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Old Jun 09, 2015, 08:03 PM
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Hobbyking Edge 540 EPP hybrid 960mm

Hobbyking started selling this plane last year, in the fall I believe. It is made by Future Models. There was not much discussion about it and I really like my HK Edge 540T EPP hybrid 1200mm so I decided to try this smaller one out.
The plane was delivered yesterday and I finished the build and maiden this morning. Overall it is a nice plane and fly's fairly well. It does not compare to the larger Edge 540T however.
Strengths: Very smooth flyer. Nice looker. Very floaty. Easy to hover and harrier.
Weaknesses: Flimsy fuselage, not enough CF used to stiffen. Performs slow 3D well, but poor at high energy maneuvers like pop tops and knife edge spins and tumbling. I believe the fuselage flexing is damping the control inputs resulting in lagging performance.
Anyway, here is a short video showing the build and maiden flight for anyone considering this plane. Although I do not have one of the Skywing 38" EPP hybrid models I suspect they are probably a better choice, although again this plane is OK for what it is......

Hobbyking Edge 540 3DEPP 960mm build and maiden (5 min 32 sec)
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Old Jun 10, 2015, 03:16 AM
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I maidened mine on the weekend....finally.
I was surprised at its weight, I expected much lighter.
Yep , floaty, very stable, easy to fly, can fly in small areas. But I wouldnt buy another.
It balances out easily, not tail heavy like some HK planes.

I used a Hengli BM880-2316 880KV motor, cheap from Goodluckbuy, & YEP esc (has a grunty SBEC).

more info here, including the other similar planes HKing sells
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