Fowl Flyer Swappable - Scratch Build

by FliteTest | November 22, 2012 | (44) Posted in How To


A smaller version of the original Fowl Flyer, this foam board scratch build RC cargo airplane is design with a swappable powerpod! The 6th design currently available in the Flite Test Swappable series.

This scratch build swappable is designed to carry cargo... a lot of cargo! Check out the review of this Swappable Foam Flyer. This plane is also designed for FPV with a camera mount table and access door on the nose of the plane that opens!

The folded fuselage design of this swappable will allow for a self-squaring assembly and introduces a new folding style called the 'B-style' fold. The traditional 'A-style' fold is designed to set the side walls on top of the bottom. 

Where the new 'B-style' fold simply folds up where the side wall is against the bottom. Watch the video, and check the plans to be sure which of the folds that you will need to make.

This is an odd looking plane, but the cargo room and fun flying characteristics make it a really fun scratch build. The best part is that it can be made from just a few dollars of ADAMS foam board (Dollar Tree Foam Board).

You will need a battery connection extension for this foamboard flyer. 
We recommend checking out our Soldering Battery Connections Episode. 

Also, here's a great option if you're planning to purchase a solder station:
Temperature Controlled Soldering Station 

Fowl Flyer Swappable Build Plans Available here: 
Fowl Flyer Swappable Plans - Details - 1of4.pdf
Fowl Flyer Swappable Plans - Fuse - 2of4.pdf
Fowl Flyer Swappable Plans - Misc Parts - 3of4.pdf
Fowl Flyer Swappable Plans - Wings - 4of4.pdf

TIP for printing the plans "Tiled": 
To print "tiled" use Adobe Reader X and in the print dialog select "POSTER", select "Cut Marks" and make sure "Tile Scale" is 100%. Then overlap and tape as required (after trimming the top overlapping edge).

(Thanks youtuber larrybarrick for this suggestion!)

Still need to build a Powerpod?

Here's a full list of electronics and components for the swappable series planes:
Click HERE for the full list of the components used in this swappable

Equipment used/recommended for this build:
ADAMS Foam Board
Extreme Packing Tape
HXT900 9g Servos
Push Rods (Piano Wire)
Linkage Stopper "Speed Clevis"
NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv / 250w
TURNIGY Plush 25amp Speed Controller
Turnigy 1300mAh 4S 20C Lipo Pack
Futaba T8FG Super 14ch Transmitter w/R6208SB 2.4GHz Receiver
Futaba R6106HFC 2.4GHz FASST Mid Range 6Ch Rx

Additional/Alternate components:



Many more photos available in the forum post!  Click the 'Join the Discussion' link below!


cwozny on November 22, 2012
40 minutes of FliteTest goodness :) I'm thankful for this on Turkey Day!
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House Of Noob on November 23, 2012
Nice present - I'm thankful!
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liveyourdreamsRC on November 25, 2012
Hey don't you have to get a pusher prop instead of a puller? or can you just flip the prop backwards?
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MrClean on November 25, 2012
Use the normal prop turned around backwards. You'll need to swap two of your motor wires, same as you do when you first connect them and it turns the wrong way. A tip here is to use bullet connectors between your motor and esc. Go one step further and use a different color of heat shrink tubing on one set of connections. When you go from puller to pusher configuration you can just swap the odd color with another and then right back the next time. If you don't, no big deal just swap till it's spinning right, there's only 3 ways you can hook it really.
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liveyourdreamsRC on November 26, 2012
Thanks man! Just what I needed.
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noah on November 29, 2012
Looks like a fun build can't wait!!!
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liveyourdreamsRC on November 22, 2012
YEEEEESSSSSS!!!!! I just went to dollar tree last night to pick up foam and some other places to get supplies! right on FT! Can't wait to build!
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dadi3 on November 22, 2012
How much weight could it carry to still fly well?
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Cyberdactyl on November 25, 2012
I'm guessing 180 grams or less. But looks like if you increased the wing span 6", it would pop to 250 or less.
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TheChaz on January 11, 2013
this is a easy way to make steering landing gear on your Fowl Flier
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pilot 304 on December 5, 2012
which foam borad do i buy for the plane?

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wanabeRCexpert on November 22, 2016
dollar tree FB works great
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Mirabile Visu on November 22, 2012
Brilliant. This plane has character, and is a compulsary build for me.
I wonder if I can adapt the wing build method here to build a full-size Blender plane?
Thank you once again.

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ronnie.burchfield. on March 5, 2013
when are you going to add this plane in a kit so we can buy it ?
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ronnie.burchfield. on March 13, 2013
what size are the wheels ?
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kah00na on June 10, 2013
Can anyone share the wheel size?
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gr1999 on June 15, 2013
How Big do you have to print the plans. coz im confused?? why cant there be tiled plans to help me out here...
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wvcountryboy on June 28, 2013
ok I have the plane almost done been trying to figure out the boom length and thickness of them.. If anyone know post it will check up later ... Thanks
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gr1999 on July 1, 2013
speed build kit PLZ?

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Horwood on December 9, 2013
I also want to know the length of the Balsa wood boom....anybody?
Thank you
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BollusFTW on February 15, 2015
23 3/4” (60 CM)
FROM 1/2” (13mm)

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SB on January 11, 2014
Are there A4 drawings?
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SHolman on May 18, 2015
Just curious, has anyone tried to use stacked foam board instead of balsa? Think it would be as strong?
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Spacemonkeykj on July 9, 2015
Anyone know the wingspan of this plane? I can't find it anywhere in the article or on the plans.
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danield on July 15, 2015
Need a SBK, please
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RoyalCrown on February 11, 2018
Always up for something different. Thanks.
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Schlank on April 27, 2022
Quick question.... Is the link for free PDF plans broken? Has anyone gotten it to work?

thanks in advance!!
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Fowl Flyer Swappable - Scratch Build