FT-Viggen - Build by FliteTest

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Here it is folks! We show you how to build the FT-Viggen. Yes, we are just as excited as you!

If you want to pick up a speed-build kit head on over to the store. Otherwise, you can download the free plans at the bottom of this article. 

At this point in the build, if you are building a light version of the FT-Viggen, check the video below for how to add your preferred power system. 

If you are using an EDF unit, we have 70mm and 64mm mounts included in the kit. Either will work. 

Make sure to sight your vertical stabilizer! 

We recommend tracing out the nose piece before you shape it. It will take all the force of an impact and crush in on itself. That way the body of the plane is unharmed. All you have to do is attach a new nose and you're good to go!

If you would simply like to buy more noses they are available in the store!

 For recommended electronics: check here!



The decals are available here for download. 
(Please bare in mind that the file is almost 500MB. Print size is 54x50 inches.)


FREE Build Plans:

FT-Viggen [FULL]

FT-Viggen [TILED]


Thank you to the entire community for making projects like this possible.

Let us know how your build went or if you have any tips or comments, chat it up in the forums!


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frogs84ss February 12, 2014
starting this in the a.m. thank you so much for the plans and videos.
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Hookdriver February 12, 2014
An ice storm has us all home bound for a couple days. After that the dollar tree is getting raided. This build just got moved to the top of the que. Fantastic work guys!
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sailorJohn February 13, 2014
3:30am ---Good job David! would it be possible to reduce the size to 30in overall form the nose out of foam and use thrust vectoring and still have enough lift?
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LordVader February 13, 2014
Absolutely amazing, David you have done a great job. Great explanation on every aspect of the build. I will be starting as soon as I get these plans printed. (can't print fast enough. haha...)
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rcflyer729 February 13, 2014
awesome plans I am going to build it today. Just wanted to let you know that in the parts list when i click on 3000mah 4s link it takes me to a 130mah 3s.
thanks nice job
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augernaught February 13, 2014
For anyone building this from the free downloaded plans and knows
how difficult it can be to cut a clean circle in foam board, (for the ducted fan)
I have used this tool on DTF and it works fantastic after you find the exact center:

http://www.hobbico.com/tools/hcar0230.html
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BuckE67 February 13, 2014
Great video! Awesome job David!!
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Den February 12, 2014
Thank you heaps. Your work and generosity are really appreciated. Even here in New Zealand.
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flyman1340 February 13, 2014
and here in georgia, usa! i'm already started on my first one! :D
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hetrickm February 13, 2014
Is the CG the blue mark near the front of the wing in the plans?
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Jebnor February 13, 2014
I am wondering the same thing.

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RCExplorer February 13, 2014
the round blue circle on the bottom of the wing is the CG mark
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XFlyer February 12, 2014
Thanks heaps for this, guess what I'm heading out to build now? Thank you from New Zealand
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gr1999 February 13, 2014
What foamboard do you use. I just use the stuff from warehouse stationary. the only preblem is that it is quite heavy
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XFlyer February 13, 2014
Yeah I use that too but this EDF has a very wide build weight so it could take the extra weight of the foam.
It's a shame that shipping on their Viggen from the Store costs $46 and the plane itself only costs $40. Turning a $40 plane into an $85 plane and then you have the exchange rates....
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Paulshort February 13, 2014
I also live in nz and have trouble whith heavy foamboard.There is one shop that I know about in nz that sells dtfb and that is Uncles Bills wholesale club.

the foam board that i use comes from hallenstiens old signage but sadly is quite heavy.

Paul
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gr1999 February 13, 2014
yeah i wish there was a store that sold the dtfb in hamilton....
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Jcrankshaw February 13, 2014
Where is the CG?

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RCExplorer February 13, 2014
the round blue circle on the bottom of the wing is the CG mark
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rockyfosgate February 13, 2014
hi, great build.
i am currently trying to print the plans to have a go myself.
can anyone help me... the plans print, but it only print the outline. it doesn't mark the score/cut lines.
anyone got any ideas?
i am printing from a mac to a cannon printer...
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sailorJohn February 13, 2014
Try adj the printer darker
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dz1sfb February 13, 2014
Well thought out and executed. Kudos!!!

Ken :)
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lefort February 13, 2014
Love the design and how nice the nose piece works out (jet noses out of DTFB usually don't look so nice). Its interesting that there are no decent 70mm EDF units to be had on the internet any longer ;-).

A quick note, the tiled plans do not line up according to the key for them and the vertical stabilizer ends up over lapping the fuselage.

Thanks for all the hard work!
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Bolvon72 February 13, 2014
Such a great amount of innovation to this one David. The fold outs on the canopy, the break apart nose, I'm dumbfounded by how many man hours must have gone into this plane's development. You can stand proud on this one.
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Bob_Curtains February 14, 2014
Amazing job David! You are an inspiration to any would be designer. Your technique is flawless and deserves an infinite amount of praise. You will definitely go down in my book as an original Renaissance "RC" man and memory maker. Congrat's on this one bud!
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zjsfmail February 14, 2014
Amazing job David! You are an inspiration to any would be designer. Your technique is flawless and deserves an infinite amount of praise. You will definitely go down in my book as an original Renaissance "RC" man and memory maker. Congrat's on this one bud! - See more at: http://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-viggen-build#sthash.iLGPrvsu.dpuf
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iimeme February 14, 2014
How do you set up the thrust vectoring, and would it be better to do it so it parallels the elevator or the aileron?

