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The FT Tiny Trainer is a Mighty Mini that is specifically designed to cover all the basics when it comes to RC Flight. Whether you are a beginner yourself, or if you are trying to bring a newcomer into this wonderful hobby, the Tiny Trainer will assist them in making every flight a great experience! This plane can be built and converted into 4 different designs that will guide you through every level of getting started flying.
Educators, group leaders, and parents looking to make a memory with a loved one can build the Tiny Trainer as a free flight (hand tossed) glider or a powered RC airplane. A little clay in the nose for balance, and your ready to toss the plane back in forth with a friend! Remove the clay and add 2 servos and you have a great 2 channel glider to learn elevator and rudder control. Swap out your glider nose for the powered nose and enter into the world of 3 channel flight. Once you are comfortable with slow lazy eights and graceful loops, remove the polyhedral wing and replace it with the included sport wing. The sport wing will teach you bank and yank skills and enter you into world of aerobatics and precision flight. Install a 3 cell battery and go from cruising to cutting up the sky with vertical lines and exhilarating speed.
The Tiny Trainer will also get you up to speed with techniques used with all FT designs. Every technique from "A Folds" to Folding wing airfoils will be used in this one build.
This airframe was developed around our Power Pack A electronics kit which is used with the Mighty Mini Series.
-Usually ships within 3 business days.
-This includes the airframe only (no electronics).
WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERY: 6.8oz (193g)
CENTER OF GRAVITY: 1.5 - 1.75 inches (38-44 mm) from leading edge of wing
CONTROL SURFACE THROWS: 16 ̊ deflection (elevator/rudder) Expo 30%
WINGSPAN: 37 inches (940 mm)
RECOMMENDED MOTOR: 2200 kv 250 size motor
RECOMMENDED PROP: 6 x 3 prop minimum
RECOMMENDED ESC: 12 amp minimum
RECOMMENDED BATTERY: 500 - 800 mAH 2s or 3s lipo
RECOMMENDED SERVOS: (2 - 4) 4.5g - 9g servos
It was a nice surprise to have a multipurpose plane with two heads and two wings converting it practically in a three diferent airplanes from training to enjoyment of acrobacy. From two channels up to four. In any version flies great JUAN JOSE SAN GERMAN (MY FRIEND, JACOBO MAYEN FOR SHIPPING PURPOSES) on 18th Jan 2017
This is a wonderful airframe that will get you months and maybe even years of play time. The way you can switch from the beginner powered glider wing to the advanced sport wing is truly seamless. Also when you want to step it up you can go up to a 3 cell. Definitely recommend this for any and all beginner and advanced pilots. Dalton Stradtman on 9th Jan 2017
looks good, wish there were instruction or cd ascensio ace castellon on 26th Dec 2016
The tiny trainer quick build was just that very quick even with watching the video for the first time while doing it. Thanks guys. Eric on 28th Oct 2016
The Mighty Mini Tiny Trainer is easy to build and easy to maintain. I have never flown RC before, but I've had a love of flying for years. So when I ran across Flite Test and saw that I could build an economical RC plane and fly with my boys I was all in. The ordering and shipping process was a breeze. The plane arrived 3 days later, along with a hot glue gun, Power Pack A and several other items. The build went smooth, all laser cuts were perfect, and the instruction video online was clear and very helpful (watched it about three times before I began). The build video was for the standard white foam, but I had purchased the water proof foam so I picked up several tips from watching other build videos where they assembled planes using water proof foam. My boys and I had a great time building. Once the Trainer was complete and motor mounted we headed off to the field to fly. After quite a number of hard landings with an extreme nose down attitude and a bit too much speed I finally figured out that my Center of Gravity was way off. A quick realignment of the CG and the Trainer flew like a dream. Let me stress that CG is absolutely critical. I attempted to use the finger method to balance the plane, but found that I could make the plane balance anywhere just by moving my fingertips. I finally used some bamboo skewers to establish the balance point and I was able to get a better CG. Having built the plane myself, repairing the plane after a crash was a breeze. I had tape, a hot glue gun and even a bit of extra foam (I needed that to build another power pod.) Having extra bamboo skewers on hand was also helpful (the grocery store has plenty of those.) The only part of the plane that need a bit of remanufacturing was the fire wall. Due to my inability to land properly I had destroyed the two fires walls which came with the kit. I purchased a 2 x 2 sheet of 1/8 inch plywood and with the free plans online was able to make several new firewalls (I've only had to use one so far.) The plywood is much more resilient and handles my extreme landing much better. In the process of attempting to fly in 12 to 15 mph winds I ripped the wires out of the servos and connectors. I was able to repair both servos and had the plane fully operational again in about two hours. If you can build it, you can fix it. And the best part is being able to fly with my kids (they can land it better than I can). If you are looking to get into the hobby and do something cool with your kids, Flite Test and the Mighty Mini Tiny Trainer are a great place to start.
