The Baby Blender Swappable is an excellent transition into four channel flying and more advanced building techniques. With gentle stall characteristics and a wide speed envelope, the Baby Blender will enable you to experience all the benefits of four channel flight. Tight loops, rolls, hammerheads, snap rolls, inverted, and even high alpha are all possible with this design. The Baby Blender will quickly take away your intimidation of flying a four channel biplane, and take you back to your childhood when the only limitation was the lead in your pencil and the size of your paper.
-Usually ships within 3 business days.
-This includes the airframe only (no electronics).
-This airframe is compatible with the swappable series developed by Josh Bixler.
Weight - 14 oz (without battery)
Wingspan - 24 in (610 mm)
My dad and I built this together at FF16. I was expecting it to be more difficult than it was. We watched the video on an iPhone screen, and couldn't hear it because of all the noise in the build tent. Even starting and stopping, we had no problem following along with the build. It went together like a dream.
Then the maiden flight. I'm still a fledgling rc pilot, so I was a little worried, but it flew like it was on rails! It is a zippy little plane, and very maneuverable. Not a beginner plane, that's for sure. But fun to fly! We added the little foam wheels that FT sells in their store, and the landing gear held up just fine. It did nose over every landing, but no real damage done. Be sure to keep speed up and nose slightly down on final approach and flare it out just before touchdown to bleed off the speed.
Super fun to fly, even more fun to build with Dad! Excellent job FT Team! John on 14th Aug 2016
Can't hardly wait to get this one built and flying. I will attach a video of it soon. Paul Hicks-Owner Paul's Hobbies Pocahontas AR on 12th Aug 2016
I loved building this plane, it was a quick and straightforward build. I find the build videos much better and easier to follow than written instructions, but that may be because i'm more of a visual learner. I love the plane's flying characteristics, but it feels a tendency to turn left on hard up elevator, could be because of my poor building skills. It is very touchy to the sticks. The landing gear is a little flimsy, but being bent back into place it was good as new. Battery excess is easy, and I don't know about the review below, but this kit DOES NOT include servo extensions or screwdrivers. Pretty sure its a fake review. Unknown on 31st Jul 2016
Difficult build - no instructions. I watched the video (hard to find) but starting and stopping a video is much more difficult than reading written instructions. Foam delaminating when painted. Battery swapping requires disassembly of power pod from the model - surely there must be a better way. Landing gear is a joke - far too weak and wobbly. Your videos show the plane landing, but the gear as delivered is no way going to give that result. Lots of "extras" in the speed-build package (screw-drivers, servo extensions, etc.) but that doesn't make up for poor design. And your video shows putting the zip-tie in from the bottom, which then blocks the area where you need to put the battery. Western on 14th Jul 2016
I got the baby blender and put it together in one to two hours.easy to build best one that I ever did. Have a hard time with making. The landing gear but I always have never come out right. It would be nice if they came already made. But I'll keep trying. After building the baby blender. I started a Three wing Blender. With a GT2820/06 brushless motor in it it may be to big but more power is better. mike on 24th Jun 2016
Everything is cut perfect... The only issue is that the elevator is weak where it passes through the rudder. The addition of popcicle stick in the middle helps. The laser that cuts the foam melts it back from the edges sometimes a little to far. Other than that great build! Josh on 18th Mar 2016
Definitely not for beginners. Has strong tendency to nose-over during takeoff and landing. I recommend bending the landing gear forward as far as possible.
Once in the air, it's flies okay. But doesn't have much natural stability. This makes it very maneuverable, but not forgiving. An intermediate pilot will have no problem, but a beginner pilot may be overwhelmed. John on 5th Nov 2015
I've now purchased two of these Blenders and can therefore agree that this plane does not suffer a hard landing well. Add that to it's short tail moment and tendency to nose-over and one must be very careful about damaging the high-wing.
However, providing you've got the balance point correct, this little flier is great fun in the air. It has great elevator authority and when coupled with some rudder input and complete some impressive rolls.
I was really surprised at how stable the BB is and therefore was happy with letting one of my buddies fly who is new to the hobby, it is a good plane for an early-intermediate/late-beginner to fly.
However, as I said above, it is rather fragile so be careful about tip stalls on final.
Stall characteristics are pretty tame in the air due to the double aerofoils, however it has a tendency to tip stall (especially on final!). When you bring the Blender into land make sure to keep it quite fast right up to wheels down as the non-tapered wings means that when one bit stalls, they all stall!
In summary, when you combine the stubby wings and short tail moment with a slightly-nose heavy CG and some speed you've got a great and stable flier. Guy on 24th Jun 2015
This is the third Flite Test plane I've built with my brother. We've been flying RC planes for about a year and a half, and we are completely addicted to Flite Test. The Baby Blender certainly did not disappoint! The build was pretty simple, but challenging enough to be really fun, and took me about three hours. (Although we goof around a lot when building. Could be built much faster, but we like to take our time and have fun. I built it with an e-flite 30 amp esc and an e-flite park 400 motor, and it turned out beautiful! Very gentle stall characteristics, flew beautifully. Take offs and landings are a breeze, as are basic aerobatics. I have quite a few planes in my collection, and this one is by far my favorite to fly. The build video covered everything you could possibly need to build this plane perfectly every time. it flew simply and beautifully! I would recommend this plane to anyone who likes to fly, and/or build planes! Thanks FT, we love all your planes, and this one is especially remarkable! Bobby Rispler on 20th May 2015
kit was fine except missing landing gear wire. still not received 10 days later Richard Tonger on 3rd Mar 2015