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- Interchangeable wingtips: The FT Freedom Fox comes with two sets of wing setups, allowing you to achieve maximum STOL performance or sportier high-speed flight performance.
- Functional Nav Lights: A proper set of navigation lights is critical to keep the backcountry fun going late into the evening.
- Functional bush wheels: A set of huge soft wheels are critical when you are touching down in the most unforgiving landing zones.
- Steerable tail wheel: When it comes to back country flying, being able to maneuver on the ground is just as important as being able to maneuver through the sky.
- Fully articulating landing gear: The key ingredients to a good bush plane are slow flight capabilities and a beefy landing gear. The FT Freedom Fox has them both!
- Powerful 1250kv motor
- 30 Amp ESC with 40 Amp Burst 2-3S LiPo
- All servos and linkages preinstalled
- Easy to Assemble, no glue or tape required
STOL Wingspan: 1250mm
Speedster Wingspan: 1100MM
Flying Weight: 1156g
- 30A ESC
- Servos and linkages
Needed to complete:
- (1+) Battery: 3S 11.1V LiPo 2200mAh with XT60 connector
- (1) 2.4GHZ Radio System (Radio & Receiver)
- Misc. Building Supplies.
This product was added to our catalog on August 19, 2020
Something defective and the plane was very unstable. Be careful if you fly and have a large open space. I lost mine to a tree but FT has stepped up with a refund. Will be glad to buy at later date when they determine flaws and get through china cheap parts.
First flight it instantly rolled right and straight into the ground. Checked her out again and found the CG correct and all control surfaces were good. Plane held up good and no damage. Remaining flights took off ok and started scale climb outs. Landings were way too tricky for a STOL aircraft. This design is off or if this is how the real plane flies Trent is in trouble. Last flight instantly nose high then stall. Recovered but very unstable so attempted to land. Seems like the elevator broke loose but wont be able to tell as the plane is 100 feet up in a tree and never coming down. First plane ever lost into a tree in 40 years and it makes me a little salty.
I wont ever give horizon hobby grief again. After this experience their planes are way more advanced and quality is top notch compared to this SKYARTEC clone with a paint job. However said paint job was awful quality and wing ribs were peeling off out of the box. I had such high hopes squashed in seconds.
Trent I would seriously oversee QC on this one moving forward!
Update: got her out of the tree, upon further inspection the speed control and motor wires were melted together. Could explain sporadic controls and motor. The elevator also separated as I expected. I wont give up and will order another plane in the coming months as I can sense there were some manufacturing defects and poor QC with the first batch.
Still don't think it is even close to being worth $249 but that remains to be seen.
Brian Phillips or RC Saylors need to do an unbiased review on this as I so believe they can provide some insight on whats really happening with this plane. I have a feeling all of these 5 star review are FT friends and family.
Good luck out there and fly safe!
First impressions -great looking model. assembled easily and all parts fit. first flight-remember this is a SCALE model.
Ensure you have airspeed before lifting off. T/O was great and minimum trim required. Landings, maintain some power till touchdown. handles grass well, thick 3" at my field. May flip over on landing if not enough flair. Fun to fly.
Landing gear has weak spot. Bungees have failed on mine after the eleven flight and bunches of T&Gs. The bungees do not return to their retracted positions, which has model setting at an angle, not level left to right and no cushion on landings. Landing on hard surfaces, dirt, pavement, expedite this condition as bungees extend to their max extension if you land to slow and bounce it on landing while learning the model's characteristics, even a little bounce. This happens even thought the touchdown does not appear to be ruff. Also the RED struts popped off their upper attachment point if landing too hard. Easy to reattach. Recommend stronger springs inside bungees. Will attempt to repair or mod bungees to be stronger.
For as small as the motor and ESC are they produce over 300 watts with the 10-4.5 prop provided. Would be nice to have more so you can flight closer to 1/2 throttle at cruise. This motor weighs 2.3oz, really light for the power produced. Cruise flight required aprox 2/3-3/4 throttle. WILL CLIMB almost vertical at full power. I'm at 900'agl. After flight the motor is too hot to keep your finger on it. Six minutes on 2200 3s 30c with aprox 15%-20% left and quite warm. 35C 30%-40% did better. RECOMMEND A 350-400 WATT 1250kv-1400KV MOTOR TO ALLOW FOR COOLER RUNNING. A motor/ESC capable of 3s and 4s batteries also.
Fuselage needs and air exit for motor cooling, there are none present.
thanks for your time
Also, when I took the wing off after 1 flight, a lot of the black paint on the fuselage, front and back, came off. Overall, the finish is not very good. The finish is very easily scratched. For a plane at this price, it should be better.
