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FMS Edge 540 V3 3D Aerobatic Airplane 1320mm (52") Wingspan - PNP (SD)

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FMS 1300mm Edge 540 V3 3D Aerobatic Receiver Ready (PNP) - FMS066

Scratch and Dent Details:
  • Product condition: New, open box
  • Missing parts: None
  • Damage/defects: Very minor dings in foam by the cowl. With the exception of the imperfections in the cowl, this plane is in brand new condition.
Please Note: Because of their deeply discounted prices, scratch and dent items cannot be returned or exchanged.

This could just be the best FMS 3D plane yet. We have about 100 flights on our test plane and find the flight characteristics absolutely amazing. FMS modeled this plane after the Edge 540 V3. FMS certainly did not compromise on the quality of this plane. Electronics are top of the line. The Edge 540 has the new "gold" motor, 60A ESC, and 17g digital metal gear servos all around. There is plenty of room for a large 4 cell battery and the magnetic hatches for the battery compartment and receiver compartment are plenty strong.

FMS Edge 540 flight review from Motion RC

We at Motion RC have spent a lot of time with this plane so far. Here is our take on the 3D ability of this plane. We were able to perform all 3D maneuvers without problem. This includes a hover, inverted, knife edge, 4 point turn, immelman, harrier, flat Spin, inverted Flat Spin, etc. Knife edge is predictable with a bit over 100% rudder throw, no coupling. Ventral pushover is good, no huge resistance. The Edge 540 assumes hover without snapping. It will settle into a hover with plenty of rudder to still move laterally across the field if desired. The ailerons have plenty of throw to roll while in a hover. Slow flight is respectable. We were able to easily land at only 5 mph. There is plenty of power to climb out without any wag from the tail. A roll to inverted flight is axial without dropping nose and inverted pushover doesn't rock the wings. The Motion pilots found an inverted snap roll to inverted flat spin is crisp but a little difficult to maintain if aileron expo is too high. We were able to perform a fast snap roll at 40 mph (as measured by the pocket radar) without any problems. Slow rolls are acceptable though one definitely needs to use minimal aileron expo. Circle course and figure 8 patterns are possible. Quick pinwheels in a wide circle are easy to maintain. The prop and motor are matched well to the model's AUW. Overall the Motion RC pilots loved this plane though we used a bit less aileron expo than we thought we would have needed. The Edge 540 flies very well on the recommended Admiral 4S 2500 battery pushed all the way forward. Though we did not try it, we suspect an Admiral 4S 3000 can also be used but the extra weight may decrease 3D performance. The battery bay is huge and can easily fit up to a 3600 4S battery but tail weight would be required which could significantly impact the 3D ability of this plane.

FMS Edge 540 build review from Motion RC

The build of this plane was super easy and very straight forward. All surfaces held together firmly and all screws aligned with their threaded surfaces. The plastic to plastic joints were perfect and the carbon wing spar fits perfectly into its sleeve. The wing mounts overlap which makes the design very strong. The wheels are decently sized but we think customers will need to remove the wheel pants for anything but the most groomed grass fields. The Motion RC pilots tested this plane on a paved runway so we are simply guessing about grass performance. The rudder uses 3 nylon hinges for extra strength. All 17g servos are digital metal gear. These are the highest quality servos we have seen on any PNP plane to date. All servos are mounted in a pocket using a cover with screws to hold the cover in place. This allows for super easy servo swaps, servo horn changes, etc. The ESC is very easy to access and it has more than adequate cooling. All the servo connectors are clearly labelled and securely fastened. The motor is advertised as 760Kv and we tested it at 754Kv. This is well within the margin of error in our opinion. We did find the spinner slightly unbalanced. We put it on a balancer to balance it. The included props are balanced very well. If you need to replace one blade, Motion RC highly recommends replacing them all. FMS balances the props in each individual bag but they may not match another bag perfectly. If you choose to replace a single blade when broken, please balance the prop/backing plate before putting it back on the plane. We found the decals and paint to be perfect and the blue paint to be very durable. This plane should look good for a long time.

History of the full size aircraft

The full size Edge 540 was designed n 1992. It is a highly aerobatic aircraft capable of rolling more than once per second. The most current version of the Edge 540 is the V3. The V3 is lighter and more aerodynamic than prior versions and allows the CG to be adjusted to suit the tastes of individual pilots. The Edge 540 is the most common aircraft in the Red Bull Air Race World Series and for good reason - it wins over and over. Many people confuse the Edge 540 V3 with MX Aicraft's MXS and MXS-R. While they do look similar, they are different planes. The full size Edge 540 costs roughly $500,000 - we'll stick with the RC version.

Features:

  • New lightweight more durable EPO foam
  • All servos are 17g digital metal gear
  • Large, scale control surfaces for advanced 3D and aerobatic flight
  • 60A ESC and Powerful 3948-760Kv Motor
  • 4mm metal landing gear
  • Multiple spars are molded into the main wing and horizontal stab for extra rigidity
  • Additional beefy carbon spars are inserted in the wing and stab during installation
  • Quality hinges
  • Pinned rudder hinges for better durability and performance

Requires:

  • 4-6 Channel Radio - Click Here for recommendations
  • 4-6 Channel Receiver - Click Here for recommendations
  • 4 Cell 14.8V 2500 mAh Lipo Battery - EPR25004
  • Lipo Battery Charger - Click Here for recommendations

Skill Level: Intermediate Build Time: 1.5 hours Recommended Age: 14 and up

FEATURE VIDEO: FMS Edge 540 Flight Demo

Wingspan

1320mm / 52in

Length

1270mm / 50in

Flying Weight

1680g / 59.26oz

Power System

3948-Kv760 Brushless Motor

Speed Control

60A ESC, Internal 3A SBEC, T Connector

Propeller / EDF

13x5 3 Blade Scale Propeller

Servos

17gx4 digital metal gear

Landing Gear

Fixed

Required Battery

14.8V 2500-2600mAh 25C 4 cell LiPo

Required Radio

4 Channel

Rudder

Yes

Flaps

No

Ailerons

Yes

Lights

No

Hinge Type

Some foam, some nylon

Material

EPO Foam

BONUS VIDEO: FMS 3D Prop and Spinner Assembly by Motion RC
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Product Specifications:

Wingspan

1320mm / 52in

Length

1270mm / 50in

Flying Weight

1680g / 59.26oz

Power System

3948-Kv760 Brushless Motor

Speed Control

60A ESC, Internal 3A SBEC, T Connector

Propeller / EDF

13x5 3 Blade Scale Propeller

Servos

17gx4 digital metal gear

Landing Gear

Fixed

Required Battery

14.8V 2500-2600mAh 25C 4 cell LiPo

Required Radio

4 Channel

Rudder

Yes

Flaps

No

Ailerons

Yes

Lights

No

Hinge Type

Some foam, some nylon

Material

EPO Foam

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