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Old May 15, 2015, 12:22 PM
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First 3d airplane

I have a T28 and a Taylorcraft 450. I have read the 47" Edge SHP is a decent first 3d airplane. I like the balsa wood airplanes compared to the foamies.

Anyone have the Edge and what are your thoughts?

Thanks.
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Old May 15, 2015, 12:45 PM
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Get the Extreme Flight 48 exp edge. You won't be disappointed.
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Old May 15, 2015, 02:06 PM
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You can't go wrong with the Extreme Flight Edge as a 3D trainer. I would suggest buying the motor, esc, servo combination that EF recommends. Then build and set up as per the instructions. It will fly great and you will not be disappointed. For more information on this plane check out Doc Austins blog.
Hope this helps.
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Old May 15, 2015, 02:26 PM
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Once you are fearless with a T28 you will be able to fly most good 3D planes on low rate without a lot of trouble. Edges in general are better for learning 3D because their straight leading edge wing flies into and out of a stall with more stability. Having said that, I love Extras and plan to build my own SHP soon.

Please check out the New Sport Pilot's Guide To 3D and that will give you a good starting point for actually flying 3D.
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Thanks for the tips. I thought the write up by Doc Austin is very informative and extremely helpful. Until I feel very comfortable with the T28 I will buy the 47" Edge SHP.
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Old May 15, 2015, 02:42 PM
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Thanks for the tips. I thought the write up by Doc Austin is very informative and extremely helpful. Until I feel very comfortable with the T28 I will buy the 47" Edge SHP.
The SHP is a very friendly plane. Fly it on low rates at first and then get used to it at altitude on high rates. If you have an experienced 3D guy in your club, lean on him for some help.
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You can't go wrong with the Extreme Flight Edge as a 3D trainer.
To call the EF edge a 3D traininer always strikes me as unfair. It is a fun plane, unlike a lot of RC trainers. (But then again, the T28 with a big foot 15 and reinforced wings is also a fun plane--the only plane I've ever done an inverted tail drag with).
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I'm also looking for a first 3d plane. Anyone have any experience with the 3dhs 42" slick?? Would that plane be ok for a first 3d plane???
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Old May 16, 2015, 12:14 AM
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Having just done this a few months ago..I wish I would have started with the 60" series. 60 edge to be more specific. Don't be intimidated by going bigger...they cost almost the same and the flight characteristics will be better. A lot better. There are better servos available for them too. In the sub micro class, the Hitec 5070's do the job in the SHP, but they cost almost as much as the plane. I faught hs-65mg's for a while, but they had bad blowback issues...almost put it in on a downline because the elevator wouldn't work.

Anywhoo..I love my 47 SHP, but it's really short coupled...the fuse isn't very long. Makes for a squaty looking plane and twitchy hovers, knife edge's etc. Wish I had a 60 instead.

Just my 2cents
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I'm also looking for a first 3d plane. Anyone have any experience with the 3dhs 42" slick?? Would that plane be ok for a first 3d plane???
The 42" Slick is a great plane, however I would suggest going for something slightly bigger like the 51" slick or an EF 48". A larger plane will cope with wind better, be more forgiving of mistakes and fly smoother. When learning 3d these things are very important.
This was my experience with these planes, however, I have no doubt that others will disagree.
Hope this helps.
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The 42" Slick is a great plane, however I would suggest going for something slightly bigger like the 51" slick or an EF 48". A larger plane will cope with wind better, be more forgiving of mistakes and fly smoother. When learning 3d these things are very important.
This was my experience with these planes, however, I have no doubt that others will disagree.
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Having just done this a few months ago..I wish I would have started with the 60" series. 60 edge to be more specific. Don't be intimidated by going bigger...they cost almost the same and the flight characteristics will be better. A lot better. There are better servos available for them too. In the sub micro class, the Hitec 5070's do the job in the SHP, but they cost almost as much as the plane. I faught hs-65mg's for a while, but they had bad blowback issues...almost put it in on a downline because the elevator wouldn't work.

Anywhoo..I love my 47 SHP, but it's really short coupled...the fuse isn't very long. Makes for a squaty looking plane and twitchy hovers, knife edge's etc. Wish I had a 60 instead.

Just my 2cents

Thanks for the reply guys!! I would love to get a 51" slick but they are out of stock. That was my first choice. Anyone have a idea when they are coming back in stock or are they coming out with a new version??
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Having just done this a few months ago..I wish I would have started with the 60" series. 60 edge to be more specific. Don't be intimidated by going bigger...they cost almost the same and the flight characteristics will be better. A lot better. There are better servos available for them too. In the sub micro class, the Hitec 5070's do the job in the SHP, but they cost almost as much as the plane. I faught hs-65mg's for a while, but they had bad blowback issues...almost put it in on a downline because the elevator wouldn't work.

Anywhoo..I love my 47 SHP, but it's really short coupled...the fuse isn't very long. Makes for a squaty looking plane and twitchy hovers, knife edge's etc. Wish I had a 60 instead.

Just my 2cents
they are a lot more expensive than a 48'' bird. 48'' bird is $450 to setup 60'' bird is 800-1k. 48'' airframe is only $180 60'' airframe is $300. also batteries are almost double the price.
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Don't get me wrong I love 60'' planes, however thy are not what I would suggest to learn on unless you have a lot of money to replace them. with a 48'' bird you can buy two airframes for the same price. therefore you can have a backup and not be as afraid to crash.
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Thanks for the reply guys!! I would love to get a 51" slick but they are out of stock. That was my first choice. Anyone have a idea when they are coming back in stock or are they coming out with a new version??
51'' slick is not a beginner 3D plane. I own one, and they fly great however I do not think they make a good first 3d plane. If I were you I would geta 32'' epp bird and a 3dhs 48'' edge or 47'' extra. both are extremely forgiving.
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I like the 47" Edge. There is a build video and there is a ton of info on all the forums about this plane. I'm sold!
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