built several of em in the 70s for competition flying . fantastic flyer . nice simple build , top model.
goughman1 - 06/07/2015
IMO Nev Willis's KK Caprice is the BEST small (sub-A/2 size) small contest
glider EVER. I speak from the experience of having built six and lost three of
them. Quite why it is so good is hard to say; there is nothing extraordinary in
either the layout or the aerodynamics. The structure is simple with every bit
doing the job it is designed for and no excess weight, mine have all weighed
between 5.1/2 and 6.1/4 ounces. It just tows beautifully and trimmed for a
fairly wide glide circle will float on the smallest whiff of lift. The photo [more [pics 003] shows my first Caprice which, on its very first day out won the club glider
cup. Wish I looked like that now - well, with a better haircut!
Sundancer - 30/03/2016
Andy Coutts here, mailing you from South Africa ( ex Zimbabwe).
Firstly let me say what you guys at Outerzone have done in five years is
brilliant, you all deserve a huge pat on the back for the time and effort
this must consume all for the benefit of your fellow modelers. And for
I started modeling in 1965 as a six year old back in Rhodesia. I followed
the same road every enthusiasts of that vintage did, building and flying
rubber powered free flight models, 049 control line, A1 and A2 towline
gliders, stunt and combat control line, then on to RC as a working man in
late '70s. Done it all, right down to owning and running a hobby shop. With
two daughters who had no interest in the hobby, it all came to an end in
the early '80s to concentrate on sailing. That lasted 20 years till they
left home and boredom set in. So I decided to build models again, but boy
how the hobby had changed in my absence. Being from the old school I have
no interest in the latest Chinese ready to fly stuff and stick and tissue
construction kits are few and far between. I purchased a few vintage kits
off e-bay along with some Cox engines, then after googling stick and tissue
balsa model aircraft I found your website. Heaven. I have come full circle
back to where I started 50 years ago, building and flying models from my
youth with utmost satisfaction.
In the past year I have scratch built many models from plans off your
website. See Caprice photos attached [more pics 004, 005]. Keep up the excellent work.
AndyCoutts - 18/05/2016
Andy sent us lots more great photos of planes he's built from Oz plans. I'll add them to the relevant pages asap. Thanks Andy :)
Mary - 18/05/2016
The Caprice is coming along well. I decided to build the fuselage and tail
out of depron, and that seems OK at the moment. The under fin is 1/16
sheet, but I have covered the fin and rudder with red packing tape, which
also acts as the rudder hinge. I learned the technique from 'Experimental
Airlines' on You Tube. I built a depron Junior 60 last year, and she is
still going strong. I used balsa for the wing spars, but depron for
everything else. Flies and thermals very well, and had a few 1 hour flights
out of her.
Launching the Caprice I am going to mount the motor on a detachable wing
pylon so that I can bungee launch her if the park is quiet or use the
electric motor if lots of people are about. Attached some shots of the
Caprice Fus as of this morning [more pics 006-011]. Wing ribs cut and hope to start building
the wings this evening. All the best,
MalcolmJ - 10/10/2016
I have attached 3 pictures of the Caprice, which is getting near flying state [more pics 012-014]. I have attached a Turnigy 2730 to the power pod that I am making up. Another over-powered model. It is taking me time to get a feel for electric motors after spending all my life with diesels and later 4 strokes. It seems quite difficult to find brushless motors of smaller sizes, less than 22mm, at a reasonable price. May have a go at making my own. Lots of info on youtube and instructables just got to learn how to do it, but that means losing time building models. The base of the detachable power pod is made of a Millicano coffee can, which is very strong and light and held on to the wing by the rubber bands used to hold the wing on to the fuselage. I did this so that I can leave the pod off if I decide to get the surgical tubing out and have a go at bungee launches. I built the Caprice fuselage from 3mm Depron and was getting very worried that I had wasted my time as I had not put the top decking on as I wanted
to fit the servos and radio gear in to get some idea of the balance as I went along. It all seemed very flimsy. As it has turned out the servos could have been well forward of where they are now, but after using 1/32 balsa for top decking, and covering with yellow packing tape, the fuselage is very rigid. The next Caprice fuselage I build will be all 3mm depron with Millicano tin sheet to reinforce the wing dowel area. Should cut the build time down to a couple of hours if I get the folding layout right on the depron sheet.
MalcolmJ - 20/10/2016
Good morning Mary,
I just took a pic of the Caprice, all ready to fly Saturday
morning when the wind speed drops [more pics 015]. Roll on Saturday, can't wait to see the Caprice flying.
MalcolmJ - 28/10/2016
I have just returned from the maiden flight of the Caprice and she flew like a dream.
The Dartford bridge was shrouded in mist, with a very gentle westerly,
about 4 mph. I gave her half throttle and she climbed gently away before
almost vanishing in the low mist at about 200 ft. Gave her a bit of left
trim to keep her turning, and throttled right back.
Had a very pleasant half hour before the battery alarm went off and she
came in for a very gentle 'greaser' of a landing. I had had to keep using
the motor because of having to fly so low. I will be taking her out again
early afternoon, and should be able to get a good 2 hour flight
thermalling. The next 7 days are looking flyable for Dartford with low
speeds and not much chance of rain.
The Caprice is such a slow and gentle aeroplane that she will be ideal for
my local park. Save taking the car, just an easy 2 minute walk away.
I have bought a car video cam from ebay for 10 pounds, so I am going to try
powering it from a 11.1 lipo, and mount it on my head to try to make some
The cat is looking at me through the front window, so I had better go and
let her in.
MalcolmJ - 30/10/2016
I had a brilliant hour with the Caprice in my local park yesterday. Wind
was light and variable and the Caprice was in her element, just floating.
The park is surrounded by trees with all their leaves still on them, so I
had to be careful. I just set the trim for a left hand turn and let her
climb gently and remain in the park boundary. once she was up a couple of
hundred feet I cut the motor and she gently floated back to almost ground
level before I gave her half throttle and away she climbed again.
Very relaxing with the occasional 'nudge' to keep her from disappearing.
MalcolmJ - 31/10/2016
Went flying with Lindsay on Saturday, foolishly towed up the
Caprice without a DT fuse and watched it fly off into the distance. Gone -
after twenty minutes it was a mere speck in the sky and I gave up watching.
Lesson learnt. Time to build another. Here's my Caprice just before she sailed off into the distant blue yonder [more pics 016, 017].
Thanks again for such a treasure as Outerzone.
AndyCoutts - 10/11/2016
In my carefree bachelor days (remember those?) I built a Caprice but never
flew it until, after we were married, my wife expressed interest so, one
Sunday morning, we took it over to a nearby pasture to try it out.
Why are six-month pregnant ladies so reluctant to trot across a field
towing a model glider?
Alan - 15/11/2016
I finished off the replacement Caprice and it flew beautifully. I have to concur with Sundancer - this is one of the finest free flight
towline gliders ever designed. Here are some photos of the Caprice, flying with the birds [more pics 018-024].
AndyCoutts - 13/01/2017
I built a third Caprice in December last year for a modelling friend who
has put micro RC in it. Please find attached photos, the yellow and black
one belongs to Rodney [more pics 025, 026]. Unfortunately the wind was too strong on flight day
so neither model has flown off the tow line.
AndyCoutts - 10/03/2017