Build Your Own B-17

by FliteTest | December 3, 2018 | (3) Posted in Projects

If you like quick to build RC planes with extremely fun flight characteristics, you’ll love this B-17.

At our recent Flite Fest Texas event, we got to check out this awesome design from one of our community members. It’s a profile B-17 which, unlike most planes modeled after large warbirds, is an ease to fly.

Want to build one? Here's the kit.

The Video

To see how enjoyable this Radio Controlled B-17 really is, if you haven’t already, check out the FT video!

The Vision

During the dark days of WW2, the USAF staged huge daytime raids on enemy targets using the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Armadas of these planes crossed the English Channel nearly every day. As people looked up, they could see hundreds of aircraft flying together at one time. It must have been quite a sight.

A couple of years ago, Matt decided that he wanted to attempt to recreate this. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars and several days to build just one model, he decided to go the affordable route by using everyday materials - sound familiar? 

Taking the Flite Test ethos to the extreme, Matt has developed one of the most accessible B-17 kits we’ve seen so far. 

The Kit

This airplane has a 71” wingspan and is powered by two power-pack B motors. You can fit four if you want, but why make one B-17 with four motors when you can make two B-17s with two motors each. 

These models go together extremely quickly. If you’ve built a few, you should be able to assemble one in around 15-20 minutes.

If you want to grab one of these kits, you can go ahead and order one from Matt’s website. If not, why not try building your own design from scratch? You’ll find a ton of helpful articles here on to help you out. 

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Matt's YouTube Channel

Matt's Website

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Build Your Own B-17