Stability - Utility -
Versatility - Personality
The rock-solid stability and amazing low-speed characteristics
of the Flyin' King combine to make it an excellent trainer,
but it's so much more! This is a true utility aircraft,
capable of towing gliders, hauling cameras, or lifting payloads.
It's versatile because you can build it with tricycle landing
gear or as a taildragger, and you can choose to equip it
with flaps or without. And although it may not be love at
first sight, she's got a great personality. In fact, it
may very well cause love at first FLIGHT.
much more detailed info on the Flyin' King kit, be sure
to read Bruce's article. "You
Can Do Almost Everything with a BTE Flyin' King".
FLYIN' KING SPECIFICATIONS
Wingspan: 80.5 inches
Wing Area: 1280 square inches
Length: 60 inches
Weight: 9.5 to 10 pounds
Engines: .60 - .75 2-stroke or
.70 - .91 4-stroke or
1000-1200 Watt Electric
Flyin' King Kit Price . . .
Ground Shipping in U.S.
Best Materials Available: Sig Balsa, Top-Grade
Lite-Ply, Spruce, and Aircraft Plywood.
Rugged Main Landing Gear Made from 6061-T6
Aluminum and Formed Nose Wheel Strut
American-Made Hardware from Sig and Du-Bro
Including Steel Clevises, Control Horns,
4-40 Pushrods, Throttle Cable, Nose Wheel
Steering Cable, Nose Wheel Bearing,
Wheel Collars, Easy Hinges, Nylon Wing
Bolts, and Flap Torque Rods
Fiberglass Tape for Wing Joint Reinforcement
Professionally-Drawn, Full-Size, Rolled Plans
Detailed, Photo-Illustrated Instruction Booklet
Decals, Building Templates, Clear Windows
Radio with 5 or 6 servos (depending on whether you
use flaps or not), engine, engine mount, 16 oz. fuel tank
(minimum), fuel line, three 4" wheels, four rolls of covering
material, and common modeling tools.
R/C Report March 1998
"The model is very well behaved, and was immediately comfortable
to fly. Loops can be done at 1/2 throttle, and stall turns
are very easy. ...with the ailerons on high rate, the Flyin'
King rolls more axially than I would have ever expected
from the polyhedral wing. Great fun!"
R/C Modeler October 1999
"The well-engineered instructions and plans, together with
first-rate, quality materials, make this a great second
or third airplane. Those at the field who have flown the
Flyin' King all marveled at the ease in which this big plane
Model Airplane News November 1997
"Flaps markedly enhance slow-flight performance - one of
the model's best features. The ailerons are extra large
and remain effective even at slow speed with flaps fully
extended. The Flyin' King is a user-friendly model that's
fun to build and fly.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Bruce's Building and Flying Tips
- Two-View Line Drawing
- Instruction Book PDF Download
- Replacement Parts
YouTube - Bruce's Electric FK
YouTube - Flyin' King Unboxing
YouTube - Flyin' King Flight 154
YouTube - Jimmy and the Flyin' King
YouTube - First Flight by Don Schuy
Doug Brown's Flyin' King Website
Mike Harris's Flyin' King Website
Builder Gallery - Pics and Info
Stu Richmond (deceased)
Stu was well-known for his 33 years of writing for model magazines in the US and overseas. He is an AMA
Hall-of-Famer and winner of the Howard McEntee medal. But most of all, he was a devoted sport modeler
just like us and he loved his Flyin' King! Click the pic for more shots of Stu and his model.
Need inspiration? Check out the
for builder photos and comments!
Electric Power Conversion Package
Wanna go electric? This package is tailor-made for the Flyin' King and is easy to install whether starting from a fresh kit
or pre-built airframe. Includes high-quality motor, ESC, prop, motor standoff, and installation package.
Features detailed online instructions.
BTE Price . . . $194.95
Tailwheel Assembly -
Convert your Flyin' King to a taildragger by adding this high-quality unit. The package provides absolutely
everything you need including pull-pull cables, rigging couplers, clevises, leaf spring, steering arm, formed
tailwheel wire, and complete mounting instructions. It even includes a 1-1/4" Du-Bro tailwheel.
Suitable for models 8 to 12 pounds.
