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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

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

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Alexey Gulamov  1 points - 7/23/2016
My Sunbird empty weight is 260g, total weight 520g with battery. Motor: FC 28-22 1200kv ESC: HobbyKing 20A BlueSeries Prop: Folding Propeller W/Hub 35mm/3mm Shaft 8x4.5 Servos for ailerons: HXT900 Servos for rudder and elevator: HXT500 Battery: 1000 mAh Video
Alexey Gulamov  1 points - 7/19/2016
ChrisLoh  8 points - 6/16/2016
When will this be back in stock?
Mike  267 points - 3/26/2016
Very pleased with the Sunbird, The KEDA A22-10s driving 8x4,5prop from a 1500 3c bat will take it straight up! Flying weight is 500g so should thermal well (when the UK starts to warm up a bit). See below for the few changes I made and how it flys. Mike
 Mike 267 points
didn't quite have the youtube link right:
 Mike 267 points
Spinner is Hobbyking 35mm alloy and prop blades 8 x 4.5 Graupner. I did modify the spinner to bring the blade pivots closer to the hub but this requires some metalworking skills and I will take no responsibility if others choose to try this. The aerodynamic advantage is probably tiny. Note I would also make the ailerons 5mm deeper for better roll response. Mike
david  33 points - 9/4/2015
Anyone know if a 45mm spinner will work on this plane?
 Mike 267 points
Depends if you want a spinner bigger than the fus!! The fuselage is 42mm wide at the main wings tapering to 36mm at the nose. It is however greater than 36mm high at the nose. I elected to add some 4mm balsa to the inside bottom of the nose and 10mm triangular corners so I could use a 35mm spinner, nicely rounded nose to fit, and folding 8 x 4.5 prop. Also note the nose is quite long so I put the rudder and elevator servos side by side as far back under the main wing so I have the option to have the battery well back. Not flown yet (but nearly there) The KEDA A22-10s motor should get it skyward pretty quickly with 3 1500mah bat! Mike
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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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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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my setup C20/1400mah 3s/6x4 folding prop. build was straight forward but the instructions terrible... followed the "half a guide" in the file section which was handy :) parts all fitted well compared to the old balsa kits I used to build 25 years ago.. quite a twitchy thing to fly I thought. glides magic though. cant wait to try it sloping.. enjoyed building this.

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