FT-22 Raptor - PROJECT

by FliteTest | January 13, 2014 | (52) Posted in Projects

 

If you've been with us for a while you might recognize this beauty, but with a few new additions.

 

Say hello to the FT-22 Raptor!

 

This is the first design in the FT Simple Series. For you swappble fans out there, don't be sad! There will still be many more swappables to come. 

We based this off our original F-22 design (above) but with all the improvements you could ask for. 

The front scoops created by the belly plate provide excellent cooling for your electronics, and it looks cool!

The nose is actually made completely from foam which drastically increases the durability. No more wrinkled poster board noses!

There is plenty of space in the cockpit for your battery or whatever else you guys might want to throw in there. 

To reduce rod flexing, Josh noched out a small piece of foam attached to the side plate and ran the rod through. No flex, no hassle! 

To go along with our decal kits we have new bigger logos color matched and ready to go!

 

Also, the first 250 people who buy a speed build kit will also get a FREE small decal. Our thanks for being awesome!

 Even though this plane is technically a jet, don't let that intimidate you! It's extremely easy to build and it will only go as fast as the motor you put in it. 

The FT-22 boasts great high-alpha, and acrobatics are no problem. 

As always, fly with a friend (or three)!

Sadly, we still haven't figured out how to make the planes tree-proof. 

 

As always, we want to thank you guys for supporting Flite Test. We wouldn't get to do what we do if it weren't for your help.

As always we have free plans and a build video on the way!

Let us know what you think! Leave a comment bellow or chat it up in the forums!



COMMENTS

maximaal on January 13, 2014
nice video realy liked it.
maybe it is a cool idea to make it bigger with 1cm foamboard.
hope for more great vieo's
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sailorJohn on January 13, 2014
Waiting for the build! Cool logo's
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Fety on January 13, 2014
Wait, so where's the custom FliteTest plans of this??? I don't want the old EPP plans. ....Or are you guys wanting to make some $$$$ off the speed build kits first before releasing the plans??
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flight monkey on January 13, 2014
Hold on fety, no need to get inpatient. Ive seen this before. And understably, release the speedbuild. Then release the free plans. We have to remember, Flight Test is Solo now. If they dont, hey this is the only people who have given us free plans for a very looonnngg time. Hey Cant complain. Thanks Guys. I think its about time I purchase a couple of Jacket patches to contribute to my Favorite Channel EVER !!!
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Bolvon72 on January 13, 2014
Thursday as always, they come out with the build video.
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RoryKennedy on January 13, 2014
These look awsome! I was wondering if you recomend these for beginners to fly. Also I wanted to know what type of motor and battery should I use and what remote. Thanks- Rory
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Varmit57 on January 14, 2014
I don't think I would recommend it for a first plane but if it flies anything like the original then maybe for a second or third one. Might try the FT-Flyer for a beginner.
For the remote the Spektrum's are the most popular and that is what I like but you might want to check with a local club and ask what they use. Nice to get some hands on before you spend the money.
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Maxspeed86 on January 16, 2014
Hello long time lurker first time poster here. Would it be possible to add rudder control?
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rfander on January 13, 2014
So Awesome!!! I'll be making this in the near future!
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Brian650 on January 13, 2014
where are the down loadable plans???
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Varmit57 on January 14, 2014
They usually release the Build Video and plans on Wednesdays after the Project Video, so I'd suspect it to be posted tomorrow.
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teteorp on January 14, 2014
Oh man. It looks beautiful!!!! It´s even better than the first version!!! Congratulations!!! Keep doing the great job!!!! You guys are AWESOME!!!
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eagle4 on January 13, 2014
Did you guys try putting a KFM2 airfoil on it? I wonder if that would help generating lift which would improve it for FPV flying.
Another thought, if you angled down the shoulders of the wings just a little bit it would add some camber to the wing surface, also helping generate just a little bit more lift. The real F22 has this which makes it more of a lifting body design. Just a thought.
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Floridanative on January 13, 2014
What an awesome design. Can't wait to build it. When will the plans be available? I might even try a EDF with this one. Bought the Spitfire after building from plans so that I can paint it up proper.
FT-22 looks like it's going to be another I can't pass up. Great job guys!

