I watch Flite Test on YouTube and they really know what there doing. I do say the prices are a bit much. But anything other than that the store is amazing.
I bought this kit as my first FT plane. Depite my lack of build skills, the video guided me well, and produced an excellent flying plane. I powered it with the A pack, a 2s 650mh battery and can get close to 20min flights. It will fly lazy circles or pull tight turns and loops. The stall speed is pretty low, and the glide slope makes the landings effortless. I hand off to my 6 and 9yr olds with the rates turned low, and they fly without (much) incident.
I built the Mighty Mini Scout as my first scratch/kit-built airplane. Building it using the plans, not the speed-build kit, I made some mistakes in the build process (such as gluing the wing together with less under-camber on one side than the other) that made it uncontrollable at first. I also found the servos pretty difficult to install in the small hole provided, but once again, I was a newbie at building. I later built a new wing and installed it without difficulty, but even so, the plane still did not fly particularly well. By this time, my skill level was progressed to the point that this plane no longer held my interest, so I scrapped its electronics to build an FT Long EZ (which flies better).
Since I didn't build the Scout using the Speed-build kit, and it was my first build, I can't confidently say my problems were due to the design, but either way, my experience was not very positive with this plane. I would recommend something more along the lines of the FT Simple Cub as a first FT plane: the bigger size makes it much more straight forward and relaxing to assemble.
Hope this helps!
I have three FT planes. All have been scratch built from plans that were downloaded. Of the three, this is my favorite so far. It flies really well and makes a great park flyer. Looking forward to building it's big brother soon. Also looking forward to buying a speed build kit to see how much different it is.
Fabulous little plane easy to build and looks great in the air
I built this plane from scratch as of Dec 2020. So I see the video build instructions are dated earlier by several years. I had a heck of a time actually fitting the current "radial power pack A" into the plane. One thing I did that seemed to help is to cut a small rectangular opening in the cock pit area through the wing that let me fish each of the three servo plugs through. Then I connected those to the receiver and let that stuff live just above the wing. This gave me just enough room to fit the 3 cell 850 mAh battery into the front of the plane. Not sure I can get the landing gear in there but we will see. Overall Im really hoping it will fly in the "smaller" back yard.
Absolutely amazing and fun small plane. The plane handles really nice but the downside is that there is a weak point right next to the dihedral fold where the wing meets the body, which unfortunately led to the wing folding in mid air while I was doing a sharp bank turn to get out of inverted flight. This was also my fault because I should have known that this plane is not meant for crazy loops and turns. If you are looking for a fun plane to fly around the neighborhood and don't do many acrobatics, this is the plane for you.
Great starter plane! Super easy to fly and practice on.
The Mini Scout is an easy quick build. I did put ailerons on a fourth channel. No reinforcements to wing. Today was its maiden and it was truly awesome. This little plane is so nimble and maneuverable, rolls faster then your eye can keep up with. I put an A pack motor in and run an 850mAh battery. Wind was at 5-10mph . The plane had little problems with gusts. It will climb quickly into wind. Took it really high up and it floated nicely on the breeze. It flys very similar to its big brother. Lands easily on throttle cut. This could be my new favorite! Painted it in a wild mix of
Greens camouflage. This will be our backyard flyer. Easier to fly then Sportster and more maneuverable then the Speedster. Update: flew the mini scout in stiff wind, 10+mph and folded one wing back slightly. I added wooden spar to wings and re glued the wings to body. I knew it was too windy, but wanted to see how she would do. This plane still is an amazing flyer!
i would like to order a flite test mighty mini scout speed build electric air plane kit :- and also by the way i am a 11 year old using my mothers phone to get a fligt test airplane
This plane is easy to build and flies amazing!
I'm so happy with this plane:)
(my favorite setup is A pack with 3s 800mah)
I built this plane from the plans and it was a really easy build. This was my first scratch build by myself. It also flew really well (I crashed it over 30 times and it was still okay) and was really easy to fix. The controls were really easy to set up and you could easily fly through tight areas.
i bought one and i loved it, it lasted me for 4 months and i crashed it over and over again and a bit of hot glue and it was back in the air.
I built one of these from scratch and made a bunch of modifications to it. When I originally built it, I ran it on 3s with an 1806. I could get ~15 minute flights with a 450 mAh, or 25 minutes with an 850 mAh.
Eventually I upgraded it to a 2204, added ailerons, an old Naze flight controller and an all in one FPV camera. It easily became my favorite plane to fly. It was small, durable, fast, and reasonably aerobatic. The only downside was that with all that weight and power the flight times dropped to ~5 minutes on a 450 or ~10 on an 850.
Flying this little plane FPV with a flight controller was amazing. With those little digital servos I was able to tune it to be rock solid stable. I regularly flew it inverted 3 feet off the ground at full throttle just because I was able to do it with my mediocre skills. So I found it to be a good mini plane I could mold to do whatever I wanted it to do.
The only reason I hesitate to give it a full five stars is because as built from the kit, the wings are sort of fragile. My neighbor friend went through two of them and lost wings on fairly mild crashes. It looked like the culprit was the notch at the front of the wing for the power pod. I ignored that when I built mine and the wing lasted through dozens of much higher speed crashes.
I have to say that this is a very impressive little airplane. Got my kit and assembly was quick and easy. Not to mention I do like the options of Electronics currently available and all you really need is a good radio. So far overall it is definitely meeting my expectations and definitely helping me to get back into the hobby. Considering I haven't flown in so long and thanks to the mini Scout I'm getting back into the swing on the sticks. Excellent for beginner and trainer. So overall I highly recommend this product.