Leopard Moth


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Leopard Moth  
by Virgil Sturiale
from Model Airplane News
March 1936 
24in span
Tags: Scale Rubber F/F Cabin Civil
all formers complete :)
got article :)

Submitted to Outerzone: 09/05/2017
Outerzone planID: oz8710 | Filesize: 746KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: GuyColeman


About this Plan

Leopard Moth - Rubber scale model.

Quote: - "THE DH 85 Leopard Moth is the latest addition to the De Havilland series. Having the famous Puss Moth as a foundation, the rightful successor has won the hearts of all English flying sportsmen, and its excellent design, construction and performance, have placed it in the class of internationally popular aircraft. Its clean, flowing lines and excellent aerodynamic design, make possible a replica possessing outstanding performance. The model is built to the 5/8in scale and is in exact proportion with its prototype, with the exception of a slight increase in tail surface area, and landing gear height, both changes being essential for a good flying model.
The fuselage is completely covered with 1/32in sheet balsa veneer, which simulates the all-wood fuselage of its big brother, and at the same time provides for a more rigid construction. There are shock-absorbers on the landing gear which absorb all the impacts such a model must take. All control surfaces are movable to increase the adjustment range. Your efforts will be well rewarded with a presentable and good performing model..."

Dear Steve, Those Astral designs you posted recently are just fantastic. I have been looking for the Bristol Bulldog (oz8681) for years. My very grateful thanks.
In return, please find attached my scans from Model Airplane News March 1936, a rubber powered DH Leopard Moth by Virgil Sturiale. My research indicates that he joined Grumman Aircraft Corp three years later in 1939, was responsible for designing arrester hooks on carrier aircraft and later helped to design the landing gear on the lunar modules for all the Apollo space missions. He died, aged 99, only recently in December 2015. It is a detailed plan, and I hope someone will make a beautiful model from it.
I have scanned the pages separately, but perhaps you or "the shadow" who were responsible for those superb Astral plans, might like to reassemble the plan.
Best wishes, Guy

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