FT-Viggen

by FliteTest | February 10, 2014 | (85) Posted in Projects





FREE Build plans are available at the bottom of the build article


After an overwhelming viewer response from our Hot Wire Cut Viggen episode, David set out to design a foam board speed build kit based the original hot wire cut version.

The FT Viggen features all of the same great flight characteristics as the original Hot Wire Cut Viggen.

The canards of the FT Viggen are set at a 10° angle and help deliver an amazing flight experience.

This scratch build/ speed build fles bank and yank with only 2 servos. 


Removable canopy reveals a large battery compartment and room for your electronics.

David setup a 'sneaky FPV' setup inside one of the inlets on the FT Viggen.



The view from the inlet offers a nice FPV view and is just one of many possible options for setting up your FT Viggen with FPV and camera viewpoints.

Chad airbrushed a minwaxed foam board FT Viggen! You can learn more about painting foam board HERE!

A simple paint job makes this foam board airplane look great!



We'd love to see the paint schemes that you come up with! Post your photos to our Facebook page! 

Something else that sets apart the FT Viggen is that it's not only a swappable, but because of viewer response we designed this speed build kit with multiple options for power systems!

A traditional swappable fuselage configuration can be setup.

FT Elements Simple Firewall mount.



FT Elements Vector mount can be setup to create crazy flight maneuvers. 


The Speed Build kit comes with cutouts for 64mm and 70mm EDF.

Another feature of the FT Viggen is the semi-removable nose assembly.
The replaceable nose offers a protection to the rest of your airframe and if you crunch it you can replace it with a replaceable nose from ourstore or make your own from the scratch build plans! (plan will be available soon!)

David also created a sticker decal template that will be available soon. 

Unfortunately, the decal set that David created was too expensive to print and offer for sale in our store but we will have plans to download and print yourself! 

The decals are available here for download.
(Print size is 54x50 inches.)


No Viggen would be complete without an after burner!  David modified his own FT Viggen with a custom made after burner.

It worked! But we do not recommend trying this at home.
If you would like to add an after burner look to your plane we  recomend trying the LED Afterburner setup.[video='http://youtu.be/cdEHGw2UeYw']

We can't wait to see what paint schemes and custom setups you create with your FT Viggen!

Thanks to viewers like you and your feedback, we can create scratch build and speed build airplanes that you want to see!

FREE Build plans are available at the bottom of the build article.

Thanks again for all of your support! You can see more photos and join in on the discussion in the forum post for this episode!  CLICK HERE

Grayson Hobby Electronics Package


COMMENTS

spetnazer on February 10, 2014
Awesomeeeeeeeee...finally!!!
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Neilyboy on February 10, 2014
All I can say is dang it's DT foam board! David it truly is a work of art. It looks like the hours and hours you have in this really paid off! Great work buddy!
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Crashpilot1000 on February 11, 2014
+1 ! And based on SAAB design :) . The nice part is also that it is not limited to EDF. Btw: Thrustvecotring should be also possible with EDF I guess.
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Yogenh on February 10, 2014
I love it and thanks a lot!!! You did such a great job on it
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Michael763 on February 10, 2014
Awesome Jet! Looking forward to seeing the plans.
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Maxspeed86 on February 10, 2014
wow !!
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510thousandths on February 10, 2014
Awesome video! Like the older Flitetest videos, something awesome, some great flying and visuals, and some chaos and laughter!
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FKreider on February 10, 2014
Amazing job!
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liveyourdreamsRC on February 10, 2014
Speechless!!!!! Just crazy amazing! Thank you for your hard work. Will you have how to make a thrust vectoring one as well in your build vid? Also did you use that 3PV thing for the spinning mount? Thank you again for a great show and awesome designs.
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K2theM on February 10, 2014
Putting that afterburner so deep inside was probably a bad move... For the few moments it worked it sounded amazing!

