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FT-22 Raptor - BUILD

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#22
Hmm, I've got a few bits left, such as the motor mount, but my family is being ravaged by the stomach flu. :(
It's a great design so far, a real joy to build!
 

Bolvon72

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Yeehaw! Just went out for the maiden, but my cameras battery was dead. I decided to skip all my other motors and toss on a 2200 kv spinning a 6.5x4 prop. Like a bullet only with a scarier sound. No trimming, straight and true from the get go and non-stop, never say die vertical. I just pointed her up and watched her climb.

I ran 850 3S batteries, only getting about 3 minutes a pop. Time to charge up the 2200s and see if she'll carry them. Awesome design, looks great in the air, sounds a beast, and, for having no airfoil, glides in chopped quite nicely. Kudos boys!
 

Bolvon72

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I did it backwards, I flew it first and then tested my motor combo. The 2200kv is 34 max amps, the prop/3s combo pulled 29 amps WOT hitting 278 watts. It'll do.

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#26
Birthday Present for my Boy!

What a great design! My son and I built the first F22 3-ish years ago after seeing it done by the Flitetest crew.... every flight the nose came back looking like an accordian :black_eyed:

It's been a few years, and a few planes since, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on these plans. Absolutely perfect timing as my son now turns 14 on Tuesday, and I built this for him! He'll be thrilled. Thank you Josh and FT team!
 

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What a great design! My son and I built the first F22 3-ish years ago after seeing it done by the Flitetest crew.... every flight the nose came back looking like an accordian :black_eyed:

It's been a few years, and a few planes since, but I couldn't wait to get my hands on these plans. Absolutely perfect timing as my son now turns 14 on Tuesday, and I built this for him! He'll be thrilled. Thank you Josh and FT team!
What paint did you use? it looks great by the way!
 
#28
Full-up weight?

Ordered my kit, now ready to calc my power system...

Can anyone provide me the full-up weight with a 26g motor and 1300 3S?

Thanks!

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Update: Found it on the plans (duh!)-- 8.3 oz w/o batt.
 
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xuzme720

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Ordered my kit, now ready to calc my power system...

Can anyone provide me the full-up weight with a 26g motor and 1300 3S?

Thanks!

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Update: Found it on the plans (duh!)-- 8.3 oz w/o batt.
If you're going to answer all your own questions, you make our job that much easier! :p
Welcome to the forum!
 
#31
What paint did you use? it looks great by the way!
Thanks Trippey! I used a light coat of Minwax Polycrylic applied with a foam brush, then 2 extremely light coats of Rust-oleum Metallic finish. The streaking you see coming through is from the Minwax under the paint.

For the canopy I just brushed on black AppleBarrel gloss from Walmart :p

I'll leave it as is and let the boy finish it out with tail emblems/stripes or whatever. Can't wait to see it maiden!

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I felt the need for SPEED!

2826-6 with a 4.5x5.5 prop, on a 4s 2000mah lipo. Screaming fast, but with a 10-15 min. mixed flight duration. It still floats in for landing power off, and at a 125mph pitch speed, it moves out! I'm guessing 110 MPH easily. Or, I can also fly with a 6x3 prop on 3 cells, and do some aerobatics no problem.
Great design Flitetest, it flies awesome!
 

Bolvon72

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#33
Well, that was a bit too much motor. It was fairly windy out at my fathers house where I was showing off, the wind picked up, I put it into the wind and gunned it, cracked the front end clean off. Interestingly enough, I had the 2200 battery further back on the little shelf and it flew just fine without the nose. Just a warning, be sure to reinforce if you are going hot with this plane. I blew the canopy off on the first flight and was flying it open, that may have had something to do with it.

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Bolvon72

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I felt the need for SPEED!

2826-6 with a 4.5x5.5 prop, on a 4s 2000mah lipo. Screaming fast, but with a 10-15 min. mixed flight duration. It still floats in for landing power off, and at a 125mph pitch speed, it moves out! I'm guessing 110 MPH easily. Or, I can also fly with a 6x3 prop on 3 cells, and do some aerobatics no problem.
Great design Flitetest, it flies awesome!
That's the same motor I'm running. 6.5x4 on a 3s,
 

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I had a brief glitch at 1000' range and piled her in at around 90-95 mph. She was flying 5 min later.
Bolvon, I didn't even glue the nose on! How did yours come off?

This has to be the most precise foamy I have ever flown, even sans cockpit (cooling). I just fly it at WOT 2' off the deck most of the time. Unfortunately I did find the only bush in the field and damaged my right wing and fuse. It's still flyable, but I'm building another.
 

Bolvon72

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I had a brief glitch at 1000' range and piled her in at around 90-95 mph. She was flying 5 min later.
Bolvon, I didn't even glue the nose on! How did yours come off?

This has to be the most precise foamy I have ever flown, even sans cockpit (cooling). I just fly it at WOT 2' off the deck most of the time. Unfortunately I did find the only bush in the field and damaged my right wing and fuse. It's still flyable, but I'm building another.
I just had her full out and she started spiraling , I chopped throttle and as she flopped back towards me I saw the nose hanging, she plopped down like a broke-neck goose. I tossed her back up without the nose and flew the rest of the battery, I tried getting video but holding the phone while flying wasn't working too well. If I'm careful I should be able to cut the rest of the nose piece away and replace it, this time with carbon fiber inside along the cheeks.

This was about half throttle.
 

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#38
Ugh, v2 is under construction. V1 "landed" in a rocky area at around 90 MPH due to a radio lockout. I was using a slightly problematic Receiver which got more glitchy as the day went on. I was performing a high speed low altitude pass when it stopped responding, and slowly lost altitude and pancaked. I ripped the belly pan in half, crushed the nose, sheared the right wing off, and broke the prop. Not bad considering I landed at a scale speed of over Mach 1. :rolleyes:
 

Bolvon72

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#39
Ugh, v2 is under construction. V1 "landed" in a rocky area at around 90 MPH due to a radio lockout. I was using a slightly problematic Receiver which got more glitchy as the day went on. I was performing a high speed low altitude pass when it stopped responding, and slowly lost altitude and pancaked. I ripped the belly pan in half, crushed the nose, sheared the right wing off, and broke the prop. Not bad considering I landed at a scale speed of over Mach 1. :rolleyes:
That'll cost you... a couple of bucks.