Taxi (oz719)


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Taxi. RC IC from Graupner for .15-.40 engine. Graupner kit # 4625.

Update 16/10/2015: Added building instructions in English, thanks to Dries.

Update 29/02/2016: Added building instructions in German and exploded-view, thanks to FrankBehrens.

Update 03/05/2018: added kit review from Radio Modeller, October 1972, thanks to RFJ.

Quote: "The Graupner Taxi, built and flown by Eric Evans. A new look at a not-so-new 'Intermediate' kit model.

ALTHOUGH THE Graupner Taxi is by no means a new kit, having been introduced some five years ago, it has never been reviewed here, and I feel that it is a somewhat neglected model, of a size that should be popular with Sunday fliers and all 'pre-full-house' intermediate people. It has a wingspan of 59 in and a length of 40-1/4 in, the wing area being in the region of 493 sq in. Power-wise, it is suitable for motors from .15 to .35 capacity, which makes it a very versatile machine. This versatility is enhanced, as you will see later, by the availability of a float kit, and the Taxi performs particularly well in the role of a float-plane. But to start at the beginning.

On studying the contents of the box, it appeared that the wood had all been very carefully selected. All the sheet parts were crisply die-cut apart, that is, from the 1/8 ply which was printed only, to be cut out with a fret-saw. The firewall, of 1/4 in ply was completely pre-shaped. The fuselage sides, top, bottom and formers, as well as fin, rudder and several smaller components were die-cut from balsa three-ply, which immediately put me in the right frame of mind, and I was eager to commence building.

Some general constructional pointers: Care should be taken to see that the two fuselage sides, which are built on the plan, in the conventional manner, are a perfect match - particularly as regards the slots where the engine bearers fit. Any slight discrepancy can be easily cured before the sides are joined, but would be much more difficult later. The wing mount, or cabin section, is built separately and glued on after the two sides have been joined, so it is essential to check incidence angles before final fitting.

The tank bay has a removable hatch, the rear end of which fits into the cabin structure, and the front end of which is secured by a wood-screw to the ply firewall, quite a neat arrangement and one which makes for easy access.

The wing is of conventional construction, with sheeted leading edge and centre section. The finished structure is really very strong, and has built-in washout by means of the shapes of the ribs, which become almost symmetrical at the tips. This means packing up the trailing edge with a piece of 1/4 in sq balsa, which is 20 in long and tapered to nothing over its full length, so forming a 20 in long wedge. I used the same piece of packing for building each wing half to ensure the washout was equal.

The tailplane is made up from 5/16 sq balsa and the fin is slotted into the centre-section and glued permanently in place. The whole unit is held onto the fuselage by rubber bands and, since any movement of the tailplane would alter the elevator and rudder settings, a location piece is fitted. This takes the rather unusual form of a piece of 1/8 dowel glued along the underside of the tailplane centre-section and fitting into a fore-and-aft slot in the fuselage. I found that this was very easily dislodged, so replaced it with a piece of 1/8 sq hardwood, which gives a much firmer location of the tail unit, and cannot be rocked out of position.

The kit contains ample heavy-weight tissue but, from previous experience, I would never cover the open flying surfaces of a model of this size with tissue and therefore used nylon, with tissue for the fuselage and sheet fin. The complete model was given two coats of sanding sealer before covering, rubbing down between each coat. After covering, the fuselage was given two coats of primer surfacer, again rubbing down between each coat, and finally the colour was sprayed on, using masking tape to get clean lines between the two contrasting colours. The nylon was applied wet and given two coats of clear dope, the final colour coat again being sprayed on.

Though designed for German equipment, no-one should have any trouble fitting three-function proportional equipment - and the RM Propo Book tells everyone all they need to know about doing this, so I won't repeat it here. An OS 15 motor was mounted up the front end (after a bit of tedious spanner-work, there isn't much room inside those side cheek panels!) and the model's CG checked. It turned out to be spot-on, but could have been altered, if it had been necessary, through an inch or so, by relocation of the equipment. The completed model weighed 4 lb.

Trimming and flying: A few test-glides were made first, during which a touch of down-elevator trim was introduced. By the time we were ready to fly, the wind had risen, and kept tipping the model over on its wingtip when placed on the runway, so we moved over onto the grass and elected to hand launch. I set the throttle at about 2/3 full speed and launched the Taxi into the wind. She climbed steadily away, going as straight as a die, with no help from me whatsoever. I then took her round in circles and, with an occasional touch of down elevator, she penetrated into the now quite strong wind with no trouble at all. After about three minutes the engine cut (we'd obviously used more fuel tuning up than we realised) and I took her downwind about 150 yards and turned her towards me. Only the odd touch of rudder was required to keep her straight and she virtually landed herself, settling on the grass just a few yards away from us.

The OS 15 proved to have plenty of power, and I don't intend to put a larger engine in at this stage. Several more flights were made before the light began to fade, and it was obvious from these that the Taxi was going to be an ideal model for that intermediate step to multi-function flying.

