering the money invested vs the money I could sell it for. I usually don't care too much when moving on to a different model, but everything about that heli is cool. It is a great enough heli to still sit on the shelf and just look good
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03-14-2014 12:48 PM  6 years ago
rcnut

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Yea... I did the samething to my electric Whiplash a few days ago. Aside from the frames and motor mount, I can use everything else for my Whiplash gasser.Team Miniature Aircraft
"I love the smell of Nitro in the morning!"
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03-14-2014 02:25 PM  6 years ago
mookie

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Thats a real shame that guys have decided to retire MA machines, i can understand why, but i shall keep flying mine until i cant anymore, like you already said every part is well made and they fly great!!

Here's mine sorry about the messy table

valve boy!
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03-23-2014 02:50 AM  6 years ago
slickporsche

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Sad Day for my Stratus
The way I see it if all of you would have spent as much time flying your MA machines as you do your Chinkathopters, Ma would not need to close its doors. The Chinese coined the phrase "3D" and have flooded the market with what they think everyone wants. The Chinese created a market, and are now in control. They are learning and are going to use what they learned to manufacture R/C heli's to go onto bigger and better things.
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03-23-2014 01:25 PM  6 years ago
FLYERCLD

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I just can't bring myself to dis-assy. just yet. I have the 90N and 700EX, they both fly soooooo good. Maybe after this flying seasonOld pilots never die they just fade away
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03-23-2014 02:28 PM  6 years ago
rcnut

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I refuse to give up!Team Miniature Aircraft
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03-23-2014 03:37 PM  6 years ago
slickporsche

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Fly your MA helicopters like you stole them, and enjoy.
I do not think any of you should give up on your MA heli's. We should all continue to fly them and of course maybe fly somewhat carefully. What I mean, is to fly and learn new maneuvers with a cheaper machine first. I'm sure there must be parts from other machines that could be fitted to the MA machines.

Remember all the parts for X-cell that Bergen used to make? Lets hope that is another possibility. Actually won't a lot of Bergen parts fit MA machines? Maybe not the Whiplash, but the older machines.

AT any rate, do not give up, as we are not done yet. I'm very sure that if we keep flying them, and show they are still popular, someone will at least manufacture some of the important items to keep them flying.
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