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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
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
This is spare to use for future builds, make patterns for when things don't build right, or screw something up,not to mention being a "Trainer" it's going to get bashed up a lot Mike I on 25th Jul 2016
I ordered this kit to have replacement parts for the tiny trainer I already built. It was a little crushed in shipping but it will work for my puroses. Jerry on 25th Jul 2016
This was a fun build for my son and I. All the parts were easy to remove and the instructions were easy to follow on the video. Thanks for a great product! Nick Wood on 24th Jul 2016
most of what I plan is having enough parts on hand to make templates,& mix & match for scratch build projects, There is no way I could cut parts out with the precision your lazer cutter provides, I plan to use tubes & nose cones from model rockets & see what happens ! Mike I. on 15th Jul 2016
Although I had experience building FT designs in the past, this one is very easy to follow along with, and the versatility is awesome! For beginners, the polyhedral wing and a two cell at ideal to learn the basics of how to fly RC. It is very easy to upgrade to the sport wing to learn 4channel flight too. My TT has been crashed in many creative ways by many new pilots, and is still an excellent flier. I've had to rebuild the little power pod once, but reinforcing the sides with a gift card or thin wood has strengthened it so that I have no worries about it anymore. If you are looking for THE one kit to get to learn to fly or get into the hobby, this is the one. Yes, the Spitfire is flashier, but once you've learned to fly this little gem, you'll have more fun with the Spit! John Shaffer on 8th Jul 2016