FT Old Speedster

by FliteTest | November 18, 2013 | (44 Ratings) Posted in Reviews

The latest installment to our FT Swappable Series. The FT Old Speedster is a fun slow flyer designed after the FT Old Fogey.

The FT Old Speedster is a simple and slow flying 3 channel airplane and is setup with a swappable power pod.

Wheel pants!  These wheel pants are also available in our online store and come with the FT Old Fogey as well.

Whether you are indoors or outdoors, the Old Speedster's peformance is perfect for beginners and experienced pilots alike who are looking for a relaxing and forgiving flight experience. 

Using simple build techniques, the Old Speedster can be assembled and maidened very quickly.

This foam board scratch build will have a build video and plans very soon.  
In the meantime, it's also available as a speed build kit in our online store!



The FT Old Speedster will have plans and a build video coming very soon!
 
In the meantime, both the Old Fogey and the Old Speedster are available in our online store!

COMMENTS

hele559 on November 18, 2013
a classic model, pants on the plane, and it can still do a loop, this is so cool.
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Chris-Jan on November 22, 2013
Awesome! Will definitely be attempting to build one. A 50% - 70% scale seems like a good idea as well. Thank you Josh!

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Janzl on November 19, 2013
I really looooove the look of this plane!

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RICHGCOOP on November 18, 2013
Nice, Real nice. Looks like I will have to make the Old Speedster. LOL

RICHGCOOP
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Hell2Go on November 18, 2013
I live near Buffalo, NY and I need a building like that to fly in! Then I'd build a whole fleet of Fogey's and Speedsters and invite everyone I know to come fly with me.
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Hell2Go on November 18, 2013
P.S. Winter sucks!
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topher79 on November 18, 2013
Love it! Love it! Great looking plane! Keep up the good work!
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sokol on November 18, 2013
realy like the way how bottom of the plane looks like
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FKreider on November 18, 2013
Can't wait for the build video this plane looks awesome!
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IcyBird on November 18, 2013
WHEEL PANTS!!!!!
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StarkFlyer on November 18, 2013
I was one of the many pilots who flew the plane in the video. It is very easy to fly in a left hand pattern. Once you find the correct throttle setting it just cruises along on its own. So stable that I tried to set the xmtr on the ground and let it fly around on its own. Of course Murphy took over and another plane came close to me and the prop wash blew me off course. Had to make a quick recovery. With the mid airs we had they do take a beating without any or very little damage.

Dick

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91shadowrider on November 18, 2013
It's great! It's toonish like the old fogey. I'm unsure whether to buy or scratch build. Good job guys.
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RCairforce on November 18, 2013
Looks awesome! Old Speedster is kind of a misleading name though, the thing flies so slow! ;) Love the wheel pants too, will probably order a few pairs for my FT Cruiser and Baby Blender.
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Xerx on November 18, 2013
Whatever happened to releasing the kraken?
When i enquired over email, early November was mentioned. Its already 2/3'ds through November now.

I had to start my kraken build with only using the versa wing plans as a template.
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Warbirds9 on November 18, 2013
I know it may be not to hard to make, but how-about some plans for those pant wheels? :)

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Ron B on November 18, 2013
looked great I would like to see it in the wind. I am working on the old fogey now and am waiting on parts. old speedster may be next. old planes and old men just go together.
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asoulsdream on November 18, 2013
plz put the plans out before T-giving so me and my son can build it for the holiday together
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Flynn on November 18, 2013
Alex is the man! Got the chance to talk with him and the boys at Neat. Super cool and genuine guys. Thanks for this one! I've been looking for something for my nephew to fly and have fun with. You guys are the reason I have so much fun with this hobby.
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paullyjay on November 19, 2013
I'm soooooo gonna build an Old Speedster.... Great design!!!!!
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nickhall55 on November 18, 2013
OMG another FT beauty! The old saying if it looks right it will fly right and it looks beautiful!
I'm in.
You guys need a Europe warehouse to keep the postage prices down for us on the other side of the pond, I'll do it, really!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
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paullyjay on November 19, 2013
Yes, pleeeeeeease get a UK/European Warehouse setup (pleeeeeeeaaase!!!)
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casehatter on November 19, 2013
Yeap just a slow lazy then action packed Bird to have FUN that's the Key... I would like to see kit's that are not swapable
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BuckE67 on November 19, 2013
Great!! My favorite genre of airplane! Have built two Old Fogeys and can't wait to build this one.
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Team Monkey on November 19, 2013
Hey Pinnacle! I've been meaning to stop up there and fly with the afternoon gents. I talked to Pinnacle last year about setting up an all night fly-in and the manager was very receptive. As an engineer working from home I get to set my own schedule so aloting some afternoon flying time sounds like a good idea... :) It's a good thing I stocked up on kits from the sale and foam board. LOL
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FliteOmega on November 20, 2013
When is the free plans going to be released?

