You're right about lightness and landing gear. But, if you put the gear on with nylon bolts, if you happen to shear them off, you don't have to glue anything... I can change out the gear bolts on my Rascal 40 in 38 seconds flat!!
Just my $.02. I have an Escapade 40 (actually two of them, one glow, one electric) and I like that airplane a lot!