FT Mighty Mini Mustang - Build

by FliteTest | December 11, 2015 | (22) Posted in How To

FTScratchBuild-Advanced


FT MIGHTY MINI MUSTANG SPECS

  • Weight without battery: 5.5 oz (156 g) 
  • Center of Gravity: 1 inch (25 mm) from leading edge of wing
  • Control Surface Throws: 12 หš deflection (elevator/aileron/rudder) Expo 30%
  • Wingspan: 24.5 inches (622 mm) 
  • Recommended Motor: 2200 kv 2204 size motor
  • Recommended Prop: 6 x 4.5 prop 
  • Recommended ESC: 12 amp minimum 
  • Recommended battery: 800 mAH 2s or 3s 
  • Recommended Servos: (4) 5 gram servos
 


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COMMENTS

MattH on December 12, 2015
Love this build. One question: why leave the air scoop on the bottom of the Mustang when it could be left off and thus improve aerodynamics? (or perhaps make the scoop more angled or smaller)

I realize it's a break from the pure Mustang aesthetic, but seems like it'd be worth the trade-off for many folks.
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The-One-Who-Never-Crashes on December 12, 2015
"Triple M"-- Mighty Mini Mustang!
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PropSpinner on December 12, 2015
Does the Crafty Kit come with a bottle of Mountain Dew?
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PropSpinner on December 12, 2015
If Josh Scott was assisting in the build, he would have asked the same question.
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elijahf111 on September 14, 2017
rofl
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james.ketchem on December 13, 2015
josh ,what about a min f-82?
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aengland300 on December 27, 2015
an f-86 would be really cool to!
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blih blah on April 18, 2016
totally an F82 would be sick
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jordy123 on May 28, 2016
I third that.
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buckineer69 on February 4, 2018

i am working on the F-82


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Rasterize on December 14, 2015
What weight of cardstock does FT use for sheeting? I want to trace some copies when my Corsair and Mistang speed build kit arrives today. :)
Also do you know the weight of the paper on Adams Rediboard? Weight in grams per sq. meter (gsm) would be great. Thanks
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Hoagen on December 18, 2015
In building my Mini Mustang I used the F pack of electronics. After all of the servos were installed I tested them for center and only one of the four worked. Now I have all of the servos installed and only one of them works. I am unable to get 5 gram servos locally so the whole project comes to a halt. Bummer!
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Pjb on December 18, 2015
Josh, didn't know where to post. Love how the builds are evolving. How about some form of seaplane with high mount pusher prop as the next build.
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wf on December 27, 2015
are there plans for a landing gear?
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Riderkabuto on January 12, 2016
I just got my kit, and I am wondering the same. I guess the same technique can be adapted from the full size, perhaps a smaller gage of wire. I am looking around for other solutions, I will let you know what I find.
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sheldonc on January 4, 2016
Are the formers for the hatch off a bit on the plans? On the video Josh states they should be long enuff to go thru the holes on the fuse. Should the two on the hatch be the same height, and depth?
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Goose on April 28, 2016
Yep I got the same problem, they are not even close, need to do some modifying
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ChrisKrieg on September 2, 2016
You're right. The formers are way off. Formers A B and D need the rectangular tab to be extended by one DTF-board-thickness, which I think is 5mm. The skewer hole in Former D currently rests in the center of the fuselage foam layer, so the skewer would pierce between the paper layers. I don't think that is the intention.
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Eric_ND on January 13, 2016
i am building this plane with full sized, futaba s3003 servos. they are a lot bigger and i am having problems getting 2 of them to fit inside the fuselage. any suggestions?
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dgrigor02@yahoo.com on January 15, 2016
With a plane this small, you should be fine as a bank and yank so just go with the elevator and fixed rudder.
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jackweed on April 1, 2016
LOL
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Graylegocity on April 18, 2016
Does the motor pack A come with everything other than the foam board.
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Graylegocity on April 18, 2016
Also does this come with push rods for the servos?
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Goose on April 28, 2016
The kits come with pushrod wire
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Lyrim on June 17, 2016
This build looks really great. What's the thickness of the foamboard? I want to build it from scratch. Thanks in advance.
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Lennart1337 on August 11, 2016
I bought the Mini Speedster Kit and the foam is 4.7mm thick. I measured it pretty accurate and I am pretty shure every model uses the same foamboard. Now I am scratch building the Mini Mustang. I found foam witch is about a millmeter thicker and heavier and not as tough but i think it will work fine.
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RCMasterx on August 22, 2016
The foam board is 3/16" or 4.7mm thick. The cavities cut for removal of foam in order to make the A and B folds and holes cut for tabs to be inserted will have to match the width of whatever foam thickness you are using. Just be aware that using a thickness other than what the design calls for can throw off other elements of the build. Also, the thicker board is heavier. -JD
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insomaniac45 on July 31, 2017
Hobbyking does Un-covered foam which is 5mm, all Flite Test stuff is approx 5mm.
If in the US dollar tree foam board is about 5mm and very similar, if in the U.K. Hobby craft do west foam, which is 5mm but paper removal is impossible,
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ToomuchBBQ on June 28, 2016
This could be a great basis for a P-40 conversion as well.
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Manusvelox on June 29, 2016
How would power pack A, with an 1806 motor, fly on this model?
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insomaniac45 on July 31, 2017
I'm using the larger pack, and flew at less than half throttle, so as long as you build light, you should have no issues other than using a little more throttle
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Stevesteve on February 6, 2018
I know this is an old question but for anyone else wondering-
Yes, the mini mustang will fly on a 1806 motor, my first one was built with 12g metal gear servos and an 1806 motor , the test flight was done on a 5030 prop and it flew great, just make sure you get all your weight forward enough to balance. I have since changed the prop to a 6030 for more pull and have a 6040 to try.

