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Old Oct 29, 2009, 11:11 AM
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Vintage Graupner Hanglider

Hello,
I have just obtained a vintage Graupner hanglider from the 80s its new in kit form with a span of 2.2 mtrs ,can i ask does anyone remember this model,? does it fly? it will make a great xmas gift for my son ,german name is RC Flug Drachen?
cheers Euan.
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Old Oct 29, 2009, 08:08 PM
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I remember it, I worked at a hobby shop in the late 70's early 80's, we sold one never found out how it flew

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Old Oct 30, 2009, 04:22 PM
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I owned this model years ago ( when i'm young and handsome ). It was one of my first rc-models. If i remember rightly it flews very well, but don't expect a high drag ratio.

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Old Oct 30, 2009, 05:39 PM
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Thanks for the information,its been very hard to get anything on this ,
Euan.
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Old Oct 30, 2009, 06:21 PM
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Dont know if its the same but many years ago (in the 70s) i saw a version where the pilots arms were servo operated and it flew on the slope ok.
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Old Nov 01, 2009, 05:21 AM
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It is not the same. The servo resides on top at the Graupner glider. The pilot takes up the receiver and the battery.

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Old Nov 01, 2009, 08:17 AM
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Jens,
you have just solved a problem,i could not find a place for the servo now i get it ,was it mounted on top .As its single channel i expect it will be better flown on a tow line as penetration into wind from a slope will be interesting??.I will assemble it and post a couple of photos,
thanks Euan.
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Old Nov 01, 2009, 10:05 AM
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Just managed to sneak into my workshop and assemble the hanglider,apart from some flaking paint on the pilots head its in good shape for a kit last sold in 1977,i found the servo mount already fitted and all parts being pre made all slotted together who said artf is a new thing?.It also has a small capsule for adding noseweight ,very clever.It may not fly very well but it will look great in my sons room,
cheers Euan.
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Old Nov 03, 2009, 09:40 PM
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Mine never flew! Too fragile and too limited in control. Still have most of the broken pieces if I were to want to reconstruct one. All the plastic bits will shear off and the dowels will break and the covering will split and tear! Typical toy! Likely to seriously dis-encourage a youngster to want to fly! With only a single channel transmitter you cannot even use it for anything else. If it had been successful, you can guarantee it would still be made. Keep it intact for display (with its box). Worth more in the future intact than in pieces in the cupboard.
That said, maybe you and he could redesign it with modern materials and two channel control... With such a huge wing area it needs serious pitch control.
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Old Nov 04, 2009, 07:43 AM
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Euan - have you thought about one of these...

Paraglider Acro and Crash after Fullstall Wingover (Gleitschirm Kunstflug in Slowenien, Absturz) (1 min 44 sec)


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Old Nov 04, 2009, 08:58 AM
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Rusty,
Thanks so you didnt like it then? ,i guessed as much but did receive a short video of one flying last year in Germany .Rog funny thing that paraglider i was sent an e mail from a German graupner collector who is willing to swop one of these for the Hang glider as Rusty states its worth more in the box,The paraglider is made in Slovenia and will suit my son alot better.I looked at one of these last year but the cost <around 350> put me off
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Old Aug 17, 2013, 05:26 PM
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Got a Graupner Q49 Sky Rally Powered Hand Glider for sale - new in the box

wonder if anyone would have an interest on it.
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