The Strix Screech 5″ freestyle frame is a great value option developed by ReadymadeRC. I am still finding it hard to believe you can get a frame of this quality at such a low price.
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Where to Buy?
The Strix Freestyle frame is in the same price bracket as those from Banggood, it has to be one of the cheapest freestyle frame you can find outside of China.
Frame Specs and Features
I love the simple selection of hardware, no confusing assembly! However I do think it would be helpful to include a printed manual.
The Strix Screech frame is a “True X” design, meaning it has equal width and length, which is 165mm. The motor to motor distance (wheelbase) is 235mm. I would consider that quite a large frame for running 5″ propellers, but I later learned that it also takes bigger 5.5″ props as well!
This is a low deck frame, with only 20mm height between top and bottom plates. That’s not a lot of space, so you have to watch out what goes into your FC stack. It’s barely enough for an FC and 4in1 ESC.
It is however quite a long body so there is plenty of room for other components.
I like the unique inter-locking arm design, two arms are in the same piece of carbon fibre. Fewer bolts are required for a tight and secure fit, at the same time it’s easier to replace the arms. That’s also the downside – if you break one arm you would have to replace both arms…
However the arms are 5mm thick and appear to be extremely durable and stiff, it’s hard to imagine breaking one of these :)
The edges of the arms are nicely chamfered, with extruded tips to protect the motors in crashes.
However the top and bottom plate are left with sharp edges. I wish they at least sand down the LiPo strap slots to prevent cutting LiPo straps in a crash. You can easily do this yourself – here is a guide on how to chamfer carbon fibre edges.
I do love the fact that the slots are wide enough to even fit thick Kevlar straps.
By the way, there is no LiPo strap slots in the bottom plate, indicating the frame is designed for top mounted battery only.
The camera mount is simply made up of two 3D printed TPU plates (3mm thick) that slide onto the front standoffs. There is clearly room for improvement when it comes to print quality, but it is functional and good design nonetheless.
It takes both micro and mini FPV cameras, mounted by 4mm M2 screws which aren’t included in the frame kit. Luckily these normally come with Runcam’s cameras.
- It has mounting holes to takes both 30x30mm and 20x20mm FC stack
- Dry frame weight: nearly 100g – the steel bolts and standoffs must weigh around 15-20g alone
- Many slots on bottom plate for zip-tie to go through for mounting components
- Bottom plate has a protruding lip below the FPV camera for extra protection
- The straps it come with are 26cm long, which are a bit too long so I had to use my own in the end (22cm)
STRIX Screech Freestyle Build
Parts I am using in this build:
- FC: Frsky OmniNXT F7 with Built-in R9MM RX
- ESC: iFlight SucceX 60A 4in1
- Motors: Rotor Riot Hypetrain Blaster 2207 2450KV
- FPV Camera: Runcam Micro Swift 3
- VTX: RMRC Nano Cricket VTX
- Props: HQ 5.1×4.1×3
- LiPo Straps: IntoFPV LiPo Straps
Total weight with GoPro Session 5 and 4S 1300mAh LiPo: 600g. Dry weight 450g.
Here are some more pictures of the quad:
The GoPro mount was included in the Kit when I get mine, but they are not going to provide it anymore with the kit. I think you might be able to purchase this separately on RMRC’s site.
I will upload some footage soon.