I’m sure it was awkward for him to reach, but generally the idea is not to run one side dry before switching tanks, and I believe he didn’t have a whole lot of fuel onboard when he took off.
The cockpit is indeed very snug. I haven’t flown one but when I was working as a line guy at a small airport in Ohio, one of the hangar tenants had one. It was beautiful, but I’m with you, it would be a bit of a squeeze to get into it.
The simulated version is a lot of fun to fly, especially in VR because it is so small and snug, yet the visibility is great. There is a simple autopilot with Alt hold and Attitude hold (that can be adjusted up down left and right). No Heading or Nav modes though, which will make it a bit of a pain to fly a long cross country, which is a bit unfortunate. It handles nicely and doesn’t need a lot of runway. Stalling characteristics are interesting as the canards are designed to stall before the main wings, so you end up with a bobbing motion if you just try to hold it in the stall. It’s very benign in that regard. The fuel selector is right in front of you in this airframe, so no problems switching tanks, and you can feel when there is an inbalance.
If it is worth the $27? I think that is really down to what kind of flying you enjoy but I can say I am having a lot of fun with it so far.