Finished the P-38 a few weeks ago. This is a GREAT airplane. A bit tricky to build, but the video is excellent - just be sure to listen through the ENTIRE step before going back and actually starting. Although I did better on this than the Corsair, I still had issues with crinkles on the booms. BUT -- really doesn't affect appearance after a paint-job, unless someone's looking close. Before I say anything else, I"d also like to add that it is a tremendous flyer. Very solid, though i needed a bit of down trim on the first flight to get it absolutely steady with hands off the sticks. Really 'wow'd" my buddies at the field. This build also fulfilled an important part of the flitetest scene: education. Their p-38 is designed for counter-rotating propellers and differential thrust in the 2 motors instead of functioning rudders. Never had a twin engine model so it was an opportunity to learn about it and "master" it. I had to email them for a link to a video describing how to program my spectrum transmitter but, as usual, got an answer in 24-36 hours. The differential thrust is very cool and works great. The other plus of this plane is the removable nose for battery. This also creates a compartment in the nose for really easy addition of (or removal of) weights for balancing CG (I did have to add weights). One thing I did which is not addressed in the instructions) - but should be - is a way to keep the nose firmly situated (for appearance as well as to prevent potential problems). What I did was create inset holes for a magnet at the top and the bottom of the formers between nose and fuselage with opposing polarity magnets on the nose side and fuselage side. Works great and the nose just "snaps" into place. Love the plane, flies great, fun to build, and a learning experience. Not sure I can, but if there's an option, I'll add a few pictures.
Great flyer. Tough build, but with Josh's video it is doable. After working on this plane for several days, I was finally ready for the first flight. No problem when I hand launched it. Very stable. Easy aerobatics. Plane flew into ground after about a minute flight time. I used a defective Y cable, and the red side of the Deans connector came loose at the battery. At least I new what happened. It wasn't a problem with the plane. This is really a nice looking plane when completed, and it flies well. This is not a plane for beginners, building or flying. I will but another one, but not till I'm ready to spend time on the build. If you want another LARGE twin, try the A-10 from Flite Test. It is easier to build, and flies fantastic. Very impressive.
I couldn't have asked for more.
This plane is amazing in almost every way. I have built about 15 planes most of which are Flite Test designs.
The build is a challenge and requires a lot of time but if you put the time in you will get an amazing aircraft out of it. I scratch built this as a quarantine project and it took me about 12 hours of work (3 hours cutting out plans) but I think it was all worth it.
I have done just 1 flight with this aircraft so far but I see myself flying it whenever I have a opportunity to. Maiden was very straight forward and easy to fly. I flew for 5 minutes and my 2200 4s lipo was quite warm and down to 13.9 volts so I think I am going to set my timer to about 4:30. It flies so scale and has a very nice presence in the air with it's size and performance.
But don't just take my word for it, build one yourself and you will be happy you did.
Another great Master Series FliteTest kit! Like John Overstreet says in the build video, this kit requires you to make foamboard defy the laws of foamboard. It is challenging, but the result is worth it. My kit came with more pushrods, servo horns, etc than I needed - but I appreciate that. The FT stickers were a nice touch too!
Ultimately a very good plane, a challenge to build to be sure but as noted in previous reviews take your time and all will go well.
With only minor modifications this aircraft can handle everything up to a 6s 5000mah battery or equivalent without excessive stress or high wing loading, overall beautiful to fly and hard to destroy, would rate 6 stars if possible.
Excellent kit! John designs amazing builds. This will not disappoint.
If you order the Twin C Power Pack, you will still lack 2 servo wire extensions (for the ESCs). Also, early kits had two "L" (left) booms, so make sure you flip one of them over and label "R (right) before ripping off the paper on one side.
This is an awesome kit, very fun to build and I really enjoyed using the new techniques that John is using with the curves and rolling the foam. Results are great, just take your time.
Here is the forum link for the P-38:
Amazing airplane. Just finished building after about a week of casual nights. Flew it for the first time a few days ago and I am amazed how well it flies. Super smooth, not too fast and slows right down. Very stable. I was immediately comfortable doing figure 8s 2ft off the ground. I am normally a balsa flyer and this was my first Flite Test build and I already ordered two more kits! Follow the video and take your time and you will be greatly rewarded!!
Update: This updated review has been a long time coming. Despite all the flaws, kinks, and quirks that came with this kit, and the tricky build, the end result is astounding! Now I did have trouble with my kit at first but once it is airborne, holy cow is it ever stable. It was the most rewarding and nerve racking feeling seeing this beautiful airplane take to the air with no effort what so ever. Despite this kit not being for a beginner when it comes to building, I'd say it flies like a trainer. Supper stable, supper docile, and very little effort used. one of the best, most rewarding, and fun kits I have ever built. I would highly recommend this kit.
P.S. Still a bit on the pricey side.