FT Sea Duck WR (1422mm)
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FT Sea Duck WR (1422mm)
OH-WEE-AY!!... OH-WE-OH!!... Welcome a real flying version of an iconic aircraft from an aviation themed cartoon called Tale Spin to the FLITE TEST FAMILY... The FT SEA DUCK!! One of the goals behind making this plane was to celebrate other community members who have designed similar versions of the Sea Duck. We also wanted to demonstrate the abilities of this cartoon made real along with giving ideas on fun activities you can do to keep the inspiration going long after a cartoon or show has ended. Keeping the DREAM ALIVE!
This plane is a twin engine, 3 channel airplane. It is an amazing machine to build and even more fun to FLY! The FT Sea Duck uses differential thrust capabilities which makes maneuvering on the water a breeze!! Another awesome thing that this plane brings with it is, even though it is a sea plane, it flies great from a position on land as well for people who do not live near water or where water is not easily accessible! If you are looking for a FIRST twin engine airplane, you have found it! As you build this plane you will see that it was designed to fit either the B-twin power pack or the C-twin power pack for versatility(recommended)! This plane was engineered to allow for people to be creative and go flying with their transmitters as well as their imaginations to build or fly something they maybe thought was iconic in their own aviation upbringing! We are hoping this plane brings you as much fun as it has brought us.
- WEIGHT WITHOUT BATTERY: 2.45 lbs (1111 g)
- CENTER OF GRAVITY: 2.5” (64 mm) from leading edge of wing
- CONTROL SURFACE THROWS: 16 ̊ deflection – Expo 30%
- WINGSPAN: 56 inches (1422 mm)
- RECOMMENDED MOTORS: 425 sized 1200kv minimum
- RECOMMENDED PROP: 10 x 4.5 prop (3s) or 9 x 4.5 (4s)
- RECOMMENDED ESC: 30 amp minimum
- RECOMMENDED BATTERY: 2200 mAH 3s minimum
- RECOMMENDED SERVOS: (3–4) 9 gram servos
FT Sea Duck - Build
*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.*
This was my first successfully flying aircraft. I also built the simple cub but crashed seconds after takeoff. I put this plane together, and after some time on the simulator, I was able to fly and land this plane several times without issue. Great plane, very fun. I also have an aeroscout but I feel like this seems to fly better...maybe cause it's bigger? Anyway I love this kit and I'm probably going to get a second one soon!!
Thank you Flite Test for making this hobby low cost and approachable for all of us!!
I'm about 80% done with this build and so far am impressed with the quality of the kit, the excellent build video and the relative ease with which it's gone together. I'm pretty confident I won't be able to say anything about the flying experience that hasn't been said already, so I wanted to share some feedback about the build since I've gotten stalled for a very avoidable reason during an otherwise issue-free process.
At 1:23:00 into the video, Josh strongly recommends a wood battery tray to help reinforce the foam battery tray, sold elsewhere on this site. Personally I feel it ought to have been included, but even if it was listed as an option with the power pack and the Y connector and props and stuff it's an extra 6 bucks I would have gladly added to the order without a second thought...if I'd known about it at the time rather than noticing it well over halfway into the 2.5hr video. Looking at the reviews for the recommended tray, I'm apparently not the only one who felt this way.
Anyway, just thought that'd be helpful to mention for the FT guys and for anyone interested in building this model, it's my first and so far other than that everything has been smooth and satisfying, and I'm really looking forward to getting it in the air. The steps aren't difficult, there are just a lot of them, and as a first model it's been challenging but not overwhelming. I don't think I can say enough good stuff about the build video, it's clear, easy to follow and wonderfully thorough.
PS: on the subject of the build video, a link to the video explaining how to build the power pods would be helpful for first timers like me. It had me scratching my head for a minute or two, skipping back and forth a bunch of times going, "Wait...when did THOSE get put together?" I assumed (correctly, thankfully!) there had to be another video floating around because up to that point it had been way too thorough to have just been accidentally omitted.
First speed build kit. It was as advertised, made build easier and quicker BUT I had trouble with inserting float strut into float without float splitting and bulging but they were still usable. I think the float width should be 1/8th inch wider. Also I ordered C twin electronics pack which dose not include XT60 Y power cable. I think it should be and FT could offset cost by including battery bag with battery orders and / or screw drivers. Those items are a nice touch but maybe could be reserved for new customers or on request or once a year.
I am not an airplane pilot yet, except for control line 45 years ago, but I taxied the Seaduck around on puddled grass and when I turned into the wind it accidentaly leaped into the air about 10 feet after a few down wind hops which were smooth and successfully landed. But I paniced when it started to roll from a slightly side wind then I remembered I had ailerons which I deployed with drastic results since I am not a pilot yet. I have not set throws or rates on my trans. yet out of laziness to work through it so the plane instantly inverted and dove left wing down into the big blue ball called Earth. I must say this is a sturdy plane. The left wing tore nearly off at the left fuse. and the nose crumpled and split both top seams but it all glued back together with just a few wrinkles. It seems to have so much lift I could probably use bondo on it! It also snapped popsicle strut but float and pillon stayed intact. I suspect it will be a great flyer when I become a pilot. It felt good for the short time it was airborne compared to two smaller FT models I have crashed.