Sbach XA41 300
If you're looking for a thrill ride to fill a Sunday afternoon, this is the plane! As soon as the Sbach wheels were off the ground, I was in love with this plane. My recent experiences with small scale aerobatic models have been: 1) Needing to fly fast to keep it in the air, 2) having to keep my hands on the sticks at all times, and 3) not being able to perform as many maneuvers as I could with a larger scale model.
This plane, however, is the complete opposite. The airframe is very lightweight and has a very spacious interior for all the electronics. The magnetic canopy hatch is very secure, and allows battery placement and connection to be done in a snap. The entire field setup can be done in less than five minutes.
This aircraft is as steady as a rock in the air, but definitely does not fly like one. When I throttled down I expected it to drop quite a bit. I was surprised however when I slowed down into a harrier and had full control. Very little wing rock, as well. I was able to perform upright and inverted flatspins, rolling harriers, rolling circles, pop tops, and countless other maneuvers with ease. During my flight the wind kicked up with gusts over 20 mph, and even with the smaller size of the model, the wind didn't affect the plane nearly as much as I would have predicted.
Overall, I am very impressed with the SIG Sbach. It is designed very well, flies like a dream, and is all wrapped up in a terrific color scheme that looks great in the air. 5/5
Reviewed by: Alexander Gelina from Park Falls, Wisconsin.