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01-12-2010 06:15 AM  8 years agoPost 1
iainc

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Hi folks,

I picked up a Skylark in very fair shape on eBay. It's missing blades, canopy and tail drive belt, but is otherwise fine.

I intend to restore it using (some) modern electronics, but staying close to the original as is practical. I posted a want ad here on RunRyder also for spares.

I'd be very interested to hear of any experiences that anyone has had restoring/running one of these, particularly possible contemporary substitutions for canopy and blades. I have a well-equipped shop and can manufacture or modify a fair amount of stuff to suit.

I'll probably not use the two original Mabuchi 540's, substituting a modern brushless of ~ 500 watts, probably 5 - 6 cell LiPo, and of course, a gyro ;-)

A comments, suggestions or experiences will be gratefully received!

All the best,

-Iain

Regards,

Iain

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01-14-2010 11:01 AM  8 years agoPost 2
vrhc

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Ishimasa Skylark
Hi Iain

I have a few Skylarks but have not got round to bringing them online yet. Tail drive is a major problem and I will be looking to finding an alternative to the 'O' ring type drive if at all possible.
If you need manuals then they are on the site.

Joe

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01-14-2010 01:13 PM  8 years agoPost 3
J2M

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I had one ages ago - 15-20years I'm guessing. It was my first ever heli!

It would barely get off the ground with the original motors and nicads of the day. I flew mine using the optional lead to a 12V car battery. Worked well if you had the skills to keep it flying within the length of the lead

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01-14-2010 01:14 PM  8 years agoPost 4
J2M

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vrhc
I saw you posted on BMFA asking for old mags to help with a vintage rc heli site. Is your website up and running?

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01-14-2010 02:12 PM  8 years agoPost 5
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VRHC web site
Web site is up and running and generally laid out as I want it. Already it is near the 1 Gig with information but there is a lot more to go and now I now need to start filling it out. Mind you trying to cover 'every' helicopter basically pre 2000 was perhaps a little over the top.............

Joe

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01-14-2010 02:50 PM  8 years agoPost 6
iainc

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Thanks folks!

Joe - fantastic site, I've saved off a copy of the manual, and I'm looking forward to browsing your site. Interesting to see you have 3 of the beasts! With patience, I hope to find canopy and blades for mine also.

J2M - what a way to get started in helicopters! We're certainly spoilt today with fantastic performance for (relatively) next to nothing prices.

I also have a Kyosho Convert that will be fixed up this year - never expected to be getting into vitnage electrics!!

-Iain

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