Originally Posted by JetPlaneFlyer
There are detail pictures on the HK web site
. IMHO there can be no doubt that this plane is a direct copy. There are minuscule differences in some tiny details but these appear to be the result errors in copying rather than any attempt at original thought.
I don't blame you one bit for being angry, I think anyone would be the same under the circumstances.
Steve, I don't think we are in a position to comment yet. I'm not sure how much design work AJ put into the AJ Slick, and I'm no expert on aerodynamics, but wouldn't things like airfoils of the wings and tail be difficult to tell from pictures alone? I've seen NACA numbered airfoil sections that, were they not laid over each other in a graphing program, would have been indistinguishable to my eye. Or how about inner fuse formers, which are covered by the film?
Personally I will wait until someone has one and posts measured comparisons with the 51" AJ Slick first. Then we can at least be more sure about the basis of our condemnation (or praise as the case may be).
Apart from that, I am also interested to see how this one flies. If it doesn't fly well (let alone like a 3DHS slick), then all our 200-something posts arguing about similarities based on pictures are moot! It'd be a crummy product simply on its own merits.
So... has anyone reading this actually ordered one?