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Micro Bird of Time 1.2m

Product Code: MICRO-BOT
 (8 reviews)

Price: $76.01

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This ultralight Micro Bird of Time only weighs approx 110g as a pure glider or up to 140g when electrified, yet it spans a generous 1.2m (48"). It flies brilliantly and fulfils those childhood memories that never were.

This laser cut all balsa kit can be built as a slope or flat field pure glider or fitted with an electric motor (not supplied) and goes together surprisingly fast.

See this RC Groups Micro BOT thread for more info. Supplied with translucent white tissue-like covering material. Or use Solite covering film if a different finish is preferred.

No plan is supplied - the model is mostly self-jigging and is built in the hand. See the assembly guide.

The firewall, as designed, is only approx 20 mm x 18 mm, so the Elf Pro El & Spin Powerset will not fit nicely unless the firewall is moved further rearward, or the spinner is cut down.

Micro Bird of Time Specifications
Wing span 1.200 m 47 in
Wing area 11.2 dm2 174 sq in
Length 510 cm 200.8 in
Flying weight from 110 g 3.9 oz
Wing loading 9.8 g/dm 3.2 oz/sq ft
Aspect ratio 12.9
Wing airfoil Proprietary
Dihedral angle 7.0º
Centre of Gravity 35-40 mm from wing leading edge
Controls Rudder, elevator

Micro Bird of Time Typical Weights
Fuselage 20.0 g 0.7 oz
Wing 50.0 g 1.8 oz
Fin 6.0 g 0.2 oz
Tailplane 6.0 g 0.2 oz
Total structure 82.0 g 2.9 oz
Receiver 4.0 g 0.1 oz
Rudder servo 4.5 g 0.2 oz
Elevator servo 4.5 g 0.2 oz
Battery 15.0 g 0.5 oz
Flying weight 110 g 3.9 oz

Reviews 8  

 Review by:

Bird of time

Worst plane I ever put together. Parts are so flimsy they break before you can start putting plane together. Because of this wings came out twisted. Flight test was interesting. Plane would not fly straight. Very dissapointed. Wasted my money. Hope it was just a bad kit. I am not a novice putting plane kits together.

 Review by:

Micro BOT

Well packaged and well received in France. I was looking for a sufficiently large yet easily transportable and very light glider for hand launch gliding that would also come under the 250gr limit of the new European rc model regulation. The micro BOT fits perfectly the objective. Personally I would have appreciated a simple plan to facilitate wing building.

 Review by:

Micro Bird of Time

Order was received very soon. Price vs quality is not good. Too expencive!!!!!!!

 Review by:

Micro B.O.T.

Very good service from HyperFlight. After 2 weeks I received the M.B.O.T very well packaged. I live in Chile South America!! Good delivery time. The kit had good quality wood and all the pieces are laser cut. Instructions for assembling are very short, but good photos. I missed the plain, but on your website, you warn that the kit does not come with a blueprint. Regards.

 Review by:

A tiny BoT (part2)

As a follow-on from my previous review, I can now report that the micro Bird has now fledged! I put the cg at the aft edge of the spar and it flew perfectly on the slope, with no trim changes from the initial neutral setup required. I flew on a virtualy still (3-5mph wind according to the forecast) cold day and had great fun scratching around. The model reacts well to bubbles of lift (probably from a bonfire a few hundred yards upwind of the base of the slope) and can be turned on a sixpence, so making use of the slightest disturbance is easy. I used the larger rudder option, which may have been of help in this. Overall, a rewarding model with very pleasant flying characteristics.

 Review by:

A tiny BoT

This is a nicely presented model, that has excellent laser cutting so everything fits perfectly. The downloadable instructions are a well recommended read before starting, to avoid a few potential errors. A little sanding to remove the 'pips' holding parts in the sheets and the minor burning from the cutting process is all that is required for 99% of the parts. Parts fit is generally perfect straight from the cutter, so don't over-sand! I used super-phatic rather than cyano, which I have found by experiment is noticeably lighter and easier to use. I strengthened the elevator halves coupling as I was not happy it was stiff enough by making a deeper section replacement from the scrap ply sheet. Note that the supplied covering film has NO BACKING film! You can wasre a lot of time and frustration till the penny drops! My complete model, covered in a mixture of Solite and the supplied film came in at 50g. 4ch Frsky tfr4b rx, two hs35hd servos and a dreamflight alula battery weigh 41g, so I am expecting a flying weight of circa 95g once the final installation is complete. A very satisfying build!

 Review by:

Micro BOT

Thank you for an excellent transaction. This kit arrived in Canada from the UK in excellent condition and in very short order. I'm very impressed with both the kit and the service and am looking forward to an "over winter" build.

 Review by:

NIcely scaled down version of the 3M Classi

This is more of a first impressions review as the kit only arrived a couple of days ago and is destined for a winter build.
No need to say much about delivery turnaround times an packaging. Neil has again lived up to his fabled superfast turnaround times and sensible packaging.
A couple of things to note. There are several small parts in the kit, including motor mounts and pre-bent z bends, (itís worth putting these carefully to one side or taping to the fibreboard sheet supplied to protect the balsa sheet.
There is no plan in the kit. Not really a big deal as J & H build log is very detailed. There is a detailed part list and useful links included as well. In addition to the official build guide there is also an insightful build series by Steve (A470RC Soaring), this goes from unboxing, build and flight.
The kit comes with a roll of lightweight covering that seems very similar to the Angel wings Featherlight.
The quality of the wood is good and the laser cutting very reasonable.
The kit has the option as being built as a motorised or sailplane version.
Itís good to see this as a kit available in the UK, and at 1.2M a very manageable proposition.
As a final recommendation of the really good flight videos on YouTube on of my favs is from John Woodfield

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