while I am waiting for glue to harden, here is a UPGOER update.
the Glider / Rocket is going together. this feels pretty much like every rocket I have ever built. the instructions look the same same. what is odd is the parts do not fit together well despite being LASER cut. the wings needed a lot of work before they fit together without gigantic gaps. right now it looks ugly. sanding will fix that in short order. a coat of red, white, and white will do it over the rest of the way.
maybe the glue will dry fast enough to have this one in the bag tonight ready for painting. but there is no need to rush this build. except to move the wood before it gets totally stuck the paper.