Fauvel AV361 (oz14879)


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Fauvel AV361. Radio control scale model tail-less glider. Wingspan 2565 mm. Scale is 1/5.

Riproduzione del famoso aliante tuttala francese in scala 1:5. Progetto di Edi Mauri.

From Modellismo mag. n.102 2009.

Update 6/12/2023: Added article, thanks to Cesare.

Quote (google-translated form the Italian): "Faithful in lines and proportions, here is a beautiful semi-reproduction of a famous French all-wing, perfect for flying on slopes even when conditions are weak
A project by Edi Mauri.

My passion for full-wing gliders has led me to design and build various models. I condensed the history of the latest ones in chronological order in an article that appeared in issue 90 of MODELLISMO, in which I described the construction of the T5, a full wing without arrow, from the family of those commonly called 'planks'. In truth, T5 was intended to serve as a test bed for a long-delayed project. A long time ago, we usually went to Ferrara to compete in an Italian free flight championship. In the local flying club there was a red Fauvel glider that I immediately liked for its unusual lines: without depth rudder and without wing arrow, yet incredibly it flew, and as if it flew! After a long time and with the experience of T5, I finally decided to reproduce a Fauvel similar to the one that occasionally recurs in my memories.

To collect some documentation I consulted various Internet sites including www.survol.cjb.net and the beautiful book 'Segelflugzeuge 1945-1965' by Martin Simons. In the end I decided to reproduce the AV361 in a motorized version. In short, the 361 was a glider with a 12.78 m wingspan born in 1960, it had an efficiency of 26 at 65 km/h, the construction was made of wood with some details of the fuselage in fiberglass and on the site that I mentioned, to which I refer those who want to delve deeper into the topic, you can also read the flight impressions of some Fauvel glider pilots.

The presence of the engine, electric in my case, would give me the possibility of flying independently on the plain or of bringing the model home when the infamous Joannaz slope, 600 meters overlooking the town of Masarolis, gives me, as it often does, descents deadly. I chose the 1:5 scale for reasons of space and to have a visual and possibly performance comparison at the same scale with the reproduction of the Schleicher Ka 8B glider that I already own.

To reproduce the AV 361 I found several 3-views: the one by Simons is very beautiful, but on the motorized version in addition to the..."

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How you managed to get the file from Webarchive? There is a lot of interesting plans there, but I cannot download them :-(
Wiktor - 22/10/2023
hmmm, good point. Those links (to the actual pdf files) don't seem to work any more now. I think the waybackmachine page link is still useful as a record of where the planfile came from, I mean where it was originally released onto the internet.
SteveWMD - 22/10/2023
Well... I guess it was just a matter of time until the waybackmachine propelled itself to a time way before internet and web archives existed. Let's hope it doesn't cause a rip in the space/time continuum.
RC Yeager - 22/10/2023
The problem is the Waybackmachine is beginning to fail and the project can only be saved with a hefty injection of more cowbell.
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