RECAP OF THIS BUILD THREAD Packaging.[sm=thumbup.gif]
Very well protected with all the components in separate bags. And all the hardware in bags grouped by the type of assembly involved.
Very professional with plenty of photographs, well written text and hints with "expert tips"
General ease of assembly.[sm=thumbup.gif]
This is the easiest ARF plane I have ever assembled. From the pre-marked lines on the firewall to facilitate the placement of the engine mount to the pre-soldered tail wheel these company has thought of every detail. One of my favorite features is the disks of plywood they provide to insure centering the cowl. The other assembly feature I liked a lot was the way the cowl is attached to the fuselage (see the pictures in a previous posting). The Canopy is pre-cut and pre-painted, it comes attached with 6 screws, all I did was remove the screws, add RC56 glue and re-install the screws. All the servo wells are cut and they even provide an extra plywood tray for those that use a gasoline engines and need to locate the components as far aft as possible.
A word about the engine.[sm=thumbup.gif]
Obviously Great planes likes to sell OS engines (they are the exclusive distributor) and the OS 1.60 is a perfect match. The first flight was done when the engine had about 10 minutes of running time. The needle was set rich for obvious reasons and the prop was an APC 18x8. It took off with ease at half throttle and full throttle was only needed for vertical maneuvers. It will hover at 3/4 throttle. When the break-in is completed and a better prop (perhaps a Bolly) this is going to be awesome.
Great Planes has done a great job with this plane. Great quality, easy assembly, clear instructions, thoughtful design, and fantastic flying characteristics. And you get all that for less than 400 bucks.[sm=thumbup.gif]