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The FT Old Fogey is a simple and slow flying 3 channel airplane. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, the Old Fogey's peformance is perfect for beginners and experienced pilots alike who are looking for a relaxing and forgiving flight experience. Using simple build techniques, the Old Fogey can be assembled and maidened very quickly.
This includes the airframe only (no electronics).
This airframe is compatible with the swappable series developed by Josh Bixler.
This is my 3rd speed build kit and so far the easiest to build. My 8 year old daughter and her friend were able to help build this one. This is a simple 3 channel slow flyer which is the best trainer I have flown and makes teaching my little ones so much easier. Because it went together so nicely when something breaks no problem! We can easily make another one. Thank you for the speed build kits. The only thing I dont like is I recommended this plane to teach my wife how to fly and she was slighlty erked about the name of the plane lol. James on 15th Jan 2017
I built the Old Fogey this summer mostly because I like Old Time designs. I also really like the way the Old Timers fly since they are stable stemming from their free flight roots. I was shocked at how bad the stock Old Fogey flew. I've been flying RC since the mid 70's and have never experienced the amount of Dutch roll the stock Old Fogey had. I tried the easy fixes which is making it more nose heavy and decreasing rudder throw. Neither one improved the situation.
I knew the problem was caused by insufficient vertical stab area. So I finally got around to cutting out a knew vertical fin and testing it out. It took me a couple of times but I hit on the right area required. I balanced the Old Fogey so it's slightly nose down at the recommended location. After two test flights I'm extremely happy with the results, the Old Fogey flies like it should now. It handles very well with 99% of any hint of dutch roll being eliminated. Even coming in for a landing it handles well with no rocking back and forth.
I'm glad I can enjoy the plane now after this very easy fix.
John Bergsmith on 4th Nov 2016
Fun to build. Good few hour project. Fun to fly!! Unknown on 29th Oct 2016
Fun to build. Good few hour project. Fun to fly!! Pat on 29th Oct 2016
The speed build kit was good and the build videos I have watched have been great, but in this case, there are a couple of differences between the video and the kit that generated a bit of frustration on my end. As I was watching the video and got to the steps that were different, I eventually scrolled down below the video to see that there were descriptions of these differences.
First, when I opened the package and started cutting out the parts, the centerline of the fuselage needed to be glued up. It was an obvious step that I completed without any problems. The issue came when it was time to get the pushrods attached to the plane. At the 14:40 mark, the control horn for the elevator is glued on. At the 15:03 mark, I started looking for the pushrod guides and didn't find them. I scrolled down the build video page to see if there was something I missed and came across the "speed build only" instructions. It would have been nice to have something pop up in the video to direct us speed builders to those instructions earlier.
At that point, there was no easy way to get the pushrod through the slot in the fuselage and onto the control horn. In trying to work it through there, I ended up breaking the control horn. Fortunately, I had a spare, but I had to get the broken one out of the elevator without damaging it. (The denatured alcohol trick worked well enough to keep the damage to a minimum.)
Speed builders should be instructed to get the elevator pushrod in place, thread it onto the control horn, AND THEN glue it into the elevator. Other than that, the kit went together relatively quickly and easily.
Another issue was the wire that seemed to be meant for the landing gear. It was far too heavy and broke when I tried to bend it to the proper angle. A wire coat hanger worked perfectly in its place.
I also modified the landing gear attachment. I put a popsicle stick across the base of the fuselage where the rear portion of the "V" would be and cut a couple of slots on either side for a zip tie to hold it on. I also reinforced the place where the ends of the "V" meet the fuselage with short pieces of popsicle stick. I kept the bamboo skewer for the front part and used a rubber band to hold it in place. When I store it, the landing gear pivot back and are up alongside the fuselage.
I built this for my brother who is not the greatest pilot. On the initial flight, I started with the battery a little too close to the nose and although it was pretty close to the proper CG, it flew much better when I moved it back 3/4 of an inch. I got it trimmed out, then handed the controller to him. It was a little on the gusty side and he was having trouble maintaining control. I then realized I still had it on high rate. Things were better when we got back on low.
The polyhedral wings caught gusts from crosswinds, which I could handle but he had a hard time with them. He also got into trouble by pushing the throttle a little too high. It got a little too squirrely for him to handle and he ended up having a minor crash that nonetheless broke the 9 x 4.7 slow fly propeller I put on it.
As Josh and others have said, it works best with gentle controls and very light wind. I enjoyed my brief time with it. Tom Wanamaker on 24th Jun 2016
I built this in a few hours after school. I finally maidened it last night. It flew so well. I was flying with a 1300 3s and a Hobbyking Donkey 2004 and an 8045 prop. It just floated around at 1/4 throttle. Would highly recommend to anybody looking for a lazy flyer. Alex B. on 19th May 2016
First experience with this foam board stuff so originally a little skeptical about its properties.
Speed build kit was a breeze, the parts all cut to perfection and came together very easily with the use of Josh's excellent build video and common sense.
A docile, fun and forgiving 3 channel model has been built one that will provide many hours of pleasure. Thanks FT ..... now onto my F22.... Mark, Christchurch, New Zealand. on 6th May 2016
Builds easily and flies well. Very sensitive to the rudder, so keep the rudder throws small as a little goes a long way. Landings are a breeze as long as a little power is held all the way to the ground. I fly on a paved runway, so I installed a small tailwheel. Makes TO, landing, and taxiing a snap.
Add power smoothly, tail comes up, and your are airborne. Takes a little power to cruise and a bit more to climb. Apply rudder gingerly makes things easy. When landing, pull power back some, hold some elevator, and fly it down to a very nice soft landing. Touch and go's are fun things. Not a beginner plane, tho close.
I used the foam parts as patterns and cut new parts from DT foam. Now I can build a new Old Fogey any time I need one.............
Old Hoosier on 7th Nov 2015
I got this plane for my birthday, and built it right away. It flew amazingly right off the bat. This is my second plane, my first being a scratch built FT Flyer. That broke beyond repair, so I built this. It is an amazing plane, however it is a good idea to reinforce the part of the nose where the two alignment BBQ skewers protrude from. I suggest gluing two popsicle sticks on either side of it, and zip-tying them together around the foam. Otherwise, it is an amazing plane, and I thank the FT Crew for all the service they do! Aidan Albers on 20th Aug 2015
Awesome plane for my son. We built 2 planes. 5 star plane. Unknown on 11th Apr 2015