This plane is made of EPS. So, you need to
- Re-enforce and cover the wings
- Eventually sand the fuselage, if you want to have a nicer look
- Cover the Fuselage
- Install servos, tail, rudder, 2 servos and the motor system
It does take 1 full day of work, and for people who don't like to
build, it is not fun. I would not consider this ARF. but more ARC.
The good side of the covering is that it makes the structure of the plane
The User Manual is very clear, with tips, pictures. Really well done.
The plane comes with the possibility to install or not the landing gear
as well as flying with or without an aileron's wing.
As for attaching the wing, the simple rubber band does the job. It would
have been a good idea to find a way to "Lock the wing" in the same
position, each time you install it on the plane. As for the EPS wings,
even covered, too strong elastics will damage the back of the wing, with
There is a special hole, ready to host the Receiver and ESC, but
nothing made for the battery. You'll need to dig a hole somewhere, hoping
it will be compatible with a different battery and CG.
In general, and compared to the best ARF Kits, this is more like an old
style where the newcomer will have several occasions to do a mistake,
during the building phase, like making sure the rudder is exactly at
90degrees from the elevator, or the motor not with the perfect angle down
and to the side or having the wing with a different dihedral than
intended. All should have a minor impact but if all are done wrong, not
sure what it could be.
Note: I ended up having 7 Oz more than the official weight, on the
empty weight, due to Tape and glue I assume. Also, my wing dihedral was
more than many others.
Few excellent points on the Magpie
- Fairly well priced (still need to purchase Epoxy, motor, servos,
ESC, receiver and a lot of strong
- Very strong plane structure, after applying the tape
- Simple to build. Few possible places for mistakes but most people
should do fine if they read the User Manual well
- Excellent on the Upgrade level. There are not many planes on the
market, where you can add landing Gear and wing with ailerons
- Easy to store at home
- Easy to carry
This plane could have been excellent. What I think stops it from
- The time required to build it, which for a newcomer might be a
source of frustration.
- The motor in the front is not good, when the plane crashes
- The Wing could be installed in different manners, between flights,
and this would impact the CG, and the overall behavior of the plane
- EPS is old and fragile. A beginner plane should be made from the
strongest material. Adding the tape make it quite strong though.
- Need for the newcomer to have some tools to build the landing gear
- The wing shape dihedral varies from one build to the other.