Flite Test

FT Mighty Mini DR1 Triplane

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After 6 years of Flite Test foamys, the Red Baron flies again! The FT DR1 Triplane was designed to build fast, fly slow and look great both on the ground and in the air. We put a lot of effort into taking a design that is known for being a handful and making easy to both build and fly. The FT DR1 Triplane is a 3 channel slow fly aircraft that can turn on a dime and be flown in a very small location. Loops, barrel rolls, wing overs and many other classic maneuvers are all possible with this little warbird. The FT DR1 Triplane is also a perfect companion for its arch rival the FT SE5, an iconic British biplane that flew the skies and shared lead with its German nemesis. Our hope is that the DR1 will be the source of many happy memories as you take to the skies and recreate epic battles with your friends in your own backyard.

We want you to have an amazing experience both in building and flying, This kit comes with everything you need to complete the FT DR1. Push-rods, control horns, firewalls and all other items needed to make this airframe electronics ready are included in the kit. If you choose to purchase our power pack F and wheels, balance, flight performance and assembly will be quick and easy.

Note: This Kit Does Not Include Wheels

joshtriplane-web.jpgFT Mighty Mini DR1 Triplane Includes: 

1 FT Mini DR1 Triplane Foam Kit
1 Velcro
2 Pushrods
2 Skewers
1 Mini firewall/control horn combo
1 Data Card
1 thin landing gear wire
1 poster board for Dr1 (grain vertical)
1 New Ft sticker set (7 piece set)  

Designed By: Josh Bixler

FT Mini DR1 Triplane Specs: 

  • Weight Without Battery: 9.3 oz (263 g)
  • Center Of Gravity: Directly on the Fold of the top wing
  • Control Surface Throws: 12 deflection (elevons) Expo 30%
  • Wingspan: 24 inches (736 mm)
  • Recommended Motor: 2400 kv 2204 size motor
  • Recommended Prop: 6 x 4.5 prop
  • Recommended ESC: 12 amp minimum 
  • Recommended Battery: 800 mAH 3s
  • Recommended Servos: (2) 5 gram servos



Please watch recent build videos before removing any paper from the foam! Some videos may use white foam board, which is no longer available and has now been replaced with water-resistant foam board.





Reviews (5)

clark 26th Mar 2017

Great intermediate plane

Takes off quick (about 5 feet into the wind) and flies very nicely. Stable and slow but can dive, loop, roll, and speed up if you need it to. 3 cell works best but will fly a 2, just be careful in the wind as it is extremely light. I had it up and hovering right at eye level, which was a sight to see! Took it indoors and flew it inside a full court basketball gym which goes to show it can maneuver and fly slow enough for a small space. Great park flyer!

Lance A Pratt 8th Feb 2017

Reinforce the landing gear before you fly!

This is a relatively easy and fun plane to build. However I strongly recommend that you use more barbecue skewers and reinforce your landing gear, they tend to shear near the top of the foam on landings. I would add skewers to the front face of the gear foam and along the sides. This plane already flies extremely light so the extra weight I think will help anyways. My other complaint is that there isn't really a good way to actually mount your electronics (esc and receiver) solidly and where you can access them again without destroying parts of the plane unless you have very tiny hands or are good with small long forceps/pliers. I've upped my battery to 1000mah and it still feels extremely light and unflyable at times in more than 5mph wind. On landing the plane will want to somersault forwards. I also recommend cutting small 1/2inch-1inch skewers and gluing them onto the leading edges of the ends of your wings to protect them from crumpling in the even of a bad crash. As far as flight characteristics it is probably the most docile plane I have ever flown...could be an okay trainer if you add some mixing into the rudder/elevator channels to provide level turns. It loops very easily but I have not yet tried rolls. I have dialed throws down a lot on rudder to keep the wingtips from dropping on turns. Maybe since it is my first 3ch It is a little weird to me. It is a very nice slow flyer but may be a little too tame for people who fly more aerobatic craft. But maybe i'm just a speed demon. Overall a fun unique experience that can be had for cheap. Would recommend for more novice pilots or aeronautical history buffs.