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Multiplex Xeno

Manufacturer: Multiplex

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No. of Reviews2
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Russell Hawkes wrote on 13/10/2010:
CLEVER DESIGN, GREAT FLYER
Strengths: Quick build, smooth flying slope soarer.
Weaknesses: Push rod and horn alignment. Electric conversion too expensive.
Overall: It's a clever, elegant, moustache-shaped flying wing that glides very smoothly. The electric power conversion kit was too pricey for me and unnecessary for the local slopes. All the plastic components are crisply moulded and fit together well. Zacki super-glue cemented it all together nicely. I painted the 'canopy' hatch a contrasting colour to add a touch of realism and aid visual orientation. One control linkage stopper wouldn't tighten - close inspection revealed a total absence of screw thread! Tower Pro 18g metal-geared servos fit snugly in the wing, the moulded recesses requiring only minor modification to accommodate the extra 5mm of servo height. The 25cm servo leads conveniently reach the receiver without extensions. The central hinge allowing the model to fold in half for transportation is a nice feature, but a flatter package could have been achieved if the servo arms and control horns had been offset slightly to prevent clashing. The fins are removable but very tight, excessive force will pull the foam away from the hard plastic base. I found that the model's nose takes the brunt of most landings so I added glass-fibre tape to this area to prolong its life. I'd recommend this model to a beginner who'd had previous experience on a PC simulator. As a slope-soarer it best suits a steep slope in a 10-14mph wind. Yesterday I flew it off the South Downs in a 15-20mph wind - a single-handed launch was very awkward, but once it was away it penetrated the wind remarkably well with no additional ballast. It's a good confidence-building flyer with no apparent vices and ample aerobatic potential. A hard landing resulted in an elevon control horn coming adrift, but this was easily fixed on site with Zacki.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
80%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

Martin_H wrote on 20/04/2010:
ENGINEERING MASTERPIECE!
Strengths: High quality moulded parts, innovative design allows quick change from power to glider, removable fins and folding fuselage reduces complete aircraft to backpack size.
Weaknesses: Wing root to centre section join is tricky, I needed another pair of hands to get everything lined up before the cyano cooked off. Had to purchase power pod components separately.
Overall: Not a beginners build, this is a state of the art example of a fully moulded flying wing. I thought most nodellers would opt for the power version which could have been offered as a base kit.
Ease of assembly
60%
Build quality
100%
Flight performance
80%
Value for money
60%
Overall
60%

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