Sophisticated Lady (oz5649)
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Sophisticated Lady. Radio control sailplane model. 2 channel R/C soarer for slope or thermal flying. Span 78.25in, wing area 663 sq in.
Discontinued kit from Carl Goldberg. Kit # 59.
Direct submission to Outerzone.
Quote: "Hi, I have experienced that none of the usual sources have Sophisticated Lady plans. Forum requests for the plans have not been fulfilled. Here is the original ...CG fullsize kit plan as PDF. WS is 78-1/4 inches. Had it scanned at my expense, it's my pleasure to submit it. An interested builder could readily find all the part templates. Tapered outer wing ribs can be generated by any experienced builder..."
Update 29/05/2018: Added kit review from RCM&E, December 1989, thanks to RFJ.
Update 25/11/2019: Added supplement advert file (colour scan, one full page) thanks to JulianL.
Quote: "Dreamgirl. With her stunning looks and sparkling performance, who could blame you for guessing that the Sophisticated Lady might be a bit of a snob? Fact is, she isn't. She's a high-flying beauty with a personality that couldn't be more down-to-earth.
All the tricks are in the engineering - not in the skills you'll need to build her. The Lady's designed to go together straight and true, with the help of plans and instructions that may be the most complete you've ever seen. There's even a section on tech-niques for the various forms of soaring.
So if you aren't an experienced builder; don't let her graceful lines and state of the art T-tail scare you. Building the Lady is a piece of cake.
The Lady loves a challenge: Even if you put her up in weak air, her extraordinary L/D will reward you with impressive durations. In more active conditions, add a bit of ballast and the Lady's slim airfoil and slender contours let her knife through turbulence and handle booming lift with ease.
And while she's built to shrug off the rigors of standard 2-meter high-starts and lift-grabbing tight turns, she won't be insulted if you prefer the more relaxed fun of powered climbs with the CG Electric Power Pod. Whatever your pleasure, the Sophisticated Lady is great company.
The CG Electric Power Pod (No. 678), is perfect for the Sophisticated Lady, the Gentle Lady and lots of other 2-meter gliders.
As you might expect, the Lady's kit is complete in every detail. The wood is select, the cutting is precise, the hardware is like fine jewelry, and there are nice touches - like her formed canopy and cockpit detail - just to sweeten the deal. And speaking of the deal, you don't have to be a big spender to take her out, either. So don't keep the Lady waiting. She's at your local dealer's now, and we hear she's just dying to meet you."
Update 01/05/2020: Added kit review from RCM August 1989, thanks to RFJ.
Update 01/05/2020: Added decals scan and full kit instructions, thanks to DavidHolland.
Quote: "Hi, Please find the Sophisticated Lady Instructions from the Carl Goldberg kit. This copy was a stapled together single sided sheet book unlike the nicely printed double sided one I have for the Electra kit. Good luck to everyone building this lovely glider. Kind regards,"
Update 05/05/2020: Added kit review from Model Builder April/May 1989, thanks to RFJ.
Update 12/04/2021: Added scan of ribs and formers, thanks to RusselH.
Quote: "Hi Steve and Mary, I bought this kit off eBay last year. Before begin building, I scanned the die-cut ribs and formers for future reference and to share with OuterZone. See attached PDF document. Keep up the good work. Regards,"
Update 09/07/2021: Replaced the instructions file with a much clearer copy, thanks to Pit.
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Instructions (33 pages).
Ribs and formers.
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User commentsI see the formers are incomplete on this plan. I seem to remember that the Soph. Lady uses the same wing as the Gentle Lady. One of the plans for the Gentle Lady on your site has the formers.
IngeFast - 26/02/2017
The Sophisticated Lady uses the same wing as the Electra (oz6614), the electric version of the Gentle Lady. Both the Sophisticated Lady and Electra have more wing sheeting and internal bracing than the Gentle Lady. The Gentle Lady wing may well serve on the Sophisticated Lady, but it would not stand up to quite as much aerobatic stress, being more lightly built. That being said, the wing airfoil shapes and plan form of all 3 versions remain the same. Perhaps when I get to building my kit of the Sophisticated Lady I will trace all the wing ribs individually. In the meantime, someone else might be able to provide wing rib shapes? Cheers,
Rudy - 27/02/2017
Added some really nice pics of this model, thanks to Luc Daigneault [more pics 003-005].
Mary - 05/02/2019
I built a Sophisticated Lady from the kit and a friend of mine then borrowed the plans and built his own, adding a couple of bays into the wing for good measure. His had a yellow fuselage with blue flying surfaces, mine was yellow and red.
Performance of both was almost identical; perfect for eking out the last bit of lift on light wind days at the slope.
One evening we were flying both models lazily back and forth across the ridge when we unfortunately had a mid-air collision. The two tails became entangled and came off. Both models suffered the same fate and the same light damage - like two peas in a pod.
Graham Nicholson - 05/07/2020
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