Introduction: FT Mighty Mini Speedster Build

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Hi everyone! flyingsquirrelRC here with another great build from the guys over at Flite Test.

This is a short summary of my build of the FT Mighty Mini Speedster. It is a design from flitetest.com. Those guys are great!

I was going to use electronics from my old RTF Champ from hobbyzone, but the wires for the motor came off the circuit board, so I ended up ordering the parts from the Flite Test store: http://store.flitetest.com/.

Just search for the mighty mini speedster and you'll find the speed build kit and the recommended electronics.

This is kind of a work in progress; I am going to order the power pod soon and I'll upload more pictures and videos.

Update 2/9:

Actually I am going to have to wait on getting the power pod for a while. I have some other priorities I need to take care of. I should definitely have the plane finished by summer, so stay tuned.....

Step 1: Airframe Build

The airframe is made from Walmart yellow foam board. I love FT's swappable and scratch build designs because it offers an inexpensive alternative for flying. You can find the speed build kit at the store (link above) or you can print/cut out plans here: http://www.stonekap.net/ftplans/FT-MiniSpeedster-TILED-PLANS.pdf. They cut them out on a laser cutter, and you can try that too. I am going to try and cut out some designs from my school's Full Spectrum Retina Engraver laser cutter, but I am not sure if it is big enough! :)

The build of the airframe did not take very long, maybe 3 hours? Cutting the foam out adds another 1/2 hour to 1 hour to that time. But it is SUPER easy because of the fantastic build videos from Flite Test.

Materials:

  1. 1 sheet of Walmart foam board (any color you want) or you can purchase the speed build kit (includes all materials except electronics)
  2. Non-electronic parts:
    • BBQ skewer
    • servo push rods
    • X-Acto knife or box cutter
    • Hot glue gun and plenty of sticks
    • motor mount and control horns (dimensions on build plans)
    • Note: if you bought the speed build kit, you have these parts!
  3. Electronics:
    • motor: EMAX MT1806 Motor
    • servos: Towerpro SG50 5g Micro Servo (x2)
    • ESC (speed controller): Dynam - Dectrum 12Amp ESC w/ 3A BEC
    • Battery: either a Turnigy nano-tech 460mah 2S 25~40C Lipo Pack, Turnigy nano-tech 460mah 3S 25~40C Lipo Pack, or a Turnigy 800mAh 2S 20C Long Lipo Pack
    • Direct Drive HQ Prop - 6x3 or 6X4.5
    • Note: if you bought the power pod, you have these parts!
    • However you need a transmitter and receiver, which are not in the power pod kit, but you can buy the transmitter from their store as well.
  4. Time
    • Even though this isn't a hard plane to build, you have to have patience! But it's fun, trust me.


Video:

Watch the video once you get your materials in order.

Step 2: Electronics and Other Parts

If you follow the videos and articles from the Flite Test guys, you should be fine.

Here is another list of all the other parts you'll need:

  1. Non-electronic parts:
    • BBQ skewer
    • servo push rods
    • X-Acto knife or box cutter
    • Hot glue gun and plenty of sticks
    • motor mount and control horns (dimensions on build plans)
    • Note: if you bought the speed build kit, you have these parts!
  2. Electronics:
    • motor: EMAX MT1806 Motor
    • servos: Towerpro SG50 5g Micro Servo (x2)
    • ESC (speed controller): Dynam - Dectrum 12Amp ESC w/ 3A BEC
    • Battery: either a Turnigy nano-tech 460mah 2S 25~40C Lipo Pack, Turnigy nano-tech 460mah 3S 25~40C Lipo Pack, or a Turnigy 800mAh 2S 20C Long Lipo Pack
    • Direct Drive HQ Prop - 6x3 or 6X4.5
    • Note: if you bought the power pod, you have these parts!
      • However you need a transmitter and receiver, which are not in the power pod kit, but you can buy the transmitter from their store as well.

You don't need to use these electronics, but this is the recommended, almost perfect, tried-and-true setup. You can do what I was going to do and take the parts from another crashed plane. You will need to buy at least a 3 or 4 channel transmitter and receiver if you don't already have them.

I have not ordered the power pod and receiver yet, so I will upload pictures and possibly a video or two when I get the chance. :)

Step 3: Get Out and Fly It!

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Now as long as you followed the instructions and videos, you should be ready to fly! Head outside and fly with some friends. You can also fly this plane inside a large gym. Just make sure you follow FT's rule: imagine the space you'll need for this plane, and DOUBLE it. It is very important that you have enough room.

And as Josh Bixler says: "Thank you for taking the time to build this plane and I challenge you to build this plane with you family or your friends and make a memory."

**Note I have do not have the electronics yet, but I will upload pics and videos when I get this thing off the ground!**

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Visit Flite Test website: flitetest.com

Comments

J SquaredA (author)2016-02-09

Hi guys.

Little bit of a setback on getting the electronics. I have some stuff I need to take care of, so this project is going on the back burner for a while. Sorry about that....

ThomasK19 (author)2016-01-30

Again some annoying film trailer instead of a video. You better leave that away since it does not inspire me looking at more details of your i'ble.

J SquaredA (author)ThomasK192016-01-31

I don't understand.

These are videos from Flite Test; it's their build videos. I am just documenting my experience with their designs and am looking to get more people in the hobby. This is not a film trailer.

I am now thoroughly confused....

ThomasK19 (author)J SquaredA2016-01-31

When I open the video in step 1 I just see a film trailer.

J SquaredA (author)ThomasK192016-02-01

To be honest I have no idea what you´re seeing.

When you open the video, it shows the flite test logo intro, a very short overreview of the ft speedster, and then they start building the plane. Maybe your thing has an ad that keeps popping up. Besides that I have no idea how to help you. Sorry. :(

ThomasK19 (author)J SquaredA2016-02-01

Very nice instruction. Very detailed. So far I had just balsa models or (how we call it here) foam waffles. I should try those!

J SquaredA (author)ThomasK192016-02-01

Haha lol.

try out their snowball/nutball design:

http://flitetest.com/articles/nutball

you could make it look like a waffle!

That would be hilarious. XD

ThomasK19 (author)J SquaredA2016-02-01

I'd rather go for a pancake there xD

J SquaredA (author)ThomasK192016-02-01

yeah lol

J SquaredA (author)ThomasK192016-02-01

here is the direct link to the video on youtube if it still doesn´t work:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFQ5hWopheA&feature=youtu.be

that is all i can do for you sry.

ThomasK19 (author)J SquaredA2016-02-01

Today it opened without ad?! I'm guessing this is a YT disgust.

J SquaredA (author)2016-01-29

Thanks. Yeah those guys are the coolest.

seamster (author)2016-01-29

Very cool! Can't wait to see it when it's done. I've watched the flite test videos for years, but never built one of their models. This one looks so cool!

J SquaredA made it! (author)2016-01-29

pictures of built airframe

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