I saw a few notes on people wishing for an ARF version of this plane. I suggest you wait for the spares to be posted and see if you can put together an ARF out of the spare parts list and save a $100. I saw a thread on the little Champ where a guy listed all the parts to make up a BNF version of the Champ. He saved about $25 dollars off the total price not needing the TX or charger, those ugly/terrible wing decals and so on. Some may say its not worth the hassle but other people like saving $25 bucks.
I have recently moved from EPP 3D planes to balsa and found the leap of faith to be more than I bargained for. Flying EPP is like working on the simulator. No worries about crashing = great close in flying. Flying balsa now has you up about 3 mistake high. My light weight balsa has me fearful of a minor bang putting me into a major rebuild.
I'm wondering if this plane is a 1/2 step from foam to balsa. The floaty easy to fly foam with the ability to take a small hit and ding rather than crack, over the precise balsa with its superior lighter weight/size but at the expense of fragility.
It certainly looks like the best foam 3D model I have ever seen. True Horizon solution. From the box to the field in record time while containing the best mass production components.
Project triangle in Horizon's view - Fast is from the box to the air and also from design to delivery of product.
FAST - GOOD - CHEAP = Pick two