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The FT Guinea Pig is the perfect platform to carry out the craziest experiments in the air. While it can carry a hefty payload, which can be dropped out the rear hatch, it can also be set up to carry out extreme aerobatic manuevers. Use differential thrust to perform amazing 3d manuevers such as harriers and knife edge. Tone down your controls and the Guinea behaves like a predictable trainer plane and is the perfect first time twin engined plane.
-This kit does not come with wheels. The recommended nose wheels (1-2) can be found here. The recommended main wheels (2-4) can be found here.
-This includes the airframe only (no electronics).
-This airframe is compatible with the swappable series developed by Josh Bixler.
WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERY: 2.2 lbs (1000 g)
CENTER OF GRAVITY: 2 inches (50 mm) from leading edge of wing
CONTROL SURFACE THROWS: 16 ̊ deflection - Expo 30%
WINGSPAN: 58 inches (1473 mm)
RECOMMENDED MOTOR: 960 kv minimum
RECOMMENDED PROP: 9 x 6 - 10 x 5 prop
RECOMMENDED ESC: 18 - 30 amp
RECOMMENDED BATTERY: 1800 - 5000 mAH 3s
RECOMMENDED SERVOS: (4 - 5) 9 gram servos
My original review was on the build (which went great!) Now that the weather finally cleared up enough to fly the Guinea Pig, all I can say is: WOW! What a great flying plane! Due to installing an Eagle Tree Guardian, my servos were all set to 100% deflection, yet takeoff was smooth and easy. In flight, the Guinea Pig was as docile as a trainer or crazy aerobatic, depending on how I chose to fly it. I turned off the Guardian with the expectation that I would have to trim it out a little and it tracked straight as an arrow and completely level. MY only issue was on my last takeoff, my wheels went over a sizable crack in the pavement and I tore off the main landing gear. As I was almost off the ground, I opted to gun it and take off despite losing the gear just so I wouldn't belly skid on the pavement. I landed in some fresh snow with now additionally damage. While repairing the gear was easy, I made a couple of mods to beef it up as it seems to be the weak link in the design. I had also previously added nose wheel steering as the friction fit nose gear tended to allow the plane to "wander" quite a bit when I had done some "high speed Taxis" after I initially built it. This was a really fun plane to build and even more fun plane to fly. It's my first FT FB plane and while I already have a list of others I want to build, I will likely build another Guinea Pig with my son. CWP on 1st Mar 2017
This was my first FT build and was extremely surprised at the quality of the kit and how well it went together. I made a few mistakes, but they were 100% my fault, not the kit or Josh and Peter's YouTube instructions--those were great! I haven't had a chance to fly it yet due to poor weather, but did get out and perform a "high speed taxi" and cruised about 1 foot off the ground for 30-40 feet just to verify CG was good and...well, because it was fun. No problems other than when I gave it a little "up" elevator, it was more responsive than I thought it was going to be and I drug the tail a little on the street--again, this was my fault, not the kit's. The only issue I have is the CG. I mounted a 3S 2200 mAH battery as far forward as possible, but still had to add 5.5 ounces of weight to the nose to get it right. I've never built my own planes before, but this seems like a lot of weight to me, but it seemed to have no problems getting the nose up on take-off, so I assume it will be fine. Colin on 21st Feb 2017
I purchaced this plane around Thanksgiving day weekend and it arrived on time. Very excitedly I started to build this plane as soon as I got a chance, following the video and building the plane at the same time ended up being a breeze. With one exception.
I didn't follow a step close enough and ended up gluing a part in the fuselage upside down. After some applied heat and persistence I removed the offending part and flipped it around to the correct position. After that I finished assembling the plane and waited for a good day to fly.
My day arrived and I took it out, and this will be my first flight ever as an RC pilot. A short tolling start and it was in the air. Then it banked hard right and nose dived into the ground. The nose was a mess but a little bit of hot glue and duct tape fixed it up. Also upon review of my controls I had accidentally reversed the aileron controls.
I took it out for another flight and it flew perfectly. It made me feel like a real pilot and was easy to control. I purchased a replacement nose and thanks to the FT Guinea Pig's sacrificial nose design its looking good as new. Highly recommended for a amateur or enthusiast pilot. Brian S Niedermeier on 13th Feb 2017
I received the kit well packaged. However the foam board crushed on one conner and bent in other areas. Today I received my order for a spare noise kit. Again well packaged but some of the foam board bent. Better QC is needed before being packaged. Terry Royal on 6th Jan 2017
The building process was very simple and easy to understand. I look forward to flying it! I only wish you showed how to set up the bomb Bay door instead of leaving it to our own devices. Michael Boyd on 30th Dec 2016
After flying RC for three years, this is my first 'complex' build...it is really not that complex or hard specially if you follow all those instructional videos on Flite Test websites... I had to add front steering because I can't do differential thrust with my DX6i and that in itself was challenging but doable, I am also using screws to mount my wing and a mechanism to close and open the cargo door as well as a hinged nose a-la-Antonov 124 style... I love this kit. Hugonutz on 18th Sep 2016
Great first plane to build.
Even more fun to fly. About 10 flights in already during first week.
Added servo solution to open and close cargo door...really cool. Robert on 17th Sep 2016
I'm new to RC planes, and built an FT Explorer to learn to fly. I quickly wanted something with more acrobatic ability and able to fly in some decent wind (ie bigger)
The kit went together real well, no issues, love the laser cut kit.
Programming my transmitter with flaperons and adjustable differential thrust (0%, +30%, +/-100%) and man, did it fly great. The size and weight enabled it to power through the wind (I live near the coast) and with both flaperons down it basically can stay stationary above me in the wind. Very cool, and great for landing. First flight and I could do hammerheads and even flatspins. Very very cool.
My kit did come with the twin C pack, and in one of my ESCs the battery connector was reversed leading to instant ESC failure on first plug in. Jen sent me a replacement quickly. Great customer service.
Highly recommend for beginning pilots. Jeff Hopkins on 16th Aug 2016
Easy build, super easy Thought the price point was excellent. good size plane, and very versatile. Will however, force you to want more kits. BEWARE!! Causes FT addiction; Side effects, More time with your family, enjoying your days off, Having fun. Roy G. Duffey Sr. on 11th Aug 2016
Awesome build and the video is perfect to watch and build along with. The "Pink Pig" flies tomorrow! And yes, I painted her pink. Only way the wife allowed me to buy one! So I ran with it. I will also have another guy fly the Pun jet out. Larry on 23rd Jul 2016