And there are a lot of 172 looking planes, Texas Aircraft, jabiru, Tecnam and others. I see your point as there’s only so many ways to make a certain design.There is far more to aircraft design than shape or planform. With misapplication of systems integration and structure, one could create a visual clone of a 172 but end up with an evil handling, structurally questionable and poor performing mess.
In airplanes, the details count.
Question is why was velocity successful and (from the outside) why was the commuter craft was successful too. (Are they out if business now?)
I can’t see a problem with the raptor flying, given enough airspeed that will happen. How much roll control will three be with the ailerons flopping up/down without feedback in the control stick is an obvious concern. Possibly they will need a sparrow strainer?