Percival Mew Gull (oz13774)
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Percival Mew Gull. Radio control scale model, for electric power and mini RC systems. Wingspan 36-3/4 in. Scale is 1/8.
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Hello Steve, Here is a Percival Mew Gull 36.75" Span... Best regards, Patrick.
Aha, there is a build thread on RCGroups showing the original prototype model build, with lots of good build pics (sampled here on this page) see: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?344229-Percival-Mew-Gull-G-AEXF-1-8th-Scale
Update 21/4/2022: Added article, thanks to RFJ.
Quote: "Percival Mew Gull. Full-size FREE Plan feature. A 37 inch span 1/9 scale R/C model of the famous late 1930s racing aircraft for 400 size electric power, designed and presented by Adrian Britton.
Having designed this model as a free-flight scale kit for Aerographics some time back, I kind of fancied the project as a larger R/C electric version for myself. Now I can still walk downwind and down hill if I must, but getting back to base with a recovered model is definitely nostalgia forever! More recently, the pleasure of humping fuel and battery laden flight boxes around has also been forsaken. In fact, if it wasn't for the incredible advances in electric power systems, I think I'd have taken up boats or railways!
So I scratched this one up a couple of years ago and it's well outlasted some of my other models, There should still be a build thread about it on the rcgroups.com Scale Electric forum. Just click on my name (if you can find it!) and look up 'threads started by' [the direct link is: https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/search.php?sear...]. Maybe there should also be one entitled 'models never finished by' in my case!
This model feature is accompanied by a full feature on the full-size Mew Gull aircraft. So, aside from wishing this to be my tribute to the memory of one of the world's greatest aviators, the recently late Alex Henshaw, I'll just get on with the model part.
Firstly, this is not a beginner's build, Although I have prepared files for most of the main wood items for a CNC parts kit, there will still need to be some skill and initiative applied to construct a successful scale mode. Whilst I have taken advantage of these methods to conveniently interlock things here and there, have also tried to ensure that this is not done so much as to make it too difficult for the model to be built from the plan and its patterns alone. (My original prototype was simply scratch-built, however. It is also still powered with the brushed '400' geared unit). Not many flights this year though!
Fuselage: Construct a 'side sandwich' in the traditional way, cover this each side with the 1/32 balsa sheet as shown, and then slice carefully apart. Temporarily brace the weaker formers with scrap strip before installing. The rest is straightforward but for these few notes.
The dry assembly of the formers F2 and F3, together with the motor stick and dowel and using the motor to check, is a good idea. You can get this entire front end aligned and sorted. Then draw in the sides to fix the nose former F1..."
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User commentsArticle + full size free plans were published in the magazine Flying Scale Models (november 2007). Model designed by the outstanding designer Adrian Britton.
Peter Cornelis - 20/04/2022
Aha, got it, many thanks. Updated this listing now.
SteveWMD - 20/04/2022
The plan says that the aircraft is white and the markings of ´XF are black. In his book "Flight of the Mew Gull" Alex Henshaw states the main colour was off-white (just a tinge of ivory) and markings were in a very dark green. Photographic evidence confirms this. Otherwise this plan looks like quite true to the real thing, clearly among of the better ones of this airplane.
Martin - 20/04/2022
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