JTiger
A week or two ago I saw the release of the Flite Test Edge 540 and I knew I had to build one. This is the first "conventional" (not prop-in-slot) plane I've made and I'm planning on putting removable landing gear on it.

I'm building with MPF which has already posed a few difficulties. Flite Test foam board has paper on both sides, and, instead of scoring the outside of their folds, they score the inside, leaving the paper to hold the two pieces. I decided to use a few well placed strips of tape instead. MPF is also a shade thicker than FT foam so the slots are a tight fit as well. I didn't take any pictures of the beginning of the build but this is where I'm at right now.

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The built up internal structure means a lot of cutting and gluing but it is very rigid. Check out the FT build video if you want to see the insides. As you can see, the hatch doesn't quite fit right yet so a little work needs to be done there.

Flite Test article here:
https://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-edge-release
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KK
Sweet! You’ll also have to take into account once the wing fits in there. So a little sanding would be required to make it a tight fit!

I am half way there in editing plans for CNC . Once done I’ll also post my build pics too...
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Wildthing
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A week or two ago I saw the release of the Flite Test Edge 540 and I knew I had to build one. This is the first "conventional" (not prop-in-slot) plane I've made and I'm planning on putting removable landing gear on it.

I'm building with MPF which has already posed a few difficulties. Flite Test foam board has paper on both sides, and, instead of scoring the outside of their folds, they score the inside, leaving the paper to hold the two pieces. I decided to use a few well placed strips of tape instead. MPF is also a shade thicker than FT foam so the slots are a tight fit as well. I didn't take any pictures of the beginning of the build but this is where I'm at right now.

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The built up internal structure means a lot of cutting and gluing but it is very rigid. Check out the FT build video if you want to see the insides. As you can see, the hatch doesn't quite fit right yet so a little work needs to be done there.

Flite Test article here:
https://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-edge-release

Looks like a fun project.
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homey666
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A week or two ago I saw the release of the Flite Test Edge 540 and I knew I had to build one. This is the first "conventional" (not prop-in-slot) plane I've made and I'm planning on putting removable landing gear on it.

I'm building with MPF which has already posed a few difficulties. Flite Test foam board has paper on both sides, and, instead of scoring the outside of their folds, they score the inside, leaving the paper to hold the two pieces. I decided to use a few well placed strips of tape instead. MPF is also a shade thicker than FT foam so the slots are a tight fit as well. I didn't take any pictures of the beginning of the build but this is where I'm at right now.

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The built up internal structure means a lot of cutting and gluing but it is very rigid. Check out the FT build video if you want to see the insides. As you can see, the hatch doesn't quite fit right yet so a little work needs to be done there.

Flite Test article here:
https://www.flitetest.com/articles/ft-edge-release

I've been following this closely and just checked and they still have the speed build kit for sale but not the plans. What am I missing? I can't find the plans.

Peter
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flower666able
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FlyteTime
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I've been following this closely and just checked and they still have the speed build kit for sale but not the plans. What am I missing? I can't find the plans.

Peter

Hey Pete, I just read the article and FT says free plans are coming soon. It does look like a sweet aerobat!
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
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JTiger
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I've been following this closely and just checked and they still have the speed build kit for sale but not the plans. What am I missing? I can't find the plans.

Peter


https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/sp0nz-plans-index.17136/

Scroll down until you run into the Edge plans - 7 from the top.
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JTiger
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Sweet! You’ll also have to take into account once the wing fits in there. So a little sanding would be required to make it a tight fit!

I am half way there in editing plans for CNC . Once done I’ll also post my build pics too...


Awesome! The CNCed parts should certainly make the build easier
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KK
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Hey Pete, I just read the article and FT says free plans are coming soon. It does look like a sweet aerobat!

Or... you can find all the plans here:

https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/sp0nz-plans-index.17136/
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borg187
Great build JTiger, I hope there will be more pics later. I'll be following your build.
Keep them in the air, borg187.
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homey666
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https://forum.flitetest.com/index.php?threads/sp0nz-plans-index.17136/

Scroll down until you run into the Edge plans - 7 from the top.

I had no idea! Thanks very much. I wonder why they haven't posted it as released?

Peter
YouTube Channel

flower666able
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FlyteTime
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I had no idea! Thanks very much. I wonder why they haven't posted it as released?

Peter

Indeed Peter. Their out of date article needs to be updated.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
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JTiger
Today I cut the formers for the canopy and turtle deck and glued them to the fuselage and hatch, inserted small triangles of foam near the front of the fuselage to keep the sides from bowing out, and made the pod to attach the fire wall/motor to. I did a little cutting/sanding on the hatch as well, though I'm going to wait to fine tune the fit until after the turtle deck and canopy are installed.

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Less successfully, I tried to form one of the curved pieces for the canopy but was a little too impatient...

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Anyone have advice on forming MPF?

I started making the right wing too but had to stop because I ran out of masking tape.
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FlyteTime
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Anyone have advice on forming MPF?

I started making the right wing too but had to stop because I ran out of masking tape.


I work the piece I'm trying to form on the edge of a table, preferably with a rounded edge a little at a time till I get it like I want it. Maybe heat it up just a tad with the hair dryer then hold it in position when you get it like you want it till it cools.
I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy.
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KK
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Today I cut the formers for the canopy and turtle deck and glued them to the fuselage and hatch, inserted small triangles of foam near the front of the fuselage to keep the sides from bowing out, and made the pod to attach the fire wall/motor to. I did a little cutting/sanding on the hatch as well, though I'm going to wait to fine tune the fit until after the turtle deck and canopy are installed.

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Less successfully, I tried to form one of the curved pieces for the canopy but was a little too impatient...

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Anyone have advice on forming MPF?

I started making the right wing too but had to stop because I ran out of masking tape.


What Flytetime suggested.. use table edge to your advantage... Once initial bending is done with table edge, I would use pizza rolling pin to curve it evenly all around although it would only work on small pieces...

How are you planning to form wings? Are you planning to separate top and bottom or would you go the FT method by using tape on the leading edge?
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Wildthing
, I was going to say use the wife's rolling pin, I did. When she wasn't at home though.
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