Thanks for the great plane!!!
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Block Head Flying February 13, 2014
Ok went to Fed ex office today to see if the full prints could print . The size was messing up the software and making the scaling wrong. The manager had to split it into 3 sections to print ,took forever to get the sizing to scale . Sooo Flite Test please split up into 3 sections. Dont know if all print shops would go as far as the nice people did for me . and also when splitting up there is no scale bar so we had to overlay each section .
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Anon Pilot February 14, 2014
I agree. I posted..."Looking forward to building this very much. BUT the full size plan seems to be in a rather unusable format. Can't we have it in 4 big pages please? I have no idea how to manage the single long strip that comes up on my computer."
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chowell February 15, 2014
Yes I agree! Can you please make them on 4 20x30 pages? Thank you for the build and great build video!!
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sleepy1956 February 15, 2014
will you think about making these in black depron foam sheets. i will get one even that it would cost more, it would be stronger and it would not need to get painted
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Pilot Scott February 15, 2014
Here's an alternative to this issue and can be used for many more projects. Open the project with Big Print and divide it how ever you like. http://woodgears.ca/bigprint/
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chowell February 15, 2014
So does any one know the best way to print off these plans? I would like to take them to Staples and get them made on 20x30 (the same size as foam board) but the one big plan is too long for Staples. Not to mention the problems I am sure will acquire trying to getting scale to match. Thanks!
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helidog12 February 16, 2014
The easiest way to print the plans is to use the NON-Tiled version and print them using the poster settings for your printer. Be sure to print the cut and alingment marks. I printed and assembled in one day!!!!

Thanks David

Looking forward to more awesomeness from you and Flite Test
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Block Head Flying February 16, 2014
They can do it . It just takes a person behind the counter that will work with you . My fed ex store was able to but it took forever and she was very nice.
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trobinson1230 February 18, 2014
Thanks David for an awesome plane. Can someone please tell me how to set up the thrust vectoring with the elevons. I do not have a clue how to wire up the servos. I plan on making a thrust victory unit that will move Side to side as well as up-and-down however I know how to set up the side to side but not the up-and-down
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Yogenh February 18, 2014
I just got my speed build kit today and now have to get the fan. I am going with the 70. Can't wait to get started.
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Yogenh February 18, 2014
I would like to know how you did the landing gear on it.
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waytooslow February 19, 2014
I am so torn -- do I toss in the Deltrum 70 mm setup -- or put in a wicked 4000 Plus on a balanced 64mm fan - I have both sitting in front of me on my bench. I find the speed kit awesome - great work!. I also printed out a few sets of plans after busting it up on to 20x30 canvas size Illustrator files. Local Staples was able to print as I waited. I have the planes setup on 5 pieces of dollar tree, with 3 extra noses on last board. I see you could get away with 4. I see multiple builds on this model in my future. Thanks David for a great design.
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Vass February 20, 2014
What size are the smaller sheets? Presume American foolscap not Euro A4 ?
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Ben Presten February 22, 2014
please sell spare hatches. I would be the first buyer as I already lost one.
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RICHGCOOP February 18, 2014
I stopped in it flitetest shop today to get some control horns. Josh and his crew are the best. I have my vagin I'll cut out blue together and all the edges rounded.
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Ben Presten February 22, 2014
I think you need to check your spelling.
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RICHGCOOP February 23, 2014
I used my phone, That's the way it spelled it. Should be.
I stopped in at Flitetest today to get some control horns. Josh and his crew are the best.
I have my Vaggin all cut out and all glued together and all the edges rounded.

ARE YOU HAPPY NOW ????
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Block Head Flying February 23, 2014
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Block Head Flying February 23, 2014
If you make a comment like that Ben you are a controlling know it all . We all knew what he meant . I mean you made him re-write his post ,,,,realy ! Unless you are friends busting on each other, let it be have some fun.

