If you are new to this great hobby, looking for a fun activity with your friends, or want to go back in time with an iconic blast from the past, we hope the FT Simple Scout is a source of many happy memories and a gateway to many future pilots finding success in flight. Thank you for your support and happy flying!
Weight: 15 Oz (Fully assembled; without battery)
Wingspan: 37.5 Inches (952mm)
Center of Gravity: 2.25 Inches (355mm) from the leading edge of wing (Recommended)
Control Surface Throws: 12 Degrees
Expo Suggestions: 30%
This product was added to our catalog on December 6, 2017
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!
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!
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.
The build guide was also very simple and enjoying to watch. This is the first plane I had ever built and I would recommend any beginner to select this plane as their first one.
The plane was also incredibly easy to fly paired with an EMAX 934kv mulri rotor motor with a 10x4.5 prop.
The plane flew faster than expected, but I loved it!
For beginners out there I would highly advise you to train on a simulator like Aerofly 7 before flying your first plane. It will give you much more confidence and will decrease the chances of horrible crashes.
Getting a Gyro stabilizer like the FT aura 5 would also help, thought i have gone without that.
The build did have some annoyances, but it was mostly my fault for not having the proper tools to bend and cut apart the push rods and landing gear.
The way you build the plane and the design makes this plane incredibly durable. When I started my plane survived 8 crashes and was still able to fly it right after and got a nice flight. The damage was minor. Then I crashed my plane nose down horribly and to my surprise only the front fuselage was damaged. The wing and the rest of the fuselage was perfectly fine because the build guide gave careful steps on making sure that your plane survives a hard crash just in case. And they nailed it.
After a few hours I was able to get the plane back into it's shape without using any additional foam.
The shipping was also great, I live in France so I had to wait awhile and it was a relief to find out my package was sent perfectly unharmed.
Long things short, amazing plane, if you are a beginner, buy it.
The score marks were almost invisible on most of the parts. I had to print the plans
and use them to find where to make cuts. Why buy the kit in this case?
Also, like the other reviewer, one of the servos was shorted and smoked when I powered
it up. Lucky it doesn't seem to have damaged the ESC or receiver. Working on getting
Too bad... this could have been a flawless experience with a bit more QC by FT.
Overall the plane is okay, but some of the score marks didn't exist, such as for the ailerons. I had to print out part of the plans to figure out their size and location. Also the "A, B, C" fold marking was so light as to be almost invisible. The same with the location for the pushrod guide plates. Since this is my first FT plane, it was a bit confusing.
The wooden firewall is also bigger than the power pod. Again, this is confusing for the newbie. And the hole for the motor wires only lines up one way. So you really need to figure out which mounting holes are the correct ones for the motor as the wires might end up 90 degrees from the hole (I found out the hard way).
Unfortunately, 1 servo burned out immediately. I plugged in all four to get them centered, and while doing that, one of them went haywire. It was hot to the touch, so I unplugged it and let it cool down. But it doesn't work.
So, I'm left trying to get a replacement. This is where my frustration begins. I left a voicemail and web message on Friday, and I'm still waiting on Tuesday to hear anything back.
The STEM store is SEPARATE from the main store (it's actually the folks in Ohio). My recommendation is to NOT purchase from the STEM store, but only from the main store, as there is someone there for customer service.
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!