FT Viggen Speed Build Kit

FT Viggen Speed Build Kit
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Price: $39.00
Product ID : FTviggen-sbk
Manufacturer: Flite Test
Weight: 2.00 lbs
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The FT Viggen is a rule breaker. It's a jet that can slow down to a crawl and not stall. Yet it can be fast and track like an arrow. It has a precise and locked in feel. These characteristics make the FT Viggen a great EDF trainer. The fact that you don't have to fly fast all the time and be afraid of stalling makes the FT Viggen so enjoyable to fly. This plane will teach you about the nature and feel of an EDF power system in a safe and controlled manner. The FT Viggen can be flown on either an EDF or a propeller setup. All the way from a light 24 gram motor setup (440 grams flying weight), up to a 70mm EDF with a 4S 3000mAh (880 grams flying weight). The FT Viggen is the first Super Series speed build kit to be added to our store. The Super Series features intermediate build techniques and high performance flight characteristics. 

 

NOTE:

-Usually ships within 4 business days. (due to the rush) 

-This includes the airframe only (no electronics).

-This airframe was developed by David Windestål. 

 

 

 

Kit includes:

  • Laser-cut foam airframe
  • BBQ Skewer
  • Push rods
  • Control horns
  • Data Sheet
  • Velcro

Weight -  20.2 oz (574 g) without battery 

Wingspan - 25.5 inches (635 mm)

 

 

Recommended electronics:

Complete Electronics Pack - 70 mm EDF Complete Package

MOTOR (Option 1) - "Blue Wonder" 2712-12 24g (Slow Fly)

MOTOR (Option 2) - 70 mm EDF Fan and Motor (EDF)

MOTOR (Option 3) -"THE BEEF" (Motor only) GT2215/09 70g 

Servos (Option 1) - Hextronic 9 Gram Servo 

Servos (Option 2) - Suppo SP-90 9g Micro Servo

ESC (Option 1) - TURNIGY Plush 25amp Speed Controller (Beef)

ESC (Option 2) - Suppo 18A Brushless ESC (Slow Fly)

ESC (Option 3) - 50A Brushless ESC 

Battery (Option 1) - Turnigy 500mAh 3s 20C Lipo Pack

Battery (Option 2) - Turnigy 2200mAh 3s 20C Lipo Pack

Battery (Option 3) - 3000mAh 4s 20C Lipo Pack

Prop (Option 1) - Slow Fly 8x4.3 prop

Prop (Option 2) -  8x6 APC Style prop

 

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Reviewed by Pogo
Pogo bought "FT Viggen Speed Build Kit" on our website
08/16/2014 - 11:05:45 AM
Worth every penny, (continued).
3a. No decals. Sweden was the only country to fly this airplane, so if you want to make your Origami scale Viggen look semi realistic you need Swedish national insignia. I was able to find some in about the right scale, have them color printed on regular paper at the UPS store and stick them on with rubber cement.
4. Once installed the EDF unit, ESC and (if you glue them in), servos are not accessible and/or a pain to remove and replace. The cheap 60 Amp ESC I used will only go up to about 90% throttle before it cuts the motor at launch. I have a more expensive and presumably better ESC but I'd have to perform major surgery on the plane to swap it in.
FINAL THOUGHTS:
1. I've had a policy to not build the same plane twice. The Viggen might be the rare exception.
2. The last thing I want to hear when I go to the field with a new plane is "nice Cub, nice Mustang, etc." These planes and many others have been done to death by better builders than me. What I really like to hear is, "What the heck is that?" Thanks Viggen.
Reviewed by Pogo
Pogo bought "FT Viggen Speed Build Kit" on our website
08/15/2014 - 05:39:49 PM
Worth every penny
BUILDING IT:
1. The kit is worth every penny of the price. If you don't agree you would probably enjoy building one of the Comet print-wood kits from the early fifties.
2. Watch the build video start to finish and take notes as to the time each phase of construction starts. You will be back. You will also begin to feel like you have known Dave since childhood.
3. Make sure to orient the wires from the EDF carefully you don't have much latitude in placement.
4. The cardboard thrust tube is best done with a second pair of hands. Otherwise I recommend UHU contact cement. It will stick the tube to the fan and allow for some moving around before it sets.
5. Everything fit with laser like precision except the nose and canopy. The longer I worked on the plane the worse my construction looked. NOSE: Be careful peeling off the strips that have to be removed. I recommend bending them over a sharp edge like a kitchen counter. CANOPY: I recommend that you assemble it first and then bevel it. My canopy came out a little undersized.
6. Laser cutting the Dollar Tree foam leaves a little channel at the edge. BBQ skewers can be hot glued into leading edges and around the intakes to improve aerodynamics and protect from hangar rash. A Midwest balsa shear tool makes this go fast.
7. The .038 push rod wire provided seemed a little thin and made me wonder about the necessity of using metal gear servos but it's really short and flexing of the control surfaces is not a problem.
8. There is a CG mark on the bottom of the wing not mentioned in the video. I drilled it out and glued in a short segment of dowel tapped for a small cup holder and was able to balance my plane buy hanging it from a string in my garage.
9. Before flying your plane watch the video and watch it to try to keep orientation. After this I decided to deviate from scale and paint the lower surface of my plane black to help me remember which side was toward me.
10. I painted my plane to try to match Black 59, one of the first Viggens that pops up on Google Images. If I had it to do all over again I would probably do it in low heat film. Tamia grey primer from a can caused a hairy surface to result even with a light spray coat. I ran out of the expensive stuff so I over sprayed with Rustoleum and got an even worse surface. After the paint finally dried a good rubbing with a dry paper towel improved things. Fine steel wool might have been even better.
11. My CG was good so I packed the nose with bubble wrap to protect the battery in a crash.
FLYING IT:
1. I used a cheaper three bladed Phase 3 fan/motor combination standard for the Squall 4s instead of the recommended set up. It seemed a little down on thrust so keep that in mind for what follows.
2. There is only one way to launch this plane so watch the video. My first flight ended in a gentile belly flop.
3. The Viggen is a great EDF trainer as it doesn't fly so fast you can't keep up with it. A grey canard airplane on a grey day requires total concentration to keep orientation so pay attention. Like a trainer with a flat bottomed wing it tends to climb with added power.
4. Don't get it wet! My landings on moist grass caused the paper in the intakes to start peeling off the foam in a most distressing manner. The paper on the wing also bubbled up but returned to almost normal when it dried out. Prevention might involve wrapping clear tape around these areas.
5. Watch your airspeed when doing aerobatics. The Viggen will do very tight loops but I snapped out of the top of an attempted big loop and got to test my crumple zone disposable nose.
HITS:
1. Accurate laser cut kit.
2. Excellent first or second EDF, especially if you concentrate on keeping orientation.
3. I actually had fun all the way through this project.
MISSES:
1. Dollar Tree foam: excellent for construction but the material from hell if you get it wet.
2. Suggestions for painting would be appreciated.
3. No decals.

