RE: Eflite Edge 540 BP 3D ARF - Comments??
I've had my 540BP flying for a few weeks now and absolutely love it. I don't do any 3-D with it at all (lack of skill being the limiting factor here), but wanted something fun to fly in the local parks. What's been said already about the gear, I won't repeat, except to tell "Rusty" that he needs to take the blinders off when it comes to seeing the problem for what it is. Mine lasted one landing...one. Bent like a pretzel. The aluminum could not be any softer unless it was still in the forge at 1100 degrees. Took it off and have flown just fine without it ever since.
As to balance issues, yes, it does seem extremely sensitive to battery placement. I first set my CG at the recommended 4.5" but it was WAY to twitchy there for me (maybe you 3-D guys like it better that way, but I got tired of my knees knocking. Moved it forward about 1/4" and suddenly it's tame as can be when I want to putz around, and still plenty wild enough to impress the local kids with my flipping and flopping (I tell them it's aerobatics, see, and they, having a mere public school education, believe I am good at it).
Breaking with apparent tradition, I used a brushless inrunner through a gearbox (left over from my not-so-dear-departed 3-Buddy Yak profile). I get unlimited vertical and fly around at half throttle much of the time. broke the motor mount stick once by flying in circles around myself lower and lower until I equalled the low-altitude record, caught a wingtip, and cartwheeled the thing. Wasn't going too fast, so the damage was limited to the motor mount. A little epoxy and we're back in business.
I hope to have this one for many seasons to come. And if I wreck it, I'll defintiely get another. Terrific little plane.