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After 6 years of Flite Test foamys, the Red Baron flies again! The FT DR1 Triplane was designed to build fast, fly slow and look great both on the ground and in the air. We put a lot of effort into taking a design that is known for being a handful and making easy to both build and fly. The FT DR1 Triplane is a 3 channel slow fly aircraft that can turn on a dime and be flown in a very small location. Loops, barrel rolls, wing overs and many other classic maneuvers are all possible with this little warbird. The FT DR1 Triplane is also a perfect companion for its arch rival the FT SE5, an iconic British biplane that flew the skies and shared lead with its German nemesis. Our hope is that the DR1 will be the source of many happy memories as you take to the skies and recreate epic battles with your friends in your own backyard.
We want you to have an amazing experience both in building and flying, This kit comes with everything you need to complete the FT DR1. Push-rods, control horns, firewalls and all other items needed to make this airframe electronics ready are included in the kit. If you choose to purchase our power pack F and wheels, balance, flight performance and assembly will be quick and easy.
FT Mighty Mini DR1 Triplane Includes:
1 FT Mini DR1 Triplane Foam Kit
1 Mini firewall/control horn combo
1 Data Card
1 thin landing gear wire
1 poster board for Dri (grain vertical)
1 New Ft sticker set (7 piece set)
Designed By: Josh Bixler
FT Mini DR1 Triplane Specs:
Please watch recent build videos before removing any paper from the foam! Some videos may use white foam board, which is no longer available and has now been replaced with water-resistant foam board.
This is a relatively easy and fun plane to build. However I strongly recommend that you use more barbecue skewers and reinforce your landing gear, they tend to shear near the top of the foam on landings. I would add skewers to the front face of the gear foam and along the sides. This plane already flies extremely light so the extra weight I think will help anyways. My other complaint is that there isn't really a good way to actually mount your electronics (esc and receiver) solidly and where you can access them again without destroying parts of the plane unless you have very tiny hands or are good with small long forceps/pliers. I've upped my battery to 1000mah and it still feels extremely light and unflyable at times in more than 5mph wind. On landing the plane will want to somersault forwards. I also recommend cutting small 1/2inch-1inch skewers and gluing them onto the leading edges of the ends of your wings to protect them from crumpling in the even of a bad crash.
As far as flight characteristics it is probably the most docile plane I have ever flown...could be an okay trainer if you add some mixing into the rudder/elevator channels to provide level turns. It loops very easily but I have not yet tried rolls. I have dialed throws down a lot on rudder to keep the wingtips from dropping on turns. Maybe since it is my first 3ch It is a little weird to me. It is a very nice slow flyer but may be a little too tame for people who fly more aerobatic craft. But maybe i'm just a speed demon.
Overall a fun unique experience that can be had for cheap. Would recommend for more novice pilots or aeronautical history buffs. Lance A Pratt on 8th Feb 2017
easy to build, look good Unknown on 19th Jan 2017
I just got the box and did a fast look see, it was very well packed and all the cuts look well done
should be a fun winter indoor plane. Unknown on 8th Dec 2016
Goes together quick and easy and ends up looking great! One quick flight note is that it does fly a little more bank n yank and less like a hobbyzone champ than I was expecting. This is not necessarily a bad thing because it is so agile even on low rates. It's a little touchy on the elevator, probably because I am used to flying micros that pitch up automatically, but overall it flies great.
The one problem I had was the scale landing gear pieces got crushed a little on impact. I think I will slide some bbq sticks in the foam to make them stronger.
At the end of the day, it was a great build that should lead to many wonderful lazy afternoons in the future.
Two things to note, build the wings before painting as to prevent warps, and use leftover bbq sticks and rolled paper to make little scale machine guns. Also, you can use a sharpie to add bullet marks and make gray engine grease spots on the cowling.
Simon on 7th Dec 2016