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Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)

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The FT Corsair represents a new chapter of Flite Test scratch built aircraft! Using techniques developed by John Overstreet which he has also used in his metalworking, this plane uses "mold together" techniques instead of the traditional "fold together" techniques that Flite Test planes are primarily known for. Peeling the paper and curving the foam not only gives the airplanes amazing scale looks but also makes it fly as good as it looks!

On this Corsair, you'll notice the beautiful curves in the airfoil and the fuselage that is a result of some of the new techniques that we are introducing. While some of these techniques will feel new if this is not your first Flite Test build, please know that once you learn them, they will be carrying over to future Flite Test aircraft so you can put them to use on future designs. There are also techniques used in the build that you are going to be very familiar with if you have built previous Flite Test aircraft.

This aircraft has a very wide envelope of speed and performance to match your skill level. Though this airplane does introduce some new build techniques you can consider it a beginner to an intermediate flyer! Bumping it up to a 4 cell battery can even give the most advanced pilots a great experience. 

Wingspan: 46 Inches (1168mm)
Center of Gravity: 2 Inches (51mm) back from the leading edge

 Kit Includes:

  • Laser-cut Foam Airframe
  • Firewall
  • Push Rods
  • Control Horns

Needed to Complete:

This product was added to our catalog on February 26, 2019

Verified Owner
Wednesday, Mar 13 2019 (7 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Bought the FT Corsair (1168) and flight pack C.

