on April 27, 2012
So, apparently this glider is not very common, the phoenix 2000 and the 16/2.6 convertible phoenix however is much more common, just look at them on youtube, and this glider is pretty identical to it, as far as i can tell.. Assembly is quite easy, but there are no instructions. The manual glosses over many things but you just have to think logically and be prepared to improvise. I didn't have any experience with RC planes and i managed to build it.
The fuselage is from a sturdy and well-manufactured nylon plastic mold (i think radians have epo bodies, right??), and the wings are EPO (light, foam, do not step on it or bump it, i bumped the tail and almost broke off the rudder before i even flew it). There are rods to strengthen the wings and tail fins. The servos, receiver, ESC, and motor are pre-installed, as well as the pushrods to the tail. you just have to mount all the little plastic platforms for the servos and put the tail + wings together, then connect the aileron servos with a Y connector and plug in to the receiver (which is velcro'd on to the fuselage, mine came off already before i even hooked it up. The radio feels cheap, but it is 2.4ghz/600m. it has the short plastic antenna but does the job. The battery is a three-cell lipo, that you might want to replace for a better one. There is only a wall charger, no car charger. The CG is detailed on the wings and in the manual.
issues: one servo was defective. i opened it and the cogs inside were broken. I asked for a replacement which i have yet to receive. The battery was also off-balance but i managed to get it fixed, but this ended in a reduced capacity of the battery.
When i took it to the field, the CG was way off, and the glider was very pitch-unstable in flight. I flew it three times, the last one ending in a crash; a nosedive at full power into the ground. The fuselage was bent in front and the nosecone was damaged. the battery and CG-balance weight was thrown from the plane, the wings were crooked. But all in all, with some patchwork, nothing was really broken and so I had it back in the air after some de-bending and reinforcement of the wings. So all in all, it's pretty crash proof (this was the worst possible type of crash, it turned inverted then i tried to level is by using up-elevator which nosed it right down into the ground). This price i think is unbeatable for a RTF 4 channel Glider with 2,4ghz, brushless motor, and LiPo battery.
on June 30, 2012
Where to start? Let's start at the rear of the sail plane. The rudder control wire was rubbing the fusalage because the control horn inletting was too deep and required a spacer. Next, every screw on the plane was loose. The battery "tray" was broken in several places. The plane was very nose heavy. After trimming, and moving the battery as far back as it would go, the plane functioned well, with motor off, during the hand glide test. Next tried to launch by hand with the motor on. The motor wires were run over the "motor can" and emmediatly wore through the insolation, shorting the motor out. ( I tried to repair the motor using heat shrink, but center wire was cut through.) When I took the motor out, I found a 1.6oz (44.5gr) weight in the nose.
I replaced the motor, and ESC, repaired the battery tray, and used a 1300mah 11.1 3S LiPo battery placed in the middle of the tray. Discarded the weight. The CG is now right on. I ran the wires of the new motor out through the hull, and then back in (this is the best way to keep the wires from rubbing in the motor can). I used a Dremmell tool to make the openings. I will have to take the plane to the field for final trimming, and test flight.
I will follow-up later on the test flight.
If you buy this plane, you may have to do some work to make it flyable.
Even though Amazon.com has this in toys - it is not a toy!!!!! The Trim, and set-up, are more critical then other RC planes.
7/6/2012 This is the follow-up. First, amazon.com and TPA STORE, seller of this airplane, came through in a big way. I received communication from TPA with-in hours of my email, and they replaced the motor right away. I have not had better service, than that I received from amazon.com and TPA.
The aircraft is similar, but smaller than the Radian pro. It has ailerons, and is set up for flaps. This is an intermediate to advanced flier level plane. It flies great. I'm raising my over-all score to 5 stars. 6 Stars fot TPA