Starter (oz8539)


Starter (oz8539) from Svenson 1980 - plan thumbnail

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Starter. Radio control glider model, with optional power pod for 0.8cc engine. Wingspan 150cm.

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Quote: "Hi Steve and Mary; here the Starter by Svenson, a glider 150 cm span. Made in Belgium in the years 80. Here the flyer and building box [model photo, more pics 003, 004]. Pictures will come later, as my glider is ready. Regards, Julien"

Update 25/03/2017: Replaced this plan with a clearer copy, thanks to JefLemmens.

Update 05/05/2021: Added separate printwood file, at full size. The main planfile does include some parts identification drawings, but these are not shown at full size.

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Starter (oz8539) from Svenson 1980 - model pic

  • (oz8539)
    from Svenson
    59in span
    IC Glider R/C Kit
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 16/03/2017
    Filesize: 1629KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: JulienVermeire, JefLemmens

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User comments

Picture is my fuselage and tail of the STARTER [more pics 005]. Today I build the left wing of the starter.
JulienVermeire - 29/03/2017
Here's my STARTER without lining [more pics 006]. Very cheap to build, less than 10 pounds. 2 weeks of work. A nice hobby.
JulienVermeire - 29/03/2017
The STARTER is ready [more pics 007, 008]. Now even the build engine support as usual, comes above wing. It was fun to build this glider.
JulienVermeire - 10/04/2017
The Starter is ready to fly, but not today too much wind. With the auxiliary engine I am fully independent [more pics 009]. Now wait and see on a beautiful day. Total flyweight 530 gram, or 1.16845 pound. Thanks for OUTERZONE.
JulienVermeire - 19/04/2017
Hi Steve and Mary, today is very good weather to test the STARTER. With 5 minutes motor power, I still have 40 minutes thermals gliding. No trim needed, the STARTER flies very well for the first flight. Such a cheap glider and also fly incredibly. Am very happy with my aircraft from the '70s and '80s. Today I've also flown with the WINDY oz6947, yet such a cheap plane. Here in Belgium, the weather can be very different in one day. Cold and windy yesterday, today very good. I have a quick question: is website also by Steve and Mary? Very nice this website!
JulienVermeire - 20/04/2017
Thanks for the STARTER update, Julien :) Yes, RCLibary is our site too - glad to hear you like it!
Mary - 20/04/2017
Hello Outerzone team, here is my newly finished RC Starter from Svenson kits [more pics 010-013]. It flies well and goes great with the motor. I haven't managed to get any thermal flying done as it's winter in Australia at current but will keep you posted. The model is scratch built and very easy to construct. I've finished it with traditional doped tissue.
MichaelRichardson - 27/06/2017
I'm thinking of making the Starter, what motor and prop are shown in the photos?
Mark Primavera - 16/12/2019
Dear Steve & Mary, Attached some pictures of my recently completed Svenson Starter [main pic, 014-016]. Easy and fun to build! The shape of the forward fuselage was modified to be able to mount a brushless motor with a foldable propeller. The wing has rounded wingtips and is mounted with nylon screws instead of dowels and rubber bands. I used the Drela ag35 airfoil which is thinner than the airfoil depicted on the plan. The motor is a Racerstar 1800kv BR2208 driving a 7x6 propeller with a 1000 Mah lipo. All up weight is 470gr.
Many thanks for Outerzone!
Peter Ingels - 10/06/2021
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