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Phase 3 Phoenix II EPP Glider Kit w/BL Motor & PropProduct Review (submitted on August 13, 2011):
Just finished putting the fifth flight on this plane today. Every one was fun, including the first, and the soft, gentle landings are really nice. It launches with plenty of power for the climb out. You're at altitude in less than 10-15 seconds, which is really surprising for such a big plane. Power to weight is very very good. (That's two verys). I have the kit version. Wings were a piece of cake. I left the "Y" connector loose in the wing well and used a twist tie to prevent the end from falling into the opening. I did notice that after several assemblies and knockdowns that the friction fit wing is not as tight as it was originally. I guess the rolls and tight turns are a no-no, but nothing bad has happened yet. The rudder is very effective, and ailerons are really optional! I almost prefer rudder to turn this plane and I find all the surfaces are very responsive in all situations. The first three flights were in a 5-8 mph breeze, and the little bit of wind really helped. Flat calm today and the motor was working harder with shorter flight times. I use an 1800 20C battery and am getting an honest 9-10 minutes of power flying with an 11.2 readout at the end of the flight. Not full power all the time, about 1/2. Full power only on the takeoffs and some fooling around up there to stay awake. Motor and prop setup is good. Cooling air ducts in and out help the motor. The ESC got hot today here in Florida, and I'm going to go to a 40AMP instead of the 30 I had in there. No problems, but I want to keep it that way. What don't I like? Decals are a little cheesy. Canopy attachment is not good. I installed two short dowels vertically in the foam front and rear, drilled them out for a #2 half inch screw, and now have a very positive attachment that takes 15 seconds to swap batteries. I also spot glued the tail surfaces on along with the sticky tape provided for security. Glue tends to come loose here in the sunshine state especially in summer. In summary, can't beat this one for $120, motor and folding prop included! Thanks Hobby People. And thanks Phase 3. I have three of your planes, and every one is a winner.