I've also built this with 5g servos and a 2204 motor but haven't given it a test flight yet.
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RCMasterx on August 22, 2016
It seems the servo cut-outs on the bottom of the wing are missing from the plans. I can work this out on my own, but I have been building planes for over 20 years. Novice builders may have trouble with this. I would like to suggest revising the plans to include the cut-outs. Looking at these comments, I'm surprised no one has mentioned this before. Y'all do a great job. Keep up the good work! -JD
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ChrisKrieg on September 2, 2016
You're right. I also noticed that the canopy formers are quite off as well, so I second your motion for an update of the plans.
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insomaniac45 on July 31, 2017
In the build video, josh does cover this, as you can run it as a 3ch. He also explains how and where to put the servos for the ailerons. So as long as you follow the video with your build you will have no issues :)
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wanabeRCexpert on November 17, 2016
how about a P-38 or a twin mustang?
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Missaka on November 19, 2016
Nice idea josh i built the mini P51 it is a good aircraft to fly. Wish you all the best for your future builds
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HuntR3 on December 2, 2016
FT mini T-28
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giba_fernando on December 7, 2016
This is awesome, thanks! About the Control Surface Throws: 12ยบ deflection (elevator/aileron/rudder). What does this actually mean, since there is a Throw Gauge in the plans with different degrees of 11ยบ low and 15ยบ high? Thanks again from Brazil.
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ss1979 on January 4, 2017
just to confirm, does the F pack comes with pushrods and control horns?
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Upbeat on January 9, 2017
Josh mentions in the build video that the powerpod has to be shaved down a bit for the right thrust angle. Can anyone help with telling me how many mm should be taken off at the back? I assume it is still meant to be a straight line from the front of the pod to the back so it sits flush against the top sheet of foam just that the angle of that line is not meant to be at right angle to the firewall?

Thanks for the help. Love the planes and plans
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giba_fernando on April 6, 2017
Is mine the haviest one? 256g without battery.. xD
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Drbudd on August 20, 2017
Dude mine is the same lol will it be ok?
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Kris McMillen on April 11, 2017
My tracking # says, cleared Canadian Customs at 10:17A.M. this 11th of April 2017. So now as it's Tuesday, and I'm in Nova Scotia, I see an opportunity to say YESSSSSSSS on Thursday or Friday. Getting jittery now LOL.
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insomaniac45 on July 31, 2017
Just flew my scratch built MMM ๐Ÿ˜Ž.

Wow, she is quick, running the emac 2204 motor with 6045 prop.
Even on low rates the turns on a dime. Fantastic second or third plane,
She did get buffeted by the wind quite a bit, but in calm weather she will be so much better.
Great plane absolutely love it ๐Ÿ˜Ž

What do I build next?
Have built
Storch,
Bronco,
Tiny trainer,
Se5,
Both 22s
Bravo
Guinea pig,

So what's next ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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flyboy7533 on September 5, 2017
what kind of winds were you flying in? I just bought a mmm to practice getting used to the winds in ND since I was from CA where the most wind I got was 13mph
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navykasun on October 19, 2017
i can only find 9g servo ,A 2212 1400kv motor and 30a ESC , is it ok to use it for this model, if it could be done what is the propeller goes with it. the other question is can i fly it with 3 channel ?
Please help me I'm beginner ...
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dale d on August 11, 2018

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Acheronus on August 30, 2018
I have a q... On my card stock sheet, I have 2 unused pieces... Are they undercarriage doors or to make the wing planform right??
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Suky on February 23, 2019
Can I use depron for the build
If yes then how much shud I take
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normandtech on June 7, 2019
Hi,

about the FTScratchBuild-Advanced, the 'Advanced' refers to the build or the flying skills or both ?

Thank's, Marc.
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KTODD2018 on July 11, 2019
I'm having some trouble with mine, it noes dives after 2 metres. I did check COG is 25mm back from wing edge. Any ideas why it would noes dive? I did use a larger 35 Amp ESC but COG was roughly correct.
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FT Mighty Mini Mustang - Build