Just want to add my thoughts on the Dr. 1, mine has 10 flights over four flying sessions, and having flown a Nieuport 17 and two SE-5s pretty much to destruction in my first year of flying, I have to say the Tripe is a great little plane. Very stable, circles easily, really in my opinion it is easier to fly than the SE-5. It is quite docile yet turns easily... Has VERY Little tendency to dive and stall in turns compared to the N-17 and SE. Just super stable.
The only disadvantage I see is that it is so top heavy it is just not an easy plane to land cleanly. If you look at videos of real and bigger RC ones, landing with any of them is a task.i tend to just bring her in low, stall it, and let it pancake. I have found it very easy to fly - granted I have torn up and destroyed three Flyzone micros in my first year of rc flying, I may have learned something, mainly, DON'T FLY IN WIND!
I highly recommend this aircraft. It is so easy and natural to fly it reminds me of driving a car. My only design criticism is that they should go back and put pads on the bases of the landing gear legs, rather than sticking a pole into a hole in the fuselage. I knock the Undercart loose nearly every flying session.
One more characteristic is that these things really love to dive. You need extra altitude to do a loop.
Another thing, the escapement lights up this thing like a Chinese lantern at dusk. Not so realistic, but fun semi nighttime flying!
I do agree the scheme is a bit trite, but it sure gets attention. The rudder is fragile, I agree. Your best bet with any of these little Flyzone micros is zero wind. Hard not to fly, but best not, if there is any doubt. When every landing is a potential nose over you are going to kink that fragile rudder. I have not made a 3 point landing yet, just pancakes and gentle nose-overs.
My Santa list from Flyzone/Hobbico is ANY variant of SPAD, an N-28 in Rickenbacker's colors,,DH-4, and a D-7 in lozenge. Would like to see the Albatros reissued in lozenge and natural wood fuselage, and N-17 reissued as Billy Bishop's.