Skywing’s 48″ Edge 540T scale foamie is another awesome 3D plane that uses a combination of EPP foam and light plywood to give the plane lightness and rigidity. And because the outside of the plane is epp foam it handles minor crashes and hangar rash a little better than a balsa plane. I have Skywing’s previous 48″ epp/light plywood profile 3d planes (MXS, SBach) and this full fuse design looks and fly’s better. The full fuse Skywing epp planes have some upgrades from the previous epp profile series. The landing gear is now carbon and the tail feathers are air foiled. They are now available int the USA through the HobbyKing (west coast warehouse). The version I received from HobbyKing was the latest Edge 540T that included the following updates (motor box, landing gear mounts, carbon fiber flat stock to stiffen control trailing edges, hook wing attachment and newer scheme with HobbyKing color branding).
- Skywing Edge 540T EPP Kit
- Exceed Rocket 3020 950kv or (NTM 3548 900kv adapter )
- Towerpro MG90D or Towerpro MG92B or MG-14 servos (4 total)
- ZIPPY Compact 1800mAh 4S 35C Lipo Pack (USA Warehouse)
- APC 13×4 Thin Electric Propeller (LP13040E)
- Zip ties for connecting wings
Wattmeter Test – 766.7 watts / 55.68 amps
I used the included wood shims to push the Exceed Rocket 3020 (3740mm) motor out further and then removed some foam and light ply under the cowl in order to fit. This newer version of the Skywing Edge has a motorbox built for a 3548mm (1) motor but I opted to use the same power setup I’ve used on my other Skywing and 3DHS planes. Light but still powerful setup (766watts) on 4s and it can run on a 3s APC 14X7E setup.
I took the Edge out for the maiden on a windy and wet morning but the plane handled fantastic with gobs of power on 4s. It’s so crucial to have that power to get out of what seems is an inevitable crash. It’s a fully capable 3D plane and it performed well even in the wind. It rotates easy in the inverted flat spin and the knife edge spins can be performed with ease. For the first flights I had the SFG’s off but I have since added them on. With or without the SFG’s the Edge 540t locks into knife edges and allows you the confidence to perform those low knife edge passes. It’s already a favorite of mine and will be with me on most of my rc flying trips. Parts are limited and usually come from overseas. There are also several other Skywing 3D EPP planes available overseas which can be purchased through sites like Best Value RC.
Skywing 48″ Edge 540T Parts
- Motorbox – Best Value RC
- Cowl – Wattaplane, Best Value RC
- Wing tube – Best Value RC
- Landing gear – Best Value RC