Unknown on 18th Oct 2016
Well, I have to admit I was cocky when starting to try and fly planes. Hey, I'm an ok gamer, I'm good with computers and wireless networks so this should be easy! I started with the mini-guinea and accidentally reversed my exponential configuration and made it extremely hard for me to control and crashed it repeatedly. I finally stepped back and started off with this trainer and boy am I glad I did! It's great to take out and fly for a few minutes before I lose light. It's easy for me to launch, fly around and land while still having enough maneuverability in the air that I can do tricks with it. I ended up starting out with the S3 battery and I'm honestly glad I did. Its easy to get in the air since it almost takes off before I ever throw it. It's an impressively simple design and I foresee more in my future! Bret on 17th Oct 2016
I ordered 2 Tiny Trainers both came paper on foam was bubbled up and peeling off. It's been 10 days since I originally ordered and I only have 1 Tiny Trainer replaced. I believe there is no quality control and miscommunication in this company. Raymond Groses on 6th Oct 2016
Build was easy watching along with the video, but she's not been the easiest to fly compared to other planes. I only say that since it's a trainer. I should mention I've only used the "sport" wing with diehedral, but it's not super sporty. I used recommended set up and it's a little lacking for power and a bit of wind really pushes her around. The FT-3D as an example is much easier to fly even for my first timer brother who tried both with a trainer cord and did much better on the 3D (awesome plane!). I think that is a much better trainer honestly. FT Trainer is still a fun little plane in it's own right and I like the interchangeable nose and wings concept, just wasn't impressed with actual flight characteristics as a trainer especially with a 2 cell lipo. Any wind and it will be very tough to keep up. 3 cell only in my opinion.
It also hasn't taken a beating as much as I would have hoped. The rear wing skewers needed reinforcing on the outer fuselage after just one crash. There's not much room to play with on the rear of the outer fuse where that rear skewer is located, not sure why it wasn't designed a little longer and beefier there. Again the FT3D has proved to be the better bird, it's way tougher walking away from nose in hard brain farts with little damage. Anyway the Trainer still flys and wasn't hard to fix and beef up so will prob keep taking her out every now and again when there is no wind. She's fun to bank and yank all trainer criticism aside! Danny on 19th Sep 2016
My first build, so I selected the Tiny Trainer to get my feet wet. Everything arrived in good condition. The foam board parts were exceptional quality. The precise laser cuts and etching made the build go quite smoothly, just a few razor cuts to remove the unnecessary foam to assemble the parts. The online video of the build steps was critical to follow, even so, I made a couple mistakes along the way... forgot to mount the pushrod guides in the fuselage before gluing down the last side, motor mount on the wrong end of the power pod, even after looking at the video and parts a couple times....
In the end, the air frame build turned out well, Glider nose, Power nose, and both wings.
Now for the bad news, connecting the ESC to the battery resulted in a loud pop and release of the magic smoke from the ESC. Rechecked everything and found the ESC has the XT30 connector wired backwards... black wire on the + and red wire on the - terminal. Perhaps a Quality Control issue from the factory??? Better check the inventory.
I'll definitely buy more kits and work on my flying skills. I'd give 5 stars except for the ESC issue. Les on 18th Aug 2016
Very nice kit, was easy to put together. I watched the video on YouTube, on how to put it together. Very impressed with the kit, and the price. Will order a few more plains. Hope to see you again at the EAA next year. Mark Patrick on 12th Aug 2016