Originally Posted by Manta1
learning 3d you probly want the edge.for high alpha stuff,using that plane is cheating it is so good
Yep... I flew the 60 Edge for a few weekends and then went back and forth between the 60 and the 48 and started seeing some real improvement. I did a simple KE spin to inverted flat spin to a high speed 360 KE circle, to a one-and-three-quarter snap to inverted, up to a pop top, then an awkward attempt at a big rolling circle, and was met at the flight line after the flight by the club's head instructor like it was a victory parade down 5th Avenue. Didn't do much, none of it was low, but some are easily impressed. The Edge is a solid skills-developer that you can move on to any airframe from.
My first 3D plane was a 47 inch Extra and I really enjoyed flying it fast and jamming sticks around. But I am learning so much more between the EF 48 and 60 Edge because you can develop the stick movements and spacial awareness with more confidence, IMO.
Tom flew all Extras for a while, then the 48 and 60 EF Edges. He then flew Frank's 78 Extra like it was the 48 Edge, and now moved those developed skills into 50cc Extras and flew the 104 Extra two weekends ago like it was the 60.
Either way, none of these planes fly themselves so eventually, we also have to walk the walk. If you are a novice, like me, it's my opinion that the Edge is where the confidence is developed. On the other hand, some guys stick with the Extra's and keep plowing the field with them, but feel they have an excuse. In air combat, there is an old saying about cheating... "If you ain't cheating, you ain't trying".