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JTiger
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Finally got a chance to maiden my Edge 540 yesterday. It flies just like how you see in the FT video: smooth and very responsive although, it took me several flight to nail down the CG. I started off flying way too tail heavy since I couldn’t move my battery any further so the landing came to my rescue by breaking off the landing gear... once that broke, the CG was good with battery in the same spot all the way up front and got 3 more good flights. Certainly need a ton of expo for this plane to fly smoothly as its touchy like most other FT planes.

My last flight, came in hard and loosened up my motor mount!

Moral of the story is not to use walmart foam since the layers of paper start to peel off easily... other areas it works fine...

Lastly, I still need a good power plant since what I currently have is okay on 3S and good on 4S... A good flyer nonetheless.

JTiger: hows the motor mount on your plane holding up? Does it move significantly?


I actually did knock the motor pod out the other day on a hard landing. Glued it back in with a little more reinforcement so should be fine now.
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I hear you nightswatch.

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Finally got a chance to maiden my Edge 540 yesterday. It flies just like how you see in the FT video: smooth and very responsive although, it took me several flight to nail down the CG. I started off flying way too tail heavy since I couldn’t move my battery any further so the landing came to my rescue by breaking off the landing gear... once that broke, the CG was good with battery in the same spot all the way up front and got 3 more good flights. Certainly need a ton of expo for this plane to fly smoothly as its touchy like most other FT planes.

I noticed that the landing gear is behind the leading edge of the wing. With tail draggers, two things are going to happen in this config. Plane becomes twitchy in flight and you will find that on landings it will hop and bounce down the runway and will tip nose over.

Check a bunch of tail draggers that are acrobatic and you will see the main gear is always ahead of the leading edge wing which give it much more stability, especially on take off. Use to have a Formula 1 airplane that had that condition of landing gear behind LE and caused the takeoff and landings as I said. Dumped that brand.
My last flight, came in hard and loosened up my motor mount!

Moral of the story is not to use walmart foam since the layers of paper start to peel off easily... other areas it works fine...

Lastly, I still need a good power plant since what I currently have is okay on 3S and good on 4S... A good flyer nonetheless.

JTiger: hows the motor mount on your plane holding up? Does it move significantly?
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JTiger
Worked on my landing gear the other day; going with the FT plan with the slot and wire setup. It's a nice tight fit, I don't think I'll even glue it. I haven't ordered a pair of wheels yet. The plans recommend 2" wheels but I was thinking maybe 2.5" for flying off grass?

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Worked on my landing gear the other day; going with the FT plan with the slot and wire setup. It's a nice tight fit, I don't think I'll even glue it. I haven't ordered a pair of wheels yet. The plans recommend 2" wheels but I was thinking maybe 2.5" for flying off grass?

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Looks great but first thing that came to mind is splitting the nose off on a hard landing. Gluing it in would add back the structural strength you took away by cutting the slot. My 2 cents.
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JTiger
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Looks great but first thing that came to mind is splitting the nose off on a hard landing. Gluing it in would add back the structural strength you took away by cutting the slot. My 2 cents.


I'm not too worried about snapping the nose off (the fuse still FEELS quite rigid) but that is a good point...
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JTiger
Finished with landing gear! Unfortunately I might not be able to fly for a bit as school has started back up again for me

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