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Flite Test FT Corsair (1168mm)

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The FT Corsair represents a new chapter of Flite Test scratch built aircraft! Using techniques developed by John Overstreet which he has also used in his metalworking, this plane uses "mold together" techniques instead of the traditional "fold together" techniques that Flite Test planes are primarily known for. Peeling the paper and curving the foam not only gives the airplanes amazing scale looks but also makes it fly as good as it looks!

On this Corsair, you'll notice the beautiful curves in the airfoil and the fuselage that is a result of some of the new techniques that we are introducing. While some of these techniques will feel new if this is not your first Flite Test build, please know that once you learn them, they will be carrying over to future Flite Test aircraft so you can put them to use on future designs. There are also techniques used in the build that you are going to be very familiar with if you have built previous Flite Test aircraft.

This aircraft has a very wide envelope of speed and performance to match your skill level. Though this airplane does introduce some new build techniques you can consider it a beginner to an intermediate flyer! Bumping it up to a 4 cell battery can even give the most advanced pilots a great experience. 

Specifications:
Wingspan: 46 Inches (1168mm)
Center of Gravity: 2 Inches (51mm) back from the leading edge

 Kit Includes:

  • Laser-cut Foam Airframe
  • Firewall
  • Push Rods
  • Control Horns

Needed to Complete:

This product was added to our catalog on February 26, 2019

Robert Schafer
Average Rating: 5
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Mar 13 2019 (5 days ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair (1168mm)
Bought the FT Corsair (1168) and flight pack C.

Watched the video instruction which is pretty comprehensive and long. It does a good job but I think a few tricks could make the job easier. Possibly using a dough roller maybe easier then forming the foam by using the edge of a table. Also covering seems with glued strips of foam paper from left over scraps may give a cleaner look to the plane as I did.
It took me 3 full days to build this plane, but I have never built a foam model before and only a simple balsa model 20 years ago.
For me this plane was a real challenge. I made 2 big mistakes. One was putting a bulk head in upside down (how stupid) which needed to be cut out and reinstalled and the other was putting in the rudder assembly too far forward requiring cutting it out and reinstalling so the linkage for the rudder properly lined up. These mistakes were my fault do to not being attentive enough to the instructions.
I am an impatient person so I often want to jump ahead which is not something you want to do with this model. The quality of my workmanship was not all that great, but nevertheless the results, I think, were good. My plane looks decent but the finish with smooth unwrinkled foam curves and perfect seems is not nearly as good as John's, the instructors.
One problem was I bought a glue gun for $6.00 from Dollar General which did not work as good, I believe, as the one used by Flitetest. I had to continually reload it and the glue stream was not so consistent
The build videos were straight forward and clear, but there is a lot there and you must listen to all details in the video. The one part not covered is how the motor goes together with which parts to hold the propeller. It appears the propeller is attached to the main motor body using a special attachment and they spin together on a diminutive motor base with wires to which the mounting bracket is attached. I have never seen such an arrangement and hope I have it figured correctly.
I was drawn to this project because of the smooth curves an beauty of the model and the innovated way it is built and designed. It is a magnificent project. When I happened to come across it I just jumped in, bought, and started building. I got it done in 3 days of pretty much non stop work. Experienced and smarter guys could complete it much faster.....less than a day?
Thanks John and Flitetest for bringing this design out as a kit. I have now something that I am proud to have built and enjoy so much.
One more thing. Please support this model guys. Hopefully with your support of this model it will be a prelude for more such designs .
John must of put in a tremendous amount of time creating this kit and making the videos along with Flitetest. With your support of this kit he will be hopefully inspired to bring out other great designs. His creation is genius. Take advantage of his effort.
Look how beautiful the model is - what a beast - and it only costs $50.00. Join me and jump in. It was a lot of fun building and it looks also fun flying which is my next endeavor. Forget your wife, the girl friend, the cat, and the next episode of 'Big Bag Theory'.... the build is mesmerizing. Have Fun!
Irreversible Extents
Average Rating: 5
Thursday, Feb 28 2019 (3 weeks ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair (1168mm)
One word.WOW!!!!!! I have been waiting for this. It is amazing. You guys are awesome.
bcool
Average Rating: 2
Verified Owner
Tuesday, Mar 5 2019 (2 weeks ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair (1168mm)
Recieved mine today with new paper description page now showing 1168mm 46” NOT 60” as was advertised when I purchased the kit. Not sure I will keep this kit.

PLEASE do your due diligence in preventing FALSE advertisement before you tote your product as a much larger scale design.