I have been flying for 15 years and also work at a hobby store selling and servicing planes, cars, and trucks. I recently started flying EDF jets, which I found easy and exciting. I have E-flite's 70mm viper and really love the lines and performance. I decided to pick this one up to fly in-between my larger jets while I wait for batteries to charge.
I have flown it on a 3s 1300 mah 30C LiPo pack. I get 5 min flight times, which is respectable for jets. Comparing it to the Eflite 70mm, it has just as good power to weight, going nearly vertical and jumping out of your hand with a light toss. I flew it in heavy winds and it was not thrown around too bad considering its weight and the lack of gyro stabilization on my receiver.
I really wish it had a rudder. I wish it so bad I will be adding a rudder. I know what these servos cost, no reason not to have a rudder. It is also fairly nose heavy, my 1300 mah lipo was positioned near the rear of the tray. Larger batteries would need to go further back, but since they can't it will make it nose down. Adding a rudder and it's servo in the rear will help counter this and also let me enjoy more accurate flying.
It is slippery in the air, though! I found it surprisingly difficult to land, as it just would NOT slow down. The "undercarriage" is thick plastic chunks on the nose and on each wing, mid-span under the servos, and the ventral fin in the rear. The nose is also plastic capped. Seems tough enough for my grass field plops. Flares last a long time and the plane can fly amazingly slow, with great elevator command.
This is a great first jet for a beginner, or a fun time-absorber for an experienced pilot like me. I would absolutely buy again. I wish the canopy was clear, I guess that's my only aesthetic gripe.
+Durable, with plastic where it would likely hit the ground
+Stable by design
+Good elevator authority at low speeds
+Good speed for its size
+Relatively long flights, for a jet
-Low drag, landings are shallow in glide slope and grease in, taking a lot of room if you want a low speed touch down.
-CG will not accept large batteries without a lot of trim
-/+Canopy? Black is meh
Would I buy again? Yes. If I ever lose this plane I will buy another. It's fantastic. You should buy it. We need more planes this size. It's a fun and affordable class of EDF.