look over everything before you begin and it will
be all right.
Motor installation is straightforward and
should not be an issue in any way.
One feature that I would like to highlight is the
use of gussets on the underside of the fuselage.
;is not only helps sti;en things but also
gives you a nice area to hide all your wires and
equipment, which makes for a nice clean look.
IN THE AIR
;is model is designed for indoor flying. ;is
means that you can fly it anywhere; from a large
living room to an RC field on a calm day, this plane
will be right at home. Of course, if you do not
have a perfectly smooth surface to fly from, you
will need to hand-launch and catch your plane
due to the use of skids as wheels.
GENERAL FLIGHT PERFORMANCE
Stability: ;is plane is as stable as you will find.
Super-light wing loading makes for a locked-in
feel, from normal flying to low and super-slow,
Tracking: By using air gates on the wings and tail
surfaces, Hacker has created a plane that tracks
very well. I like to call it “point and shoot”: It goes
where you point it until an outside force, like your
thumbs or a breeze, causes it to do otherwise.
Aerobatics: ;is is where the Edge 540 V3 Toxic
ARF really excels. ;e most notable is its knife-
edge performance. ;ere is almost no coupling,
and the rudder authority is awesome. I was able
to perform knife-edge figure-8s below 25 feet
with zero coupling programmed in the radio—
very impressive. ;is plane also handled all of the
other 3D maneuvers I threw at it with ease.
Glide and stall performance: As stated pre-
viously, this is a flat foam model. ;is being the
case, gliding is not really its strong point. It flies
on the prop, and that is just the way it is. If you
lose power, you need to keep the nose down and
guide it in as best you can.
If you have an opportunity to fly indoors in a
gymnasium or warehouse, I highly recommend
you pick up one of these planes and give it a try.
Its aerobatic abilities and light weight make a
great combination. ;is is a great plane to polish
up your knife-edge flying and high-alpha 3D
If you don’t have an indoor flying space, don’t
let that stop you. I have flown this plane outside
several times, and it performs great. If you would
like an aerobatic model to fly in the front yard or
something to keep in the car in case you happen
onto a flying spot with no wind, this is a great
option. ;e EPP foam is durable and allows this
model to fill many roles within your hangar.
;is model requires about 10 to 12 hours of
build time. ;e use of CA and kicker per the
instructions makes things come together
quickly. If you follow the instructions and trial-fit
everything, you will find that the Edge 540 V3
ARF goes together smoothly. And as long as
you have a few models under your belt, you
will be just fine. Two important things to keep in
mind are to take your time fitting and to make
sure that you are working on as flat a surface as
possible to ensure that your airframe is aligned
Small indoor planes have some unique
features that are great, but sometimes
they can cause a headache. One of
these features is the prop saver. This is
a special adapter that is placed on the
motor and allows the propeller to be
attached using a small O-ring. Sometimes
these O-rings break, and sometimes
they simply deteriorate until they are
unusable—especially if they have been
sitting for a while.
Most manufacturers include a couple
of spare O-rings for this reason, but what
happens when you run out of backups?
I ran into this issue recently, and after
a little research on the Internet, I found
a great solution. Surgical tubing, such
as the kind used on slingshots, is the
Surgical tubing, cut to size, works perfectly with the RimFire prop adapter.
perfect alternative. Simply find a big-box store or small sporting-
goods store, buy a replacement slingshot band, and cut it into
lengths of about 1/4 to 3/8 inch and you are all set.
The rubber used for surgical tubing stretches easily, doesn’t
deteriorate quickly, and provides plenty of holding power. Add to
this that you get a couple of feet for less than $5 and you are set
for many flying sessions to come. I was even able to find it in black
to match the O-ring look.