Flite Test Explorer Speed Build "Maker Foam" Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)

Flite Test Explorer Speed Build "Maker Foam" Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
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Now made with Maker Foam! The FT Explorer carries all the simple lines, features, and characteristics that you will find with many of the most common and successful trainers, such as the Hitec Easy Star, the Sky Surfer, and of course, the Hobbyking Bixler series. The difference is that the motor, wings, tail section, and nose can all be swapped, reconfigured, or changed out to allow you to discover the performance changes of a new design. Our hope is that the community will design, learn, and share what they have created, so others can learn and grow. Just like the Mighty Mini Tiny Trainer, The FT Explorer comes with 2 wings– one for 3 channel flight and a sport wing for faster 4 channel operation. Both the B and C motor packs (c packs need 9x6 propeller) can be used on the FT Explorer to go from a light and slow trainer to a strong performing FPV platform or sport trainer.

Power Pack Compatibility:     
Flite Test Airplanes are all designed around the use of various "Power Packs" which include an inexpensive Motor, ESC, Servo, & accessory package to complete each aircraft!

Tech Notes:

Power Pack B - Offers a lighter set up, and is great for light weight building goals for trainer set up on the explorer.
Power Pack C - Increased power output, providing excellent thrust to carry the extra weight of FPV gear. Utilizes 9x6 prop. (NOTE: The new power pack style should be mounted as show in the video for power pack B)


Maker Foam Features:

  • White color is much easier to add a simple trim scheme using stickers or pinstripes    
  • Translucent allowing models to be creatively lit from within
  • Takes paint or decals extremely well    
  • More durable than previous Flite Test foam products

Specifications:
Weight: 1.08 LBs (Fully assembled; without battery)
Wingspan: 57 Inches (1447mm)
Center of Gravity: 2.25 Inches (57mm) from leading edge of wing (Recommended)
Control Surface Throws: 12 Degrees
Expo Suggestions: 30%

Kit Includes:

  • Laser-cut Foam Airframe
  • Power Pod (Swappable)
  • Firewall
  • Push Rods
  • Control Horns
  • Bar-BQ Skewers
  • Velcro
  • Throw Gauge
  • Rubber Bands
  • Specification Sheet

Needed to Complete:

  • (1) Brushless Motor: Flite Test B or C Radial or Park 370 to Park 400; 1000kV Minimum
  • (1+) Propellers: 8x4.5 - 9x6
  • (1) ESC: 20-30 Amp
  • (1+) Battery: 3S 11.1V LiPo 2200mAh
  • (2-4) Servos: ~9 Gram Micro Servos
  • (1) 2.4GHZ Radio System (Radio & Receiver)
  • Misc. Building Supplies.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Oct 14 2020 (5 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build "Maker Foam" Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
I watched the whole build video prior to receiving it, and its really well done. Then I have it on a tablet to watch and follow along while I assemble. This is my first FT model and its a lot of fun so far. The only problem I've had so far is the kit only supplied one very short coffee stirrer, so I'll have to find some at the grocery store. Just a hiccup, because I obviously need some to do future scratch builds anyway. Learning a lot about how planes work! I wish I'd had this when I was a kid in the 60s.
Friday, Oct 30 2020 (4 months ago)
Flite Test Explorer Speed Build "Maker Foam" Electric Airplane Kit (1447mm)
The "Explorer" is one of my all time favorites. It DOES need to have some reinforcing in the wing. I made a thicker, U shaped foam spar, and put a long bamboo skewer in it. I built my wing flat with ailerons. That works well. The fuselage could use a skewer or two, too. It's a great trainer for the money, stable, predictable, big, easy to see, see to fly, and it's quite aerobatic too. Make spare noses!