BTE Price . . . $22.95
Heavy-Duty Landing Gear -
The standard gear that comes with the kit is 1/8" thick and is just fine for sport flying. For those who
want to carry a payload in the Flyin' King, we offer this heavy-duty version made from 3/16" aluminum.
You may prefer this gear if your landings are commonly, shall we say, abrupt.
BTE Price . . . $24.95
When you order a kit, we can swap a heavy-duty landing gear with the standard kit gear before shipping.
Landing Gear Swap BTE Price . . . $6.00
Sullivan Wheels -
Treat your Flyin' King to the best wheels available. These 4" Sullivan Sky-Lite wheels are molded from
light weight urethane with a tough rubber exterior. Sold individually - order as many as you want.
Retail Price $15.89 each
BTE Price . . . $12.50 each
Du-Bro Axles and Collars -
The kit comes with bolts to use as axles, and they work fine. Many builders prefer
these ultra-smooth axles from Du-Bro. No need to drill your wheels - the 3/16" shafts are a perfect
fit. You will need to enlarge the hole in the aluminum landing gear to 5/16". Package includes two 3/16" wheel
BTE Price . . . $6.95
Hayes Engine Mount -
This is a BTE favorite! Molded from fiber-reinforced nylon, this mount features a web at the bottom of the rails
for extra stiffness. Supplied with two types of engine mounting bolts. This is the mount shown on the Flyin' King
SHORT (for 2-strokes) BTE Price . . . $6.75
The LONG version (for 4-strokes) is no longer available.
BTE recommends the Sig 2-piece mount (shown below) for 4-stroke engines.
Sig 2-Piece Engine Mount -
Some modelers prefer a two-piece engine mount to fit their extra-wide or narrow engines.
These reinforced mounts feature large webs for strength and alignment holes. Sig package
also includes a complete assortment of hardware.
BTE Price . . . $4.95
Fuel Tank Package -
Another BTE favorite, this Du-Bro 16 oz. fuel tank is shown on the Flyin' King plans. Package includes tank,
2 ft. of high-quality fuel line, and a 1/4" x 8" x 12" piece of foam rubber padding.
Total Retail Price $15.50
BTE Price . . . $12.95
Gas Conversion Stopper . . . add $1.50
Fuel Tank Only - BTE Price . . . $6.75
Fuel Line Only - BTE Price . . . . $2.95
Foam Pad Only - BTE Price . . . $3.95
Handibond Package - Handibond CA glue is highly recommended for assembly of all BTE kits.
This package is tailored specifically for the King. Includes one 2 oz. Thin CA, two 2 oz. Medium CA,
one 2 oz. Thick CA, one 2 oz. Spray Accelerator, three micro tips, and one extra long glue tip.
Retail Price $40.92
BTE Price . . . $29.95
1/4-20 Tap and Drill -
The Flyin' King uses hardwood blocks which need to be drilled and tapped to accept the wing bolts. This high-quality
set from Du-Bro will do the job on your FK and many models to come. Tap handle also available.
Tap and Drill - BTE Price . . . $7.50
Tap Handle - BTE Price . . . . $7.75
Tubing Bender -
This clever tool from Du-Bro makes quick work of one of the most annoying tasks in modeling - bending fuel
tank tubing without bending. Works on 1/8" annealed brass tubing as used in all types of RC fuel tanks. Every
builder needs this in their workshop.
BTE Price . . . $15.95
Fourmost Medium Window Flange Material - Special molded black vinyl material.
This tailor-made bulk package includes 12 feet of flange material and instructions.
It's an elegant, alternative window treatment.
BTE Price . . . $14.50
Cable Cutters - Specially designed jaws cut stranded cable clean and square
without fraying. Perfect for throttle and steering cables. Every modeler needs at least one
of these high-quality tools. Use the small cutter for up to 3/32" cable or 5/64" music wire. The large
cutter is good for 3/16" cable or 1/8" music wire. Made in USA.
BTE Price . . . $17.95 Small Cutter
BTE Price . . . $19.95 Large Cutter
Super Strength Servo Arms
Another BTE favorite, these replacement servo arms use long fiber composites for added strength. Specify radio
brand when ordering.
Retail Price $10.75
BTE Price . . . $9.50