The Flite Test Edge is based on the Zivko Edge 540 V3, which is a great aerobatic plane and also a very popular choice for pilots competing in the Red Bull Air Races. The FT Edge captures the crisp lines of the real Edge while offering a wide flight envelope capable of doing anything from smooth pattern flying to extreme aerobatic maneuvers. Appealing to both sport fliers and 3D pilots alike!
The FT Edge has a removable one-piece wing so that it can be easily transported even in smaller vehicles. it's large hatch allows easy access to the battery and other electronics. It also has optional landing gear, wheel pants and side force generators allowing you to customize the aircraft to your own preferences.
"This plane was designed to suit my personal preferences as a pilot, so the design has been optimized for 3D aerobatics with large control surfaces enabling the plane to do anything you can throw at it. It has a good power-to-weight ratio when paired with our Power Pack C motor. This delivers enough power for unlimited vertical while keeping the aircraft light enough for low and slow aerobatics. These characteristics make this plane suitable for seasoned 3D pilots as well as those just getting into aerobatic flying. No matter where you are in your journey through the world of flight the FT Edge can serve as a platform for you to further your flying experiences." - Andres Lu
Weight without battery: 1.5lb (680g)
Center of Gravity: 3.25" (83mm) from the leading edge of the wing
Control surface throws: 16" deflection - Expo 30%
Wingspan: 40 Inches (1016mm)
Recommended Motors: 425 sized 1000kv minimum
Recommended Prop: 10x4.5 prop (3s) or 9x4.5 prop (4s)
Recommended ESC: 30amp minimum
Recommended Battery: 1300mah 3s to 1400mah 4s
Recommended Servos: 4x 9 gram servos or ES3154 metal gear servos
- Flite Test Laser Cut Foamboard Airplane Kit
- No electronics or props included. Power Pack C needed.
- Optional Edge Landing Gear Set (FLT-2062)
- If using 4S, try a 9x4.5 prop
This product was added to our catalog on July 20, 2018
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Cons:Tail heavy, just plain heavy, overly complicated design
Pros: Looks cool, flies like a really slow, well controlled trainer for a couple minutes
Going to try the FT3D or profile 3D plane...something lighter than the 30 oz this is.
However I’m not too tickled with the new store. Has become very impersonal and very long “if ever” response times. Liked dealing with the flitetest personnel much more.
Recommend the game lane though. Thanks Jimmy
I am extremely happy with this purchase, as this plane flies great, and is very durable, even though it is made out of foam board. I bought the c pack motor with this, and found to work very well, and the fact that you put it together adds a lot more satisfaction to this project. as long as you are a relatively experienced pilot, I would highly recommend this, and I will be sure to by from this site again.
I built one from the free plans and am halfway through my second one with a better paint scheme and a few upgrades. Here is what I learned. 3M Super 77 for your paper adhesive? Yes (but go light)
The free plans are awesome. So I bought a motor from FT. Its more powerful than a similarly spec'd motor from dys/turnigy/other 'not quite the cheapest amazon stuff'. And its comes in a nice box. Also, I really felt like I owed Andres and the team something. Its that great.
If you are thinking that its going to look great, you are absolutely right - even unpainted. You should decide right now that you are going to reinforce the motor mount as some builders have said. And I will clarify here. Having replaced the front end 4 times, the motor mount is not the weakest link. Its actually the platform below the motor mount and the wall behind the motor mount (nose former). Its very easy to reinforce these with some of the scrap material. I found that doubling up (on the bottom) the thickness of the section below the internal fuselage structure from the nose former forward and gluing two ribs down to fuse former 1 did the job. Negligible additional weight. I rebuilt my front end 4 times and never had to replace the cowling, to give you an idea of how easy it is to rip the engine out without crashing. (This comes mostly from hard landings in my case).
On that note, I also agree with the comments about the landing gear. Its basically a big deformable shock absorber that does a split on most (of my) landings. I tend to plop down more than run out since I fly only on snow or grass. I was surprised how many times I bent mine back into shape with no fatigue issues though, so maybe it literally IS a shock absorber, and that's okay.
On my round two I glued a small straw in between the hatch side doublers where you place the skewer (on the circly bits). This will serve as a guide for the skewer and save you from poking and searching blindly around your receiver and wires for the other side of the plane. This one can be done after the build is complete if you decide it sounds right for you.
I cant tell you how many times I felt like this was a more gratifying and more clever design than most balsa builds I have done. Also, I will happily trade CA fumes and my phone not recognizing my hard glue thumb for hot glue.
I also put in some reinforcement on all of my control surface hinges on my second round, but was pleasantly surprised at how long the glue hinges actually lasted. Still not long enough, so I used a reinforced tape and pinned it through as close to the hinge as possible.
Oh, and I also enjoy flying it.
STAR STAR STAR STAR STAR
It was the longest build ever, and I had to stop and start the video 600 times. I recommend actually watching the video and taking notes before you start building. Having read all the reviews, I went light on the tail, scraping off as much glue as I could at every step. So naturally, my Edge is NOSE Heavy! I almost pancaked it twice on the maiden, but quickly added 10 degrees of nose up elevator. Although it’s not easy to hover, it knife edges like a rock with the winglets and I did a knife-edge loop.
A note about the recommended wheels: They don’t fit in the wheel pants! I quickly yanked the gear out and it flew fine, landing easily on the wingtips and tail-wheel. Since the maiden, I have trashed the wheel pants and replaced the wheels with 3” skinny Flite Test wheels. With the nose up trim, my Edge flies better inverted. Upside-down, I have plenty of elevator authority and can high-alpha it just fine. Previously, my favorite planes were the Mini Guinea and Bushwacker. Now I just need my Edge with me wherever I go. It would be 6 stars, but for the inoperable landing gear.
Scratch building is a bear as there are many small precision cuts to make. One of those sitations where. Speed build kit would be worth it for most people.
Major criticism is the landing gear. Dont even waste your time with it, engineer your own fix or fly without it.
I bought the 35A speed control from Flite Test, but everything else was put together from HK. I went with a slightly larger than power-pack-C motor that is only a few grams heavier (and 1200 kV). I think it goes fairly well with a 3S pack and APC 10x4.7SF. Some have reported tail-heavy issues, and I would say mine is very slightly tail heavy, but with the battery about half way into the motor mount box, it balances perfectly.
I set mine up as in the build video with maximum allowable throws, and I've flown it twice now. It is one heck of a hand full (in a good way). Definitely keeps me on my toes, but I got this specifically to become a better 3d pilot. It could be my setup, or my skill level, but I do get some wing rock in a shallow harrier. I'm going to experiment with some spoileron mixing on the next flight to see if it tidies it up a bit.
This is an all-around fantastic plane. I'm already looking forward to the time when this plane can no longer be repaired, and I need to try another FT kit.
The build process is broken down into simple steps, this is the first build I have attempted and I had very little difficulty building it. The only preparation work I had done is a little bit of practising on cutting the edges/lines like the control surfaces.
She is a BIG plane and is currently hanging from my ceiling (as I have no where else to put her).
As I am a beginner, I have not maiden-ed her yet. but I am working up to it. i have heard that she flies amazing though.
If you love model planes you NEED this in your collection!
It was a fun plane to build, my only complaint is fitting. Got the fuselage put together and fit the canopy to the fuselage and the fit is way off, not enough off that I won't fly it, but, enough to make a good looking plane ugly. To spite the fitment problem with this plane I will be buying other planes from them. By the way, these planes are so easy to build, I've only been flying for about 8 months and have built 7 different FT planes, all easy to build and fly, these guys are great.