Construction / tuning:
The box contains all parts to complete the plane incl. the folding mechanism. The motor set has to be purchased separately (standard or tuning version). I opted for the
tuning version as the weight difference is rather small (+ 40 gms) but power is almost double.
- as this plane is too big to take on holiday (with 4 kids) and I have reserved the Merlin (Multiplex also) for it I had the fins fixed (glued).
- after several flights the MG gears gave up due to the force on them during landing (rudder horns are hooking into the ground during landing) - so I added first from
balsa some little fins (slightly higher then the once on the rudder) - however this also broke after only two landings, so I opted to make a pair of some old wings from my
kids which were also from elapor. That works until now as it is flexible and soft, but give enough protection so that the rudder horns do not touch the ground during
- First flight was in winter and the original decals where not visible enough for safe flying. I almost lost it once against the white background of snow covered hills and I
did not know which direction the Xeno was heading. So I decided to give the belly some strong paint and to fix a black glue tape at the nose of the wings - to provide
The sound is cool: deep growl (against the high pitch of my tuned EasyStar (Mega Motor). The Xeno has a very direct reaction on the rudders (I also increased the throw
against the stock version) and so it allows some great low level flying at the hight of the grass. This is mainly due to the fact that the Xeno almost looses no altitude
when it comes around a curve. Standard flying time is around 12 - 14 minutes (not always full throttle). It goes vertical if you wish, but what is the sense in it? Rockets
are designed for vertical take off and flying!
Also gliding is good and with some medium thermal uplift I once managed to increase flying time to 46 minutes.
The great thing (as advertised): you can really convert the Xeno within two minutes from motor plane to glider by folding it in the center, unhooking the motor from tthe
BEC and fixing the glider canopy again (note: the motor canopy is part or the original motor sets).
Overall a cool plane for the advanced hobby pilot.
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