Electra (oz6614)

 

Electra (oz6614) from Carl Goldberg 1986 - plan thumbnail

About this Plan

Electra. Radio control sport trainer for 2 or 3 channel radio and .05 electric brushed motor. Discontinued kit from Carl Goldberg.

Quote: "Electra is a state of the art thoroughbred with the temperament of a pussycat. She is based on the proven and popular Gentle Lady (oz2359) sport sailplane redesigned for the higher performance demands of electric flying..."

Update 24/04/2018: added kit review from Flying Models, October 1987, thanks to RFJ.

Update 28/04/2018: added kit review from RCM&E, June 1991, thanks to RFJ.

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Kit instructions. Very long and detailed, 32 pages of text and pics. Also, decals sheets and parts identifiction sheet (could possibly be scaled up to draw out the wing ribs?).
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Hi Steve, I had at least a couple of flying students with Goldberg Electras. They handled well, but were heavy and climbed poorly with the stock equipment. Six cells were recommended, but that wasn't enough with the direct drive ferrite motor and a floppy nylon prop.A student of mine built one that came out at over 50 ounces with the batteries in it. We put in the old Master Airscrew ferrite motor/gearbox/prop combination, which gave a good climb for sport flying. I only mention these because the fuselage is much wider than it needs to be for modern gear. The old motors are heavy, so you'd still want to use lipos and lighter radio gear. All up weight in the 25 to 35 ounce range is probably best. At over 50 ounces, I found it hard to catch thermals, though I'm sure at 25 it would be easy. That kind of weight (50 ounces), combined with an extended shallow dive, reached an airspeed where pulling up could break the wing. IMHO, this model would be great for a nostalgia trip. Otherwise, it would be better to convert a Gentle Lady using modern gear. The equipment from a Radian ought to be fine for either model, using about a good quality 10X8 prop if competing in ALES to 200 meters. The Airtronics Eclipse was a comparable model that flew fine if built stock from the kit. I think it came out somewhat later, though.
Lincoln - 11/05/2015
Hello, I built the Elektra 1987/88. It flew very well with 6 -cell NiCd.First flights with standard equipment, then foldingprop . Later I tried 7 and 8 NiCd sub C cells. The best were 7 Sanyo AE-KR 1400- climbing like 8-cells, gliding like 6 cells. Sorry, no pictures. Crashed because of RC-jamming by too little distance antenna-motorcable. Drawback: Space between mainspar and sheeting (Wings).
Reinhard Lehmann - 17/11/2019
I learned to fly on the Electra in the 1990s. If its a Goldberg model, it will fly. Mr. Goldberg came from the free flight era, and in many kits, this free flight capability is "built in". With modern radio and electrics, it should be a real floater. If you want a relaxed enjoyable experience dancing with the wind, this is for you. If you are into Pylon racing, etc. you may wish to consider another model.
DL - 15/07/2020
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