FT Mustang

by FliteTest | May 5, 2014 | (47 Ratings) Posted in Reviews

Introducing the FT Mustang, the first of three consecutive warbird airplane designs that we'll be releasing in the next few weeks.

The FT Mustang is a four channel warbird trainer that will help you discover the flight characteristics of a warbird. The wing mounted landing gear will enable you to learn landing tail-dragger techniques and perfect the classic “touch and go” on a calm evening. There's a functional scoop on the bottom to allow airflow to the ESC. We've continued with some design features from our other swappable airplanes, like undercambered wing tips.With our newest scratch build (P-51) FT Mustang, we've started the 'Signature Series' which features the autographs of viewers and supporters like you!We started this idea this year at SEFF 2014 and we're sorry if you missed a chanced to sign the plane.Thanks again for all of your input and suggestions on the FT Mustang!We've added landing gear because of your suggestions, so please continue to submit your ideas and suggestions! 

Thanks again for all of your input, inspiration and support! Please continue to share your ideas with articles, and comments!
Stay tuned for a build video!

COMMENTS

Mustangfan on May 7, 2014
Awesome - can't wait to see the build video and plans...Excited
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PaladinDG on May 5, 2014
AWESOME!! Thanks for another great plane/design!!
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LordVader on May 5, 2014
This is AWESOME, everyone loves the Mustang. I love all the different versions I have built in the past. I'm sure this one will be no less than stellar. Thanks, can't wait for the others.
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Ron B on May 6, 2014
glad to see Josh Scott back flying
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SP0NZ on May 5, 2014
It looks fantastic! I can't wait to build one.
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nerdnic on May 5, 2014
Awesome! Building now!
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bermuge on May 6, 2014
Hey no external sponsor needed this video! Very cool
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Justwingit on May 6, 2014
Awesome flyer....can't wait to get started on mine! Thanks guys for the opportunity to experience this model first hand....keep up the great work!

"Wildcat" John
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MRSTIX on May 5, 2014
ANY WAY TO GET A PROP SPINNER FOR THIS
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DFX2KX on May 6, 2014
you'd just use a standard spinner for it, I'd wager.

Nice model, you guys. Sadly I've got no electronics to put it one, otherwise i'd get it.
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ultramicrobe on May 6, 2014
I put a spinner on my version of the same plane, no problems. I also covered it in aluminum tape and it looks great - very shiny silver in the air. That would also work for this one too - I bet it would look great. You can see these on a video a friend of mine put on this post, which links back to an older post on the Mustang showing the aluminum tape job:

http://www.flitetest.com/articles/800mm-swappable-warbirds-that-actually-fly


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F14 pilot on May 6, 2014
cant wait for the build vid
good job FT

Long live foamboard !
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tp1777 on May 6, 2014
Looks great. A small suggestion: If you planning to release plans for it (I hope you are). Can you please, please, please add reference lines and/or dimensions to your plans as it sometimes is a nightmare to line up tiles together? Good example plans you can see on:
http://flitetest.com/articles/swappable-foamcub-build-and-demo
or
http://flitetest.com/articles/building-a-fokker-d-vii
Thanks for a great job you guys doing.
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Corbarrad on May 6, 2014
I can only second that.
Grid lines are an awesone way to help lining up the printed pages.
I printed plans for the old speedster recently and it's just a massive pain to line up the seperate sheets, even with overlap and cropping marks enabled.
I got a coroplast carrying case for my foamboard sheets and (with an LED string taped to a cardboard sheet inside) made that into a light box to help me line up the bits, but with 4 sheets of foam coming together at the inside joints it's just about impossible to see those marks shining through...
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zvada on May 6, 2014
thanks for the suggestions guys. I will add a grid to the plans before they release..any other suggestions for the free plans?
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Corbarrad on May 6, 2014
Well, aside from "give em to me, give em to me NOW!... pretty puhleeze..?"
What if there was a special version of the plans for the print at home crowd that contained only one part per page (or a few parts if they fit on a single sheet)? That way the amount of sheets to be joined together would be kept to a minimum. When joining up a lot of sheets to form a page the little errors that creep in while taping things up sometimes add up so lines are really hard to line up across the distance.
I hope I'm making sense here. Also since I'm using pins to transfer the plans to the foam board I could use, say a left wing printout to mark the foamboard for the right wing as well, thus saving on printer paper.
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Corbarrad on May 6, 2014
Also, it's kind of 3 AM over here right now and I'm probably rambling.
Thanks for considering our input. It's things like that set FliteTest apart.
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hamilmk on May 7, 2014
What I would like to see is the full size plans laid out so that when I print them out at Kinkos I can spray-glue the pages directly to the 20x30 foam board. The 25x39 layout forces me to cut the parts out and lay them out myself.
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trackskid on May 7, 2014
Alex- have you (Flitetest) thought about a "Donate" tab on your plans pages? I write this because I print the plans, build for my friends, and do as much word of mouth for you all as I can yet order almost nothing. I would love being able to support you all for the plans. As a photographer I gift many many more images than I sell so I get it when you make plans free- but you do have to keep the lights on and Bixler full up with un-puffed batteries!!!
Just a suggestion from an admirer of all you do!
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tp1777 on May 7, 2014
Thanks Alex that’s much appreciated. If it wouldn't be too much could you also please add a grid to the other plans?
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tp1777 on May 7, 2014
Or you know what? Let’s forget about other plans for now. We’ll see how it goes with Mustang plans and if it’s going to be a big improvement we’ll talk about it then.
Thanks

