FT Racer - BUILD

by FliteTest | September 4, 2013 | (46) Posted in How To

FTScratchBuild-Intermediate

The Speed Build Kit is available in our web store!

The FT Racer is the streamline design that inspired the FT Slinger.

You can see this scratch built airplane in action in the FT Slinger Review Video.

Servo extensions will be needed for this build, we recommend 30CM or longer.

Creating the fast back canopy is pretty straight forward, simply tape/ glue the piece onto the plane.

You can also add air intakes and the bubble canopy (with the hat) for more of a character plane look.

More photos and build discussion in the FORUM POST

The Speed Build Kit is available in our web store!

You can also download the plans and scratch build the kit yourself.

FREE Build Plans:

FT RACER [ FULL SIZE ]
FT RACER [ TILED ]

Click HERE to see the POWER POD BUILD VIDEO

COMMENTS

XFlyer on September 4, 2013
55 Minutes!!!!!!!!!!
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rcspaceflight on September 5, 2013
Yeah... I love watching their build videos to maybe learn some new techniques and to know how they do things... But I skipped around a lot on this video. I know this video is a huuuuuuugggee benefit to a lot of people, but not me.
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liveyourdreamsRC on September 5, 2013
Yes, but it's flitetest! It's entertaining and you usually learn a thing or two. I just like to see the foam sheets transformed into these magnificent scratch builds. I sometimes don't like the longer vids just because its hard to find the time, but I still enjoy.
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flight monkey on September 16, 2013
Yeah, totally agree with youliveyourdreamsRC, I as well enjoy the longer videos.. more info is said while they build. Plus its nice chit chat. If you want skip ahead and not see the repeated steps then you can forward the video, to your preference. But I watch flite test, over and over cause I find it entertaining. More long videos Please.
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GunHog on September 5, 2013
I want to see an FPV build of this. That would be a fun fly!

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Sonicflight on September 19, 2013
Awesome plane but can you do a reveiw on the AXN Clouds Fly From HobbyKing
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Ben Presten on September 5, 2013
FLOATS please make floats for the kits!
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Miracle Air on September 5, 2013
This plane is really pretty, and it seems to fly like a pattern ship. Well done.

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MIdwestGoof on September 5, 2013
Hi guys great looking build.
If its not too much trouble can you list the Motor-ESC-Prop combo's you use. As a starting point for us who are still new to flying and electrics on each build please?
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tramsgar on September 5, 2013
There are recommendations printed on the plants. Also mentioned in the videos.
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amtpdb1 on September 5, 2013
I would also like to know the parts they used on the plane shown in the video. The plans only tell you the minimum and I would like to know the size motor and prop along with the esc. In the video there was only a mention of 800 watts and not the motor used. Many want to know as they want their plane to fly as good as the one they show and do not want to waste money buying a bad combination. Myself I want a proven set up so as to not waste my time and money on something I will not be happy with. I hope flitetest will respond with the motor/prop/esc used in this video request. I have asked on several different planes using different forums and youtube with out a response!
Thanks and have a nice day.
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Drezed on September 5, 2013
The motor David used in his "Slinger" model, is this one http://www.3dhobbyshop.com/Omega-72g-Brushless-Outrunner_p_15518.html. :-)
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amtpdb1 on September 10, 2013
Thanks for the information.
Have a nice day.
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alexkasty on September 10, 2013
amtpdb1, i use the hobby king 35-35/5 brushless outrunner. on the turnigy 45amp esc with an 8x4 prop i pull 36 amps with it and thats safe for the esc. the plane is a rocket in the air. lots of power for endless vertical flight. lots of fun. that is all using the 2200mh 3cell
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amtpdb1 on September 10, 2013
Thanks for your reply. I will add that to my order list.
Have a nice day.
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amtpdb1 on September 10, 2013
Couldn't find it! What model is it.
Thanks
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cwy81 on May 19, 2014
I'm new to the scratch build part of this wonderful hobby and i have a ntm prop drive 28-26a 1200kv motor with the 2200mh 3cell what kind of flight times can i expect on this plane?
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Exhodus on September 5, 2013
Nice work as always!
A small suggestion if I may, if you would post color patterns for the bubble canopy and the air intakes that already have the "paint" on them it would make life much much easier for builders without an artistic touch. It could easily be printed with a color printer and folded.
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wartang on September 5, 2013
I'm wondering if there is way to make the air scoops functional?

