Raab RW3A Multoplane (oz10429)
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Raab RW3A Multoplane. Rheinflug RW-3a. Radio control powered glider model, for Cox .049 engine.
Quote: "Fascinating R/C scale powered sailplane with rear mounted motor. For single channel R/C. Taken from the Japanese magazine 'Radio Control Technique'. Full size formers and ribs overleaf."
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User commentsBeautiful plan of a unusual airplane. Many thanks! But the name Raab RW3A is not entirely correct. The German designer Fritz Raab has nothing to do with this aircraft, the aircraft is a Rheinflug RW-3a, developed in 1955 by Hanno Fischer. The second prototype D-EKUM from 1957 still exists and is flown by Hanno Fischer (now 93 years old!) regularly.
DetlefKorsawe - 14/09/2018
This site has a brochure of this aircraft, was not an obvious find so you may want to post the link http://porscheaviation.com/index.php/82-homepage/119-rhein-flugzeugbau-rw-3. Very odd plane, that one. Apparently this plan was in the August 1968 Radio Models magazine (UK).
dfritzke - 14/09/2018
Many thanks, Detlef. Have added "Rheinflug RW-3a" to the plan description now, so hopefully that will help anyone doing a search for this design.
SteveWMD - 14/09/2018
I found the plans for the subject page interesting and did a little more web searching. I thought other builders might find this link useful; it has the most comprehensive information and the best pictures http://www.linkfang.de/wiki/Rheinflug_RW-3
TomSolinski_OklahomaCity - 14/09/2018
This plan looked horribly familiar even after fifty years. I actually made one and it sort of flew. The problem was weight, not only was the construction heavy but the model needed a lot of ballast to counteract the weight of the tail mounted Babe Bee. These days I would minimise the thick sheet base to the fuselage, get the radio gear right up to the nose and use tissue covering. I threw away the fuselage years ago but for some reason I kept the Solarfilm covered wings in my basement and here they are ! [more pics 003]
RichardFalconer - 17/09/2018
Having written the above I had a look at the internet references and it appears that the 'real' Raab had quite a modest wingspan. The model was 90" wingspan for a 27" fuselage length and frankly looked ridiculous. I wonder if something wasn't lost in translation and the dimension shown for a single wing wasn't in fact the full wingspan ! Anyway reducing it by a foot or so might be beneficial.
RichardFalconer - 27/09/2018
I asked Detlef if he knew why RCME magazine used the name Raab. His reply: "I can not explain why the wrong name was used. Maybe through the "R" in RW-3. Both designers, Fritz Raab and Hanno Fischer, designed the first glider respectively motor airplanes in Germany after the Second World War."
Mary - 11/10/2018
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