The “Hog’s” first designs were made from blue foam which flew well but did not hold up well in combat. The final design is made from Coroplast (registered trademark) which I feel has the best properties of rigidity and durability. Although it seems rather simple in design, a lot of tweaks have been made over the years to produce the plane as now presented. It flies as if on “rails” with no bad habits be it fast or slow. The “kit” only requires gluing on the two vertical fins and the control horns so assembly is very quick. The pvc equipment tray is factory installed so thrust alignment is no problem. The carbon fiber wing spar is also factory installed. All pushrod control connectors are Dubro brand quality. Control pushrods are pre-bent and the ends are deburred. The motor mount is predrilled. A detailed instruction manual and decal set complete the package. To personalize each plane, the painting is left up to the individual and believe me, you will want something a bit different when you have several planes in the air at once. Any paint will work as nothing affects the coroplast!
But combat is not the only thing the “Hog” does well. It could very well be your favorite sport plane. And don’t even think about wind as a problem. If you can stand up in the wind, you can go fly. We have flown combat in 40 mph wind and you will only notice a bit of decrease in flight times. You will fly this plane when you would not fly anything else!
Try flying formation with several planes in a large circle and gently bumping each other at slow speed. It requires more skill than you think and when you knock your buddy down, no harm is done. Figure ’8′ racing is a hoot with the middle of the course the collision area! Inverted limbo?? The sky is the limit.
The “Hog” also makes one of the best trainer planes. Dial down the control throws and go fly. If you run it into the ground pick it up and go try again. This is not your father’s .40 glo powered balsa and Monokote trainer that will be totally destroyed on the first crash costing you a couple of hundred dollars and a lot of aggravation.
When you have a plane that’s practically indestructible, will easily fly in the strongest winds AND is dirt cheap, then you have a plane that you will fly more than any other!!!