The Flite Test Mini Pietenpol was designed to honor the vision and benefits of its full-size, two-seat, big brother. It is simple, fun and easy to fly while also being easy to build. These characteristics were the goal of the original 1928 design by Bernard Pietenpol. Pietenpol took pride in getting people in the air with minimal investment, skills and tools. His heart reflects Flite Test’s values in every way.
The FT Mini Pietenpol is a three-channel design that makes coordinated turns and flies slow and stable. The kit can be built after dinner and be ready to fly before bed time. The techniques needed to build this kit are not only simple, but carry across all 40 plus FT designs. Our desire is that this little bird will be the source of many wonderful flights and memories that will be shared within families for years to come.
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!
Specifications: Wingspan: 28.5 Inches (739mm)
Center of Gravity: 2.5 Inch (63.55mm) back from the leading edge
Laser-cut Foam Airframe
Landing Gear Wire
Needed to Complete:
(1) Brushless Motor: Flite Test F Radial or 2204-2205 Size; 2300V
This beautiful model was just what the doctor ordered. After very difficult flights with the Duster and Storch, this slow flyer restored my faith in my piloting skills. Slow and graceful or sporty and fun with an F pack power plant, this kit was worth every penny.
The build was challenging, and with no servo linkage stoppers, you’d better have skills with the pliers. Having made 4 models previously, I only made 2 mistakes! I suggest any novice builders to watch the video several times as Josh’s hands obscure the linkages and I totally botched the wire placement, as well as mounted the tail on upside down! No matter, it still flies very well, on par with my Champ.
1 customer found this review helpful.
Sunday, Dec 16 2018 (about a year ago)
Flite Test Pietenpol Electric Airplane Kit
Best buy for the money and an excellent starter plane to build and fly. Easy to make minor repairs. The only thing I did different was when I glued the servo's in place i found even if you scuff them the hot glue can let go in the lower temps so what I have done was to use a very small amount of 5 min. epoxy to re-enforce the servo so upon landings especially in upper 30 to 40 degree weather they to not pop loose. I also recommend leaving a removable hatch at the belly of the mini planes for servicing. These planes will fly extremely well even with a dead stick if properly balanced and almost land on their own. Great product. I am going to use the plans to build a larger size model using the same motor and electronics as the super cub.