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De Havilland D.H.108 Swallow for Rapier L2 power By Steve Bage

I will let Steve tell you about his latest design:

"My latest plan is anything but a new design. In fact the plan on which this model is based appeared in Aeromodeler Magazine 10 years before I was born.

My plan is based on a model that Roger Simmonds built a few years ago which was in turn based on an original plan by D.P.Golding, published in 1952.

The Golding design featured 'hollow log' fuselage constuction, which may be OK for the master craftsmen among us but for most of us is a non starter, so this has been replaced by traditional former, keel and stringer construction. The model is scaled down to 15.5" span to suit Rapier L2 power. The motor itself is trough mounted unlike the internal location where Golding put his Jetex. I've also tweaked the fuselage shape a little to accurately match the full size aircraft. The wing construction and wing section remains as Golding intended with the addition of moveable 'elevons' to aid trimming. Hopefully despite the changes the design retains the character of the original 1952 Golding design.

The original plan was based on the 2nd prototype of the D.H.108, however I like the sleeker look of the 3rd and final version with its low profile canopy and more pointed nose cone... so I included options for both on my plan.

I enjoyed draughting the plan enormously, the design of tailless aircraft poses a whole new set of challenges."

Here is a photo of Steve's finished model, which has flown successfully with motors anywhere between a 60 mN rated Rapier L1 all the way up to a 200 mN rated L2HP!

Thanks to Steve for donating the plan to the ever growing collection here - if anyone decides to give it a go, we would love to hear how you get on!

I am pleased to announce you can now buy a short kit for this model from Replikit, which comes complete with a full size plan (no sheets to glue together), printed balsa (nice light stuff in my example) and probably the biggest time saver, a nicely moulded vac-form canopy.

For more details visit the Replikit web site where you will find lots of other tempting kits for small scale jets.

To read and print the pdf file you need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is a free download from

The plan should print off full size if you set your printer settings to A4 paper, even if it has got different sized paper in the printer. If in doubt, check against the scales drawn on the plan sheets.

Click here to download the plan as a pdf file to print onto A4 sheets (727 KB)

Click here to download the plan as a pdf file to print onto A3 sheets (608 KB)

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