Mirage 550 (oz9648)

 

Mirage 550 (oz9648) by Dave Patrick from Carl Goldberg 1988 - plan thumbnail

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Mirage 550. Radio control sport trainer model for electric power. Wingspan 54in, area 4764 sq in. For 2 - 3 channel RC and .05 electric (brushed can motor) power.

Discontinued kit from Carl Goldberg models.

Quote: "Good Day. Attached is a copy of the Goldberg Mirage 550 plans in PDF format. This is a high wing, balsa, electric powered trainer. Span 54in, flying weight 45-50 oz. Regards, Jim"

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 25/11/2019: Added supplement advert file (colour scan, one full page) thanks to JulianL.

Quote: "Among 550-class electrics, nothing tops the Mirage's combination of sparkling performance, deluxe features and easy-to-build simplicity.

When our boss suggested that we should develop a sport-trainer for our Turbo 5501m motor, we hadn't told him we were already testing a little gem that out-flew anything we'd seen. Boy, was he delighted. And we've got a feeling you're going to like the Mirage 550 even more than the boss did.

Custom electric performance in a basic electric package: Besides delivering the kind of superb stability and long, slow glide that make it an outstanding trainer, the Mirage's advanced aerodynamics and state-of-the-art Selig airfoil come through with the kind of performance that even an expert can appreciate.

You'll take off from hard surfaces in about sixty feet, climb to a thousand feet on a charge, loop and roll from near-level entry and make touch-and-go landings that are a thing of beauty.

And speaking of beauty, you've probably noticed that the Mirage's dramatic cowling, Posi-Lok wheel pants and rakish lines lend it a touch of class that's sure to score big at the club show-and-tell. The Mirage may be basic, but it certainly isn't boring.

Details that make the difference: Special featherweight wheels, ultralight formed components and precision-cut parts from carefully selected balsa bring you better performance and they also help make building the Mirage a breeze - even if you've never built before.

You'll work from clearly illustrated step-by-step plans and instructions that leave no detail to chance. Options like on-off 'throttle' and speed controllers are explained, covering technique is described and there's even a section on trimming and flying your model.

The kit includes the Turbo 550 motor and switch harness, a high-efficiency propeller, a CG spinner and all the hardware you'll need. Except for covering material and glue, there's hardly anything extra to shop for. The Mirage 550 is at your local dealer's now, so don't delay. Find out how exciting electric-powered RC can really be!"

Update 09/01/2020: Added kit instructions, thanks to spitfireflyby.

Update 23/04/2020: Added kit review from RCM November 1989, thanks to RFJ.

QUote: "RCM Product Review: Carl Goldberg Models MIRAGE 550.

The Mirage 550 electric is probably one of the most attractive kit planes on the market today. With its rakish, long line pre-formed motor cowl and windshield, faired landing gear and streamlined wheel pants. Whether you want it for a trainer or a sport plane, the Mirage 550 flies as well as it is beautiful.

We were quite attracted by the full color picture of a Mirage 550 which graces the cover of the box. The name is done in large orange letters on a black background at one end of the box, while at the other end is a list of the features of the kit and the plane. Also on the cover of the box you will find another picture of the plane, sans cowl, showing how the motor is affixed to the beam mount. There is a list of additional needs on the side of the box, check over this list before you leave the hobby shop and make purchases now, so everything will be there when needed.

Upon opening the box, we saw a small compartment at one end containing the cowl pieces, the wheel pants and the webbing for the wing. The folded 35 x 45 in plans are on the bottom of the long section of the box, with the balsa fuselage sides and sheet balsa above them. There are three rubber banded bundles of wood with each bundle pertaining to a certain part of the plane. The die cutting is good, the parts just fell from the wood, a knife was not necessary to remove them. The decal sheet and the instruction book top off this section.

In the other end of the box is the motor with switch harness attached, and the prop and spinner. Everything here is packaged in cardboard with a vac-formed plastic covering. We also found an errata for one correction to the instructions.

All the hardware, wheels, landing gear, and hardwood parts were in a large plastic bag. The aluminum prop mount and associated hardware were in a small inner plastic bag. Everything necessary for flight except for motor battery, covering, adhesives, and radio was included in the kit.

Construction: The blue line plans are very neat and clear. We liked the blue shading of the fuselage side and top view which indicates open work or that side of the fuselage has been removed for clarity.

The instruction book which has 80 full pages, is the heaviest thing in the kit except for the motor. The first seven pages list recommendations on types of equipment you should use with and in this kit. Examples are radio, motor and props, batteries, adhesives, and covering materials. It also gives you a list of construction tips such as how to read and use the plans, and instruction manual, and additional items needed along with a list of tools and supplies.

Page eight shows drawings of and identifies every part on each die-cut sheet. This really comes in handy when an instruction indicates you use such and such a piece, just look on page eight and there it is..."

Update 22/05/2020: Added kit review from Model Builder September 1989, thanks to RFJ.

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Mirage 550 (oz9648) by Dave Patrick from Carl Goldberg 1988 - model pic

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  • (oz9648)
    Mirage 550
    by Dave Patrick
    from Carl Goldberg (ref:K-42)
    1988 
    54in span
    Electric R/C Cabin
    formers unchecked
  • Submitted: 02/01/2018
    Filesize: 1118KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: JimHalliburton

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User comments

I remember, a long time ago, helping someone who had built one of these. I remember thinking that it flew *pretty well. That's surprising, considering that it had a cheap, direct drive, ferrite can motor and nicads. These days, of course, it would be easy to add a lot more power, and make it lighter at the same time. However, I don't think having excess power suits the character of the model. If you want to do aerobatics, build something else. A little more power would probably be a good thing, though. *When interpreting "pretty well", remember that I'm a glider flyer.
LincolnR - 27/07/2018
I wonder if anyone has a hard copy of the recently added instruction manual? A high-res scan of page six would provide all the parts patterns...
RMC - 10/01/2020
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