Watched the video instruction which is pretty comprehensive and long. It does a good job but I think a few tricks could make the job easier. Possibly using a dough roller maybe easier then forming the foam by using the edge of a table. Also covering seems with glued strips of foam paper from left over scraps may give a cleaner look to the plane as I did.
It took me 3 full days to build this plane, but I have never built a foam model before and only a simple balsa model 20 years ago.
For me this plane was a real challenge. I made 2 big mistakes. One was putting a bulk head in upside down (how stupid) which needed to be cut out and reinstalled and the other was putting in the rudder assembly too far forward requiring cutting it out and reinstalling so the linkage for the rudder properly lined up. These mistakes were my fault do to not being attentive enough to the instructions.
I am an impatient person so I often want to jump ahead which is not something you want to do with this model. The quality of my workmanship was not all that great, but nevertheless the results, I think, were good. My plane looks decent but the finish with smooth unwrinkled foam curves and perfect seems is not nearly as good as John's, the instructors.
One problem was I bought a glue gun for $6.00 from Dollar General which did not work as good, I believe, as the one used by Flitetest. I had to continually reload it and the glue stream was not so consistent. You need a 60 watt gun not a 40 watt
The build videos were straight forward and clear, but there is a lot there and you must listen to all details in the video. The one part not covered is how the motor goes together with which parts to hold the propeller. It appears the propeller is attached to the main motor body using a special attachment and they spin together on a diminutive motor base with wires to which the mounting bracket is attached. I have never seen such an arrangement and hope I have it figured correctly.
I was drawn to this project because of the smooth curves an beauty of the model and the innovated way it is built and designed. It is a magnificent project. When I happened to come across it I just jumped in, bought, and started building. I got it done in 3 days of pretty much non stop work. Experienced and smarter guys could complete it much faster.....less than a day?
Thanks John and Flitetest for bringing this design out as a kit. I have now something that I am proud to have built and enjoy so much.
One more thing. Please support this model guys. Hopefully with your support of this model it will be a prelude for more such designs .
John must of put in a tremendous amount of time creating this kit and making the videos along with Flitetest. With your support of this kit he will be hopefully inspired to bring out other great designs. His creation is genius. Take advantage of his effort.
Look how beautiful the model is - what a beast - and it only costs $50.00. Join me and jump in. It was a lot of fun building and it looks also fun flying which is my next endeavor. Forget your wife, the girl friend, the cat, and the next episode of 'Big Bag Theory'.... the build is mesmerizing. Have Fun!
Verified Owner
Monday, May 6 2019 (6 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Finally, I have the privilege to review the FT-Corsair. A month passed waiting on the weather to cooperate. I wanted to fly first before writing this review and almost gave up.
First, the build was enjoyable, challenging and I learned much. I watched the build video several times and also while building. John Overstreet made everything look easy and for the most part, it was.
I made a few missteps and thought to share with future builders.
Before that a couple of things, I did differently.
I added trim tape to the cowl vents and 1/2" onto the cowl this held them in place during assembly. That turned out nicely, I added balsa wood leading edges to the wing, for better looks and protection. I used 3/8 X 3/8 stick but, 5/16th would take less sanding. If anyone does this, use blue tape to protect the wing while sanding the leading edge.
Missteps, I took too long fiddling with overlapping joints at section edges and ended up getting the guidelines a little off. The stabilizer saddle ended up way off and took a lot of trimming to get level. Later I learned that a strip of paper glued with foam glue took care of joint overlap and looked good. Next build I will only look at upper and lower guidelines and plan on covering joints with strips.
The tail section became very flimsy from me overworking it and leaving it wrapped and rubberbanded too long. I ended tail heavy in part because of the oversize fillet in an attempt to beef up the vertical stab and tail section. After some thought, I removed a part of the rear section and added a small block of foam to sure up the vertical stab front dowl.
I removed all fillet and extra hot glue. That allowed 1&1/4 oz weight removed from the nose. The reinforcing block a 1&1/2" long, two sheets thick, 1" wide and glued into the top of the former opening where the dowl will go through it, will be in my next build. It may sound heavy but, it is light and makes the vertical very strong.
I am pleased with how it turned out. There is a picture on Flight Test Fans of the Corsair from my wife's facebook Under Umpon. It is blue with a yellow stripe, Flight Test logo, and comment from John that I Like.
Now about the flight. After an awkward hand launch, when the aileron control authority helped level out. The Corsair flew fantastically.
Only a few clicks of down trim it flew straight and level. Slippery and on the wing, plenty of smooth maneuverability. Vertical climb on three cells was good but not unlimited it is just a sweet flying aircraft.
I am looking forward to building another one.
I highly recommend the FT-Corsair for all with a little experience.
Looking forward to the next master series build. Thanks!
Saturday, Mar 23 2019 (7 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
I love this plane. It flys so scale. It's just a typical old lazy warbird. And I'm saying that in a good way. However in my short time flying this plane I have noticed one major down fall. It tip stalls. That means that at low speed it can suddenly and without warning have one of its wings drop and roll hard right or left very violently and the only way to get out of it is to go full throttle and wait until it gains enough lift to level out. It loses up to 5 meters of altitude and it does this mostly on approach to landing. This plane is not for beginners. But for the intermediate to advanced flyers, this is an awesome fun plane to fly. Especially if you put landing gear on it like I did :)
Thursday, Feb 28 2019 (8 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
One word.WOW!!!!!! I have been waiting for this. It is amazing. You guys are awesome.
Saturday, Jun 22 2019 (4 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Hey FT guys! Keep up the awesome work. I sure appreciate the resources you have made available to me to reignite my passion for flight.

I have built a few balsa kits 20+ years ago.

First of all I built the Corsair from plans using DollarTree foam board. I printed the plans and traced out all the parts then cut them out with a hobby knife to make my own ďkitĒ. So I canít comment on fit of the speed build kit sold here. I can however comment on the build process and flight characteristics.

Following the build video after watching it at least twice was quite simple and straightforward. I paused a lot as I went through the build, and had a great time learning to work with foam board. This might not be the right plane to learn foam board, but I took my time and followed the directions explicitly. No deviation. I am delighted with the results and plan to build another to apply what I learned from my mistakes for next season.

I installed the power pack C, it arrived as advertised at the time, I was not expecting a radial motor as another reviewer was. Quality of all supplied parts was excellent.

