Balsa Basics Cinnabar RC Glider | 63" 3-Ch RC Kit

Build and fly the Cinnabar glider | 3 Channel RC | Includes iron-on polyester covering

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Wingspan (inches)
Ease of Build
Beginner (with Guidance)
Ease of Flight
Beginner with Guidance
Product Details


We're often asked if there's a nice, simple balsa wood RC glider kit that doesn't require building over a plan or the many, many hours needed to build a traditional stick and tissue model.

We couldn't find one we liked in the archives, so we tasked designer Chris Long to create one from scratch.

What we were after was a simple to build and easy to fly glider that a beginner could manage with a little help from a more experienced flier.

It was essential that there should be a motorised option for those on flat flying fields, but that it should also allow for pure slope soaring too.

And so here we have it.

Named after the distinctive Cinnabar moth, this glider follows the principles of the Balsa Basics range - step by step instructions, chunky laser-cut balsa and ply wood parts that slot together before glueing. 

The distinctive red white and black colour scheme of the included iron on polyester covering finishes off the model beautifully and gives excellent visibility in flight.

With a 63” (1600mm) wingspan the Cinnabar is large enough to fly in a moderate breeze, yet with its detachable wing, is small enough to transport easily in your car.

There’s little to match the serenity of flying a docile, silent glider catching thermals on a summer’s evening so let's get out there and start soaring!

Now includes 2 x 2m rolls of polyester heat-shrink covering in contrasting colours!



  • 4 sheets of plywood parts
  • 11 sheets of balsa parts
  • Control snakes
  • Quicklinks (clevises) for snakes
  • M3 Captive (T) nuts for mounting optional motor
  • M3 screws/bolts
  • Flocked mylar hinges
  • 3mm neodymium magnets
  • Control horns
  • Wooden dowel
  • Hook & Loop to attach battery
  • Wing bands
  • 2 x 2m rolls of polyester heat-shrink covering in contrasting colours


  • Cyano-acrylate glue
  • Epoxy
  • Paints
  • Motor and electronics
  • Radio control gear
  • Battery
Help & Resources


Most orders are shipped via Royal Mail’s Tracked 48 service.

For larger or heavier orders, we use UKMail/DHL to deliver your package on a Next Working Day service.

Shipping is free to UK Mainland addresses for orders over £30.00, otherwise we charge £6.00 for Royal Mail Tracked 48 parcels and £12.00 for UKMail/DHL Nest Working Day.


Smaller items

Items that fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters (59cm x 17cm x 15cm weighing less than 2kg) can be sent to most countries outside the UK.

For example up to 3 of our smaller 18” wingspan kits can fit into one of these parcels.

A parcel like this currently costs around £14 to Europe and around £18 to send to the USA and will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. This is because Royal Mail hands over the parcel to the local Post Office service for your country who have to clear it through customs and then deliver it to you.

The Royal Mail tracking code also transfers over to the tracking for your country’s postal service.

Larger items

For items that do not fit within Royal Mail International Tracked Medium Parcel parameters, we use standard international couriers such as DHL, FedEx and UPS.

These companies use something called volumetric weights to calculate the cost of shipping.

For example, a Balsa Basics RC bundle kit that measures 102cm x 34cm x 16cm and weighs 2.5 kg is actually calculated at 14kg!

This makes these very expensive to send outside the UK - a large kit can cost nearly £40 to send to France.

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