FT Mini Power Pod Build (Mighty Minis)

by FliteTest | November 5, 2014 | (33 Ratings) Posted in How To

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This power pod is put together with one simple A-fold. If you are looking at the top end of the pod and thinking that our laser cutter may have been slightly off, don't you worry. That little angle is intentional.

This is the calculated thrust angle needed in order for the plane to fly true. This is the end you will mount the firewall on. 

As always, simple packing tape is the best reinforcement. Plus, it's cheap!

After you lovingly gift wrap the firewall, remove the tape covering the mount holes. 

For the electronics we use:

Motor: 2480kv 250 size

Prop: 5 x 3 minimum

ESC: 6 amp minimum

 

If you are looking for electronics packs you can pick them up at:

Lazer Toys: FT Mini Power Pod Electronics

 

Lastly, all you have to do is screw the motor onto the firewall and you're done!

 

Now what shall we put this into?

Why not check out our Mighty Minis!

 

COMMENTS

chlguy on November 6, 2014
Awesome projects. I saw a foam board Christen Eagle that was a simple glider. How about a FT Mini-Eagle? That'd be the bomb! :-)
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jrvalentin62 on November 5, 2014
Keep them coming. This was an OUTSTANDING endeavor by your crew. God bless. Keep the minis rolling out.
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Ano Pilot on November 6, 2014
Bonsai motor: Turnigy 1811 brushless Outrunner 2900kv ?
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masndoko on November 9, 2014
where can i get this free plan? is this only for sale? :(
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Community RC on December 26, 2014
Hi, please go to the section between he build and the comments on the aircraft page(eg .mini scout) and look carefully. It will be in red.
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Jim Newell on October 14, 2016
I still can't find build plans for mini power pod.
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Ano Pilot on November 6, 2014
Frustrating... what is the weight of the recommended motors ? I would think that not everyone has a heap of wantonly smashed up 250 quads just sitting about, I don't, and it seems to me that good quad motors are about 4x more expensive than standard HK motors like the minute one that I have purring brilliantly around the sky on my Bonsai. And while I am on a rant, could you PLEASE put basic dimensions (wing span etc.) onto your drawings and preferably line up marks as well so that tiles can be accurately put together.
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Winger on November 7, 2014
It's this one:http://www.lazertoyz.com/MT1804_p_548.html. Scroll down for specs.
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PlaneAddicted on November 6, 2014
Is there a downloadable plan for the power pod? I don't see one here.
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Fety on November 8, 2014
It is on the plans for the Mini Scout and Mini Speedster.
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Jim Newell on October 14, 2016
not on my computer
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Hell2Go on November 9, 2014
I think this motor http://www.banggood.com/DYS-BE1806-2300KV-Brushless-Motor-2-3S-for-Mini-Multicopters-p-933192.html would be beastly on this plane!!! DYS are good quality for the price too!
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ncsky on November 11, 2014
What horizon umx electronics would be good for this plane?

Any suggeestions. As to what planes to get used electronics from?

Thanks
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Goose on December 2, 2014
What does 250 size mean??
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Ultimate_Red on December 9, 2014
The size of the motor e.g. Park 250.
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__29492__Turnigy_Park250_Brushless_Outrunner_2200kv_UK_Warehouse_.html?strSearch=park%20250
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cache-valley on November 18, 2014
When I went to order a motor they had CCW and CW options. Which is correct for an airplane? Looking from the front it's CCW but from behind the firewall is the pilot's position it's CW. I think the answer is CCW but since these motors are intended for the multi-rotor crowd I'm not 100% certain.
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Ultimate_Red on December 9, 2014
Seen as they're for multi rotors they are installed upwards. So you look down at their direction. And so you want CCW.
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Goose on December 16, 2014
Can't u just swap two wires around if you want
It ccw and it is cw??
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Lennart228 on October 19, 2015
Yes, but the ccw or cw Note is more about the prop adapter
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eagle4 on November 5, 2014
for this thrust angle, which direction is the motor ment to be spinning? I wouldn't want to have it spin the wrong way and have it with this now crazy thrust angle
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danield on February 28, 2015
Thrust angle is important with regards to rotation, but so is prop mounting nut, nut could possibly loosen.
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Community RC on December 26, 2014
Hi, the motor should spin right (clockwise) if you look from a pilot's perspective ( in the cockpit)
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js on February 27, 2015
But isn't that the wrong perspective?
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Darkstar1462 on July 8, 2015
Does this require a receiver? I don't see where you mention one but in the electronics hookup video it requires one. If it does require a receiver, which one would you recommend? This is for the FT Mini Speedster.
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stephens on August 7, 2015
You would use a receiver that matches your chosen transmitter. the Flite Test guys have done review videos on different transmitters in the past.
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wf on October 22, 2015
will gt2205/33 motor from the old delta, nutball, and flyer work with the minis ?
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OldDog on April 26, 2016
Why does the power pod have a angle on the front? Just for the minis.
It is probably some where on the site but I can not see it.

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flyingsquirrelrc on May 4, 2016
Its because of thrust vectoring. Its such a small plane that it needs the angle to counteract the torque of the motor.
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thetomcutler on September 24, 2016
Should I reverse the angle for a CW motor?
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Blackpowdershooter30 on June 8, 2017
Downloaded the plans on the German triplane and I am going to scratch build it too see what I can do on my own. Problem is is there is nothing in those plans for the wood firewall and its dimensions. Can someone point me in the right direction with this? Also thanks for having the free plans because I'm on a budget and the fact that I can even just build a static or rubber band free flyer for 3 bucks is awesome. My son is 11 months now and I can't wait for him to get older and get him building planes as well and the fact that we can do it out of cheap foam board is amazing! Keep up the good work!
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