Well this plane is definitely NOT junk. I just bought one for my son for next years pattern season. only 3-4 things you need to do to make it a really nice performing beginner pattern ship.
1 - Three pieces of scotch tape for the canopy, to make it secure
2 - One screw in the back of the canopy to give you peace of mind and secure it(I also added 3 N52 grade neo magnets between the canopy and fuse to fill the space and add more magnetic strength.
3 - Treat this as you would any precision pattern plane and give yourself the highest resolution possible! To do that with this plane required the purchase of longer surface control horns. Maybe like $5 worth of parts, and then adjusting the radio for proper throws. I had to take out a TON of aileron throw.
4 - I use a 4000mah 4-cell 20c lipo pack and currently the 12x6 prop, but gonna switch to a 13x6.5 or possibly a 14x6, but I'll have to check the watts statically first.
Only complaint (other than the canopy fix, and cowl) was the ailerons centering. And I know the resolution adjustment will fix that. Using all JR digital servos throughout the plane now. My friend Tony gave it a few adjustments yesterday while trimming it, and after this weekend my son will have a model nicer than I ever had when I started. And for about $150 shipped to your door this plane can't be beat for the money. I'll be getting a second one for a backup next week, and looking forward to a great pattern season with my son next year!
Gonna do some more fine tuning this weekend.
If anyone wants to see the screw I fabricated let me know and I'll try to post a few photos.