Also, I'm impressed with how well it flew with that 3rd person camera mount. That has to have been a fair bit of weight above the cg.
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SteevyT on February 10, 2014
Can we get pictures of that camera mount you used on the vinyl wrapped Viggen?
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liveyourdreamsRC on February 10, 2014
I don't know if this helps but here is a link to probably where they got the idea:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgGsPaCVdjY
I was wondering the same thing though, looks as though its made with a 3D printer.
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rcflyer729 on February 10, 2014
I just can't wait for Wednesday to start building!! awesome plane
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themajik1 on February 10, 2014
Guys, that was one of the best shows that I have seen you do to date! I really liked the beginning of the show, and WOW what a plane. I need to get three planes off of my table and complete so I can get the speed build kit and put this one together. I have 4, 64mm EDF units that I may try and put two in one of these make it crazy fast.
Great job as always and David will be missed here in the States but at least he will be designing hopefully for you guys.

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RCairforce on February 10, 2014
Hmm.... That new thrust vectoring FT Element has got me thinking; the full-scale F-22 Raptor has thrust vectoring, so why not put it on my FT-22? I think I have an idea for my next project...
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Christopher14 on February 10, 2014
THAT IS THE GREATEST FLITETEST EPISODE EVER!!!!!!!!!
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helidog12 on February 10, 2014
Ok this may be the ultimate EDF trainer!!!!!! Cheap, forgiving, and fast!!!!! Time to buy an 70mm edf and some more foam.
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LordVader on February 11, 2014
Incredible, love the afterburner. No I won't be trying it! Can't wait to build this, I have several 64 mm edfs needing a home. Of course I just started a foam cut version when you guys bring this out, but that's ok. You guys are Awesome! I would love to see a 64mm edf F 4 Phantom build, just sayin'.
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tunacan32 on February 11, 2014
Awesome!!! Simply awesome!
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ofir77 on February 11, 2014
Hi Guys, amazing amazing plane and video, keep up the great work !!!!
Can you please publish the planes of the FT Elements Vector and maybe make a short video on how to assemble and operate it.
Thanks
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Gravitysucks on February 11, 2014
Awesome !!! I mailed this URL to a friend that used to be a Viggen pilot instructor at F4, and he just blew his main fuse :)
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Bolvon72 on February 11, 2014
Thumbs up all around, for the plane, the video, and even the preemptive scolding from David. I will be flying this come Saturday. David, sad that you're leaving but you need to get back to Sweden and get some home cooking, they are working you too hard, man, you're skin and bones these days.
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teteorp on February 11, 2014
Guys, you are the best!!! It looks AWESOME!!!! I´ve been watching the videos on your Vine account and they were great!!! Congratulations.
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AG Pro on February 11, 2014
Masterpiece! Great Job Flitetest !
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tramsgar on February 11, 2014
Awesome! I will for sure let Viggen soar the actual SAAB airspace once again... }:-)
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Arend on February 11, 2014
I think David wrapping up when suddenly the butane tank explodes is my most favorite all time filtetest moment ever. Until now it was the rocket plane explosion ... will be insanely hard to top this. Cheers Arend
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6mmflyboy on February 11, 2014
Yeeeeeeeehaaaaaaa!
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ttprigg on February 11, 2014
what a great "Event" well worth the wait! looking forward to Wednesday--- snow forecast in the east I will get stocked up with foam, hopefully we can have a snow/build day!
thanks for your continuing commitment and creativity!
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Krivak957 on February 11, 2014
How about showing details of the Viggen landing gear we see in some of the static shots. Was this functional gear, or just for display? Either way, would appreciate some photos or specs.
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pichettem on February 11, 2014
I know what I'll be doing next snow day... Great work David!
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mudman1959 on February 11, 2014
Great Job David!!! Now to get the Canards to work... You could cross couple them mechanically to the opposite side elevon so you get pitch and roll control. Defiantly add the rudder that way you can get a flat spin.
Mudman1959
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Sammy on February 11, 2014
You guys should really stop making awesome planes! I've been wanting to get the FT Versa Wing for a while now, and recently added the FT22 to the wish list (great design Josh B!), but this one ... this one is just off the charts!!! You did a phenomenal job David! Guess who will be ordering 3 speed build kits soon?

