I love the looks of the Sunbird too! This will be my third .40 size, I also built one of the smaller .10 size a few years ago for a friend. I've been saving this kit for a while because of its rareity, but I recently bought one on ebay so now its ok to build one of them since I'll now have a spare!
Not only do these planes look really cool but they really fly great too. My last one had an OS .46 with a MAC pipe on it and it really screamed! One of the things it did really well was flat spins, I think because its has such a short tail moment and a long nose. Only problem was getting it out of it, I would have to expect at least 3-4 rotations with full oposit controls before she would stop spinning! Not a great plane for smooth aerobatics but certianly a fun plane to flip-flop around! Not sure what motor I'm gonna put in this one. I'm thinking of one of those new OS .55's....We'll see. The real beauty of this airplane is the kit. Every part is machine cut, the quality of the wood it absolutly flawless, every piece fits together perfectly! Even the hardware package contains much better stuff than your average kit. I'll keep posting photos as construction continues