Sinbad the Sailor designed by Henry Struck is the inspiration for this kit. The Alien Technologies Micro Sinbad is a tiny version of the original.
The Micro Sinbad is the perfect size to toss around the school yard, local slope or keep in the back seat of your car for a quick lunchtime thermal session.
Red over at Alien Technologies was good enough to license their kit to Aloft Hobbies. We are excited to produce these kits right here at Aloft Hobbies.
The Micro Sinbad is truly Micro with just a 34 inch wing span and an all up weight under 2 ounces! Yep, you read that right. You will need some truly tiny radio gear. You can use something like a Parkzone style brick, or you can use the 1.7 gram servos we have here at Aloft and a micro receiver that works with your radio system.
Micro Sinbad kit includes:
Built from laser cut 1/32", 1/16" & 1/8" Balsa and 1/64" Ply
Full set of Plans
0.5mm Pushrod wire
Laser cut control horns
Carbon Fibre pin and nylon screw for wing hold downs
Magnet and washer for hatch hold down
Please note that this is a kit, you get to assemble the kit, but don't worry, these are fun and pretty darn fast to build.
Instructions can be found here.
|Span||863mm (34 in)|
|All Up Weight||57g (2oz) Glider Form|
|No of Servos||2
This kit is produced under license from Red Jensen of Alien Technologies.
Captured the essence of Henry Struck's Sinbad in micro size!!!
This Aloft micro does not look like it was designed with the same philosophy as the other micro gliders in the Aloft line up. It takes a lot more from the builder to get an acceptable end product. This makes the kit very enjoyable for the skilled builder. But this micro Sinbad is not a beginner's model! There are a few issues with the structure. These becomes even more prominent as the intended covering is no longer available. On a scale of 1 through 5 I'd rate the kit as a 2 and maybe 3 if I feel charitable. With some simple redesign of the structure, concerns with this kit could be brought down to acceptable for most low time balsa builders. As it is the micro Sinbad looks to be a "Hello World project" by the designer for his new Laser. Sinbad flies a lot like a model with some directional control issues. This is not surprising with that bulbous nose, as this micro Sinbad is based on a Free Flight model of the 40's . The other micro RC gliders are based on larger proven RC gliders. All in all I found the micro Sinbad an enjoyable project. Not for beginners!