Sky-Mite (oz7045)


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Sky-Mite. Radio control sport model. Small sport electric for geared speed 400 motor.

Quote: "In the late 1960's, I was enamored with 1/2A sport R/C model airplanes. My favorites were the Goldberg Junior Skylark (oz5685), Junior Falcon (oz8144) and the Midwest Esquire (oz384). These were all powered by the Cox .049 engines and were controlled by single channel radios. They were lightweight, small models that could be flown from schoolyards and small fields. Don't try to fly a noisy .049 in a schoolyard today, you'll be run out of town because of the noise.

Over the years, I've tried many small electrics powered by 020 or Speed 400 sized motors. Several flew very well, but many were totally unsuccessful because of either poor performance, heavy weight, or short duration. I've now found a combination that recreates all of the benefits of the small 1/2A models of the past and surpasses them in performance and duration.

The Graupner 1703 series of Speed 400 gear drives are perfect for 1/2A size models. I first became aware of these units when I read Bob Aberle's Debolt Kitten article in the June 1996 edition of Flying Models.

I decided to design a model specifically for this motor. The result is the Sky-Mite. The Sky-Mite is a simple to build, easy to fly sport model. It features a stylish balsa sided fuselage and a simple wing and empennage. The Sky-Mite is designed to buildup fast and light and is a joy to fly!

Construction. Stabilizer. Pin down the 3/16 square balsa leading and trailing edges. Glue S-1, 3/16 balsa center in place along with the two S-2 stabilizer tips. Temporarily spot-glue the elevator assembly to the trailing edge. I use about one drop of CA at each tip and another drop in the middle. Add the 1/8 x 3/16 balsa diagonals and sand the entire stabilizer assembly to a streamlined cross section starting with 100 grit sandpaper..."

Hi Steve, here is Sky-Mite by Jim Zare, from RCM, plan #1262, December 1998.

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Sky-Mite (oz7045) by Jim Zare 1998 - model pic

  • (oz7045)
    by Jim Zare
    from RCMplans (ref:1262)
    December 1998 
    36in span
    Electric R/C Cabin
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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