PS: you know it's an awesome episode when the Swede cracks into insane laughter :D
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gremlin88 on February 11, 2014
Awesome!!! Ever since I saw the hot-wire Viggen I've wanted one.
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BuckE67 on February 11, 2014
Wow! David has some serious foamboard kung fu! Awesome plane!
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Bob_Curtains on February 11, 2014
Amazing guy's! Cant wait to build mine. Great video, very down to earth method of delivery and the flying was what stold the show. Especially that last bit with Chris's plane crash test and afterburner add-on! Way to go!
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robmurtha on February 11, 2014
Epic plane, epic show!
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Widkin on February 11, 2014
This is such an amazing design! I'm definitely going to nick the idea of the exploding nose for my Gripen build. Can't wait to see the build video, and especially how you determined the optimal placement of the CG.

Also, epic crash and burn. :-D

David: Det är fantastiskt kul att se hur du sätter Sverige på kartan. Det är inte utan att man känner ett stygn av stolthet när de tre kronorna flyger förbi kameran. :)
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cvogel88 on February 11, 2014
when are the bulid videos????

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grayling on February 11, 2014
Wow, you should all be super proud. The plane is awesome and the episode is awesome. It shows that you have put a lot of effort into this and the result is amazing.

Please let Bixler build a bomb drop for it and let Scott fly it and drop some (harmless) bombs.


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seansgrandad on February 11, 2014
You guys have excelled yourselves again.
Well done. Can't wait for the plans. It's a pity the shipping is so expensive to Scotland, otherwise I would be ordering kits to support FT.
Keep up the good work.
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rcperson123 on February 11, 2014
Honestly you guys are amazing!!!! A jet plane for beginners????? o wait…. AN EDF JET FOR BEGINNERS????? pretty sure its gonna get destroyed though….. U DESIGNED IN IN A WAY SO THE FUSELAGE TAKES IN NO DAMAGE?????!!!!!!!!! honestly you guys are simply geniuses. And i believe the first company to do this.
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Paulshort on February 11, 2014
Release the kracken!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Krivak957 on February 12, 2014
When I downloaded the Viggen decal file (459,450 KB), my Acrobat (i.e., Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended) said "A drawing error occurred", and no image was displayed. I tried downloading several times, both direct from Dropbox, and via my personal Dropbox. Each time, the same error occurred when trying to view. Is anyone else having such problems? Any fixes?
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grayling on February 12, 2014
I opened it without any problems in MacOS X Preview app.
I'd say try a different pdf viewer or another computer.
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Krivak957 on February 12, 2014
Thanks, Grayling. I wonder if this is a Mac vs PC thing (doesn't DW use a Mac?). Has anyone been able to open the decal file on a PC??
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Den on February 12, 2014
Hi from New Zealand. What an amazing model this one is! Can't wait to get the plans.
Yes, I had the same problem, no matter how I tried to open it. Finally resorted to Photoshop. It opened. It also opened in Calibre (the ebook program).
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Krivak957 on February 14, 2014
Thanks, I will try Photoshop. Maybe the PC version of Acrobat can't handle such a big file, even if a PDF.
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raptor3dpilot on February 12, 2014
Awesome!! I just placed my order for the FT-Viggen! Wow, I can't believe the price either, killer deal for an amazing piece of art. Can't wait to begin the build!
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LordVader on February 12, 2014
Can't wait for the plans, I love scratch-building almost as much as flying. Flitetest has really out done themselves this time. It will be a sad day indeed when David has to go, but I know he'll still be working hard to make new plans and revise others to keep us all happy over here across the pond.
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jeffbuck on February 12, 2014
anticipation is killing me lets see the build video already
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RICHGCOOP on February 12, 2014
I have ben checking the forum every 10 min. I have a peace of foam board in one hand and a knives in the other.
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rcflyer729 on February 12, 2014
can't wait I have been checking for the plans all day
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jeffbuck on February 12, 2014
today is Wednesday isn't it ?
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Den on February 12, 2014
...but it's not midnight yet.
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RICHGCOOP on February 12, 2014
It's only 5 hr. till midnight. LOL
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jeffbuck on February 12, 2014
do they wait until midnight ?
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Yogenh on February 12, 2014
I ordered my speed build for it and can't wait to get it. Now just have to get the fan for it. I am thinking of the 70 fan
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Den on February 12, 2014
Haha. They are being sneaky. There is a link buried above which takes you to the plan download. Maybe it's been sitting there all day?
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Wa-rcman on February 13, 2014
Cant wait to build one.Whats your next build a a foam board space shuttle!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FliteOmega on February 14, 2014
This is the coolest plane on flite test!!!!!!!!!

