Chose this as my first speed build kit from FT. Following the the build video makes this easy and enjoyable. Great explanations for those beginners just getting into the hobby. As for the plane, this model flies as docile as a tainer cub, yet with the "B" power pack, has lots of power to play with. Launching is easy and very scale-like and landings are gentle. Well designed and fun flier.
SO MUCH FUN! 10+ flights so far for me with dozens of takes offs and landings and touch and go's. Many more to come!
Loops, Rolls, Slow and controlled landings are awesome - this plane is a blast! I crashed it into a tree, ripped the wing half way through. It tore off the landing gear and cracked up fueselage behind the power pack. I just hot glued it back together per Josh's YouTube videos and covered the rips with Aluminum tape and it flies PERFECT again. Didn't even need a trim!. Now it's got a nice weathered look to it - just building character! This thing flies like a crow and works like a horse.
Due to my excitement you can probably tell this is my first RC Plane, and my first build (did the speed build). So many folks warned of using too much glue that I actually used too little in the tail and needed 2 sticky 7 gram weights to balance it. *tip* I actually taped 2 AA batteries into the cockpit as ballast for my first flight and it worked great.
Flies great in wind up to about 15 mph (maybe more if you're a decent pilot). Very sensitive to turbulent air though if you're flying near trees/buildings. Above 15 mph, your B pack likely won't have positive ground speed.
I recommend 20% Expo not 30% on the controls unless wind is above 5 mph, then maybe back it down to 30%.
I'd also recommend ditching the y-harness and flying flaperons. It already flies nice and slow, but it's even more fun to fly at a just above stall with the flaps at about 60% deflection. You'll still have plenty of elevator for compensation on landing.
My last and biggest recommendation is to power through the turns for stability/safety - probably a good tip for any new flyer - if you're doing bank n' yank turns in windy conditions, this plane tends need full power (flying B pack) as you're turning back up in to the wind. During my one big crash into the tree, I banked right to fly around the back of a tree at only about half power and a 10 mph gust flipped me over, so when I yanked, it flew right into the top of the tree. My guess is that if I had the wings loaded up with more power in the turn, I would have had more stability and kept control.
Great plane to fly like you stole it! Fly it slow and easy if you're new and training, or loop and roll all day long as you improve!
I have bought two of these (after crashing the first one about a dozen times). I decided to buy a second one because they are so fun to fly! They are excellent starter planes. I highly suggest it for beginners and advanced pilots alike. Overall the plane is sturdy and withstand several crashes. The only problem I have with these is the landing gear. The landing gear tends to "move" after after flying it 20+ times. It is easily fixed with more foam/glue.
Fantastic plane! So much fun to fly. If you can get your hands on this version (brown) do it! The new Maker Version is a downgrade. Call/message and confirm they have the brown foamboard in stock.
Out of all of the FT planes I have built this one is the easiest by far to fly. It's a nice easy flier. Much better than the Simple Cub in my opinion. Stay away from the Simple Cub if you are a beginner!
If you want a nice easy flier purchase this one its worth the money. I recommend the C pack with a 10-5 prop its the bomb!
First foamboard kit that I have built as a kit, I normally cut all my kits by hand but after this build Flite Test is about to hurt my wallet, all that is requird is a x-acto blade, hot glue gun, packing tape and some basic tools, I also bought the flight pack B so all the electronics excluding the receiver was included, plane is a great 1st kit and if your a father or Mom looking for a first plane kit to build with your child this kit would be amazing, watch the youtube build video and build should only be a few hours.. flys amazing on a 3cell 1300 cg is spot on, thanks againg to flitetest for all that they do...
This is a nice flying foamboard plane. It flies very similar to the mini scout, but more room to experiment with removable landing gear, floats, etc. I think I would definitely recommend it over the Simple Cub for a beginner. Still quite stable and docile, but it stalls much more predictably and gently than my cub. I got a 29 minute FPV flight on a 3s 2200 mAh while cruising around with the old B pack motor. Haven't tried it with the C pack motor yet, but I'm guessing it will be a blast.
The downsides compared to the Cub is that the wing is not removable, so it's a little more cumbersome to transport. It takes up a considerable amount of room in my hatchback, so I don't think I'll be bringing it with me on vacation. Not my favorite plane for FPV since it's got a big 10 inch prop on the front, but it does fly gentle and smooth even without a flight controller.
A fantastic flyer. My second speed-build kit and although I made a few mistakes it still flies like a dream. It's easy to fly on a soccer-sized field. Even one that is surrounded by trees. It flies smoothly in winds up to 20kph (15mph). I bought some over-sized wheels and it handles short grass landing and take-offs with no problem at all. Even on a 3 Cell battery it can handle simple aerobatics and on a 4C it's even more fun. Give a try. I doubt you will be disappointed
First of all: I LOVE IT!!!
It flies amazing, and the Power Pack B gives it the power to do advanced maneuvers such as stall climbs, loops, and hammerheads with ease. It is a joy to fly, and self levels wonderfully. It can take a hit and keep trucking. I had a large gash in my right wing after an argument with a tree, and it flew good enough for me to land the plane safely. It's also an amazing template for a faux-warbird; mine's painted like a Messerschmitt Bf-109F of JG-54, and Ive gotten a lot of compliments on the quality of the scheme and the historical accuracy of it. Overall, it's an amazing plane with great flight characteristics and tons of potential as a warbird. I would definitely recommend this plane.
10 out of 10! Keep up the AMAZING WORK, Flite Test!
The Scout was our 5th build. We added the pontoons and painted it in a snow camouflage. The build was really fun and relaxing. No problems at all. We flew it, taking off on a snow covered meadow. It flies really well with the pontoons in place. It can barrel roll instantly. Rudder turns stall it but turns on a dime. Loops take some space, but it can loop over. It is truly impressive. Landing is so smooth. With throttle cut on, it comes in level and slow. This is now my favorite plane. We can’t wait to take off and land on water. I’m anxious to try landing gear also.
It is a great starter plane, I have just got it and I didn't get it prefect so it was too heavy to the left so I put a stone in the right wing and now it's fine.
I've built two of these planes in the last few months. The first was a purchased kit and I would recommend it as a first build. For the second I used the Dollar Tree foam board. Both planes fly absolutely amazing, but be reminded that this is not a trainer. This plane has to be flown. I crashed the first build rather quickly as I did not pay heed to the expo settings. Even when set to 30% the plane only requires small movement on the sticks to fly. I like this plane so much that I plan to build another again in the near future. I highly recommend it.
This plane is extremely durable. I have blown up the no’s and ripped one wing off completely and it’s still flying! It is also an extremely good 3D plane if you max the throws on all control surfaces. Overall one of my best economic investments.
I love this plane I would recommend it for everyone just make sure you fly it right or you are gonna have to modify it like me witch soo it will look a lot more like the FT Explorer than the simple scout.