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Skyrida. Free flight sport power model. American Aircraft Modeler Oct 1969.
Quote: "Gas-powered free flight offers an exciting challenge. This small-field flyer features rugged construction. Skyrida, by Ray Malmstrom.
SOMETHING different always catches the eye and this old saying is as true for the novice, as for the old-timer. As model aircraft go, Skyrida certainly possesses that excitingly different look, and when we tell you that you will find it easy to build, and to fly, then our guess is that you are already reaching for that balsa knife. So let's go!
You will find the 'easy-build' sketches will give you all the info you need to build yourself a Skyrida quickly and easily. Work on a flat board (white pine, plywood, etc are all suitable). Use a sharp knife (we prefer a really sharp single-edge razor blade) and a medium and a fine grade of sandpaper for shaping and finishing the parts. Remember to sandpaper all surfaces lightly between coats of dope. Only one side of the wing and stabilizer are shown, so simply reverse your tracing for the opposite side. Easy! Check when you cement the stabilizer in position that it is at right angles to the fuselage, and the fin is truly upright. A carpenter's square or small T-square come in real handy here.
When bolting in your Pee-Wee 020 engine, make sure you offset it to the right (model viewed from the rear) with either two 1/16 ply or 1/16 in thick metal washers. This is most important. By the way, if a PeeWee 020 is a new engine to you, be sure and run it on a test bench first, and familiarize yourself with the starting procedures and fuel setting.
A word or two on balancing. Because sheet balsa varies a great deal in weight from sheet to sheet, when you have built your wing, it is a good idea to balance it. Suspend it upside down as shown in the sketches and see that the wing hangs level. If one side is heavier than the other, add a very small amount of clay to the tip of the light side. And now for the second and equal-ly important balancing act. When your Skyrida is ready for flying, support it with the tips of your forefinger, under the balancepoint marks on the wing tips as shown on the plan, and in the easi-build sketches. Your Skyrida will need a little weight in the nose-weight recess. Add or take away weight until it balances level. Avoid any suspicion of tail-heaviness.
Choose a calm day (or evening) and some long grass for first glide and power tests. From a shoulder-high launch (into any slight breeze there may be) with the nose pointing slightly downward, the plane should touch down about 15 yards ahead of you. Check to see that the glide is straight. A turn in either direction can be checked by slightly warping the rear edge of the fin in the opposite direction to the turn. If your Skyrida dives, gently warp the trailing edge of the stabilizer up and vice-versa. Make all adjustments no more than 1/32 in at a time. The fin and tail surfaces, like any well-designed real aircraft, are quite sensitive; so a little at a time.
Now comes the moment - a first poweron flight! Start your Pee-Wee and adjust it for smooth running, then face into the breeze and launch steadily and smoothly. Never in your excitement throw the model. The plane should climb steadily away in a left-hand turn, and continue to climb in the same turn until the fuel runs out. It should then settle into a fairly straight, flat glide. We found that by turning the rear edge of the fin just 1/16 in to the right (viewed from the rear) as shown on the plan, we got a wide left-hand turn under power, and a sweeping right-hand circle on the glide - a most pleasing flight pattern. Skyrida is happiest when flying to the left under power, so keep her that way. All the best, and high-flying to you."
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Update 22/06/2019: Added article, thanks to RFJ.
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User commentsSkyrida forerunner is the Bambinetta (oz2744).
akvose - 21/06/2019
Hi! I have built Skyrida (oz2394) enlarged to 120% and installed brushless motor and RC [pics 004-008].
Tomas Dunker - 01/04/2021
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