FPV Raiden, Purpose designed FPV ship?

by blackkrystal73 | September 13, 2015 | (20) Posted in Projects


 FPV Raiden Version 3.0


Hello again friends. 

I would like to share my latest plane design with you. It's a purpose built FPV plane with forward swept wings and canards.

I could go on and on about how great I think the FPV Raiden is, but I think I'm biased. Just watch the video, Decide for yourself. Let me say I'm not a good FPV pilot, it's all the plane.






If you have seen my article of the Raiden (Here). You'll see what a stable, nice flying plane it is. After a while of flying, I was thinking "wonder how it would do with a camera". Of course I had to try.


Below, Raiden version 2.5 with camera and video transmitter.



Below, Side view of Raiden version 2.5 with camera and video transmitter.


The results are amazing. Raiden flies slow with very good maneuverability, which makes it good for proximity flying. It climbs quickly to fly over obstacles, it descends well to fly under power lines and trees. The only negative thing, it wasn't cosmetically appealing. So, I figured since the fuselage is in two pieces, why not redesign the nose to house a camera and the video transmitter. This would make the build look cleaner, and protect the video gear, well as much as you can with foam. Back to doodling in SketchUp.


 Below, SketchUp side view of FPV Raiden.



 Below, SketchUp view of FPV Raiden nose.



Below: FPV Raiden Version 3 Camera compartment view.



Below, FPV Raiden Version 3 view with video transmitter installed.




Below, FPV Raiden Version 3 with Mobuis camera. 



Below, Overhead view of FPV Raiden Version 3.0.




Below, Front on view of FPV Raiden Version 3.0.




 Below, Side view of FPV Raiden Version 3.0.




  •  Its size makes it a good "throw in the truck plane". At 40 x 38, you don't have to fight something with a 5 foot wing span, or mess with a removable wing.
  • The Canopy is easily removed to allow access to batteries and video equipment.
  • Its lite weight construction coupled with its large wing area and canard design makes it fly slower.
  • The unconventional forward swept, canard design makes this plane unstallable.
  • For 5 bucks worth of foam and a hand full of electronics that you probably have laying around, you can build a really nice FPV plane.



 The Plans


To build the Standard line of sight version, you'll need the LOS Fuse.pdf, Left Wing.pdf, Right Wing .pdf and Spars & Canards.pdf  36 sheets of printer paper, tiled.

To build the FPV version, you'll need the FPV Fuse.pdf, Left Wing.pdf, Right Wing.pdf, Spars & Canards.pdf and FPV Canopy.pdf 38 sheets of printer paper, tiled



The Build





  • FPV Raiden has a wing span of 40 inches. Its 38 inches long from nose to prop.
  • AUW on my build 1lbs. 15.65 oz
  • Total wing area: 4.295 sq ft @ 31.65 oz = 7.369oz/sq ft



  • 2212 1400kv motor like this or this. 
  • 10 inch motor or battery lead extension.
  • 2- 9 gram servos.
  • 25 - 30amp ESC.
  • 2200mah 20c battery.
  • 8 X 4 Prop.
  • Your favorite 3 channel receiver (Radio must be elevon capable).
  • 4  1/4 sheets of DTFB or RossFB + hot glue.
  • This is not a swappable. The hull isn't big enough to accommodate the FT power pod. It does use a standard FT fire wall.


I hope you enjoy my unconventional FPV plane as much as I do.

I'm crossing my fingers, maybe FT will consider the Raiden in both configuration for a community build.


Thanks for looking.

Enjoy the hobby as cheap as you can my friends.

Kevin Matusik

aka Blackkrystal73


julezflies on September 17, 2015
Awesome job Kevin! You've done a great job with the Raiden. :)
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blackkrystal73 on September 18, 2015
Thank you

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SP0NZ on September 18, 2015
Really looking forward to building mine Kevin. Thanks!
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BankNYank! on September 18, 2015
Very cool!
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Pumpster on September 18, 2015
I have the FPV Raiden that i'm just finishing up, and guy's what a great build so far! Kevin has done a GREAT job designing this plane.. I'm really looking forward to flying this plane! Thanks Kevin!
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kegg300 on September 18, 2015
I have watched the Raiden in flight on several occasions, it is an awesome aircraft to watch, it is smooth whether fast or slow. Cant wait to build mine soon. Thanks Kevin!
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Damage on September 20, 2015
I would love to see FT do a community build of this.
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Pumpster on September 21, 2015
I would like to see this as a community build too. I got my FPV Raiden in the air this past weekend, and wow guy's, this is a great FPV platform. I firmly believe this plane is great for all skill level's.. I've been flying RC for over 30 years now and FPV for the past 4 years and I have not encountered a plane that flies like this one... 2 Thumbs up from this guy! Nice work Kevin!!
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Hell2Go on September 22, 2015
Excellent flight video! I like the diverse scenery in your video, keeps the flight interesting! Great job!!!
Looks like a great flying plane too... I think I'll build one for proximity FPV... Looks fun!
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NathanStephenisboss on September 24, 2015
Great video, I want one!!!
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Tree Top Tommy on October 11, 2015
This is a nice design! I am going to make a version of this for sure. I will probably add a rudder. Also putting the cameras on rigs with a few rubber dampeners gets rid of the motion wave completely and I just don't think I can bring my self to completely enclose the FPV antenna. 5.8GHz relies heavily on line of sight. So, how is the actual FPV reception the way you have it setup? ...thank you for sharing the plans.
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blackkrystal73 on October 16, 2015

I haven't notice any blocking of RF signal. I'm using a 600mw8 Ghz vtx. My range is very usable
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Damage on October 19, 2015
Just maidened the one I built. This thing flys awesome. Similar to the viggen how it floats and it speeds up. This would make a great first fpv plane for beginners or for advanced pilots alike. It can be a no stress FPV ship, it handles wind no problem.

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SimplyDoug on December 14, 2015
I've been waiting for a week to maiden this. What a fantastic flyer. I built the FPV version and did my very first fixed wing FPV with it as well. Great plane!
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westbows on April 13, 2016
Interesting plane. After seeing this It makes me think of the Klingon bird of prey. Could be a cool build.
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schuttkerk@yahoo.com on April 15, 2016
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stefanogreg on May 12, 2016
Would be nice to add a layer of foam board in front of the Canard carbon spar, it will generate more lift (KFM profile) and will reduce the turbulence of the spar -> so less drag and more weight in the nose for FPV setup
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wanabeRCexpert on January 28, 2017
what setup did you use for the control serfusaes?
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blackkrystal73 on February 10, 2017
I use full throws, about 80% expo. the Raiden has a large speed curve, at high speeds you don't need much, when you slow it down, you need all the throws. hope this helps

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blackkrystal73 on February 10, 2017
Here are the latest plans.... Enjoy..

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mchambers324 on February 11, 2017
you have any pictures with the new fuse set up? I am just about done building mine but don't know what to do with the tail fins! Thanks man
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FPV Raiden, Purpose designed FPV ship?