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tramsgar on September 5, 2013
Lead them down to the esc =).
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flight monkey on September 16, 2013
Yes, I am going to post my video of my build. And I am going to make my scoops functional.and more like the real ripslinger. Also the canopy is going to be more aerodynamic. I cant wait till I finish it, but this one I dont whant to rush.
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area77 on September 5, 2013
Nice build video! Please make this a kit!!!!!! Also some else had a great suggestion....creat a full parts list of materials to fly minus the TX....
Thanks Guys keep flying!
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RC Wonder on September 5, 2013
hi i have access to a laser cutter so can u make laser cutter plans. thanks. btw love your show
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liveyourdreamsRC on September 5, 2013
Wow, that looks like a really nice scratch build! nice job on this one guys!
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sailorJohn on September 5, 2013
No spars yet no wing failure, not even at the fuse.
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RMS on September 6, 2013
I think it is time you guys try your hand at making an F3A style airplane out of the DT foam. 55 inch wingspan.
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kenton on September 6, 2013
Looks like another fun plane I will have to get to building soon. I'd love to see you guys tackle a swappable Corsair next! :)
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Captain Crash on September 6, 2013
guys thank you i really love i im making a plane based off of it

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mally.cool on November 15, 2015
Hi, When I print tiled sheet and arrange them, it is coming huge size and wing size is going more then 29.5 inches. How do I print tiled sheet to get a correct size? Please help me out.

Thanks,
NewBee
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Michael763 on September 7, 2013
Awesome!
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shadow61 on September 9, 2013
What is the material you use? And What should be the thickness of the material?
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Joking on September 10, 2013
Another great build. Am having great fun flying the spitfire, every ones a winner. Do you have any outlets over here UK for the kits I wonder or do we order direct? Keep up the great work.
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gr1999 on September 10, 2013
Hey guys. I would like you guys to try and tackle a fully foamboard float plane. It would be really cool if you could.

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SMAM on September 13, 2013
HI, thanks for the plans
is this plane stable enough for beginners?
thanks
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Dashman on September 17, 2013
Hi Guys, From one cheapskate to another, thanks for all you do! I just finished my FT Racer build and found some minor issues with the plans:
1) The large former for the turtle deck (rear of cockpit) is not symmetrical. The peak is skewed to one side.
2) The tabs and slots for the top section of the fuselage are not the same size. Not a big deal because they can be trimmed to fit.
3) A bit more obvious... The Title info on page one is messed up

Thanks again!
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Okie on September 21, 2013
I wonder how well this would work http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/uh_viewitem.asp?idproduct=10592&aff=451003
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bobdaone on October 6, 2013
I have been trying to download these plans for approximately a week and can't seem to get them the link times out. Is this just me or is something going on here? Also How do I get them?
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amtpdb1 on October 6, 2013
just downloaded them again and no problem as long as using acrobat to download.
Don
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Axl on October 7, 2013
Awesome vid guys keep them coming
Cheers
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Snappy on November 16, 2013
Hey, regards from Hamburg (Germany), i plan to build this model and want to help some people to find the right material. The Foam Board can find as "Kapa Line Leichtschaumplatte", you will need 2x (100x70 cm x 5 mm) Boards. For the Rounded Things (posterboard) you can take a "Fotokarton". One Question i want to use for the PowerPod a NTM Prop Drive 28-36 1800KV / 438W with 3S and TGS Sport 6x5E Precision propeller. Will this combination work with this plane? How long will i flight? Can i transport an FPV Cam with TX or will it be too heavy?
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blarbdude on June 5, 2014
I know this post is old, but how did the NTM motor work for you? Was the 6x5e propeller adequate?
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educhoko91 on November 22, 2013
Hey guys, I live in La Paz, Bolivia at 4100 mt over the see level. I'm getting ready my power pod for this planes and i need some help. What do you recomend??? Here is what i think i need:
-Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 20C Lipo Pack
-Turnigy 2209/26 1130kv Brushless Motor
-Turnigy AE-20A Brushless ESC
-APC style propeller 8x6-E
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Kurt0326 on December 11, 2013
Anyone know what size spinner i should use for slinger?
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Captain T on January 24, 2014
I am 13 and just made this with a 550 watt motor and a 9x6 prop. best flying plane i have made yet! I hit 83 mph on a 3s 2200!
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Captain T on January 31, 2014
Just crashed it straight into the ground a 70 mph, the only damage was that the motor fell off!!!
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Yogenh on February 1, 2014
I made one for a friend and he loved now I am going to make one for me. When I get it done will have to post it on here