Overall, the plane flies pretty good.
The Good....Easy assembly, all parts fit well. Servo installation and linkage well done! Long wing/Short wing advantages yet to be tried out, but can’t wait. So far, I love this airplane!
Only serious criticism is packaging....Must protect aircraft better for shipment!
It would be nice to include manufacturers' paint codes so the blue, red, and black could be touched-up when needed. It is a very good looking plane and it would be nice to keep it that way. The black covering does peel easily but a black sharpie does a pretty good job touching-up.
Landing gear is holding up well landing on un-maintained dirt road (rocks, washboard, divots) in spite of the plastic accessory parts. Tougher than they look I guess!
The rudder servo does not re-center well. Before you trim the aileron, try a "bump" of rudder correction. It may center better afterwards. I was huntin' trim all over the place until I figured that out.
Enjoy the flyn'!
Assembly was simple and could probably be done in just minutes, not counting radio setup. I installed a 7 channel Lemon Stabilizer Plus receiver and used a Spektrum 3S 2200 battery positioned roughly ¾ inch behind the motor mount. The center of gravity - measured at 44mm per the manual - was perfect with the battery in that position. I used the 'long' wingtips for the flight. I also programmed flaperons into my DX9.
Some of the reviews I've read mention sluggishness, a tendency to stall, and instability. I can only comment on my own experiences. I found the Freedom Fox to be an easy flier, stable and predictable. That being said, it does have its own flight characteristics. Of course, I have seven high-wing, 'bush-style' planes and no two of them fly exactly alike.
It was windy for the maiden flight and the plane needed more throttle than I expected heading into the wind. Rolls require elevator input or you lose quite a bit of altitude. Loops were clean and easy. Even without flaps, landing was fairly easy, though as I mentioned it was gusty so the maiden landing was rather 'bouncy'.
My particular plane - and others I've read – came with damage to the rudder/light caused by the fuselage shifting inside the packaging. The paint finish, especially the blue, is somewhat spotty and inconsistent. However, I must say, the overall impression you get of this model is very positive. All my flying buddies commented on the striking appearance of the Freedom Fox.
Because of the damage on mine, I mixed up a batch of touch-up paint. As it turns out the match was almost perfect. The match was so close that I decided to paint the rudder and elevator servos, pushrods, and control horns. As you can see in the picture showing the planes inside my car, the servos 'almost' disappear.
I have mixed thoughts on the landing gear. I fly off grass fields The gear seem sturdy and worked very well on the maiden and subsequent flights that day. However, the pivot points are plastic and the main support wire is rather thin. Time will tell how well the gear will hold up.
The price of the kit is high considering it does not include a receiver. Inexpensive but reliable receivers like the Lemon I used are available though.
As with any other R/C plane I've ever purchased, there are both good and bad aspect to the Flite Test Freedom Fox. I think Josh and the guys at Flite Test did a good job overall. It's not perfect, but I'm glad I bought it. It's certainly an impressive looking plane!
Uses the ubiquitous 3S 2200 battery
Large Battery hatch
Interchangeable wing tips
Expensive for Plug-N-Play
Inconsistent paint finish
Plastic landing gear
Packaging needs revision to avoid damage
UPDATE; AMAIN Hobby customer service was very responsive and helpful. I chose not to own this plane.
I can save a lot people some time...530-894-0797 is the number to who you actually bought this from. Its not Flite test.
The tail beacon was smashed to the side and some minor paint and foam damage on the rudder from shipping.
Packaging was also missing screws for the spinner.
I was able to get the plane together in less than an hour and have it air born. Flys very nice but will take a little while to figure out landings. You definitely have to keep the power in right up to touchdown. Looking forward to trying some aerobatics with it soon.
A real bush plane as expected!
I received the plane a few days ago in the UK, it was a bit upside down in the box due to international shipping but nothing to worry about.
I noticed minor scratches and the black paint tends to chip off slightly. But really, this is a very minor cosmetic issue. The rest of the plane looks great!
Flying conditions on the first day were windy but it still flew very well. I love slow speed and touch and go and the plane behaved very well with this.
I don't have tons of experience so I flew with the Spektrum AR637T receiver which has a gyro stabiliser and it was perfect.
Don't pay too much attention to the negative reviews. This is a very fun plane and I definitely recommend it.
One of the cleanest most convenient builds I've ever had the pleasure of doing!
The Trent Palmer Freedom Fox is amazing in the air and has very predictable flight charecteristics and great overall stability!
I'd love to have a second! One for flying and one for static display in my house!!! Great job everyone at flite test!!!!!!
Keep up the amazing work!!