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The Mighty Mini Corsair is a plane you have to get your hands on. The plane is one you have to see for yourself to believe and we couldn't be happier with it!
This little Warbird park flyer is the perfect size to always keep with you in the back seat of your car and is small enough to fly at most medium sized parks. Though this little Corsair doesn't have the 2,000 HP Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engine that the original full-scale warbird had, it does use a 2204 sized brushless motor that is commonly found on mini race quads. This gives this little 4 channel plane enough power to climb vertically endlessly and pull off most basic aerobatic maneuvers with ease.
This includes the airframe only (no electronics).
FT Mighty Mini Corsair 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.
This was my 12th FT design built, 5th from a kit, and it was built using the recommended power pack from FT. First off, the build process is a breeze. No problems there. And of course, it looks awesome, because...CORSAIR! But like many others, I couldn't get it to fly very well. I set the CG at 1.5", because I'm still a pretty new pilot. I had to add 18 grams of lead in the cowl to get it balanced with a 2 cell. It felt really heavy, and flew the same. I wasn't able to climb at full throttle, and initiating a turn caused it to spin into the ground. I switched to a 3 cell and was able to take 4 grams off the front end, while moving the CG forward a quarter inch. With the extra juice, I could do a slow climb, but it was still really hard to control, and I spent more time walking to the crash sites than actually flying. One good this about it is that it is very durable! I angered it in over a dozen times, and only needed prop changes to try again. I may try to build a bigger version in the future to get a bigger power train in, but probably won't do this in kit or scratch again when there are so many other great FT designs that are easier to fly. This one is cool looking, but either needs a redesign, or a follow up video after figuring out why so many of us are having the same problems. John on 8th Jul 2016
very nice kit, fun and easy to build, will be buying again. Unknown on 3rd Jul 2016
My son and I bought a couple of speed build kits - I bought the corsair (my favorite plane EVER) and he bought the P-51 Mustang. We both built our kits together and went to fly this past weekend. While my sons' Mustang flew beautifully (he has never flown an R/C airplane before, but has logged several hours in the Clearview flight sim), my Corsair was uncontrollable. My CoG was exactly where suggested, but I have to think that it was tail heavy. It would take off at half throttle within 10 feet or so, but once in the air it would not stay pointed in any one direction. I have years of flying experience, and I could not get the plane to track straight. Once high in the air to avoid any contact with the ground, I began trimming the plane out. I got it trimmed, but again once any direction changes were input the plane would spiral to the ground in an unrecoverable dive. It survived 4 hard impacts with the ground before becoming unflyable. If you are building this plane, I suggest moving your CoG farther forward than suggested. I can only assume that my issues were due to the plane being tail heavy. While the plane did not fly well at all, the quality of the build kit was impeccable. The laser used to cut the foamboard does make the foam draw away from the cut line, so make sure you get enough glue in your joints to make contact with both parts of the board. I will be building another swappable (the baby blender) in hopes of being able to fly with my son, but will not be building it from a speed build kit as I cannot justify $40 of kit cost and hours of build time for 2 minutes of stressful battle with my plane to keep it in the air. Jason on 31st May 2016
The plane looks beautiful and was easy to assemble.
I had to hot glue a stack of nickels behind the firewall to get the CG to balance on the 1.75" mark that Peter says is a bit on the unstable side. I'm using the laser cut kit with the power pack F with the 800mah 3s battery. Haven't gotten a chance to maiden it yet, might add a lot more nose weight to bring the CG up to an inch from the leading edge as Peter suggested for beginners. Wondering what all this added weight is going to do to flying performance.
Travis on 26th May 2016
I can't get my CG TO act rite any suggestions? Wally on 24th May 2016
The corsair has been very fun to build. Batteries from hobbyking came in late as well as bad weather, so I have not been able to fly it yet. However, it's been very fun to paint and get ready! Enjoying FliteTest everyday! Unknown on 7th May 2016
Building was very easy and fun, came together very nicely but I have not flown it yet. Should be able to get it in the air some time this month. Jan on 3rd May 2016
The build was excellent, after minwaxing the painting process was streamlined. Put a little weight in the nose to get the cg right since i bought the reccomended power pack running on 2s. This plane is a winner!! After the first flight it was clear to me this would be my take anywhere corsair that zips accross the sky energeticaly and does maneuvers with ease!! Great product indeed i expected no less!! Pedro on 16th Mar 2016
I've built several FT speed build kits and scratch builds. This one went together easily but the balance is terrible. With the recommended motor and esc it was horribly tail heavy. I decided to use a larger esc and placed it on top of the power pod and went with a 3s batt to try and get some more of the weight up front. I had to add 16 grams to the leading edge of the cowl just to get close to the recommended cg. Maidened today in 5-7 mph winds and it flew terrible. This is the first time i have had a bad experience with a FT plane and though im disappointed with it i would still buy from them again. NIck C. on 3rd Feb 2016
I scratch built my Corsair and it came together very nicely and looks very cool. However although using similar motor and electronics as suggested I could not get the CG right without adding 16 g weight in the nose. And even after that the plane was very touchy indeed on the elevator and almost no authority on the ailerons. It flew a bit like a frog.
Great looking but no fun to fly, so I scrapped mine and used the same electronics in a Mini Mustang. And that flies like it's on rails! Ulf on 21st Jan 2016