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Leprechaun - Free flight towline glider.
Quote: "The designer of this model is already well-known to readers of the Aeromodeller for his Cobra (oz4164) and Rebel (oz7342), which were published while he was still at school. He is already making a place for himself in contests, but at present National Service has him in the RAF.
Leprechaun, his latest design, has one feature unusual in high-performance sailplanes: low aspect ratio, in this case 6:1. He had felt for some time that low aspect ratio deserved more attention, being more stable, and on Leprechaun consistently high performance has proved it's efficiency. A special wing section developed from the Swedish series has been used, and this conbined with the low AR pylon polyhedral and high tailplane mounting forward of the fin, make the design the acme of stability.
Although the span is only 103 inches, the wing area is greater than most of the famous 10 and 11 foot sail planes, being 1,647 sq in. The construction of the model is perfectly straightforward..."
Quote: "Here is my CAD tracing of the Leprechaun. This is an extremely large glider which is really impressive. The last time I saw a full size one was floating in a thermal over Barkston Heath many years ago."
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User commentsAre there any dimensions available on the larger leprechaun?
John - 26/08/2018
I think that you will have to have a full size copy for you able to take measurements. You can see that the author did not give any more that what is shown on the faithful restoration by Hogal. There is also a plan view at RCGroups, Vintage & Old-Timer Designs, Vintage & Old Timer Plans Pre 1960 Plans Only.
rchopper56 - 27/08/2018
Hi - some photos of my new built Leprechaun glider [more pics 004, 005].
PhilipHickey - 30/10/2018
I got involved in a discussion many years ago about what was written on the wing of the original Leprechaun. The problem was solved by my better half who grew up in Ireland and learned Gaelic (which was, and still is, a compulsory subject). The text reads 'Tuama' which is the Gaelic version of 'Twomey', the designer's surname!
ChrisPinn - 31/10/2018
I built a model of the Leprechaun from APS plan about 1990. The problem I had was that every time she landed the rear end of the fuselage broke off, immediately in front of the tailplane assembly. As many models of the Leprechaun fly successfully, can anyone tell me what I did wrong? Wouldn't mind building another Leprechaun using Depron and an electric power pod.
Malcolm Jackson - 22/01/2019
You did nothing wrong! The structural design is poor, slimming down as it does to a very thin section that has a very low moment of resistance. As long as the model lands in a straight line it will be OK. However if the wing catches on something and slews the model around, the radial acceleration will snap the tail off.
Denis - 24/01/2019
Attached pictures of our Leprechauns in their maiden flight in Zarautz (Spain) [more pics 006, 007].
Ignacio_Martinez - 11/02/2019
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