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RICHGCOOP on November 20, 2013
YES, Plans Please. Thank You

RICHGCOOP
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earthsciteach on November 18, 2013
Clip the wing, make it 4 channel, and install "The Beef!"
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Corbarrad on November 20, 2013
shove a spitfire wing in there and call it done?
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Hell2Go on November 21, 2013
I'm building an old fogey to hold me over while I'm waiting for the plans for the speedster... On the first day of my build, i'm ready for paint!
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Hell2Go on November 21, 2013
where can I buy a case full of blue wonders so I can build a whole fleet?
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nickhart on November 21, 2013
Looking forward to the scratch build plans.

In the meantime, do you have any recommendations for securing space for indoor flying events now that the rainy weather is here?

Thanks!
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Doc nemo on November 23, 2013
trop cool,voici le mien,tout d├ępron,complet avec accu 190 grs https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=475421002573721&set=p.475421002573721&type=1&theater
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Hookdriver on December 18, 2013
Guys this is a great little airplane. The wind is a bit high to get the maiden done today, but daylight tomorrow looks promising. I downloaded the tiled plans and used a glue stick to stitch them together. A few strategic dots with the glue stick attached my cut out patterns to the best aerospace grade dollartree foam board money can buy. It took about 45 minutes with an exacto to cleanly cut the parts out. I kept the build video open to keep track of the building tricks through the assembly process. To say the assembly process was straight forward would be an understatement. Really a prefect build! I already have plans to cut another and make it a daddy daughter project. Cut out a few of your own. An absolute joy to do so.
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Hookdriver on December 18, 2013
The wind calmed down just before a clear Georgia sunset so the kids and I loaded up and headed out to the flying field. My first impressions are fantastic. I could trim it to fly in a huge oval with the throttle about four clicks off of the idle/cutoff position and put the transmitter on the ground. Since I haven't flown the old fogey I have no frame of reference as to which would be better for beginners. There is no doubt that I would turn my seven year old loose with it. On the build thread there was a gent that said he had an issue with the wing folding in flight. I was curious if this was an issue. It is not. I followed the plans and watched what Josh did in the video. In a 45 degree throttle dive it is possible to recover into a prolonged inside loop cycle until you are blue in the face. The wings didn't even grunt. The ambient air temperature was about 40 degrees so if the glue or foam were going to get brittle they would have begun to by then. The "aerobatic " capability of this airframe is relative to the available control surfaces. Physics still apply with this one. If the c/g is too far aft it is squirely and too far forward it tries to hunt for earthworms. All in all a very satisfying build with an equally rewarding flight. A neat plane for beginners to cut their teeth on yet agile enough to keep a smile on more advanced pilots faces. Looking forward to more from flitetest!
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willem007 on February 4, 2014
try here G.
http://flitetest.com/articles/ft-old-speedster-build
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willem007 on December 25, 2013
Hi guys, cant find the build plans, are they out yet?
Thanks.
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aubsterflier on November 18, 2013
haha no shave november david looks hilarious
great plane
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Big fan 92 on June 20, 2014
Ya I noticed that
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dgoz33 on November 27, 2014
is this plane can fly with 2S battery ???
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Auteur47 on March 4, 2015
I'm an intermediate heli and multi-rotor flyer but a complete noob with airplanes. I've built and tried to fly Experimental Airlines AXON and your Versawing (pusher version) but they were way too hot for these beginner hands to fly. Now I've built the Old Speedster, teaching myself to fly and am happy to say I'm achieving some success in this endeavor. I'm actually enjoying flying this plane around the field! For now, I've replaced the wheels with a removable belly pan made of foam board to belly land on the turf of the local soccer field. Thanks Josh and Flite Test.
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