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L140 Pictured below with blue canopy was built in the early 80’s . Flew like a Pen Guin when I first got it and I wasn’t really to impressed . Over the winter a light came on and I made some changes , the biggie was correcting the decalage.
I had added tow hook in correct location, removed old servos , replaced fragile stab covering and setup in 2016
My L140 with a 4 cell 2000mah Eneloop flies at 66.8 oz . The box top Label suggests a 3 1/2 – 4 lb Plane
Flies as good, If not better then modern RES Sailplanes, of course it can’t be Launched like one, but when up there in the right hands has a chance along with the best of them
Below a collection of Photos I (stole ) from elsewhere, as well as some of my own
Vintage Legion Air sailplane kit.
Span 140″ ( 132″ and 100″ where also Kitted by Cecil Haga )
Area 1325 Sq In
Wing loading 7 Oz
Box top states the following:
Exclusive dura-spar construction
Aluminum tubing tail boom and inboard wing spars
EK-Logitrol servo release tow hook
3 piece white gelkote fuselage
4 piece 8% low drag wing
Precision rule cut ribs
Hand cut plywood details
Super size spoilers
37 Sq Ft rolled plans
The box top also stated that you provide your favorite sheeting and strip stock.
If that was the case , back when this kit was bought, or someone . bought Midwest micro cut contest balsa as listed below.
Extra Lumber in a recently sold Kit, not sure If the spar wood is there, but there is some needed
8 ea 1/16 x 4 x 36 sheets
5 ea 1/16 x 3 x 36 sheets
1 ea 1/4 x 3 x 36 sheet
Large bundle of various size balsa strips
L140 Fins and Rudder
These were built slightly different but appear to have the same size. Notice the diagonal ribs. The L134 rudder is different, smaller more sweep at the Leading edge as well
L132 Rudder vertical stab
New old Kits Cottage Industry, Perhaps
A closer look into the box also shows what appears to be some patchwork done to the pod in the area of the root TE where the fairings meet the wing root,
Original Legionairs had aluminum booms and spars,
CF changes the flex not a Legionair really 🙂
Is this No longer a Legionair? 🙂 (purists might think so) Ribs are Laser cut with TE notches for sheet, the tip panel ribs are designed for no cap strips. AS well the Tip panel is allegedly designed to glue to the inboard panel, so no aluminum joiners for Plug in Play tip Panels
Note: some purists feel a true Legionair is one built with “haga” ribs, I have never seen Mr Haga’s ribs drawn on his original plans and to my knowledge he never included them . When you come across Ribs drawn on Plans your likely Building a Prototype Legionair with Ribs of some other Design.
Was the Shuttle a Haga Designed sailplane, kitted to compete with other lower priced Sailplane Kits of the Day. See here a couple clips from Tower Hobbies
the Shuttle was available in 78, 100 and 132 Inch wingspan versions. Info on the rest of the plane , Huum
I’ve been told Cecil wanted to sell more Kits, the Shuttle was cheaper then the Legionair for sure, and had a look only a mother could love, did it get the pilots of the day looking at Cecils Catalogue later and order up Legionairs? , it gets complicated