Mounting the camera in the nose leaves plenty of room for your battery and electronics.
for the motor/speed control combination. With
the FPV camera, I chose not to use a pan/tilt
setup and instead used a body reamer to open a
hole in the nose of the fuselage. I opened up the
hole to the perfect size to thread my camera lens
in. I then used the locknut for the lens to secure
it to the fuselage. After a little testing, I found
that the camera had to be loosened about half
a turn to focus the picture. To keep the camera
from getting loose and backing out, I went to
the local hardware store and found an appropri
ately sized Oring to act as resistance to keep
things in place.
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The Goblin is a model that must be thrown for
takeoff and bellylanded. For this reason, a grass
field is best suited for operation. We flew our
Goblin off my club’s packeddirt runway, and
there was no issue. Just make sure you have
plenty of room for your approach and landing.
GenerAl FlIGht PerFormAnce
Stability: The stability of the Goblin surprised
me. With its relatively small size, it seems heavy
when you get the battery in and ready for flight.
Once in the air, the Goblin flies lightly and is
controllable at all speeds.
Tracking: When we performed our initial flights
on the Goblin, one of the onlookers likened it to
more of a guided missile than a plane. It tracks
straight as an arrow and doesn’t seem to hunt
for a line at all—just point it where you want it to
go and hold on.
Aerobatics: The Goblin has no rudder and small
elevons. It is not designed for aerobatics. I did
perform a few loops and rolls, and it did them
with no issues. I did notice that the ailerons could
use some differential to straighten the rolls, and I
will work on this during future trips to the field.
Glide and stall performance: Strix says that it
considered efficiency and aerodynamics during
every step of designing the Goblin, and it shows.
The model carries its airspeed extremely well
and will glide for what seems like forever. As
with stability, the stall performance of the Goblin
blew me away. Before bringing it in for landing, I
did a stall test at altitude and found that I could
apply upelevator until I was holding it all the way
back and the Goblin would slow to walking pace
and continue to fly straight ahead. The Goblin
never dropped a wing or tried to spin. On landing,
I used this trait to slow down and land the plane
close enough that I didn’t have to walk a hundred
yards to retrieve the model.
The Strix Goblin delivers everything that is
promised in its advertising: blisteringly fast,
straightandlevel flight; high efficiency for
cruising; quick assembly; and durability. I am
excited to get to know this model better. If
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Building the Goblin is quick: The basic assembly takes less than an hour.
Depending on your FPV setup, you should be able to complete the assembly
in an evening. Everything is so well designed, making the build of the Goblin
extremely easy. Make sure to research your options for FPV gear, and try to
place anything that generates heat directly behind the molded-in air ducts.
There is plenty of room to lay out your gear in a clean and orderly fashion. J
The optional light-ply tray is a great place to mount your receiver or FPV transmitter.
The included grip tape helps you keep your grip during launch.