FT Tutor MKR2
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FT Tutor MKR2
It’s time to expand this iconic airframe to now be offered in our patented FT Maker Foam v.2 as the FT Tutor MKR2. The FT Tutor was designed to be a training aircraft modeled after classic trainers, like the Sig Kadet, Eagle 2, LT-40, and Freedom 20. This aircraft also follows the concept of the Simple Series using many of the same common build techniques. The desire is that the FT Tutor will not only be a great entry into the hobby for new pilots, but also a fantastic new training plane.
The Flite Test MKR2 product line are Flite Test SBKs that have been selected to be made from our new Maker Foam version 2. FT Maker foam v.2 offers the great benefit of the ability to be internally lighted and translucent to light up the night sky. This foam also holds the same water-resistant characteristics as FT’s brown foam. Another great benefit to the MKR2 line is that they able to receive decals or paint without warping or delaminating. We’re excited to offer a select line of MKR2 products alongside of our classic Flite Test foam aircraft.
The FT Tutor can be built as a 3-channel (combined with our power pack B) to enjoy easy relaxing flights. You can also add ailerons for basic aerobatics and the increased control that a 4-channel set up can give. The configuration can be set up as a taildragger, tricycle gear or even FT Simple Cub floats. If you want to turn things up to the extreme, add in the power pack C and the Turbo Tutor wing kit for insane aerobatics and 3D maneuvers.
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FT TUTOR SPECS:
- Center Of Gravity: 2.25-2.5 inches (57-63mm) from leading edge of wing
- Wingspan: 41.5 inches (1055mm) Standard Wing
- Wingspan: 37.25 inches (946mm) Sport Wing
- Recommended Motor: 2212B-1050kv Standard (Power Pack B), 2218B-1180kv Sport/Floats (Power Pack C)
- Recommended ESC: 30-40 amp
- Recommended Battery: 1300mAh 3s or 4s with 9x4.5 prop
- Recommended Servos: (2-4) 9 gram servos
I bought this plane with the intention of making it a bush beast. I love bush flying, and I think this is one of the best diy airplanes to fulfill that role. Running it off a power pack C and a 10x4.5 prop, it has plenty of power on a 3s 1300. I did some pretty basic modifications to mine like adding magnets to the hatch, landing gear fairings and rubber bands, and flaps. I am running full deflection on all surfaces and about 35 degrees of flaps. This plane will slow down to a crawl so it no issue getting into smaller areas. With the big tires and the tail dragged configuration, it will roll of pretty much anything. And one more bonus, it’s basically indestructible. I love the plane, keep up the great work flite test!
The build is pretty straightforward. I did find that mine came out very tight, so getting the power pod in was a chore.
The biggest issue, and the reason I gave the Tutor Four out of Five stars, is the landing gear. The 3mm wire simply isn't heavy enough, and the foam plywood arrangement was a total mess. I wound up cutting a middle plywood spacer from 3mm ply with a slot for the wire, then a back plate. I glued this sandwich together and was able to easily slide into the slot, then add foam behind to tighten the fit.
The 3mm wire is still problematic however. It is much smaller than the hub of the wheels provided, and simply not durable enough for repeated beginner landing practice. It bends out too easy.
What would be awesome is if Flitetest could source some pre-bent gear of the same size wire that would fit into the wheel hub, which I think is 5mm. I think that would hold up to beginner pilots torture testing! ? Being pre-bent would be a life saver since working something that heavy needs a vice, which some don't have.
Even offering an optional flat aluminum gear that's tough enough would solve the problem.
I am super impressed with the kit. I was expecting a complete kit to include a cheep control and accessories, not the case. Can’t wait to buy more kits.
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