I bought this glider on a sale, probably had spent a long time in it's box before being sold.
I want to use it as a low lift slope soarer, I always liked the Fox (couldn't find the Windrider version at a reasonable price).
Before building it, I read a thread in RCGroups about the glider, full of complaints about lack of stability (you buy a scale model of an acro glider as you first plane, and you are surprised when you crash it), crap ESC, crap servos, wings flexing, ailerons flexing, loose clevises, etc.
Surprisingly, only experienced flyers were satisfied with the glider.
Out of the box, this ARF only needs to fix the horizontal stab, screw it, slide the wings, fix them with two screws, put your receiver and a battery, and you are ready to fly. It took me less than half an hour to have this ARF totally RC (Ready to Crash).
What did I find?
The horizontal stab was bent at 30 º from the wings once in palce, the vertical stab was also bent, the servos were just able to move slightly the controls with an agonizing noise, drawing an inordinate amount of current (what a surprise if they failed in flight, as the ESC).
I don't believe I got a particularly bad sample, but I wonder how some reviewers were able to fly this thing out of the box in half an hour.
Does the importer fix all the details before sending it for free to the Youtube reviewer who flew it from the box in no time and without any problem?
To be honest I found once a Youtube reviewer of RC planes working in an RC store who gave detailed explanations of what to check before flying a store bought plane.
I believe it will take me 10 to 15 hours to rebuild it properly, probably changing how the ailerons and elevator work, for a friction less system, replacing servos, reinforcing wings, ailerons, and rudder. More time than building this glider as a kit.
I hope she will fly after fixing the issues.
Without the know how acquired by building parkjets from scratch and later flying them, I would have been unable to spot the many defaults of the ARF and even less solve them. It would have been a direct crash in less than ten seconds.