Author Topic: Helping with a classic ultralight (microlight)  (Read 144 times)

Offline KiwiZac

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Helping with a classic ultralight (microlight)
« on: June 27, 2022, 08:31:56 AM »
Hi all,
Since November Jonathan Mauchline, the chief flying instructor at my aero club, has been restoring a Skycraft Scout Mk.III, a first generation microlight which uses wing warping! It's been fascinating to follow his progress and help out where I can, including starting the mighty Fuji Robin engine (which puts out a whopping 18hp!) and generally documenting things through photos and video. I thought I'd share some of these as I figured its primitive nature is so reminiscent of Demoiselles, Taubes, Bleriots and the like despite being from the mid-1970s.

Jonathan Mauchline and ZK-RWW Whanganui 050222 Zac Yates by Zac Yates, on Flickr
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Yours truly about to start the beast.

Skycraft Scout Mk.III ZK-RWW Whanganui 170522 Samantha Yates by Zac Yates, on Flickr

Going out for the first flight in more than 20yr on 28 May 2022.
DSC_5327 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
DSC_5349 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
DSC_5353 by Zac Yates, on Flickr
DSC_5378 by Zac Yates, on Flickr

And she now proudly wears her heritage on her fuel tank, sourced from a Suzuki motorcycle!
Untitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

And some moving pictures with glorious sound!
https://youtu.be/OEQMOZVXHKY
https://youtu.be/rkWyR9LOLpo
« Last Edit: June 27, 2022, 08:36:10 AM by KiwiZac »
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Re: Helping with a classic ultralight (microlight)
« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2022, 02:05:50 AM »
Cool beans!

WD

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Re: Helping with a classic ultralight (microlight)
« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2022, 08:49:06 PM »
Superb!!
Thanks for making me jealous!  :o

Bob  :)



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Re: Helping with a classic ultralight (microlight)
« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2022, 09:33:59 AM »
Thanks for making me jealous!  :o
As soon as Jonny said "it has wing warping" I fell in love!

I have a ton of photos here and am adding to it most weekends.
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"When it comes to WW.I Aircraft details the only thing we can be 100% sure of ... is we're just not sure" - Lance Carroll, February 7