Caravelle (oz8009)


Caravelle (oz8009) by Gustav Samann 1963 - plan thumbnail

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Caravelle. Radio control sport aerobatic model. Wingspan 71 in, wing area 713 sq in. For .21 - .61 engines.

Quote: "Hello Steve and Mary, Here is a new scan that I made this week. It's the Graupner Caravelle in TIFF. Best regards, Patrick"

Update 12/1/20: Added build instructions in German, thanks to Reinhard Lehmann.

Update 15/1/20: Added build instructions in English, thanks to Reinhard Lehmann.

Quote: "Introduction. For the time being Gustav Saemann's Caravelle is the highest developed version of a series of multi-channel R/C models.

The designer, backed by thirty years of aeromodelling experience, repeatedly won the title of German Cha,pion, became World Champion in the Wakefiled category, and earned top places at National and World Championship contests for some years past in multi-channel R/C flying.

No wonder then that his Caravelle created quite a sensation in international circles. The model is of rather uncomplicated construction and, despite its definitely straight-forward lines, a real good looker. Where it scores most heavily though is in the flight characteristics. On the one hand these are very forgiving, which makes the model a perfect choice for the less experienced modeller using it for 1 or 2 channel operation, but they nevertheless permit the model to be really 'wrung out' by the skilled expert.

A feature which makes Caravelle a standout in the large number of expert designs, is the amazing smoothness of its stunt manoeuvres, which look truly 'round' and are not hampered by the angularity which only too often results from wringing it out in the heat of competition flying.

As to take-off weight the model is quite uncritical in this respect, performance will not suffer noticeably should the model be on the heavy side. With a take-off weight of 6-1/4 lbs and powered by the OS Max .49 R/C, the model will still come up to expectations. A .60 will of course make it even more agile.

By careful selection of materials and appropriate construction the take-off weight can be reduced far below the above mentioned figure. The improved power loading will of course come in very handy when flying precision stunt manoeuvres..."

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Update 16/01/2020: Added articles (about the ARF version of the Caravelle) from RCModelWorld (in English) and from FMT (in German), thanks to Pit.

Update 11/1/2023: Replaced the instructions with a clearer copy, thanks to Christian Fiedler.

Supplementary file notes

Article (RCModelWorld).
Article (FMT).
Instructions in German & English.


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Caravelle (oz8009) by Gustav Samann 1963 - model pic

  • (oz8009)
    by Gustav Samann
    from Graupner (ref:4617)
    71in span
    IC R/C Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 25/08/2016
    Filesize: 1514KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: PatrickUrbain
    Downloads: 4095

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Hello, this is a picture of my first Graupner Caravelle, built in 1975 to 1976 [more pics 003]. Built from the original construction kit. ARD: Almost ready to despair. Powered by Hörnlein 40, 6,65 ccm. She crashed in 1977, 17 of June, caused by RC-failure. I used a different wing, no flaps, more dehedral, the original wing remained and flew again in 2006.
Reinhard Lehmann - 31/10/2019
Hello, two pictures of my later Caravelles: The first picture [more pics 004] shows a simplified Caravelle fuselage with styrofoam wing. Dehedral ca 4 degrees. Engine: BlueBird 45, Prop 11x5", RC-Multiplex receiver and servos, flaps varioprop C05 R. Crashed this year by Pilot's error. The second picture [more pics 005] shows the same fuselage with the wings of the new Caravelle 2008. The central rip is made of three layers of plywood to house servoconnectors and wingjoiner (Alutube). Some centimeters of span are lost, but it flies/flew wonderfully. Engine is still BlueBird 45.
Reinhard Lehmann - 15/11/2019
Some more pictures of my Caravelles. The first ones [more pics 006, 007] were taken AFTER the maiden flight on 13.10.2006. The modified Fuselage with original wing. The last one is a copy taken from the Graupner Katalog 1967, showing the modified engine mount, which I practised [more pics 008]. Many greetings from Germany.
Reinhard Lehmann - 15/11/2019
Story about Caravelle at:
Pit - 02/04/2022
Graupner Caravelle, old Fuselage, new wing [pic 009]. Hello Mary and Steve, here is the picture of my Caravelle-Kombi. It did not fly many times, but it is possible to use the new wing in combination with an old fuselage. Regards from Germany,
Reinhard Lehmann - 29/06/2022
My Caravelle 2008 flying:
Reinhard Lehmann - 29/12/2022
Reinhard... Nice video collection of all your airplanes. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but maybe the camera lens could use a thorough cleansing. There are what appear to be various stains or dirt spots that keep showing up in all your videos. May you enjoy many more hours of flying and Happy New Year!
RC Yeager - 29/12/2022
Hello Yeager ! Thank You ! Yes the lens is dirty, maybe from a mixture of gras and castoroil -! I tried many times to remove it, the succes was/is poor. Later, I did it with Acetone a little more succesfully...It is better now and the later camera has a cleal lens, but the quality it not that good...
Many Greetings, Reinhard
Reinhard Lehmann - 29/12/2022
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