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calipso on May 11, 2014
An easy solution is to find an un-tiled single page version of the plans and print it to scale as a poster and check the option for grid lines. This way the plans are always marked the same and I find that easier. Check your layout before printing and adjust as needed for the best page orientation. Hope this helps. Many happy flights ;)
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onebladeprop on May 6, 2014
So I'm watching this episode of flite test and saw my user name pop on the screen. Wait, what?
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ultramicrobe on May 6, 2014
Looks like a fun plane. Now you need an "enemy" plane. Can't quite see combat between a Spitfire and a Mustang. You need a Bf109 or Focke Wulf or something like that.
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Corbarrad on May 6, 2014
In an earlier Podcast Josh said something about, if I remember right, "And adversary and then another hero plane" So with three consecutive planes announced planes we'll hopefully see a Messerschmitt next and then who knows..? (He's been talking about the Corsair an awful lot, hasn't he?)
Your take on the BF109 had me quite impressed by the way. Also the Stuka was one of yours, right? So many great designs.. I just don't have the time to build em all.
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Corbarrad on May 6, 2014
Also you could probably repaint the spitfire to look like a He-112. The early versions of that plane even had a fixed undercarriage, so that might be fun to do...
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ultramicrobe on May 6, 2014
Yeah, I think I heard them say they might do a bf109. Pretty obvious choice. Hey Josh - if you do a bf109 give it a clear canopy and not the black one! Its easy and makes them look way cooler!

I also heard them say "bog bomber" which sounds like fun. I had a back and forth recently about a Lancaster, which is a great idea (for someone else to do!).
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out of the box on May 6, 2014
is there any way i can built this in 800mm or maybe 700mm cause i had a swappable power pod laying around with a 1300kv blue wonder. cause im not sure if the light setup will give enough thrust for the bigger version.
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ultramicrobe on May 6, 2014
The power pod fit is tight, so you can't reduce the plane without also reducing the power pod size. I made a 800mm mustang that I posted a few weeks ago, and it burned up a blue wonder motor in a few minutes of flying, pretty aggressive flying, but it is probably not a good idea anyway.
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maahin_beri on May 7, 2014
I loved the video and loved the Mustang (also loved Wilcat John), however, I feel you could have done this bird more justice with a good paint scheme and a transparent canopy, maybe a little pilot inside. The Spitfire,Viggen, Duster, and Slinger looked just amazing with their paint schemes
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Art Lane on May 8, 2014
Hey, AWESOME....... I've just finished a Bf 109, scratched, and used the "Racer" fuse as the basis.
Boy, Spit, Mustang, Bf 109, now what, maybe a Fokke Wolf?????
Thanks guys, you brought my building back, with foam!!
Art.
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Streuli273 on May 8, 2014
Will this plane fly well with a 2s 1600Kv Motor (and 8*4 prop) and 1300MaH battery? Not sure if my system will be powerful enough.
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Obiwan35 on May 6, 2014
You guys are the best thing this hobby has seen in a long time. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to seeing you at Joe Nall. Looks like I'll be migrating one of my lesser used setups over to the Mustang. Been using blue foam foever. Looking forward to the build video and learning how to work with Dollar Tree foam board.
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calipso on May 11, 2014
I also started building with the blue FFF. I work at Lowe's, which is where I used to get my foam but they have replaced it with another product that does not work well for building airplanes. I now use the lightweight foam board and the techniques are a little different but better. Finish the plane with the MinWax treatment (brush it on, let it soak, wipe it off) and paint with whatever. I use aluminum spray paint from WalMart and it looks great... something you could have never done using blue foam... it no likey the spray paint ;)
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calipso on May 11, 2014
You guys Rule! My brother and I love the Spitfire. It flies well and looks SOOO cool in the air. The only problem is landing. More so a lack of landing gear. She's got no bloody wheels, Capt'n... What we end up with is more like a 'controlled' crash. Not a good way to end such a glorious flight. Just sayin'. Looking forward to a couple builds... soon to get the gear for a thrust-vectoring blunt-nosed Versa FPV/night flyer and a Mustang. Oh, and a V2 Spitfire :)

Many Happy Flights :)
Kenny
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Mohanned on July 8, 2014
What battery should i use with the 1200 kv motor?
note: i really like long flight times

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F14 pilot on May 16, 2014
This mustang seems to fly pretty well but i was disappointed that it lacks that p51 (D) look for example it lacks the under nose air scoop and also the leading edge wing root pice that completes the laminar flow wing (best invention ever) and if it had the leading edge thing the wings would not have to be as long. in my opinion i think flite test should have gone more along the lines of the FILKEN and ULTRAMICROBE P51's.
But on the plus side the FT Mustang has the signature belly scoop.

long live foamboard
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alpha99025 on June 13, 2014
Wow my favorite plane is the mustang and you guys did a amazing job on it it has the characteristics of a real mustang both looks and performance and that is an excellent plane. I Want it
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zeeshan khalid on October 31, 2015
kindly .. please tell me any one
what kind of foam sheet which use in FT Mustang
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