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8178 12-20-2012 10:38 AM

Skylark 56 – 1966 Flashback - Build
 
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In 1966 I built my first low wing aircraft a Goldberg Skylark 56. It was powered by a 60s vintage Supertiger G-21 46 and controlled by my first digital proportional radio a PCS. The dihedral was reduced and I added ailerons. It flew really well and was a great transition to pattern type aircraft.


8178 12-20-2012 10:39 AM

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I’ve been thinking about recreating the Skylark and so far I found a kit and the exact same NIB model of the G-21 that I used.

8178 12-20-2012 10:41 AM

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The Skylark kit.

EscapeFlyer 12-20-2012 10:42 AM

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Subscribed!

Brian

8178 12-20-2012 10:42 AM

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The Supertiger 46 has a very strange carb arrangement that has a crossover connector between the carb sides.

8178 12-20-2012 10:48 AM

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If I do the build I’ll use my Kraft 7C radio to provide the full experience of going back in time.

Some of my other builds on RCU:
Blue Angel http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_3973867/tm.htm
Kwik Fli III http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_2434444/tm.htm
MK SBA Speeda http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_7510820/tm.htm
Tiporare http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_2827386/tm.htm
Cold Duck http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_3092876/tm.htm

crigotti 12-20-2012 03:09 PM

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It'll be fun following along. Enjoy the experience.

CGRetired 12-20-2012 03:26 PM

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Wow. I wish I had pictures of mine back in the mid 70's. I loved it so much that I now own and fly a Skylark 70, which is quite a nice flying plane.

CGr.

PatternPilot 12-20-2012 04:31 PM

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that carb is the old time style, linked to the exhaust port also.... I can't remember what the reason was ?

8178 12-20-2012 05:19 PM

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that carb is the old time style, linked to the exhaust port also.... I can't remember what the reason was ?
The exhaust baffle closes down at idle and improves the idle. I didn’t use mufflers until the late 60s when clubs started requiring them.

rcacro 12-20-2012 06:19 PM

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8178

Thanks for posting the pics. Most of my name can be seen just above the Goldberg co. name on the plans.
I really enjoyed flying the protype, so much so, that I kept it as long as possible until Carl finally asked for it back. At that time I was living in an apartment and had no space for to buildmodels.

John W

http://images.rcuniverse.com/forum/t...77/Fz73125.jpg





Hinckley Bill 12-21-2012 03:59 AM

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Wow....

Got into RC in 1979 with a SIG Kadet and progressed to the Skylark 56.

Had a .40 size ST (made in Italy) glo engine and it was a blast.

Have to laugh at the 'investment' I had in that plane versus what some of my planes cost now.

Thanks for the thread

Free Bird 12-21-2012 04:25 AM

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I'm looking forward to the build.......

FB

8178 12-21-2012 04:58 AM

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8178

Thanks for posting the pics. Most of my name can be seen just above the Goldberg co. name on the plans.
I really enjoyed flying the protype, so much so, that I kept it as long as possible until Carl finally asked for it back. At that time I was living in an apartment and had no space for to build models.

John W



John,

Amazing! Thanks for your post, and sure enough you are listed as the technical consultant and test pilot. I’m sure that everyone on the forum would absolutely love to hear more about your work with Carl and the Skylark. It would be neat to know what radio and engine you used and the problems you had to overcome. Do you rember the year that you did your test work?

I was so pleased to find this kit because it is the original narrow body and swept back rudder kit variant exactly like I built in 66. Looking at the plans, I’m not sure how I ever fit three of the big old PCS KPS9 servos in the fuselage and one in the wing. At the time I built it, my wife and I and baby son were living in an apartment too. The apartment manager let me use a utility room in the basement as my building room and the pictures were taken at the apartment.

I’ve been told that Carl was a wonderful man and he certainly produced some great models with help from people like you. My son learned to fly with a Falcon, were you involved with the Falcon too?

8178 12-21-2012 05:05 AM

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If I do this build I plan to use the kit as templates for my build so I can save the kit.

larryak 12-21-2012 07:11 AM

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Thanks for the memories.

MTK 12-21-2012 07:49 AM

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The Supertiger 46 has a very strange carb arrangement that has a crossover connector between the carb sides.
Hey that's a blast from the past, before mufflers. A real exhaust butterfly damper connected to the carb. It helped keep the heat in at idle, maintaining glow plug fire and helping transition. Kool!!

Texastbird 12-21-2012 08:09 AM

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I have an Enya with the exhaust dampener, but I always had a muffler on it when I ran it. Like those chrome plated Goldberg wheels! When I first started flying in the late '70s, my first low wingers were the Super Joystick and Pilot QB20L, which were obviously pretty much copied from the Skylark design. I never had a real Skylark, but I sure would like to fly yours:D.

heggen 12-21-2012 09:16 AM

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What a nice find. Recently, I too came across a Skylark 56. It was offered to me for $20 all built with no radio or engine. This Skylark 56 in its received condition was the incentive for the first Ugly Airplane contest in our club which was a great success and will be held annually. Its flying condition was questionable with sloppy pushrods, big hinge gaps and loose hinges so that was replaced/repaired and I put a radio in it and my dependable 40 year old Enya 40. The covering which was silk had become very brittle with age and a lot of holes and tears existed. A roll of duct tape came to the rescue to patch the holes and tears and I took it to the flying field. WIth a couple of blips of aileron trim, it flew very well. Due to its fragile condition, it was flown conservatively but a lot of touch and goes in the four flights that occured confirmed that this is a fun, relaxing airplane. It deserves a continued life.
I since have removed the covering and will be recovering with Ultra Coat. The huge hinge gaps that existed on the control surfaces will be corrected and other issues that would affect the flying safety, characteristices and cosmetic appearance will be corrected.
I also have a NIB Skylark Jr which someday will be built as a twin electric - someday.
I am looking forward to following your build, 8178.

scottrc 12-21-2012 12:27 PM

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I too am a proud owner of an old Skylark I picked up from being thrown away and restored it. It was silk and doped and had threaded hinges, much of which had rotted away with time, and was built very well. It is really a sweet, predictable flying plane that I would wish was still on the market. I will be watching this thread with extreme interest. Looks like this will be a really fun project for you.

Scott

catboater 12-21-2012 01:53 PM

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I built a C/L version of the Skylark in the late 60's. Can't remember if it was a Goldberg or not. It was a complicated build for me at the time as I was only 13. It looked pretty bad but it flew great!

gene6029 12-21-2012 02:31 PM

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GREAT!!! I'll be following along with your build, since i'm in the process of finishing up my own Skylark twin.......Gene;)

eddieC 12-21-2012 04:11 PM

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Thanks for posting the pics. Most of my name can be seen just above the Goldberg co. name on the plans.
I really enjoyed flying the protype, so much so, that I kept it as long as possible until Carl finally asked for it back. At that time I was living in an apartment and had no space for to build models.

John W
Welcome, Mr. Wisniewski.

Pretty cool when the aircraft(xxx) consultantchecks on! http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/js/f...sn/biggrin.gif

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_82...tm.htm#8214706

madmaxx11 12-22-2012 03:22 AM

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I have 2 kits. Maybe I should build one.

Trisquire 12-22-2012 04:01 AM

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Here's a thread started by Mr. Wisniewski in reference to the initial flight testing of the Falcon 56:

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_6664729/tm.htm


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