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Yogenh on February 10, 2014
I tried to post a photos of it but couldn't get it to post. I do not know how to do it I guess
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sanskar on June 10, 2014
what is the weight of this plane

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pero on July 4, 2014
Can this be made out of Depron?
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Asif1998 on October 9, 2014
Will I be able to use a 2200 kv motor with 6x4 prop?
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slipstream on September 29, 2015
yes but you may have the same weight problem I had. I rewound my 2200kv to be about 2800-3000kv. I am using 5x5 but will step up to 6x6.
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doug larson on November 8, 2014
thank u for your inspiration i have built my first plane in 40 yrs. I belong to the WCRCAF club here in b.c canada. thank u ft racer
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hrishikesh on November 9, 2014
hiii guyss can u say me the wing span .while tileing the plans i found a great mistake the each wingspan is about 20 inc each .total wingspan will be 40 inc where as in the tiled plans they have give as total wingspan as 29.5 inc

If any 1 knows about it plzzzzzzz reply fast ..urgent...

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luzox on November 17, 2014
Where is centre of gravity.???

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RedheadBarron on September 15, 2015
Would an Eflite Park 370 -1080kv motor work with this? I'm not interested in a lot of speed. Just want adequate thrust for fun flying
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ABRAR MULLA on September 26, 2015
What kind of cardboard do you use and where can I get it online
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slipstream on September 29, 2015
flite test, you guys rule. have made the racer going by your build specs. I made it to 800mm wingspan though. ive also rewound and old 2200kv motor and its now around 2800-3000kv on 3s. im also using a 40 amp esc. its on this build. it swings a 5x5 prop but I can go bigger and intend to. I did have a wee balance problem so had to add 10g weight to nose. this plane certainly races. I made one mod being a removable cockpit to get into where the esc and receiver are placed. on the first two launches it wasn't good but only busted one wing tip. the 3rd I realy launched it and its been away ever since with about 6 flights in the last two days. thank you thank you thank you. my next will be one of the war birds.
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mally.cool on November 15, 2015
All,

I'm new this game and I'm printing build plan in tiled sheet its coming in huge size, how can I print that tiled sheet correctly? What is exact dimensions to FT Racer?. Please help me answering my questions.

Thanks,
Mally
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Grakon on November 24, 2015
It should work out make sure that you don't have your printer set to fit to page. It will not print correctly.
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PIWIFB on June 10, 2016
I went to my local staples and had it printed on A1 from the full size plans at 100%
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aerogriffics on January 9, 2016
A suggestion for the canopy- heat shrink a plastic bottle over a balsa mould.
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Sharky350z on June 13, 2016
Scratch built this plane. I covered the surfaces with aluminum tape to make it look like a metal plane. I was a little concerned about the added weight, but this design handles the additional weight well. After some addition of expo, flies quite easily for me (a relatively inexperienced flier). The addition of the tape also makes this a good crasher (did I say I was inexperienced?).
Love the plane (as well as the several others I've built). Keep them coming!
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rcjerry on September 30, 2016
Ok, well when it comes to electrics, I can't figure out what I should get, and always end up with wrong equipment. I'm planning to build the ft racer and would like for it to be fast. Planning on placing an order thru hobbyking. Can anybody recommend what I should purchase?.which motor speed controller and prop . I already have a few batteries ranging from 1800-2250 3 cell . Please , not an expensive setup. Thank you
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Daboy123 on July 1, 2017
Flite test!. Can you give me the materials needed in building the FT RACER..plsss
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FT Racer - BUILD