Swan - plan thumbnail image

Swan - completed model photo more pics (4)

by Jim Baguley
from Mercury
42in span
Tags: Glider F/F
formers incomplete :(

Submitted to Outerzone: 22/08/2017
Outerzone planID: oz9116 | Filesize: 758KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: NicholasTucker


About this Plan

Mercury Swan Glider - Towline glider model.

Quote: "Dear Mary & Steve, I've found another Mercury plan for you. This one is the 'Swan' glider by J. Baguley. No sign of it anywhere on the OZ or any other site. A gracefull bird! No printwood I'm afraid, since it's all in the model shown in the recent photo I'm sending [more pics 003]. A little re-covering and I think I will tow this one up, even if it is over 40 years old. I imagine, and hope, it will still fly; there don't seem to be any warps! Can't say how happy I am to share these plans with you and others. Kind regards, Nicholas

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User comments

I am searching for rib sections etc, and found this reference to an ebay image: i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NzkxWDE2MDA=/z/VmMAAOSwrklVctD4/$_1.JPG. May be of some help as the image shows the rib sections and more. I am going to try using GIMP to scale the sections up. Fingers crossed.
MalcolmJ - 07/09/2017
As with all these kind of gliders of this period, the airfoil surely will be Naca 4409.
Pit - 07/09/2017
If this can help: I have scanned the wing-tip rib (W3) which is tilted 45 degrees. It measures 5.9" (15.0 cm) and the thickness of the wing at the front spar is 0.5" (12.0cm) [more pics 006].
NicholasTucker - 08/09/2017
I managed to find a drawing of the Swan with wing rib and tail rib sections, and working on the wing ribs being spaced at 2 inches was able to scale up OK using GIMP. This link gives many Swan diagrams which should help anyone building her: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Swan+glider,+Mercury+kit. Not sure how accurate my guesses have been, but I ended up with the wing chord at 6 inches and the main wing ribs at 5.33 inches. Overall size of the plan before putting through Posterasor is width 34.11" by 21.42". Hope this is of help. Beautiful looking aeroplane.
MalcolmJ - 10/09/2017
I have just measured the original plan I sent to OZ and I find: width: 33.85ins, height: 21.50ins. Wing chord: 6ins, wing rib: 5.33 (or perhaps more exactly: 5.325ins). I think it would be a good idea if the exact dimensions of all "full size", (e.g. kit) plans, were published each time they are put up rather than just relying on wing-span.
NicholasTucker - 11/09/2017
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