Bird of Time
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wrote on 30/08/2017
OLD SCHOOL AND NONE THE WORSE FOR THAT
Strengths: Relaxing to fly, great plane to learn thermal sniffing on.
Good quality kit.
Weaknesses: Parts numbering could have been better.
Overall: In todays age of high performance foamies, ARTFs and laser cut interlocking ply kits itís refreshing to see that there is still space for a traditional kit that only needs a simple radio to fly, no need for multiple flight modes here. The quality of the wood and die cutting in the supplied kit was very good, and identifying the parts was often the hardest part of the build. The accompanying instructions do need re-reading a couple of times at some points but having a detailed full sized plan is a big help here. The finished model flies really well and is easy to bungee launch and responds well to thermals making the Bird of Time a good introduction to the art of thermal sniffing, and only having two controls you canít compensate for flying skills with radio programming. There are more modern high performance moulded models with carbon fuselages, ailerons and flaps which can be programmed to adjust the airfoil section for different conditions which will easily outperform the Bird of Time, but these are much more expensive and donít enhance your enjoyment of catching a thermal and soaring away any more than that achieved with the Bird of Time.
So while the Bird of Time is also available as an ARTF with a fibreglass fuselage the kit version builds up into a lovely model and makes a good introduction into building for somebody who has aspirations to build from plans, with flying characteristics that make thermal hunting very enjoyable and relaxing.
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