I recieved my Avanti S a few days ago, and I am very impressed so far.
The packaging was excellent. Both the fuselage and wing boxes were built from 5/8" thick honeycomb cardboard. The bottom and sides were all securely glued, and the top was securely taped on. Then there was an outer cardboard box around each inner box.
All parts were very well protected and individually wrapped, and very well secured inside the boxes.
The quality of the airplane is excellent as well. The fuselage is very light, but very strong. The rear part of the fuse appears to be completely reinforced with carbon fiber, and front portion is glass with a substantial internal wood framework.
The retracts and struts are very well built. The machine work, castings, and finish are all excellent. My initial ebservation of the size of the retract cylinders was that they appear a little small for this size strut and wheel, but I will wait to pass judgement until I have them hooked up.
The wings are all built up wood and very light, but also appear very strong, same with the horizontal stabs. Both the wings and the stabs have 1/8" G10 root ribs, the ribs that have internal mechanics (gear, servos, etc) attached are all made from aircraft plywood, then the remainder of the ribs appear to be balsa. All of the wood parts are laser cut. All the control surfaces are hinged with large Robart style hinges, and all of the hinges are attached with very nice offsets to put the hinge line in the proper place. None of the hinges are glued, which I like because I feel much safer flying a model that I have glued the hinges in and know that they are secure.
The hardware package is all very good quality stuff. I will probably use most, if not all of it.
The covering on the wings, stabs and rudder is done very well, although the yellow is rather translucent and some wood grain and some of the tabbed construction is visible through it. They appear to have found some Chinese people who are experts at applying monokote, it was so well attached that it took considerable effort to remove it all.
Yes, I am glassing and painting. This is not a reflection on the quality of the model (I planned to this before I even ordered the kit). I was very impressed with the quality of the covering job on it, but I despise monokote with a passion. I am in Texas, and most of flynig season the outside temperatures are between 95 and 105 degrees farenheit. All film covered models end up with bubbles and wrinkles and look like crap in no time. It will take me a couple of weeks to glass and paint this thing (I made paint masks on my vinyl cutter before I removed the covering), and I will be much happier with it in the long run.
Overall I am very happy with my purchase. I would definitely recommend this plane to others.