Reviewed by Pogo
Pogo bought "FT Viggen Speed Build Kit" on our website
08/15/2014 - 05:39:48 PM
Worth every penny
BUILDING IT:
1. The kit is worth every penny of the price. If you don't agree you would probably enjoy building one of the Comet print-wood kits from the early fifties.
2. Watch the build video start to finish and take notes as to the time each phase of construction starts. You will be back. You will also begin to feel like you have known Dave since childhood.
3. Make sure to orient the wires from the EDF carefully you don't have much latitude in placement.
4. The cardboard thrust tube is best done with a second pair of hands. Otherwise I recommend UHU contact cement. It will stick the tube to the fan and allow for some moving around before it sets.
5. Everything fit with laser like precision except the nose and canopy. The longer I worked on the plane the worse my construction looked. NOSE: Be careful peeling off the strips that have to be removed. I recommend bending them over a sharp edge like a kitchen counter. CANOPY: I recommend that you assemble it first and then bevel it. My canopy came out a little undersized.
6. Laser cutting the Dollar Tree foam leaves a little channel at the edge. BBQ skewers can be hot glued into leading edges and around the intakes to improve aerodynamics and protect from hangar rash. A Midwest balsa shear tool makes this go fast.
7. The .038 push rod wire provided seemed a little thin and made me wonder about the necessity of using metal gear servos but it's really short and flexing of the control surfaces is not a problem.
8. There is a CG mark on the bottom of the wing not mentioned in the video. I drilled it out and glued in a short segment of dowel tapped for a small cup holder and was able to balance my plane buy hanging it from a string in my garage.
9. Before flying your plane watch the video and watch it to try to keep orientation. After this I decided to deviate from scale and paint the lower surface of my plane black to help me remember which side was toward me.
10. I painted my plane to try to match Black 59, one of the first Viggens that pops up on Google Images. If I had it to do all over again I would probably do it in low heat film. Tamia grey primer from a can caused a hairy surface to result even with a light spray coat. I ran out of the expensive stuff so I over sprayed with Rustoleum and got an even worse surface. After the paint finally dried a good rubbing with a dry paper towel improved things. Fine steel wool might have been even better.
11. My CG was good so I packed the nose with bubble wrap to protect the battery in a crash.
FLYING IT:
1. I used a cheaper three bladed Phase 3 fan/motor combination standard for the Squall 4s instead of the recommended set up. It seemed a little down on thrust so keep that in mind for what follows.
2. There is only one way to launch this plane so watch the video. My first flight ended in a gentile belly flop.
3. The Viggen is a great EDF trainer as it doesn't fly so fast you can't keep up with it. A grey canard airplane on a grey day requires total concentration to keep orientation so pay attention. Like a trainer with a flat bottomed wing it tends to climb with added power.
4. Don't get it wet! My landings on moist grass caused the paper in the intakes to start peeling off the foam in a most distressing manner. The paper on the wing also bubbled up but returned to almost normal when it dried out. Prevention might involve wrapping clear tape around these areas.
5. Watch your airspeed when doing aerobatics. The Viggen will do very tight loops but I snapped out of the top of an attempted big loop and got to test my crumple zone disposable nose.
HITS:
1. Accurate laser cut kit.
2. Excellent first or second EDF, especially if you concentrate on keeping orientation.
3. I actually had fun all the way through this project.
MISSES:
1. Dollar Tree foam: excellent for construction but the material from hell if you get it wet.
2. Suggestions for painting would be appreciated.
3. No decals.

Reviewed by jrgrady55
jrgrady55 bought "FT Viggen Speed Build Kit" on our website
04/07/2014 - 12:04:27 PM
Amazing Aircraft!!
I am extremely impressed with the build and design of this aircraft. It has easily become my favorite aircraft to fly. Fast, slow, agile, you name it, it can do it. The build process was fairly simple and I used the recommended 70mm EDF setup and used FoamTac glue in place of hot glue to save on weight. I definitely recommend purchasing this speedbuild kit and you will enjoy this aircraft just as much as I do!!

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