FT Bushwacker

by FliteTest | August 28, 2015 | (30) Posted in Reviews


  • Weight (w/o battery) - 1.15 lbs (521 g)
  • CG - 1.75" (44 mm) from leading edge
  • Throws - 16° deflection, 30% expo
  • Wingspan - 45 in (1143 mm)
  • Motor* - Park 425, 1000 kv minimum
  • Prop* -  9 x 6 - 10 x 4.7
  • ESC* - 18 - 30 amp
  • Battery* - 1300 - 2200 mAH 3s
  • Servos* - (4-6) 9 gram 
* = recommended

The recommended throws place the flight characteristics somewhere between a 3D plane and a sport flyer. 

The wheels are made from the same foam as the plane. Peter wanted them to be big but not too heavy. The robust size can hold up to tons of abuse, like the kind from short field landings.

Out of the kit the ailerons and flaps are connected to create 'flaperons'. For extreme super STOL performance, you can split each aileron in half to create flaps. You'll need two extra servos to control the flaps. 

If you are looking for a more docile park flyer, we recommend using Power Pack B. You'll be able to pull off basic aerobatics with this setup; perfect if this is a 2nd or 3rd plane. 

With Power Pack C, this will lean more towards 3D characteristics. Hovers, flat-spins, and those insanely short take offs and landings are all possible with this setup. If you are experienced or looking to expand your piloting skills, Power Pack C is for you. 

Like all our designs, we will have FREE plans and a build video released on Wednesday!

The FT Bushwacker is Peter's 3rd design and we couldn't be more proud. There is nothing like dodging trees at your local park with this. 

You can pick up the Speed Build Kit here!


Buddah on August 31, 2015
Very nice.
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Digital Wolf on August 31, 2015
Is there comming a mini bushwacker? And when does the Shinden come out?! Awesome episode guys!
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FliteTest on August 31, 2015
Maybe, soon and thank you!! ;)
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dz1sfb on August 31, 2015
Gorgeous design Peter! Especially love the flat spins.

Ken :)
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caleb_rc on August 31, 2015
Wow! This plane looks amazing and it's just what I've been looking for : a smaller storch but with more maneuverability. The Bushwacker just jumped to the top of my build list! Can't wait for the build video and plans. Thanks Peter!!
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scott b on August 31, 2015
Very, very awesome!! I've played disc golf many o' times at Wing Foot, so knowing the area you were flying, makes it even more impressive. The video doesn't do it justice how tight of an area you were in. Amazing planes and amazing flying!!
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PropSpinner on August 31, 2015
I'm so glad you brought Peter onboard.

Another great plane for an RC pilot on a budget.

Will it do an inverted flats spin?
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Ano Pilot on August 31, 2015
Excellent, might try to build one of these if you release the plans. Lovely slow flight behaviour. What size is a Park 425 ???
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ericdrob67 on March 29, 2018
Their suggested motors are Basic motor: Emax MT2213 935kv(850g pull w/10x4.5 @ 3s) with 20a esc or Better motor: Emax GT2215-10 1100kv(~1200g pull w/10x4.7@3s) with 30a esc.... I thought for a while they were recommending the Emax GT2215-09 1180kv(1250g pull w/10x4.7@3s) motor, but i could be mistaken...

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Yogenh on August 31, 2015
I love it, it seems to fly so great. I would say that you can fly it anyplace I will have to try one.
You guys have been doing such a great job and I hope that you keep it going.
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TriTriAgain on August 31, 2015
YES! Thank you So much, Peter. There is no other flying quite like STOL Buch planes!
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bsiepert on August 31, 2015
Awesome! How long have episodes been available in 60fps? I just upgraded my internet connection and watched my first video in a while and was impressed. Awesome!
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Croom on August 31, 2015
Building, NOW
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bargy73 on August 31, 2015
I can't wait to build and fly this plane
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bargy73 on August 31, 2015
Also this episode looked fantastic did you put the camera or camera operator on steroids.

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paultbg on September 1, 2015
Really nice plane, please post the plans as well. For us the Europeans it's a "bit" expensive to buy from your shop so it's cheaper to build. Well done and keep going, you are doing a hell of a job.
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Fowlwater on September 1, 2015
That is one heck of a design. When do the floats become available? Which configuration flew the best? The flaps or the flaperons?
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ericemn on September 2, 2015
Floats would be AWESOME!
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yehudah on September 1, 2015
I had just started building the bloody baron, but that is going to have to wait I have to have one of these. Im ordering my electronics for this baby today. thanks Peter!
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tomernassi on September 1, 2015
what foam board are you using?
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Jefftherckid on September 2, 2015
Adams readi-board is what they use, in fact if you buy a speed build kit it still has the adams sticker on it.
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johnnyjiujitsu on September 2, 2015
Anxiously awaiting build video : )
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Kuechenuhr on September 2, 2015
Ich freue mich schon auf den Bauplan des Bushwacker!
Ich muss Ihn Bauen und Fliegen Toll!!!
Klaus aus Grevenbroich
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Budair on September 2, 2015
Thanks Peter, this jewel is most certainly my next build. Keep up the great work!!
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bargy73 on September 3, 2015
Thanks Pete
Downloading and printing plans now. Also that thing you use to square up the fuselage is called a "Set Square" we used to use them for drafting before computers with CAD were around. HaHa
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lotnum on September 4, 2015
For a challenge. You should fly a plane LOS through the chase plane/multirotor FPV output feed.
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eternalfire1244 on January 2, 2016
That is an awesome idea.
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themessydr on September 8, 2015
My FT bushwacker weighs 521 grams without battery and i live in 7000ft elevation and the wing does not fly well up here, there is not enough lift for the planes weight. i almost destroyed it from a random brownout today.. time to repair. thinking of making the wing another 10 inch wider?
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RedheadBarron on December 5, 2015
you sure that's the problem? I'm down at sea level with some lift issues possibly
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Blackbird on September 16, 2015
Got my Bushwhacker and now time to build! Great design Peter! Do you think adding vortex tips on the wing would help at all?
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slandon on October 6, 2015
I have built many FT planes. They are all great, and I like every one. Peter...Awesome plane. The Bushwacker is my new and favorite "throw it in the back seat and fly it whenever" airplane.
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aerogriffics on November 6, 2015
There is also a Bushwacker in the land of brits, designed by Alex Whittaker, balsa basher extraordinaire. A rugged, simple, high winger, but otherwise completely different. See here: http://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums/postings.asp?th=74470
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jordy123 on January 26, 2016
could you make a mini bushwacker?
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Lilkrillin on July 6, 2016
Just built one of these as a RET trainer with 10° dihedral. Flys amazingly and has a cub like appearance. Great design Peter.
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cgapeart on December 17, 2016
I completed the speed build kit in under 3 hours for a first time build. I am very impressed! I am just waiting on my electronics order now to get it in the air. It's my first fixed wing build, and I chose it because it was a simplest high wing model available at the local hobby store. I am wondering, however, if there is something I can do to make it easier for a first time flyer. Having inhaled as many of the FT videos as well as others, it sounds like making a a second set of wings with a bit of dihedral might slow it down and give it a bit more stability. I was thinking of building off of the FT Explorer wings - but a bit shorter. Any thoughts?
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FT Bushwacker