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Sunbird Electric Glider Laser Cut Balsa Kit 1600mm (Kit)

Sunbird Electric Glider Laser Cut Balsa Kit 1600mm (Kit)
Sunbird Electric Glider Laser Cut Balsa Kit 1600mm (Kit)

Here's another of our superb Laser Cut Balsa Kits for the traditional R/C hobbyist and builder who enjoys constructing models from kit form.

The Sunbird is an all built up 1600mm, 4 channel, electric powered glider - with a little 'old timer' flavour mixed in!

the Kit features sharp accurate laser cut parts that simply slot together with little fuss and the wing looks fantastic when covered with transparent covering to show of the construction and your handywork.

The power system can be a simple small outrunner and 2s battery, using micro servos to keep her nice and light.

The resulting model is a great little park fly electric glider that performs well and has aileron/elevator/rudder/motor control. The Sunbird is tough enough to handle the odd 'oops!' moment from novice flyers and compact enough to be transported easily.

Span: 1600mm
Length: 850mm

4 Channel radio system and 4 x micro servos
1550kv 15amp Outrunner
15Amp Esc
2 or 3s 1300mah Lipo battery
Propeller (8 x 4)
CA glue
Covering film
Basic hobby tools (knife, sand paper etc)

Build manual is listed under the 'Files' tab below

PRODUCT ID: 099000031

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4 Channel 1600mm (62.99in) 850mm (33.46in) 0g (0lb)

Weight: 850g
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Total of 73 discussions.
Dieter Kurre  12 points - 10/19/2014
Dieter My final size of the wing is 1500mm and not 1600. I fixed the rips in the cut out of the trailing edge. I think I should have made 2 new trailing edge for the middle wing. Is this correct? Thanking for a comment.
 Destelant 36 points
my final size is not 1600 as well. I didn't think that it's a problem. I think you don't need to add an additional ribs...
puddych  33 points - 10/10/2014
finally got tof ly the fineshed modell,....I was plesantly surprised how well it flew..a real gentle flyer reacted well to small thermals did a half hour first flight..used a 2 cell brushless moter with a 9-4 folder prop a bit frustrating to build but Worth it pud
Hagay  6 points - 9/30/2014
Thank you both. The intention of the model airplane club is that kids learn by building airplanes and then flying what they built. I am still looking for a relatively easy plane for kids to both build and fly. The flight instructor recommended that they learn to fly on a trainer (Cloud Dancer, Idol or Big/Little Stick) or on a powered glider (Sunbird or Red Swan). The trainers are an obvious choice, but I would also like to consider the gliders. They are slower, but more delicate to both build and fly. Acrobatic flying is not an option yet, although some of the trainers include ailerons. The kids already built unpowered gliders from scratch (no kit), so I am confident they can build these easily enough.
 Destelant 36 points
Maybe, I would ask the kids and give them the two options: either the glider, either the trainer. Maybe some of them would like to build the trainer and another the glider... Let them to choose... *)
Hagay  6 points - 8/27/2014
I am comparing between several kits for a model airplane club for kids. I am considering this model Idol 890mm, Big Stick 1060mm, and Cloud Dancer 1600mm, as wel as a glider, the Sun Bird 1600mm. Can anyone recommend a first model for kids who have alraedy built some unpowered gliders, and would like to move up to building an flying their first powered RC plane?
 Destelant 36 points
The question is, what they wants to be - if they wants to be an "acrobat pilot" or "glider pilot"... If glider, the Sun bird should be a good "next step". If they wants to be an "acrobat pilot" , then the Cloud dancer as trainer motor model should be a good option... But this is my opinion only...
 KaosKane 1767 points
Learn to BUILD with this kit Learn to FLY with a floater jet which is fast if u push it or a Bixler which is big slow and relatively crash resistant. Hth
i like pie  2 points - 8/27/2014
what brand
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I am still awaiting delivery of the sunbird, but you guys can't seem to agree on much some say great others infer a load of rubbish. Does HK not take notice of all the comments you guys make about their shortcomings or is it a language thing!!

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I dont recommend this kit for the main reason that half the pieces were not cut through. The advertisement stating "sharp laser cut parts" is completely misleading. I normally dont mind cutting out balsa when I build from a plan but not when I have bought a kit for a quick build that states "simply slot together with little fuss". If I dont bin the lot then I will have to cut most of the parts out by hand and its not soft balsa. The second and minor reason I dont recommend this kit is that there is no plan to help line up all the angles. The well printed colour build photos are very useful but inadequate.

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Excellent Build quality, Going with FC2822 motor, Hobbyking 30A ESC, 8x4APC style prop, Zippy 1800 30C LipO, HXT9g servo....

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The Sunbird is the second plain I made. It was realy a pleasure to find out how to realise it, as the instructions are "not allways clear". I uploaded 14 pictures, so I hope that everybody can see my black/red Sunbird result soon.

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Since the accuracy of the laser cut was bad, difficulties were required for building a plane. However, flight performance is wonderful. Easy circling, easy flight control. It was a disappointment in the good meaning.

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