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Kevinjt4 on January 14, 2014
Just bought some Black $Tree foam board for this build. Finishing up an RCPowers F-35V2 build at the moment... Not sure if I want to start this one or the Old Fogey. Which ever one, it will be my 6th build in 2 weeks. I just started this hobby and am hooked. Who ever thought my favorite toy would be a hot glue gun!
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sailorJohn on January 15, 2014
Lose the black foamboard ,it's harder and less rewarding to work with. I am trying to complete a project with hobbylobby colored (red) foamboard but am having unidentifiable problems getting it to fly properly. Maybe the extra weight ,causing fuse flexing, push rod flexing. but will keep trying till it dies!
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Kevinjt4 on January 15, 2014
Good to know. I will give it a go tho since I do have the two black sheets - see what happens.
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Damig on August 14, 2014
Good catch sailorJohn, I agree. Black peels faster for whatever reason... course if you peel then build, Black is the one ta get...

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sailorJohn on January 15, 2014
Is just me, are there other people who have trouble finding informative or entertaining content on Ft's forum?

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solarflash on January 13, 2014
Thank you, thank you.thank you. Have been putting off building one from R/C Groups waiting for this one. Already ordered and received my motor mount, now waiting for plans/build video....
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HerbAir on January 14, 2014
Nice, guys! Keep up the great work!
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Flynn on January 13, 2014
Ordered mine! Thanks guys!
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RCairforce on January 13, 2014
Looks great! Already placed an order for one :)
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liveyourdreamsRC on January 13, 2014
I like the look of this one more than the older version. Plus its all dollar tree foam right?! Nice job and can't wait for the build video.
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Finn on January 15, 2014
Cool plane guys, but we still need your scratch build version of the plans for free download
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Kevinjt4 on January 14, 2014
So whats this with FT being "solo?
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RCflyer28 on January 18, 2014
Have you guys ever thought of selling full kits with electronics? I found it a little confusing and more expensive buying all the electronics from different sites and have three separate shipping charges.
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RCairforce on January 19, 2014
The Flitetest Power packs from Lazertoyz.com include all the electronics you need except for a radio system.
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Finn on January 20, 2014
the only thing that will happen in this respect is that flite test, will have to include their shipping cost, from electronics, in to the bill you will receive from the total package, with speed build kit and electronics.
In your model, you will get rid of the shipping cost and flite test sit with them instead of you.
That will not be fair.
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Trippey on January 14, 2014
Look at that first Picture, 2 Viggins! When is that going to come out?
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Kevinjt4 on January 15, 2014
I think the swappable power pod idea is awesome. I plan on making a swappable pusher chassis for this plane and then make mods to this design of other fighter jets.
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kanky on February 5, 2014
Waiting for the plans. I got electronics and materials ready to go :(
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Air-headed Aviator on January 13, 2014
Cool...real cool.
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EastTownRC on January 13, 2014
nice project! Are there two swappable viggen in the background? :)
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rcspaceflight on January 13, 2014
Now I see them. Pause at 0:33 - 0:34.
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RCairforce on January 13, 2014
You can also see them in the first picture below the video ;)
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Okie on January 13, 2014
yep good eye cant wait for them
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Jghanson25 on January 13, 2014
There's a typo on the article description.

Put "out" twist on
Put our twist on??

Love the plane and can't wait to build it!
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tjrecon on January 14, 2014
if this is anything like the first version it will be awesome. i built many of the first one and they were all great planes. They are tough little planes. had one with no nose and it still flew great. Keep up the good work guys. Yall Rock!!!!

