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John Whoriskey05/07/2009 03:21:03
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i have always wanted to build a proper kit and to day i came across the skylark kit whil getting another prangster just wondering if any one has any experience with this model??
thaks in advance 
john luke whoriskey
John Whoriskey07/07/2009 03:13:47
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any one up for a build blog??
well heres some pics of my first build  a west wings sky lark


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John Whoriskey07/07/2009 03:18:48
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also timbo could you move this to build blog area and rename it please??
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 22:28:27
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ok some more woke done last night
i started on the body of the plane as i was getting bored ove the wings 






Ben Mullins08/07/2009 22:49:28
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looking good . Whats the wingspan?
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 22:58:54
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i cant remember ha 1700 sumthin i think??
im worried that i might be messing up though
Tim Hooper08/07/2009 23:23:47
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Messing up?  How so John?
 
Looks good from here!
 
tim
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 23:25:50
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i just found out 72 inch wingspan
im noticing my building skills aint as good as i thought they were then again im not peter miller 
thanks tim
Tim Hooper08/07/2009 23:28:18
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Details here;
 
 

 
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 23:31:38
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heres a vid of it in flight
Hamish08/07/2009 23:39:30
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John
 
"im noticing my building skills aint as good as"            Don,t worry
 
I have yet to update my build and am concerned, as you, about my skills being shown. I have found that the more you persevere the better it gets and that alone gives me satisfaction.  Not a blog, but I tried to park beside a crows nest, resulting in two big holes in wing, leading edge broken etc.  Where other would have binned I have repaired and it will fly again giving me an almighty high.
 
When I eventually update my blog I will ensure photos are a bit out of focus to hide my multitude of building errors.
 
Keep posting your progress 
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 23:46:21
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thanks hamish (nice name btw)
well the camera makes it look better than it is i still have work to do though the other half of the wing needs built
John Whoriskey08/07/2009 23:55:05
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any one have tips they are more than welcome 
John Whoriskey29/10/2010 17:37:54
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hi all just got back in to model flying after some time off (college) and now im back and i have made some progress on the skylark  
but untill i can get a picture or two just gona post some photography pics

Tim Flyer04/07/2019 17:06:45
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I’m also building a skylark at the moment . I wondered if anyone has and good ideas on wing joining for a two piece wing. There doesn’t seem to be any specific instructions for making it two piece although it does have a dihedral . I think a specific arrangement would be quite possible. I was thinking of using wire joiners. Would be interested to see what others have done

Tim Flyer14/07/2019 12:08:14
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I will add a few photos as this thread has gone a bit cold

After almost complying one wing I think I might make this a single piece wing and join the wings with glass cloth. The wingspan isn’t that big at 72” and a single piece wing might be more rigid an practical.

To start off here is my fuselage

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Tim Flyer14/07/2019 12:13:17
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I’m building this plane for aerotow so will be adding the hook beneath after covering . I’m not putting in a servo tow release in this due to weight considerations, but my tow plane has a servo tow release.

this is the Wing with leading edge added for gluing. The elastic band “clamps” were also extremely useful for sheeting.just make sure you have a supply of fresh bands😉

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Tim Flyer12/09/2019 08:48:11
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Here is the plane almost finished. I used Deluxe EZE Kote to paint and reinforce the balsa. I also used it to laminate the wing bandage. It is a polymer rather like Ronseal water based floor varnish and dries hard but seems to stick well to film covering with heat . I decided to make the wing one piece using a wing bandage and EZE Kote laminating thin glass cloth. This should save a bit of faff and weight.  I didn’t want to use solvent based products and this seems to have worked well . I had bought EZE Kote a few years ago to laminate a veneered wing but was reluctant to use it then with fear of the water delaminating the wing . I’m sure thinned PVA or thinned Aliphatic would work just as well for finishing the balsa. I did use epoxy and fibreglass on the nose floor section to strengthen it for landing. 79fcd946-bc6e-41c4-936a-f5fd9d7b0203.jpeg

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Edited By Tim Flyer on 12/09/2019 08:58:08

Tim Flyer12/09/2019 08:52:13
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Here it is finished. Now I just need to balance. I fitted a tow hook so cut a section out of the bottom skid which I glued on last . I made the pilot from balsa scrap carved with a stemmed and acrylic paint...that was actually very easy and fun. It’s great on this build not having to paint!!! Just need to program the aileron differential too. 181e41b5-4940-4566-b749-16c335deeae6.jpeg

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Ron Gray12/09/2019 09:15:49
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That looks really good Tim, nice job! Let us know how she performs.

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