Top Flite Mini Contender EP Review

For over 40 years, RC pilots have enjoyed the wide flight envelope of the Top Flite Contender. Whether carving aerobatics at higher speeds or settling in for gracious low speed fly-bys, the Contender has left it’s mark in history as a very well behaved airplane. Now available as a 36″ electric, Kurt and Rob put the Mini Contender EP to the test in our 5X5 review…


Intro and Flight Footage
5X5 Review Scoring



Sometimes big things do come in small packages. Sometimes, they’re just a small package. We’ve flown hundreds of aircraft over the years and seen a lot of larger, proven designs get translated into a smaller electric version. Often times, although very flyable, the smaller versions just don’t bring the same experience. In the case of the Mini Contender, we found ourselves actually being drawn to the new mini version even more than it’s older big Brother. Not to say that the 53″ version isn’t anything short of undeniable legend, but our little Mini Contender is just so easy to pack up and go. Clean electric power, small portable size, and nearly identical flight characteristics as the bigger Contender make the Mini EP version an airplane you just can’t ignore.

Watch the full video review to see if the Mini Contender EP is right for you…!

2 Brothers Hobby

2 Brothers Radio Setup

Per Instruction Manual
High: AIL -25% ELEV -20% RUDD -30%
Low: AIL -15% ELEV -15% RUDD -40%

Additional Resources

Top Flite, distributed exclusively by Hobbico,, (800) 682-8948

5X5 Review Scoring

Model Characteristics

Build as Advertised:

Build Instructions and Advertised Difficulty...
3.5 / 5


Covering, Paint, Plastic and Decals...
3.5 / 5


Specified Powerplant Performance...
5 / 5

Ground Handling:

Landing Gear, Floats, and Hovering...
5 / 5


Model Impact and Transportation Durability...
4 / 5

Pilot Experience

Flight as Advertised:

Flight Experience As Compared To Marketing
4.5 / 5

Flight Time:

Flight Duration Of Recommended Powerplant
5 / 5

Field Size:

2 Brothers Flying Site Recommendation
Large Park/Field


How Easily The Model Transports Without Damage
5 / 5

Skill Level:

2 Brothers Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate - Adv.

Model Specifications

Model Type:


Wing Span:

36 in (915 mm)

Wing Area:

329 in² (21.2 dm²)


27-30 oz (765-850 g)

Wing Loading:

11.8-13.1 oz/ft² (36-40 g/dm²)


34.5 in (875 mm)

Motor Size:

Rimfire .10 Brushless Outrunner

Volt Range:

11.1V (3s LiPo)


9X6 Electric


Balsa Built-up

ESC Amperage:


Radio Channels:

4-5 Channel (E,A,T,R)

Needed Items:

Radio system with a minimum of 4 channels and 4 micro servos; .10 outrunner brushless motor; 25A brushless ESC; 11.1V (3S) 1800-2200mAh LiPo battery, LiPo Battery Charger, & 9x6 electric propeller.

Street Price:

$99.98 USD ARF
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2 Responses to Top Flite Mini Contender EP Review

  1. avatar caddguy6 says:

    Your review was spot on, its a great little plane that carries on the Contender tradition of years ago. Yes the red covering is horrible and if that’s what the ‘new’ Monokote is all about I will be staying with Ultracoat thank you very much.
    One item I had to change due to the two club fields I fly from, which are grass, is changing out the wheels to 2″dia. The supplied wheels just wouldn’t work even on the low cut grass.

  2. avatar tmulligan says:

    This is one of my favorite planes. It has a wide flight envelope. It will do aerobatics with ease, and it is quite sturdy.
    I fly off a grass strip with no problems. Everything is stock.

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