;e only control surfaces on the Goblin are the
elevons on the wings. ;ey arrive prehinged and
reinforced with clear tape for sustained high-speed flight and longevity. As mentioned, there is
no landing gear on this model, which really speeds
up assembly and makes transportation easy.
READY MADE RC STRIX GOBLIN
Spektrum DX9 and AR636
receiver ( spektrumrc.com); 9g digital
metal-gear servos installed
Cobra 2217 2300Kv outrunner
and 60A speed control (installed)
Thunder Power Adrenaline 70C
4S 3300mAh ( thunderpowerrc.com)
APC 6x4E ( apcprop.com)
All parts are preformed and ready for final
assembly and flight. No cutting or gluing is
required. Strix did a great job designing the
Goblin to move quickly from the box to the
airfield. ;e included decals are precut to shape
and sticky-backed, requiring no application fluid.
;e decals added a nice finish to the model, and
they laid down nicely.
;e four screws used to attach the wings are
metric thread with Allen heads. I really appreciate
the Allen-head screws, which limit slipping and
stripping if you decide to transport your Goblin
with the wings o;. Another nice feature is the
high-density EPO canopy/hatch. It arrived
premounted with a quick-release, quarter-turn
mechanism in place. It also has a removable
insert section that interlocks and is held in place
with a rare-earth magnet. When removed, the
insert section leaves a nice flat spot to mount
your action camera to capture high-definition
video of your flight. ;ere are also provisions in
the canopy for a pan/tilt FPV camera so that you
can look around while you are exploring.
When assembling the Goblin, I made no
modifications. Strix really did its homework and
provided plenty of opportunity for flexibility for
the modeler regarding equipment used. ;e
included Cobra 2217 2300Kv outrunner came
premounted in the tail for the plane, and it is
out in the open, making access to the motor a
nonissue. I like the fact the Strix turned to Cobra
If you are not ready to fly your plane fully FPV, consider
using an action camera to see what the view is like
from your model while you fly. The Strix Goblin that we
reviewed this month has the perfect place for a Mobius
action camera to be mounted on the canopy/hatch.
Before you fly, hit record and then go have fun. The
views are breathtaking, and watching the footage of a
high-speed pass is almost like being in the pilot’s seat of
a high-speed jet.
If you are like me, you will find yourself wanting
to make the move to full FPV flying to experience the
view all the time. It is also a great way to get people
interested in what we do. When you show them what our
planes are capable of from the perspective of the “pilot,”
it drives home what a great hobby we are involved in.
So if you have a compact action camera and an
airframe with a place to mount it, as with the Strix Goblin,
you have no excuse not to get some footage of future
flights. You may be surprised at the views you capture!
Mounting the FPV camera in the nose makes for an aerodynamic setup. Servos come premounted with linkages and covers in place.
;e rear-mounted motor is in the open, making