Taxi-floatplane: After several weeks' flying time had been put in, we acquired the float kit put out by Graupner for this machine. These are of the streamline type, and look very smart. They are attached to the fuselage by wire struts and cross-braces, and a high degree of accuracy is necessary when bending these to the correct shape. The CG must fall in line with the step, and the floats are set at between + 1° and 2°' measured from the datum line of the aircraft and the top edge of the floats, which is achieved by moving the front support up or down in the eye-bolts and tightening them up when the correct angle is arrived at.

Having fitted the floats, I then fitted the recommended OS 30 R/C and used a 9 x 6 prop instead of the 8 X 4 used with the .15. The Deacs had to be moved further back, and a little weight added to the rear end of the model to bring the CG back to its correct position, as a result of fitting the larger motor.

The model was first tried out with its floats on some flooded land - quite an expanse of water, but only about 1 ft deep. On slow motor, it proceeded to saunter about, changing direction with every puff of light breeze, and moving the air-rudder had no effect whatsoever. When it eventually pointed itself in about the right direction, I opened the throttle a little and, with the additional speed, it seemed to maintain a fairly straight course. At no time did it tend to 'dunk' its floats when the throttle was opened, though I repeatedly opened and closed the throttle to see the effect. The Taxi was then held on full throttle and after an almost straight run of about 30 yards it left the water. The photo shows it after some 15 yards and, as can be seen, the wake is quite straight and the machine had already raised itself onto its steps. When airborne, the Taxi seemed less sensitive to rudder movement than when fitted with its wheels - not an unexpected characteristic, of course. This won't be my last excursion into water-sports - it really is great fun! However, I would strongly recommend the fitting of some type of water-rudder to the floats, for low-speed steering.

Summary: The Graupner Taxi is of simple and very robust construction and should give many hours of relaxed flying. I find it difficult to fault - certainly a great deal of thought has gone into the design. In particular I like the extensive use of balsa-ply in the fuselage, which gives very strong construction with no weight penalty. Ideal for the man with single-channel experience and multi intentions, it bridges the Intermediate gap to a nicety."

Update 20/02/2020: Added decals zipfile, thanks to Patrick Urbain. These are in CDR format (Corel Draw).

Update 13/07/2021: Replaced the English instructions file with a re-aligned (rotated) version, thanks to EvanV.

Supplementary file notes

Further plan page (sheet # RC 75) showing details for RC varioprop installation, in German.
Instructions (English).
Instructions (German).


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An awesome flying model! Superb on 3 channels. Flown with both a .29 and .40; it handles the power very well. One of the very best 3-channel trainers I have ever flown. Original kit model has fuselage formers made of balsa ply!
rhewert - 26/10/2013
Dear Steve, I buld the TAXI 1966 von Graupner, with the plan of the site OUTERZONE [see more pics 003, 004]. Thanks for the plan. I fly it with a 4 cc OS Fsr Abc , weight total = 1250 gram. My site in the internet Greets,
Julien - 02/11/2013
Hello. Here is the scan of the German instruction from TAXI 1. I made a scan from the original one, from my unbuilt TAXI 1 ... :D TAXI 1 was my first RC Plane. It was built by my grandfather at his lifetime and I finished it. The TAXI was killed while I flew it with a 6,5ccm webra blackhead... :D The kit from the TAXI 1 is unbuilt and was a very cheap auction at ebay. I had to buy it...
FrankBehrens - 29/02/2016
Hi, Here is a photo of the Taxi Graupner rebuilt according to your plans [pic 005]. Fitted with an electric motor. Kind regards,
Willi Blick - 07/05/2020
Hi there, I hope all is well. This is a picture of my Graupner TAXI been build from your plans I have tried to make it as authentic as I could [main pic, 007].
Tailplane and fin separates as well as the undercarriage are removable for easy transportation should I need to, please feel free to use it in your pic gallery.
I’m about completing the RCM New Era III model as well as the Veron Piper Cherokee 180, all three models I have owned and build in the 1980’s.
Thank you for your fantastic website and thank you for bringing all those forgotten nostalgic models back to life, please keep up the good work. Many thanks. Kind regards,
Chris Antoniou - 13/07/2020
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pit - 11/08/2023
Good representation. I Like the modified tank cover, wich is not original. It tells the bulkhead is tight, and would not let in oil into the back compartments. Also I like the engine-bearers, being made out of Ash, being left in a natural wooden appearance. I sealed them with thin Epoxy and the sourrounding wood, prepared it with a heat-activated laquer before cladding with modern polyester-film.
A friend asked: My Taxi only flyes well at left. I told him the wing must be skewed. He said not at all, it is perfectly straight, haha.
DrStrangelove - 30/03/2024
One thing that is extremely beneficial, is to keep it light, by using light servos mounted in the far aft, with accumulator, and sullivan bowden pushrods, and a light powerful .25 engine up front, I had to balance the aircraift at the far rear with 40 grams of lead, wich is quite unusual.
With floats, the balance is needed, but not otherwise.
DrStrangelove - 30/03/2024
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