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FMS Stearman PT-17 Biplane 1050mm (41") Wingspan - PNP

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FMS 1050mm PT-17 Stearman Bi-Plane Blue and Yellow Color Scheme - Receiver Ready (PNP) - FMS053


  • Super scale details including hand painted cowl, landing gear fairings, and 9 cylinder radial engine.
  • Detailed wing surfaces and decals in WWII US Army Air Corps color scheme
  • Perfect mid-sized bi-plane for intermediate flyers and people with limited flying area
  • Motor, ESC, and servos come preinstalled for quick assembly
  • Durable EPO Foam


  • 4 Channel Radio - Select a minimum 4 channel radio from our Radio Collection 
  • 4 Channel Receiver - Select a minimum 4 channel receiver from our Receiver Collection
  • 3 Cell 11.1V 1800 mAh Lipo Battery with EC3 connector - EPR18003E
  • 3 Cell Compatible Battery Charger - Select a minimum 3 cell (3S) charger from our Charger Collection

Product Specifications:

AGE LEVEL : 14 and up
SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate


1050mm / 41.3in


850mm / 33.5in

Flying Weight


Power System

3536-KV850 Out Runner Brushless Motor

Speed Control

40A ESC with EC3 Connector

Propeller / EDF

11x7 Two Blade Propeller


9g x 4

Landing Gear

Fixed main gear, steerable tail gear

Required Battery

11.1V 1800mAh 25C 3 cell LiPo with EC3 connector

Required Radio

4 Channel









Hinge Type



EPO Foam

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Product Spare Parts

FMS PT17 Cockpit FMMSJ106

Regular price $599 $409

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Mako S.
Two notable items

The plane is very well appointed. Good detail. There are two items that bugged me. First of all when installing the wing structs on the out side they warped the wing in a anhedral position. Although it didn't seem to affect the performance of the plane, I don't believe it is scale to do this. The second issue is the lack of power. It could use about 20% more power. Although, it probably flies close to scale, it would be nice to pull a few more maneuvers. I flew it against the E-flight PT-17 and the E-flight to perform better. However, I will say the E-flight doesn't present itself as well in the scale side as does the FMS. Not a bad buy especially for a newbie.

PT 17

One Helluva fantastic model, took a little patience and time to build especially the rigging with those tiny sprigs but I got we done.Thanks Motion RC for excellent service, fast shipping and a super model PT 17. Al in State of Delaware

Ken O.
One of my favorite

This is the second one I have had. Although the first had over 50 flights and several hard crashes, it was like times. Took a beating and kept on ticking until kitty decided it liked to chew on foam. Second was to replace the first. Like others have said there are a few minor issues but it is a beautiful plane and flying it is very relaxing. The rigging is pain staking but worth it. Highly recommend it and MRC is second to none.

Jeffrey B.
This is a beautiful plane.

Love this plane, but if you don't have modeling experience forget about it. First off the instructions are a joke, it tells nothing about how to put on the rigging, how to set the plane up for flight, where to hook up the navigation lights. and it is real veg on the stuff it does tell you about. So to say they were inadequate is an understatement. I had a real hard time with the screws until I started dipping them into cooking oil before I tried to thread them. I had to do heavy medication to the fuselage to get the landing gear to fit, and I also had to notch the elevator to keep it from hitting the rudder horn, and they sent the wrong size control arms for the ailerons had to re-bend them to fit. But as I said if you are patient you will be rewarded with a beautiful plane. I can't wait for good weather so I can maiden her. And on another note Motion R/C was more than fantastic through this whole experience, customer service IMO is second to none!

Andy S.
Love This Plane!!!!

What a great flying plane, lights and great construction. Only downside i would bring up is the ESC is kind of blocked off from getting air and can become hot when flying so you need to check this after each flight. Have been thinking of drilling and air exchange hole in the front so some air flow can reach the ESC. Otherwise this plane is amazing to fly, wish there was a bigger version of it. As always Motion RC shipping was amazing.

James A.
FMS PT-17 Stearman follow up

This is a follow up from my previous review from December. This little biplane has taken all kinds of abuse over the last month and continues to shine. Here is another YouTube video link that was created on 12 January for anyone interested....

great purchase!!

after a 3 year break from the hobby I wanted to get a intermediate plane to start back up with but nothing to crazy.This fit the bill perfect,super fun build even the rigging was enjoyable for me.All my parts fit great not a single issue like others reported,great looking plane and Iam amazed how far foam has come in the last 3 years,this thing looks very scale! Flying was no problem with a 3 year layoff,not a single click of trim needed.Not the best in wind but it only comes in at 3lbs so to be expected! Motion rc has been great and I already made a second purchase! I only wish motion was around years ago they make it very easy to spend$$$$$

James A.
FMS Stearman PT-17

I couldn't be happier. Model was carefully packaged and arrived in one week. My YouTube video speaks for itself for those interested...

Randall P.
solid plane, good price

Maidened this good looking biplane today - no significant problems at all, very stable and a floater on landing. Strongest ARF landing gear I've ever seen. Plenty of power to get off the ground or out of tricky situations, in fact it can take off in very little runway. Need to let off the elevator quickly on takeoff or you will be airborne in 10 feet with very little airspeed. Climbs strongly on application of power so needed a good bit of down trim to fly level. Barrel rolls are quite the experience, give yourself lots of altitude and speed. Loops like it was made for it. Beautiful scale flyer. Construction was a little challenging, as expressed by other reviewers. There is a good YouTube video on FMS PT-17 Assembly that helped make up for the incomplete and basically pictorial instructions from FMS. Key points: 1 - pre-thread the wing/fuselage holes using one of the long screws with vise grips 2 - dip the cabane and wing strut screws in dishwashing detergent, helps lubricate and ease the connection process since these are too tight to pre-drill 3 - pay attention to the routing of wing lighting wire when you attach the wing struts, it's easy to get the struts backwards - you have to be able to route the wire from the upper wingtip to the strut, down the strut to the lower wing. There is a groove in the strut for the wire. 4 - don't freak out if the outer struts don't really seem to line up well front-to-back with the wing - there is a 1/2 - 1" washout that becomes apparent in the upper wing when the struts are installed. This also produces a negative dihedral in the upper wing, but no negative flight characteristics seen so far. 5 - the vertical stabilizer on the tail was bent about 20 degrees when the kit was unboxed. This is the 2nd FMS kit I've seen with foam molding problems affecting alignment. I mostly was able to **** it up to vertical during the epoxy process, but it took quite a bit of trimming to fly mostly straight. I may have to get more serious about straightening the stab. 6 - as one of reviewers noted, the ESC can be located to avoid having to remove it every time the battery is changed. With the plane upside down and the battery hatch open, unplug the ESC from the receiver but not from the motor and pull the ESC totally out, insert it back in with the ESC receiver/battery wires pointed to the rear and the motor wires facing the front (just the opposite from how mine came from FMS) - push the ESC into the small slot next to the bottom of the plane, route the motor wires to the side of the battery compartment and the battery wires out of the battery opening, reattach the receiver wire after threading it from the ESC into the receiver bay, push the battery into the battery opening at a 45 degree angle heading up toward the pilot and alongside of the motor wires from the ESC, and connect the battery. Everything balances well and the 2200 mah battery can now be changed without removing the ESC (and without any carving of the foam). Good plane - fills my need for a barnstormer biplane.