B.H.F
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seberg February 24, 2014
First post for me. Just want to say thanks for all the guys at FT. Because of you guys I started with the RC hobby. Now my brother is in too. I have downloaded a couple of the plans and they are really great. Currently working on the Viggen. Looks really cool!!!
Thanks again for all you guys do.
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Anon Pilot February 13, 2014
Looking forward to building this very much. BUT the full size plan seems to be in a rather unusable format. Can't we have it in 4 big pages please? I have no idea how to manage the single long strip that comes up on my computer. And the CG?
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Anon Pilot February 24, 2014
THANKYOU... it looks like you fixed the un-tiled plan. Thanks again, R
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canbuildlearningtofly February 27, 2014
Great build David. We have a plotter at work and I used the auto select on the scale and just used the get window option on the print page and broke the drawing up myself overlapping key components to check the scale. seemed to work fine. I will post pics as soon as I figure out how.
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Wizguber March 3, 2014
Help ! Why can't I watch the build video ? Says it's been removed by YouTube ...
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sandman March 3, 2014
Help! what's wrong with video?
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Titan176 March 4, 2014
Hey guys, not to be a broken record, but please try and reload the build video. I'm only half way through the build. Thanks in advance.
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Jdmartin March 4, 2014
I just received my Viggen Speed Build kit, only to find the build video has been removed! Please, please make the video available soon!
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dma09 March 5, 2014
I am new to building with foam, anyone knows which thickness and what the material is called?
I am gonna build it from scratch just printed the drawings.
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sstokes1971 March 5, 2014
Adams foam board (sold at Dollar Tree & Dollar General in USA). 3/16" (5mm) thick.
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dma09 March 6, 2014
ok! Thanks for fast answer.

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llknott March 7, 2014
You can also get from wal-mart that is a little stronger but a little harder to cut with knife.
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lawtonca March 7, 2014
Hey guys, did someone dictator somewhere complain to YouTube because your build video didn't show how to build a real Viggen? What gives?
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llknott March 7, 2014
Why was your build plans for the viggen removed from your site, would be nice to have?
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barorg March 14, 2014
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Revesjö March 14, 2014
Finished, nice to build something fast fore ones. Bra beskrivning David.
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Revesjö March 15, 2014
First flite today, you can probably teach a small baby to fly this plane.
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Rasterize March 17, 2014
Nice plane! Excellent build video! I really like the decals. I think I will use them as a template to do a "Blå Petter" version of the Viggen. Will you guys be bringing some speed build kits of the Viggen to NEF? I'd like one. :)
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Rasterize March 17, 2014
FYI. Callie Graphics will do the decal sheet for $45 shipped (CONUS).
Again, great job!
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seansgrandad March 18, 2014
Absolutely brilliant plane on 2000KV!
Now to build another one with 3000KV!

Thanks again Guys!!!
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plasticbaldy March 21, 2014
Very impressed. I am really keen to find some RC projects that I can use my homebuilt CNC router for. Is there any chance of G codes for the Viggen please ? It's only for my own use.
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cisco March 23, 2014
Can you guys start selling the kit in different color foam boards??? Dollar tree has black foam boards also. http://www.dollartree.com/household/arts-and-crafts/paper-notebooks/Black-Foam-Boards-20x30-/500c565c567p310686/index.pro?method=search
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Yogenh April 22, 2014
I have my speed kit almost done. Just haven't had a lot of time to build it. But it is going great.
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Yogenh April 24, 2014
I now have it all done just have to paint it. Can't wait to fly it.
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rifted February 12, 2014
Thanks David, hope a lot of people test all your ideas mention on the test video and some one try the rudder lol for all, enjoy your new weekend project and hope there are happy faces! (sure there will be a lot)
Ed
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collin May 21, 2014
If I were to buy the ultimate power pack from Grayson hobby that comes with the motor with blades and housing the battery, the two servos with extenders ant the wire adapters, accelerometer is there anything else I am missing.
http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/ftviggen70mmedfpowerpackage-p-2610.html


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rifted May 21, 2014
Well! I don't know for sure! But what I can tell you is that their products work very well and good quality! I have purchase from them in the past and still using their battery, servos, esc, motor they are still working!
Good luck and fly safe!
Ed


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rifted May 21, 2014
Missing an extra recover? Lol
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rifted May 21, 2014
Recever sorry
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collin May 21, 2014
If I were to buy the ultimate power pack from Grayson hobby that comes with the motor with blades and housing the battery, the two servos with extenders ant the wire adapters, accelerometer is there anything else I am missing. http://www.graysonhobby.com/catalog/ftviggen70mmedfpowerpackage-p-2610.html - See more at: http://flitetest.com/articles/ft-viggen-build#sthash.tFtIFWZp.dpuf
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rifted May 22, 2014
Hey collin, are you new to the hobby? Do you already own a tx system? Charger? if so I think their pack "Grayson hobby" pack I mean looks very good deal. After making a little more research.
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bam.bam.sam June 20, 2014
I just tried to download the decal via dropbox but the link is no longer available. Can you please enable it to be downloaded? Thanks!
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Jbcolley July 3, 2014
Hi folks! Just like bam.bam.sam above I tried to download the decal but the link is no longer available. A little help, please?!
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Haralabos August 10, 2014
Hi! I'm trying to download the decals but the link is not "working" does anyone has the decals file
PLEASE?
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RRacer September 7, 2014
Hello all,
just making the last adjustments to my Viggen. Excellent job on the plans, David!

I was about to start the tedious work making the control rods, but instead tried rods from the HK Bixler 2, and they are a perfect match.
Currently they sell as a kit with four short ones (enough for two Viggens) and two long ones for $2.59.

https://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__25538__Hobbyking_Bixler_2_EPO_1500mm_Replacement_Pushrod_Set.html

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