ordered the Pica as I wanted a model to build over several evenings. Slick service from Neil, model well packaged,with enough bubble wrap to insulate the loft! Note- This is a traditional kit and although there are NO prefabricated assemblies but 90% of parts are pre-cut and as such anybody with a bit of "balsa bashing" experience should find building is straightforward.
I chose to build the Electric version and the kit &plan makes provision for this. there is a "V" tail option shown on the plan, but the only part provided is LT13 mounting but NO tail surfaces provided? There is a "PDF file at hyperflight to download which gives useful build tips,but don't bother with the translation( 40 pages) as translations such as quote- "with light windset and light foil with the sailor" I was left wondering if I was going to end up building a sailing dingy!! Use whatever adhesives takes your fancy,I used CA for ribs etc and aliphatic for the ply doublers and sheeted areas.
The parts fit was generally good with 2 exceptions riblets 7&8a were the wrong profile being about 2mm overall too large and required reworking, also parts f27 2 off were altogether way too small? easy fix using scrap balsa to make correct size ones.If all this sounds negative don't be alarmed as apart from the above points the Kit goes together easily.
Powerplant as recommended Hacker a10 with gearbox and suggested prop, the instructions suggest a 400/800 lipo, however things have moved on since 2015 and I had no trouble fitting a 1300 3s pack giving me a total flying weight of 540g 10 g over recommended 530g Output shows about 80w and 7.5 A static, and I would expect the current will drop a little in flight when the prop unloads, what that relates to in climb angle and performance, is unknown as at the time of this review Im waiting for the typical English "monsoon" weather to break so havnt flown or test glided it yet! I expect it to be a nice "bouncy floater" compared to some of the artf lead sleds currently available elsewhere!! watch this space Mick