Lion (oz9432)


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Premier Lion. Free flight power cabin sport model.

Quote: "For that 7 - 10cc engine you've bought. The Premier Lion (Shelley Cup Winner 1938) Easy to build! Easy to fly! The power job you've been seeking! Span 68-1/2 ins. Complete kit of first quailty materials (less engine and dope) £3-10-0."

Quote: "The Premier Lion. For 9-10cc engines. Average weight 4lb 8oz. Winner of the Sir John Shelley Cup for petrol driven models, 1938. Designed and flown with great success by WS Wreford, Essex Model Power Club. Over 100 flights were made by the prototype without damage. Design copyright by FR Barnard, Premier Aeromodel Supplies, 2A Hornsey Rise, London N19."

Scan from DBHL, cleanup by theshadow.

ref DBHL-6989.

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 8/6/2024: Added article thanks to AndySnelson. This is chapter XV from the book "Models for Flying" by Rippon and Sparey, circa 1938.

Quote: "Chapter XV: The Premier Lion Monoplane.

In chapters 9 and 10 some notes are given on model petrol-engined aeroplanes. The Premier Lion high-wing monoplane, of which a description follows, presents a typical application of these notes in actual practice. This machine is powered by a 9 or 10 c.c. engine.

The machine under consideration is one of the most stable and consistent flyers that has been seen on our model-flying fields, and was the winner of the " Sir John Shelly Cup " for petrol-driven model aeroplanes. Since its advent the machine has made some hundreds of flights without mishap - a fact that is a sufficient guarantee that a replica built with reasonable care and faithfulness will well repay the builder.

Again, the reproduction of the drawings in figs. 167, 168 and 169, arc necessarily very small. Nevertheless, an idea may be gained of the general type and construction of the aeroplane.

The machine is of mixed construction - a judicious blending of hardwoods and balsa. Any 9 or 10 cc engine is suitable. The original was fitted with an 'Ohlsson' two-stroke petrol engine, and the only alteration necessary to the design, to accommodate any suitable engine, will be to the engine mounting and cowling.

Fuselage: The fuselage is built upon the longeron and plywood former system, and it is, therefore, advisable to cut all the formers from 1 mm plywood, to the required sizes, as the first step. Along all the outer edges of the formers, strips of 3/16 square section balsa are cemented, and should be left until thoroughly set before beginning further work.

All the longerons are of 3/16 in square section hardwood - birch is very suitable. Six longerons are used, and a start should be made by tying the two centre longerons together, with thread, at the rear ends. Next, glue the formers into their respective positions, and again leave until the cement is set.

The thread may now be undone, and the sternpost glued into position. When these joints are hard, glue and bind on the two bottom longerons to the sternpost, and proceed to cement them to the formers, using elastic bands to keep them in position until the cement is set... "

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Lion (oz9432) by WS Wreford 1938 - model pic

  • (oz9432)
    by WS Wreford
    from Premier Aeromodel Supplies
    69in span
    IC F/F Cabin Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 09/11/2017
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    Credit*: DBHL, theshadow
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User comments

Many thanks to Brian for scan of the Aeromodeller 1946 advert, showing the model photo [also more pics 003].
SteveWMD - 13/11/2017
Hi Mary, I have a photo for Outerzone of the Premier Lion [more pics 004]. I took it in 2003 at Middle Wallop. I remember talking to the builder for quite some time. Perhaps he will see it and post a pic of the finished model.
Joost - 13/11/2017
Added pic of Lion (oz9432) by Martin Vels, from Quiet & Electric Flight [more pics 006].
SteveWMD - 17/02/2020
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