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Cubarican on January 15, 2014
Purchased today 1/15/14 and waiting patiently. I was checking to see if you had the raptor / flite test stickers , which would be awesome to go with this build. ( the one with the raptor and the flite test gremlin )

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Pauloar on January 13, 2014
Really amazing guys!!!!! I can not wait to built it!!!!!!
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flight monkey on January 13, 2014
Been waiting for this updated f22 build. Great build guys!! This weekend is my build time (if the free plans are posted by then). Awesome work. Glad to see Scott more often. 😊
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Lenn11 on January 14, 2014
Awesome work it's getting better and better :-) up to a EDF model
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RCflyer28 on January 18, 2014
Waiting for the f-22 raptor to be delivered and I'm so beyond excited to build it and fly. Are there any videos that show how to bind a spectrum dx5?
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Foamkiller on April 10, 2015
Great plane easy to build and easy to fly please check out my F-22 Raptor video
https://youtu.be/OE2cP553ZCc

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unclebone on January 14, 2014
Already printed the plans from RCG and now I'm glad I didn't cut them out.
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Skipp2Maloo on February 14, 2014
Oh Yes, Plans Please!!!
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CJGFX on January 14, 2014
What a great way to kick off 2014, with a great plane. I did build one of the original ones with limited success. So I can now bin the remains of that and build this version. Great job guys and by the look of the stack of planes behind Josh Scott in the first photo under the video, there's lots of good things to come this year…….
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tj on January 15, 2014
F-22 Raptor Speed build kit ordered 01/15/14

Can you recommend a place to purchase all the electronic parts completion pieces from 1 place rather than 2 or 3 different vendors. I want to complete this this year and avoid several shipping charges. Is there a foamie web site that would have a comparable completion kit ?

Lazy
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tj on January 16, 2014
I called the customer service number and guess who answered the phone ??? Josh Bixler himself. He was very helpful and directed me to lazertoyz.com and they have several power combo's to choose from and if I remember right they have power combo's for nearly everything Flite Test sells.. And at a reasonable price, including the battery...

Thank-you Josh Bixler !!!!!
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albyg on March 1, 2014
my canopy kept ejecting mid flight and going through the prop. so I added a tab to the front of the canopy.
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lysle42 on March 24, 2014
Waiting for the plans. I got electronics and materials ready to go :(
can find all other plans but not for this one whats up!
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bbVasi on April 21, 2014
My son and I have built several Flitetest kits and this is my favorite. We found it worked better with a larger motor (more power is always better!). With two people, landing is simply having the pilot(my son) aim for me and I catch it like a football.

Then we made the mistake of trying to paint it (before watching the painting videos) and the whole thing warped so I have another laser-cut kit on order.
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Foamkiller on April 10, 2015
Great plane easy to build and easy to fly please check out my F-22 Raptor video
https://youtu.be/OE2cP553ZCc

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jrvalentin62 on May 5, 2014
Great Video!! How about you guys try a F-35 U.S. Marine Corps version. or F-14 Tomcat for some dog fighting.
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Isaac Mac on April 15, 2014
GREAT VIDEO GUYS!! I have been flying my blade mqx quad for years and i jus ordered the ft-22 raptor and i was wandering if i would have to get a new NICE remote to be able to fly it or if i could use the the controller from my quad its a decent controller. so would i have to get a new controller for the plane or would it bind with the ft-22 raptor just fine. thanx for the info on the raptor!
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vinsonelt on September 27, 2014
A Quick wat to cut these guys out
http://youtu.be/SE_-nTxzMb8
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jetpackninja on May 22, 2014
Saw a couple of these rockin' around at our semi annual combat swarm.
I've been flying the original design in corplast and dollar tree foam versions.
These are awesome updates to the original design. Great work guys!
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steve from GB on July 16, 2014
been in this hobby for over 40 years and have seen many changes free flight control line and rc from rubber power deisel and glow plug and then turbine ,electric flight and modern batterys have made possible things we could only dream of ,and you people at flight test bring those things to us through your superb channel in such a fun but informative way thanks chaps shame im all the way over over pond in GB but will catch you next time your in Europe many thanks steve
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Foamkiller on April 10, 2015
Great plane easy to build and easy to fly please check out my F-22 Raptor video
https://youtu.be/OE2cP553ZCc

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FT-22 Raptor - PROJECT