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GPMA0573 Great Planes Bird Of Time EP Sailplane ARF 118inch 3m


Introduced as a kit in 1981, the Bird of Time has proven to be timeless. The easy-to-assemble ARF version joined the original kit so that all sailplane enthusiasts could enjoy its relaxing, inspiring flight with less building time. Now this electric-powered Bird of Time EP ARF offers even more convenience, reaching a soaring altitude in seconds — no hi-start, tow plane or large launch area needed.


  • Strong and convenient EP power.
  • Strong wood and fiberglass construction.
  • 3-piece wing for easy transportation and storage.
  • Removable full-flying stabiliser.
  • Superior thermal and duration soaring.
  • Beautiful, easy-to-see MonoKote trim scheme

The Bird of Time ARF is a lightweight, high-performance model that has great soaring qualities. It is a classic model, a timeless design that always draws a crowd of admirers wherever it is flown. With its strong fibreglass fuselage, the Bird of Time ARF is easy to assemble and is very strong. It includes a low-drag folding prop, spinner and prop adapter. With the recommended motor, one full battery charge can power many aggressive climbs to altitude. A removable hatch in the Bird of Time EP ARF fuselage allows quick LiPo battery pack changes between flights.

Compared to smaller sailplanes, the 3-metre Bird of Time EP ARF flies well in breezy conditions and remains easy to see at high altitudes.

What you need

  • 3+ channel radio; standard receiver
  • 1 x standard & 1 x digital micro servo
  • 42-50-800 kV outrunner motor
  • 50-60A ESC with BEC
  • 4S 14.8V 3300-3600 mAh LiPo battery & compatible charger


Wingspan  118 in (2997 mm)

Wing Area 1050 in² (67.7 dm²)

Wing Loading 10 oz/ft² (31 g/dm²)

Weight 4.5-4.75 lb (2040-2150 g)

Fuselage Length 49 in (1245 mm)