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Posted by jmxp69 | Sep 02, 2017 @ 11:15 PM | 6,814 Views
Lately I've had this urge to fly something really fast and to reduce the stress level a little. I've recently built and maidened a couple of 55" class balsa builds and while I've had some success I wanted something to bring the tension level down some.

It's been about 18 months since I built or flew a Flite Test plane so I scanned their plans and I found the Racer. I went through my spare parts and found a Turnigy 2826 2200kv, 7x6 APC clone, a 30a ESC, a 4 channel Rx and some lightweight landing gear. So I ran to Dollar Tree, bought a stack of foam, hot glue, and posterboard. The following video and pics are the result of my build.

eCalc estimated power @ ~280w. My watt meter showed well over 400w. Not sure why the difference. So I propped down a touch by going to a 3 blade 7x4. I probably need a something like a 6x4 or a 40a ESC. I'll just keep my thumb off the gas for now. For the main gear, I removed the tape and paper under the mounting block. I affixed the block to the fuse with epoxy, and the gear to the block with a couple of wood screws. For the tail, I used a blank gift card and made a skid. I expect takeoff to be a point and shoot affair. Originally I planned on using the standard Racer canopy. Then the wife thought the Ripslinger arrangement would look better instead (sigh).

Maiden video will be posted to this entry tomorrow.

Flite Test Racer Build Review [FT Slinger] (13 min 15 sec)

Maiden and post flight discussion.
Flite Test Racer Maiden and Post Flight [FT Slinger] - Round 1 (5 min 55 sec)