Yes, it happened. Unfortunately the plane did not survive its first flight and I did not take photos of the firewall. It will be rebuilt this winter.
Not sure. It cartwheeled on takeoff. Seemed to have plenty of speed/power. All controls were correct. I've been at this hobby for 50 years so have a lot of experience. First time I've lost a plane on its first flight.
It was a heartbreaker as I put a lot of effort into this and it was the best, most detailed plane I've ever built. I pretty much gave up the hobby for a year after that.
My model on the left, 2 of full scale on the right.