The brand new FT Goblin has arrived! It's fast, it's quick to build and it performs like, well, a goblin.
ReadyMadeRC and Flite Test have got together to produce a collaborative FT kit, the FT Goblin. This airplane is based on the very popular STRIX Goblin and STRIX Nano Goblin. As always, there is a speed build kit, free plans and a build video available to all. Before jumping into all of that though, here's the release video.
Flying Weight: 450g
FPV Compatability: Yes
Free Plans - https://www.flitetest.com/goblinplans
Power Pack F (You will need to change the standard ESC XT-30 connector if you want to run a 3 or 4s battery) - https://store.flitetest.com/flite-test-power-pack-f-flt-3010/p674271
Servos - FLT-3032
Battery - (11.1-14.8V 1300-2200mAh 3s-4s) https://store.flitetest.com/lipo-batteries-airplanes/c5649
Although the original Goblin came from STRIX, the FT Goblin started as the brainchild of Andres Lu, or amazing interning aerospace designer.
Like all of our airplane designs to date, the FT Goblin is made from Flite Test Water Resistant Foam board. This is a special blend of foam perfect for making airplanes. It's resistant to wear and tear as well as the outdoor elements.
The build is straightforward which makes construction easy for those who have only built a few planes before. For experienced FT fans, you'll have one of these things put together in no time.
Here's the complete build video. Get your parts in order and we'll get started. Take it away Andres.
Performance and Flight Characteristics
Like with the original STRIX Nano Goblin, this aircraft is a blast to fly. It has the feel and agility of a quad whilst retaining the predictable characteristics of a larger, more conventional looking model. As a wing, the plane cuts through the air. You can punch the throttle into a half roll, hang inverted for a few seconds before falling back to level flight and powering away.
As a wing, and as a plank wing at that, the FT Goblin looks like it really shouldn't fly well. In reality, this is the complete opposite case. The plank wing (with a CG far forward of most planes) creates a docile stalling tendency; the aircraft will slow, run out of airspeed and lightly dip its nose. There's no crazy tip stalling nonsense, just smooth, predictable tendencies.
For FPV, this is perfect. You don't want to worry about things like tip stalls whilst you're shooting gaps through trees or attempting your own experimental moves. Like with many of our other aircraft designs (like the Sparrow, Twin Sparrow and Dart), adding FPV to this model is simple. You'll be up and away in no time. All of our designs have great performance, but the new FT Goblin is definitely in its own league when it comes to proximity freestyle.
Each kit includes an optional carbon fiber camera mount. This fits all of the standard sizes of FPV Cameras. If you're looking for a recommendation on which camera to go for, check out the Runcam Swift 2 FT Version. It's simple to use and can record your video onto a local memory card - no need to carry an extra camera.
Post pictures of your FT Goblin in the FT Forum! We can't wait to see your sweet builds!
Article by James Whomsley
Editor of FliteTest.com