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The Mini Sportster is a smaller more agile version of the larger Swappable Sportster. It is a basic 4 channel plane that is capable of most Sport aerobatic manuevers. Couple this airframe with our Power Pack F for recommended performance.
FT Mini Sportster Build
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.
Coming from three channel aircraft, I was a little lost as to what my first four channel aircraft would be. After discovering the Flite Test channel on YouTube, and seeing how easy it was to build these aircraft, I decided to purchase the FT Mini Sportster. It came in under four days and I was ready to build it. The build was easy, and forgiving, and it came together smoothly. For electronics, I used a salvaged motor and ESC from an old Kyosho 3-Channel, which I later upgraded to the suggested Emax motor and a 15-Amp Castle Creations Brushless ESC I got elsewhere. I spent under 50 dollars for the servos, battery, and other various parts (not including the new motor and ESC), and I finally finished it in under two days, and it flies beautifully. Overall extremely pleased with the outcome, thank you Flite Test! Brian Arsenault on 5th Mar 2017
This is my second plane. My firs was a Mighty MINi Tiny Trainer.
The Mini Sportster is a PERFECT second plane especially if you have Phoenix Flight Simulator. It teaches the techniques to get you to more realistic looking round planes versus the square looking earlier designs that flight test offed. It is a Fun and agile plane to fly. And if you have Phoenix Flight Sim you can fly My Mini Sportster! Dean Cory on 14th Oct 2016
I was very pleased with this model. It does everything you would want for a park sized plane. Unknown on 12th Aug 2016
So I purchased this plane from ft without doing a whole lot of research on it and also bought it as my first plane from flight test. Little did I know that this aircraft was beyond my experience level and was a bit much to handle. The build went together pretty easy I didn't find it too challenging to put together, but definitely time consuming taking me about 5 and a half hours to fully assemble it. Now the reason it took me so long is I made a few mistakes along the way. I mounted the horizontal stabilizer/elevator on upside down and in the process of trying to fix it I managed to destroy the structural integrity of it. Luckily I had extra foam that I bought in preparation for the build and managed to make a duplicate. I also used a little too much hot glue in the hinge for the elevator causing it to have way to much resistance. That part took a while to really fix. Toward the end of the build I may have rushed a few things with my transmitter causing the plane to smash nose first into the ground seconds after take off breaking a propeller and my fire wall. Back to the drawing board. I spent another good 2 hours making a new power pod fixing the landing gear and making changes to the electronics and radio trims and went for another flight the following day. My self made elevator worked this time to get me off the ground and keep the plane pretty stable but I was facing 5-7 mph winds. I had the airplane in the air for all of 20 seconds before I lost control authorities and the plane met the ground... AGAIN! But it flew !! It was in the air and it was awesome! So like the title says don't pick this to be your first 4 channel airplane and expect to be able to handle this thing in the air. It's small and with my power set up EXTREMELY fast! I'm using a 2200kv motor 30amp esc and a 25c 3s 800mah battery. Also recommend if you get any plane from ft save yourself the time and get their electronics pack makes everything a lot more sure. I haven't had a really successful flight yet with the sportster but I can say everything on the plane is pretty tuff except the landing gear and power pod. I would recommend reinforcing it. Over all a good plane and fun cool design that I really like I hope to become a better pilot flying this guy around. Brennen on 5th Jul 2016
Easy to build, a blast to fly. I powered it with the F power pack and 6045 prop(s) plenty of oomph for my skill level. In learning basic aerobatics, I crashed multiple times, lawn dart, dirt nap style, she took the beatings with minimal damage and repairs. I do buy props buy the dozen as they are pretty brittle. Every crash or less than stellar landing costs a prop. My LHS doesn't carry anything in that size to fit the 2204. I get everything from Josh and the boys. Always ships same day if I get in early enough. Never been disappointed.
Well designed and executed Speed build kit. Well done my friends. Marshal on 25th Apr 2016
Still building. Waiting, on red and white checkers and solid red, to finish. Even better kit than my Tiny Trainer! Love that they stamp it with the name and picture of the FT employee who packaged it. Dean Cory on 1st Apr 2016
Great little plane. Very good design, it is very lightweight and when using the F power pack it is fast and nimble! My only complaint is I wish the foam board construction was a little more robust. The engine compartment and the main hatch gets "wallowed out" pretty easily after a few belly skid landings. The price is great and the videos for building are really good. Chris on 18th Mar 2016
This thing flies awesome with the F-Pack. I bought a spare just so I would never be without it. I built it's big brother just because I like the mini so much. This has become the first plane I grab when going flying (of my fleet of 7, with 3 new one on the workbench ready to build.)
Keep up the great design work guys! Jack Shaughnessy, Texas on 22nd Jan 2016
The build was great and the plane flies amazingly. Unknown on 9th Jan 2016