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danallen82 on February 16, 2014
Amazing work, this really puts FT on a whole new level. An easy to build, easy to fly, and affordable EFD? Brilliant.
I've been an APM quad user for a while, and I wanted to make a fixed wing for a while. This is officially the fixed wing I'd start out with.
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Akura2 on February 17, 2014
Moar jetz!!!
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awesomenessft on February 18, 2014
Hay David how did you put a gopro or some camera on the to tot the fuselage
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awesomenessft on February 18, 2014
And what shop do you get your foam board from do they have a website
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Tritsr01 on February 21, 2014
I purchased a Detrum 64mm EDF COMBO PACK from HobbyPartz for less than $40:
http://www.hobbypartz.com/60p-64mm-edf-combo.html

Would you recommend a 3cell or 4cell set up.

The build is awesome,,,
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Captain T on February 25, 2014
I am 13 and used the 70 mm set up. David is right. Any one can fly this!
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Titan176 on March 12, 2014
...Just wondering do you guys recommend sanding the leading edges of the wing and flying surfaces to a rounded shape or no? (PS Moar Jets Please!!!!!!!!!)

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Finn on March 23, 2014
Why is it a problem sending out decals? People have commissioned an FT Viggen and will have a box sent anyway, why not cut out the individual decals and put them in the box with the FT Viggen they will be applied to.
If people only want to receive decals, again, why not cut them out and put them in a padded envelope, put a stamp on and send them!
People will have to cut them out anyway
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Ano Pilot on March 28, 2014
From the UK I bought the Grayson EDF Base package, which arrived just recently it cost $60 + $30 shipping + $25 customs tax payable at the Post Office. So, UK buyers, just BE AWARE that you will have to pay something extra. In UK money it was £15 and I think that £8 was a fixed admin fee, so only £7 related directly to the product as a percentage.
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FoamBoy on April 22, 2014
I built this for my power pod that has the "BEEF" motor from lazer toys on it. Do I need to get a battery extension to put the battery in the compartment so I have the CG in the right spot or do I need a smaller motor to keep it in the power pod? I am just wondering if I need to buy any more parts. Also do I need to move the receiver from the power pod too?
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broadsholders on May 12, 2014
When I try to download the graphics for the Viggen @ this site ( https://www.dropbox.com/s/w18c82qbkdfd9ey/Viggen%20Complete%2054inch.pdf) I get a notice that it has been disabled. If it is still available please make it downloadable or send it to my address: broadsholders@cox.net
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dtarking on June 23, 2014
any way to get the decal file again...dropbox link is dead...thanks all!
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Laynehip on January 16, 2015
You may have figured this out already but it is still listed in the download files hosted on the Stonekap website. Just google "Flitetest download plans" and look for the Stonekap link.
I also have the file downloaded and saved.
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Haralabos on August 21, 2014
please put a new link for the decal file
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Frits37 on September 24, 2015
Found one: http://www.stonekap.net/ftplans/Viggen%20Complete%2054inch.pdf
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