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FT Bushwacker build! My third FT plane!

#1
Hi FliteTest community!

I am very excited to announce that I am building the FT bushwacker! Ever since I started listening to the RCAfterhours podcast and listening to them talk about Highwing STOL airplanes, I've wanted one. When I saw the Bushwacker I knew it was the one I was building. Very cheap compared to the $229 E-flite timber.

I am not going to be building it exactly how FliteTest says to, I am going be doing some upgrades/mods to make it better and more durable. Such as, navigation/landing LED lights, steerable tail wheel, and better landing gear.

I will probably be asking a lot of questions. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

My first question is, what are some good LED lights to get? Links would be nice. I searched a little bit on eBay but I have no idea what to look for.

Last night I started taping the tiled planes together and attaching them the the foam board.

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SquirrelTail

Well-known member
#2
Hi FliteTest community!

I am very excited to announce that I am building the FT bushwacker! Ever since I started listening to the RCAfterhours podcast and listening to them talk about Highwing STOL airplanes, I've wanted one. When I saw the Bushwacker I knew it was the one I was building. Very cheap compared to the $229 E-flite timber.

I am not going to be building it exactly how FliteTest says to, I am going be doing some upgrades/mods to make it better and more durable. Such as, navigation/landing LED lights, steerable tail wheel, and better landing gear.

I will probably be asking a lot of questions. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.

My first question is, what are some good LED lights to get? Links would be nice. I searched a little bit on eBay but I have no idea what to look for.

Last night I started taping the tiled planes together and attaching them the the foam board.

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My bushwacker flew for 30 seconds. It was floaty and also a bit tail heavy. The motor could handle a bigger prop then what I had on it, and it still burned up. It pancaked out in taller grass. I tried one other attempt but it gained about 10 feet then snapped and dove
 
#3
Mine was tail heavy as well. Havny had a successful flight yet. But I plan on ordering a bigger motor soon to try and help balance it.

But I agree, it's a super cool airplane that will be amazing if I can ever get it airborne, haha.
 
#6
My Bushwacker was a ton of fun - got a lot of flights out of it. I ended up dinging the wing a little too hard after a while. So I tossed the wing, plan to build another one some day. The fuselage is still in good shape. I like the idea of the steerable tail wheel. Unsure of how well that would survive in any of the grass I fly from. The forward landing gear did take a beating too. Might consider beefing that up a little. I didn't find the wheel skirt out of foam was enough to keep it straightened out for long. Depends on the runway I suppose. But, lots of fun. Rigged up my flap servo to release a parachute guy for my son to chase around.
 
#7
My bushwacker flew for 30 seconds. It was floaty and also a bit tail heavy. The motor could handle a bigger prop then what I had on it, and it still burned up. It pancaked out in taller grass. I tried one other attempt but it gained about 10 feet then snapped and dove
Are you saying I shouldn't build it?
 
#9
My Bushwacker was a ton of fun - got a lot of flights out of it. I ended up dinging the wing a little too hard after a while. So I tossed the wing, plan to build another one some day. The fuselage is still in good shape. I like the idea of the steerable tail wheel. Unsure of how well that would survive in any of the grass I fly from. The forward landing gear did take a beating too. Might consider beefing that up a little. I didn't find the wheel skirt out of foam was enough to keep it straightened out for long. Depends on the runway I suppose. But, lots of fun. Rigged up my flap servo to release a parachute guy for my son to chase around.
Thats great! I'm glad it work out for you!
 
#11
Pretty much any led light set you can make work... works. I'm assuming you want something you can operate from a switch on your transmitter? If that's the case, get something that can plug into your receiver. Then you can assign a switch on you transmitter to that channel. you can also wire up your own light system to a separate battery pack and put a switch in the circuit to turn it on/off. Or even just have it turn of/off when you plug it in.

There are many ways to do it, If you have the extra channels on your receiver, I recommend the first option I mentioned for simplicity/ease of use.

And yes, the set you linked from Hobbyking should work great as far as I can tell.
 
#14
Pretty much any led light set you can make work... works. I'm assuming you want something you can operate from a switch on your transmitter? If that's the case, get something that can plug into your receiver. Then you can assign a switch on you transmitter to that channel. you can also wire up your own light system to a separate battery pack and put a switch in the circuit to turn it on/off. Or even just have it turn of/off when you plug it in.

There are many ways to do it, If you have the extra channels on your receiver, I recommend the first option I mentioned for simplicity/ease of use.

And yes, the set you linked from Hobbyking should work great as far as I can tell.
Thanks for the info! The one I gave links to plug in to a receiver, I think.

So if I get one that plugs in to a receiver, I don't need to get a separate switch?

Yes, I definitely want to turn them on/off from my transmitter.
 
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#15
Thanks for the info! The one I gave links to plug in to a receiver, I think.

So if I get one that plugs in to a receiver, I don't need to get a separate switch?

Yes, I definitely want to turn them on/off from my transmitter.
Assuming you have a transmitter with extra channels and a switch that either controls one of those channels, or can be assigned to that channel, yes. What transmitter do you have?
 
#17
Ok, I just want to verify be for I order from hobbyking that I DON'T need to get a separate switch to turn the lights on/off if I get a set that plugs directly into the receiver?

I want to make sure before I order.
 
#18
Ok, I just want to verify be for I order from hobbyking that I DON'T need to get a separate switch to turn the lights on/off if I get a set that plugs directly into the receiver?

I want to make sure before I order.
Yes, you should be able to assign a switch to that channel between on and off. Might take some experimenting with your transmitter.

Worst case scenario, you buy a switch from RadioShack and solder it in.