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Speedster16/07/2013 10:04:16
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Towing with the Graupner Cirrus, Cumulus and Foka at the RC club.

Cheers S
Colin Bernard16/07/2013 11:26:18
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Ah - the Cirrus!

Used to be my pride and joy 40 years ago, slope soaring off the Derbyshire hills - until that fateful day I decided to try the power pod with a Frog 150.

It went up nearly vertical - and then came down the same way hitting the ground so hard that the fuselage had to be dug out of the ground.

I was heartbroken - the Frog 150 and a wing panel survived, but little else. I still have the Graupner plans and often think about building another, but my to-do list is so long already!

Speedster16/07/2013 14:22:13
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Exept for the Cirrus in the first video I found the 3 other gliders on the web for around 30£ each, Still looking for more smiley Not the best gliders compared to new stuff, but still looking great in the air.   Foka Sloping from a 15 feet slope.

Cheers S

Edited By Speedster on 16/07/2013 14:23:46

Martin Harris16/07/2013 15:36:59
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I had a Graupner Amigo back in 1976ish - with a Cox .049 in the power pod with an extended tank (which I still have somewhere) it had the climb rate and appearance of a fully laden Lancaster but was great fun to do full bore touch and goes with! I also seem to remember it emerging unscathed from heavy flak (well, airgun pellets) over Croxley Moor on one occasion...

Mine met its end as a result of an over-enthusiastic bungee launch - the classic clapping of hands followed by a vertical dive (literally) into the ground...

Speedster19/02/2015 17:50:18
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Found a new old Graupner glider.

A untouch 20 year old kit.

Foka 2,2 meter, and this is a real beauty, and flies more than great.laugh

and a pleasure on the slope with inverted loops and almost every manoures you can think of...yes

Cheers
Soren
Bill_B19/02/2015 18:52:34
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Love the Foka! smile d

Percy Verance19/02/2015 20:28:57
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A friend of mine still has his Cirrus tucked away. He hasn't flown it for 10+ years, but it certainly used to go well with it's 70's OS pet on it's pukka Graupner power pod.

Bill_B19/02/2015 20:34:55
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Classic more than Vintage: ASW-22B But still very nice. smile d

Speedster20/02/2015 13:53:27
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img_1893.jpgimg_1814.jpgimg_1813.jpgMy 40 year old Cirrus is now ready for vintage meeting in the Club, with new canopy and repared fuselage with new decals.

Variometer and other goodies. wink

 

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Edited By Speedster on 20/02/2015 13:56:05

Speedster20/02/2015 14:01:35
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onetenor20/02/2015 14:38:57
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Regarding the crash with the 150con up top. should have used more downthrust on it . I did similar with an Allbon Javeiln bot looped from my hand back to ground at bottom of the loop and tried to go through my mates legs. Luckily he stood firm til I could grab it. Moved mounting forward on wing so camber gave more down thruxt about another 5 or 6 deg .Next launch was a peach .Straight and level and damn fast. Own design loosely based on a Minimoa

Bill_B20/02/2015 15:14:42
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Will you please stop posting pictures of the Foka already? It's too much for a man to bear!

Unless you want to sell it to me of course.

Speedster20/02/2015 15:30:39
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Bill_B20/02/2015 17:32:39
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Beautiful! heart

But you need a better pilot, it deserves it.

Speedster06/11/2015 19:17:34
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Cirrus at the inland slope

The Foka 2,2 at the beach

The Foka 2,6 and Cirrus in double towing, And the Foka with a new fuselage that I got for free from Norway

 

 

Foka still with the old fuselage in this video ..

Cheers

Soren

 

Edited By Speedster on 06/11/2015 19:35:25

Frank Skilbeck07/11/2015 09:41:40
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Very nice, never had a Graupner glider but admired them for many years, going to have to scour E Bay now wink

Grant Webb08/11/2015 01:56:37
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Hi SpeedsterD.

I note your Cirrus is aileron equipped. Was that a standard feature of the plans or a D.I.Y. mod? I too have a Cirrus which I inherited from a friend who left the country. The wings are currently partly stripped for trailing edge repairs, so an aileron mod might be a good option. Tried sloping it a while back, but just not nimble enough on two channel R/E setup. I've flown it for many years now, both off bungy and off a power winch - very light footed I might add. Great to see the aerial footage of yours, gives a good impression of the amount of 'flap' in those long wings.

Cheers,

GrantW.

Tauranga, New Zealand

Speedster08/11/2015 17:27:17
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Hi Grant

When I got mine in 1974 there was a extra plan in the box.

It was a plan over the wingtip with aileron, so mine was born with ailerons.

I would say both the Foka 2,6 and Cirrus are much better to fly and control with ailerons, specially on the slope.

On the old Foka 2,6 that I got second hand, I put on the ailerons.

The big problem is to drill a hole in all the wing ribs, all the way to the servos.

For that I made a long drill made of a stainless steel tube where I made some cuts in the end like a saw, and with

that I have drilled many wings, also another Cirrus and Cumulus and some foam wings that was born without ailerons. smiley

Good luck

Soren

 

Edited By Speedster on 08/11/2015 17:28:24

Speedster05/04/2017 16:26:25
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More vintage laugh

And just found another Cirrus with aileron, and a member in my RC club also found a 2,6 meter Foka laugh

Cheers Soren

Edited By Speedster on 05/04/2017 16:29:23

Edited By Speedster on 05/04/2017 16:31:09

Speedster10/05/2018 07:36:16
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Flying the old gold yesterday at the Grass hill, north Denmark

Cheers
Soren

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