F1D Indoor Free Flight

by FliteTest | March 9, 2015 | (29) Posted in Reviews


Josh and Eric had the chance to meet Joshua and Hope Finn, and were even invited into their lovely home to see Joshua's passion for Free Flight.

These ultra light planes (Some weight 3.2 ounces, and possibly lighter!) glide around the living room with ease, but be careful if you try to catch them!

Heres the premiere competition plane, the F1D. These are known to fly for more then a half hour at a time.

The F1D is a wonderful plane to see fly if you ever get the chance to experience it first hand.

As much care goes into the build of these planes, also goes into the engine. Rubber batches come out each month, but it is known that the May 1999 batch has the best performance for your plane.

If you've never seen these planes before, IndoorNewsAndViews.com has every known article on Free Flight published. If you need any build plans and things of that sort, head over there.

And to get the correct covering for your wings, look for SuperUltraflim. Its very thin so be careful when handling it.

Hope Finn is quite the builder herself, holding her own against Joshua's planes.

Joshua even has a scale replica of a Microplano Veloz, with small tweaks of his own in the design.

Some of these planes props spin so slow, that it feels like your watching in slow-mo! It's simply amazing. 

For more details on Free Flight Designs and years of archived information on Indoor Free Flight visit: IndoorNewsAndViews.com

For Larry Coslick's article on wood testing  click: here and scroll down to page 34.

Also check out VolareProducts.com for some build kits and head over to IndoorSpecialties.com for the SuperUltrafilm

We hope that you guys enjoyed the F1D and the Free Flight planes in action. Thanks for watching guys and supporting us. See you all next time!


jrvalentin62 on March 9, 2015
Very meticulous building. They are works of art. Five stars
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Air-headed Aviator on March 9, 2015
This is awesome, I'd love to see more videos on this, especially on how to scratch build and design balsa airplanes that are remote control. When I first got into the hobby, balsa airplanes were some of the first craft I partook in, so it would be awesome to get more information on them.
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brucestern on April 1, 2015
Everybody has this correct. The indoor free flight show is AWESOME. I've spent hours, after watching it, to find a BUILD video on the internet and come up empty. Therefore, as always, there is a need for Flite Test to come to our rescue and dive into indoor free flight and make a build video to fill the vacuum of none on the web for us to follow. Who better than Flite Test to take this challenge??????
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Amdaylight on March 9, 2015
WOW what a change of pace! I have known about these aircraft for a long time but had never had any exposure to them. Maybe you could do some more on these aircraft covering things like covering and more on building.

Thank You Flite Test very much for this wonderful video on a very different subject.

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earthsciteach on March 9, 2015
Awesome episode!!!

The resources that Josh F mentions will be a huge help for my Science Olympiad and TSA students!
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BigSexy on March 9, 2015
Great video. Really cool to see Eric in the videos more too. I met him on the set of DR1 and is a great pilot. It's really great to see aspects of this hobby most of us have not had the chance to see. Keep up the great work guys.
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sailorJohn on March 10, 2015
I believe I saw a similar video several weeks ago when fT accidently published 6 or 7 FT shows at one time then quickly removed them. Still almost unbelievable skill in building. I'll bet they don't drink high test coffee.
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sailorJohn on March 10, 2015
Notice the several nice models on the wall in one picture.
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Mostly Harmless on March 10, 2015
Fantastic episode.... I'm always amazed at seeing the many different facets of any hobby at which people can dedicate their efforts and become experts. Great subject and great episode. I'd like to see more looks into these "niche" areas of model aviation.

It's a pretty sure bet these models wouldn't last long in a typical FT flying video. ;)

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Albert Daniels on March 10, 2015
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PropSpinner on March 10, 2015
More interesting people like Mr. and Mrs. Finn please.
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slowgto on March 10, 2015
Way cool!
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GluedFingers on March 10, 2015
I see a 2 part challenge show in the future. First a build show, and 2nd who can keep it up longest?
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sps3172 on March 10, 2015
Good Stuff!
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Flying Fox on March 11, 2015
Wow i love these things
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ewlie on March 12, 2015
Really nice to see something different like this. Keep up the variety.
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artezz on March 12, 2015
WOW, very impressive. something different for sure. I will have to give this a try. Thanks so much. Keep up the great work.
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Rasterize on March 12, 2015
Very refreshing video! Simple gorgeous works of flying art. Really sparked my interest. Keep up information on the variety in our wonderful hobby!
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bruin12 on March 14, 2015
I appreciate Flite Test venturing into other facets of model aviation and giving screen time to the cool people involved. Great stories with superb production values. A follow up show on that flapping model would be interesting, too.
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Tyson Haslam on March 14, 2015
Interesting! I should do more free flight as much as I do rc flight. I love building models anyway, and thanks for the inspiration!
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Paulshort on March 15, 2015
That Bird could destroy your airplane.

That is so awsome. Are there plans for the rocked swing wing ?
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FAI-F1D on March 16, 2015
That bird *HAS* destroyed airplanes in the past. She is kept a safe distance from them these days.
The swing wing is about to go into production as a kit. Stay tuned!
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Skipp2Maloo on March 19, 2015
Love IT!
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Arunabha42 on August 1, 2015
I'd love an episode on static plastic scale model building and detailing!
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F1D Indoor Free Flight