I recently built and have almost 50 flights on another RC Powers V5 airplane, the Eurofighter V5 (I will shorten this to EF V5 for the rest of the post). Here is some flight footage of my plane.
I am normally not a fan of canard planes, specifically because I find they don't have great stability in the wind, but these canards are quite separate from the wing as opposed to the Rafale and Su-37 I built where the canards are more "close coupled", so I wanted to give it a try to see if the canard location made much of a difference. Unfortunately, I don't think it did, they still caused me some instability issues in windier (10+ mph) conditions, but I might have found a compromise to help with that which you can read about later.
But never having had a Eurofighter in my hangar, I decided to give this one a try. It was a very quick and simple build and looks very unique.
A few things to note when building. In the instructions, RC Powers directs you to put the vertical stabilizer on the wing plate as one of the first steps, I would leave this to the very last as it will make your build process much easier, especially when you have to start flipping the plane around to finish the build and install electronics. I even painted my vertical stabilizer and rudder before installing them, it just made the build process seem a whole lot easier to me.
Secondly, the prop slot is very narrow, only about 6 and 3/8" wide and for some reason, the side pieces of the bottom if you glue them on straight, will interfere with a 6" prop, so I bent these out a bit to ensure the prop slot stayed wide enough for a 6" prop.
Other than that, it has a very low parts count, it is quick to build and only requires three servos, two for elevons and one for rudder. Even if you are normally not someone who flies with rudder, I would highly recommend installing it, I find it very helpful on this plane, especially in a bit of wind. Without it, it is sometimes hard to get the nose to come around in turns in windier (10-15 mph) conditions.
From RC Powers intro to this plane, they class it as stable/aerobatic, a beginner build and a beginner flying plane. I totally agree with the beginner build statement, easier to build than the F-18 V3 without a doubt. However, thus far in my experience, this plane has two personalities, one that is very docile, stable and quite forgiving in calm conditions, but get the wind up to 10 mph or more and without the right weight and setup, I found it a real handful to fly. So if a beginner only flies in pretty much dead calm conditions, they should be OK. For more intermediate to advanced pilots, it is quite aerobatic with some limitations as you can read about later.
There is little doubt that this plane is a Eurofighter, but it's scale dimensions and looks (especially the tail) are not overly accurate. Based on the dimensions of the real Eurofighter, this model with a 27" wingspan should be 39" long instead of 33.5" long. The smaller size does make it easier to fit on one sheet of MPF, makes it lighter and easier to transport, but then throws other proportions off on the rest of the plane. I used this 3 view diagram from Wikipedia to take some rough measurements.
Initially, even with a 2200 battery, my weight was only 18.7 oz which is about 1.5-2.0 oz lighter than I fly most of my planes that are about the same size/wingspan. It seemed like I was getting tossed around quite a bit by the wind, anything above 10 mph, no point in me even trying to fly it, I was "surviving" the wind rather than actually flying. Compared to every other plane in my hangar, it was the least stable in any kind of wind.
So as I was considering how to add some weight to the plane without attaching lead weights, I happened to spy a 60A ESC laying on my work table and it struck me perhaps swapping that into my EF V5 in place of the 40A ESC I was using would help. By putting a bigger ESC in, I gained 1.3 oz of weight, bringing my AUW to 20 oz, but if it didn't work, I could swap back without adding needless weight to the plane that I might not be able to remove later. Besides, I doubt I'll ever have to worry about my ESC over heating! :)
I also upgraded to an A2212/5T 2700 Kv motor to give me a little more pep over the 2212/6 2200 Kv motor I had been using before. This seemed to hit the "sweet spot" for me in windier conditions with this plane, a bit more weight, a bit more power if I needed it to get out of trouble.
Although still not amongst the most stable wind planes in my hangar, this addition of weight and power immediately made a difference. It is certainly not a plane for me to get caught getting too slow in a turn in windy conditions as things can get very ugly very quickly, sometimes getting flipped inverted with very little warning, but when in doubt, I hit the throttle and carry lots of speeds through the turns. Overall though, it is now far more stable, has much better wind penetration and is a bit more relaxing to fly in winds up around 10-15 mph and won't get left home on windier days. :)
The elevons seem to be of very good size and shape, but being a delta wing, elevons only plane, the EF V5 lacks the "thrust vectoring" that most park jets have as the only control surface in the prop wash is the rudder. However, RC Powers seems to be on to something with these smaller, non scale rudders. This started with the "under rudders" on the F-22 V5 which you can read more about here. Although a bit difficult to see as it is all black, here is the rudder on the EF V5, you can see where the top of it ends where the gap is located. Response is very clean and efficient even for such a small surface and as I mentioned earlier, I would strongly suggest installing it, even if you don't normally fly with rudder as for the weight cost of one servo, it comes in very necessary sometimes in turns.
The EF V5 is certainly a very easy plane to build, has a very unique look and in calm conditions is a lot of fun to fly. It is docile and moves around quickly and efficiently with very little surface deflection. It would be a good plane in calmer conditions to start practising with rudder if you have never used rudder before. I would assess the rudder as being very necessary on this plane to help the nose from wandering in turns in any sort of wind. The rudder is small, but very effective and even when hard input is made, the plane reacts efficiently and smoothly with no "snap rudder rolls" like you might see on other planes.
If you are not terribly worried about scale dimensions, it still has the unique Eurofighter look, is small and compact and can be built very light if you fly in a small area in relatively calm conditions. Without the benefit of thrust vectoring in the pitch and roll axis like many other park jets, it does have it's limitations aerobatically and while very stable at slow speed in calm conditions, it does not exhibit good high alpha properties from what I saw.
So being a rather unique plane, it will have a unique place in my hangar and now that I have sorted out the correct weight and power setup for how I like my planes to feel and fly, it looks cool in the air and is a different yet fun plane to fly. Compared to the other RC Powers V5s I have built (the Su-27 and F-22), it is not the overall performer that those two planes are, but still a lot of fun to fly in the right conditions.