The FT Micro Beaver was chosen as one of FT's first micro aircraft because of its time tested reliability and amazing flight characteristics. Every detail of this aircraft was inspired by civilian workhorses of the Alaskan frontier, the FT Micro Beaver is the perfect blend of scale details and functionality. With it’s 640mm wingspan and stable design, this is one of the few micro aircraft that we would say could be flown in light to moderate wind. This aircraft is the perfect size to enjoy in a small or large flying area and in some scenarios, could even be flown indoors. Being well under 250g, it does not need to be registered in many countries. For your convenience, a receiver quick connect kit has been included to make connecting your receiver as simple as possible. Regardless of your radio system of choice, you can easily enjoy this aircraft regardless of what protocol they are using.
- Realistic panel lines
- Under 250g
- Magnetic hatch
- Simple construction
- Included Float Kit
- Tail dragger landing gear
- Steerable water rudder
- Steerable tail wheel
- 4 channels: throttle, ailerons, elevator and rudder.
- Optional flaps
Flight Time: 8-12 minutes
Flying Weight: 152g
Motor: Micro Brushless
- (3) servo adapters
- (1) ESC adapter
- (1) Propeller
- (1) Metal Spinner
Needed to complete:
- (1) 2.4GHz Transmitter & Matching 4+ Channel Receiver
- (1+) 2S 7.4V 550-620mAh LiPo Battery
- (1) LiPo Battery Balance Charger
- Misc. building tools
The assembly instructions are clear and well thought out, and you will have no issues putting this plane together if you follow along closely. I am using an unstabilized 6 channel Lemon RX DSM2 feather light receiver, due to their size and cost.
One of the awesome features of the FT Beaver is ease of access to the internal component areas via magnetic hatches. Anyone who’s owned a micro in the past will know how difficult installing a receiver, or even a battery can be, in these very small models. For the maiden flight we went to a nearby school with a large paved parking area. A quick check of the wind reported slight gusts of 8-10mph. Flitetest recommends a 2 cell 550-620mAh battery, but the only 2 cell I had at the time was a rather large 800mah battery. The extra weight didn’t seem to be a problem, and probably helped slightly with the gusting wind. The first thing I noticed was the amazing ground handling. Even though the wheels look less robust than other micro’s they handled the pavement very well, and the tailwheel gives it a great turn radius. Takeoff was uneventful with only slight rudder to correct for the slipstream. Pre-flight, I only added 30% expo, leaving all other transmitter settings in their default state. Only slightly nose up trim was required to compensate for the heavier battery. If it hadn’t been for the wind gusts, I would have easily been able to fly straight and level with hands off the controls.
This plane has plenty of power for the expected flight envelope. It’s not an aerobatic plane, but it handled inverted flight quite well. With the higher battery weight, it had less than a 1:1 thrust ratio, and pure vertical climbs ended with snap hammerhead turns. My favorite part of flying these small planes is the landings, and the FT Beaver doesn’t disappoint. Touch and go’s are a lot of fun too. Even without the optional flaps, it floated to the runway with the power set only slightly above idle. After about 6 ½ minutes of normal flight, both cells were at 3.84v.
The FT Beaver has great Scale Detail, and represents it’s iconic wilderness namesake well. It has the Versatility of both indoor and outdoor operations. Magnetic Hatch Access makes for easy battery installation and removal. I look forward to exploring all the Configuration Options and adding the optional floats and flaps. While offering without a receiver offers greater compatibility, and choices for stabilization or other options, it also has the disadvantage of more advanced setup for beginners, and additional cost. Also, while this model is the same size as many other micro aircraft, the box cannot be used to store the aircraft after assembly. As Flitetest’s first entry into the micro receiver ready aircraft market, The FT Beaver is a detailed model with a great feature set, and solid flight characteristics. With all the optional configurations and potential customizations, this plane has something for everyone to enjoy.
Magnetic Hatch Access
Receiver choice allows for compatibility and options like stabilization
No Receiver = advanced setup & additional cost
No storage box
A bit sad, brand new and damaged because of the packaging . Maybe need to review how it’s boxed .
Waiting for support to reply to my email and see what they can do.
Sad we cannot post photo in the review
The assembly wasn't bad. The directions lacked some info which left me having to figure some things out.
There are no insights into where to place the receiver and battery and I'm having a hard time figuring out where exactly to place them. They don't quite fit between the motor and servos
The model looks great with plenty of detail.
I have yet to fly the plane so I cannot comment on flight characteristics.
What would have been nice is if the model was packaged in such a way that I could store the finished model in the box for safe keeping and travels, much like the Horizon UMX planes are packaged.
I have the UMX Timber which I feel was the better deal. It came with receiver and flaps installed. It is a great trainer plane.
Flite Test: the Horizon products are your competition. Let's out do them!
If you use this company, you better hope nothing is wrong with the plane, or you'll be the one stuck paying with both time and money for their mistakes and misleading website content. Oh, and it will take about 3 weeks between when you order your plane and you actually get to fly it.
If my son decides to pursue this hobby further, I'll be looking for a different company to do business with.