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Dec 21, 2017, 11:51 AM
Big 3D
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Build Log

BIRD by avtims!

This is a mini build log for the BIRD by avtims.

The plans can be downloaded from here:
Pre-cut kits are available here:

He had a good sale at Thanksgiving so I ordered a couple of each kit. I was unable to find a build video for the Bird but viewing his other videos and having built a few Flite Test planes I managed to build air frame in just over an hour.

Wing span: 70"
Chord: 6"
Length: 27"
Weight: 200 grams (bare air frame)
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Dec 21, 2017, 12:01 PM
Big 3D
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The kit arrived well pack and in a custom box made of DTFB. It contained all the foam pieces already cut , rubber bands, popcicle sticks, skewers, push rods,
mini plans, poster board parts and a Thank you letter from Tim Anders.
Dec 21, 2017, 12:03 PM
IMO ( In My Opinion ) →
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Looks good ..... do you have a flight video ?
Dec 21, 2017, 12:16 PM
Big 3D
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No video yet.. I just finished air frame.

Fuse build was straight forward. Beveled rudder/elevator and added hot glue hinge. I did not like the way tail was fitting so some trimming of the foam was in order.
Dec 21, 2017, 12:36 PM
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Next up was the battery hatch. Folded and glued. Poster board piece was to long so I just shortened.
Dec 21, 2017, 01:15 PM
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Next up was the wing. It is built in 4 panels and has polyhedral. Paper was removed from upper inside to allow better curving of the airfoil. Both top and bottom of the leading edge was beveled. Glue in spar then wrap top of wing over and glue into place. One of my center sections was cut a little off so I trimmed it after it was glued. Popcicle sticks were glued to spar joiners and trimmed with razor. All joints were sanded at an angle for better fitment of the joint.
Dec 21, 2017, 07:57 PM
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Got to add some color today. Tissue paper glued on with glue stick and trimmed with art tape, all from the Dollar Tree.
Last edited by jamin; Dec 21, 2017 at 10:01 PM.
Dec 21, 2017, 10:00 PM
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Looks nice!
Dec 21, 2017, 10:05 PM
Big 3D
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Thank you. I am really impressed with this plane. I normally do not spend the time purtying'em up, but I want this one to look as good as I know it will fly.
Dec 21, 2017, 11:12 PM
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I loved this design the first time I saw it on AVTims site!

Great job! Please post a flight vid!
Dec 21, 2017, 11:48 PM
Big 3D
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2212 1000kv 10/6 prop has caused a small balance issue
Dec 22, 2017, 05:58 AM
“There’s no place like Foam”
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Looks like a ripoff of the old Bird of Time …
Latest blog entry: Lost plans
Dec 22, 2017, 06:38 AM
Too old to rock-n-roll...
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Originally Posted by gpw
Looks like a ripoff of the old Bird of Time …
It's not the first and it won't be the last.

Nice looking airplane. Looks like the balsa Sunbird I'm building; another Bird of Time knock-off.
Dec 22, 2017, 09:11 PM
Big 3D
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This fixed the balance issue it balances on the CG without the battery so I can use anybody between 450 and 1300 mah. W eight is 365g without the battery. All up 16oz with 1300mah.
Dec 31, 2017, 06:59 PM
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Finally got to maiden today. Winds 5-8mph gusty. 1/4 throttle all that was needed to climb nicely and full was straight up. Looks like a winner and cant wait to fly without wind.

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