Flight characteristics are great with 3S. Very controllable and landing just a few steps away is consistently possible. Stall is straight ahead mushing and very predictable. No tip stalling as others have reported. All basic manoeuvres are possible. It handles windy conditions very well for a plane of this weight(mine ended up 1lb 12oz). 30km/h winds do not shut me down, though itís just not as fun as light winds.

I plan on trying out a 4s pack later.

Always gets positive comments at the field, most donít realize itís foam board.
Verified Owner
Friday, May 3 2019 (6 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Mixed feelings about this kit.

First of all, if youíre willing to commit a lot of hours into building this kit, you can have a really nice airplane. Once mine was painted (I also added LEDs and other slight customizations), my F4U immediately began to garner admiration and praise from everyone who laid eyes on it...including total strangers walking by on the sidewalk outside.
Sadly, I canít review itís flight characteristics, for I live in a city where good flying days are few-and-far-between, and I have yet to Maiden her.

My complaints are this: (1), despite the repeated mention/promotion of the new FT Radial motors in both the flight review video and also the build video, my kit did NOT come with one. If I had known that I would not receive the Radial, I would not have purchased the kit! I have my own motors and electronics, and could have saved the expense. I canít help but feel cheated by Josh and the FT team, and therefore Iím unlikely to purchase any more kits from them.
(2), the build video was poorly edited. For some reason, they leapfrog around in the assembly process. For example: the installation of the motor pod into the cowl is shown far before the process of assembling the pod itself. So unless you watch the entire 2+ hour video prior to assembling the kit, youíll be lost. Perhaps this sloppy editing was a result of them dealing with the big move to Edgewater, but now that thatís over, a re-edit is sorely needed!

I want to believe Josh and the crew at FT are good people, but this being my first experience with their products, I feel a bit disappointed. That being said, perhaps admiring my beautiful Corsair will help me eventually get over it. ;)
Tuesday, Mar 26 2019 (7 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Iíve done the research on this, and have flown a few prior, but your pre fab kit is by far the easiest, and also smoothest way to do this. If anyone else is interested in making a plane your own, check out the videos, and plans these gentlemen have created. Amazing work, fellas.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Sep 26 2019 (4 weeks ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Great plane Build was not the easiest I have done But after getting the feel for the bending and learning the hard way to keep my fingers out of the glue I ended up with a very nice model. Now which one to buy next.
Saturday, Aug 3 2019 (3 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Built two Corsairs so far. These are my first totally scratch built planes. The instructions are great, the printed plans are spot on. Made a spar mod and a detachable wing mod to facilitate internal access to electronics and ease of portability. Eager to fly ASAP.
Verified Owner
Thursday, Jul 4 2019 (4 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
This build required a lot of focus but it was extremely rewarding. I would HIGHLY recommend the speed build kit as this model really requires each piece to be cut perfectly for it to fit together well. Took out for a maiden and it is a blast!
Verified Owner
Monday, May 6 2019 (6 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
This is a very nice flying airplane. Plenty capable for some aerobatics without being too fast (on 3S) and handles windier conditions quite well. Yes, it is tip-stally at low speeds, but carrying a 1/4 power on descent and then cutting at flare has prevented stalling and broken props.
The build is straight forward and the video is helpful for showing the techniques. Only confusing part was the power pod steps/integration were out of sequence. For kicks and looks, you can 3d print a radial engine face to serve as the ballast for the 3S system.
Verified Owner
Wednesday, Mar 27 2019 (7 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
How much is this guy supposed to weigh? Just curious before I build it to see what motor I want to use, and if I have room for some added reinforcement weight.
Verified Owner
Saturday, Jun 15 2019 (4 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
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Verified Owner
Tuesday, Mar 5 2019 (8 months ago)
Flite Test FT Corsair Electric Airplane Kit (1168mm)
Recieved mine today with new paper description page now showing 1168mm 46Ē NOT 60Ē as was advertised when I purchased the kit. Not sure I will keep this kit.

PLEASE do your due diligence in preventing FALSE advertisement before you tote your product as a much larger scale design.