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Old Jan 06, 2009, 10:07 PM
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Sunspot and ThunderKing gliders

Any folks here have plans (or articles and details) for the old large British gliders like the Sunspot and ThunderKing? They always looked elegant. Another favorite of mine is the Leprechaun.

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Old Jan 07, 2009, 04:26 AM
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I have the original Leprechaun article scanned using OCR with the pics in a pdf file if you want it.

Cheers,

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Old Jan 07, 2009, 05:30 AM
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Suman - here are the Thermalist, Thunderking & Super Sunbug.

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Old Jan 07, 2009, 08:05 AM
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The same era but a bit smaller at 72" span here's the Archangel.
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Old Jan 07, 2009, 09:15 AM
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The big gliders were great to fly - slow, majestic and high performers - but are difficult to dethermalise without damage, reluctant to descend in a stable manner wth a tip-tail system. I loved 'em though I was regularly repairing wings, mostly at the dihedral joint. My favourites were a 'Mantis', stretched to 10' span, and a couple of 9-10' originals

Leprechaun was not a good airplane - at least, in my opinion - and I think has done better in later years with R/C than it was a a F/F. Archangel wasn't much of a performer either, from those I saw in the Northern Area ... a little on the heavy side
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Old Jan 07, 2009, 11:30 AM
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A guy at my club used to have Leprechaun with a Merco49 bolted to the nose. Unfortunately the tank was located somewhere around the cg. I flew it for him but had to have the engine running as rich as possible & avoid raising the nose too much for the climb. It flew like a rudderless barge.
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Old Jan 07, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Suman - here are the Thermalist, Thunderking & Super Sunbug.

Ray
Those are charismatic.
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Old Jan 07, 2009, 02:33 PM
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GADABOUT was another good big one too.
Have seen most of the above over the years and after a time most of them have been sold and had RC fitted by the new owner.
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Old Jan 08, 2009, 03:44 PM
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Gliders

Thanks to all for the input. Would like to get clearer drawings, and maybe construction articles on these old gliders, if possible.
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Old Jan 08, 2009, 06:13 PM
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Old Jan 17, 2009, 08:11 AM
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Vintage UK Gliders

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Any folks here have plans (or articles and details) for the old large British gliders like the Sunspot and ThunderKing? They always looked elegant. Another favorite of mine is the Leprechaun.

Suman
Dear Suman,
X-Plans! Available on the internet!
I have a 2/3 Leprechaun,(66" span) plan.There was also a smaller one! The Leprechaun 2/3 is still available to buy mail order in UK.
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 06:24 PM
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Big ol' gliders

Gentlemen:

Thanks for all the input. Any details on date of publication for these old beauties? If I ever get around to building one or more of these, they might be RC assist.
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Old Jan 19, 2009, 06:58 PM
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Sunspot February 1948 -Aeromodeller
Thermalist December 1948 - Aeromodeller
Leprechaun March 1950 (the fullsize version) Aeromodeller

Mantis February 1952 Model Aircraft

Thunderking and Super Sunbug were published in the occasional 'Model Aviation' series of books of the same time period.
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 04:43 AM
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Just to complete the set, here are the Leprechaun and Mantis.

Ray
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Old Jan 20, 2009, 01:31 PM
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Here is the Sunspot article and plans.

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