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Old 07-06-2002, 03:19 PM
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Im thinking of getting one of these, just wondering if this is a good kit or if this is going to be a nightmare to build.

1. does it have enough rough in the cockpit to put a small camcorder in it?

2. I'll be moving next week to westcliffe, co. at 8000' msl - what kind of engine would i need to put in this.. and no i don't want a rocket just to fly it around very smoothly and slowly - im not looking for something fast.

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Old 07-06-2002, 11:28 PM
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Do a search on the board. You'll find lots of posts from people who hate building the kit and lots of posts from people who love flying the plane.
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Old 07-08-2002, 03:05 AM
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Its a good kit but it'll take alot of time, I know I'm building one.
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Old 07-09-2002, 12:40 AM
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I just got one last month, I plan to build it over the winter

I 've looked at the plans carefully and I'm pleased.
I usually build my scale stuff from plans so I expect
that this kit shouldn't be too difficult to assemble.

Make no mistake about it , there is allot of building required
to get it done. If your not into building and are not willing to
focus on one kit for a period of time you may want to
consider another aircraft

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Old 07-09-2002, 10:02 AM
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I have put one together. It takes a lot of buiding, but is not hard to build...just time comsuming. The wing goes together a bit different than any other airplane I have biult. Follow the directions and the resault will be gr8.
The landing gear attachment plate needs to be suported better than what is showen. Beef it up with some cross pieces and plywood/ aliminium if available.
Room in cabin........... Tons...
Engine, I used a Q42. Gas. Lots of power. Should work ok for ya.
Airplane flys like a dream. A real bueaty on landings, with flaps down can slow up to nothing......
Enjoy it, but plan on taking lots of time to build.
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I agree, this is a beautiful airplane. I am now building the TF GS Corsair.
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am gettin close..thx to my friends help...-Tin-
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Beautiful job. Really like the paint and trim scheme. What engine do you have in it. Mine has a ST 3250, a bit much but had it lying around. Thinking about putting a G38.
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hi jc, it is gonna have a YS140...-Tin-
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Yo, Tall Texan!

Giddy-up!

You're going to love the Corsair. Search for my username (sagacity) and 'corsair', 'US-41', 'gear doors', etc...

I spilled my guts about this build, with photos, here and on flightlines forum. Lots of good stuff for you.

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If you're still thinking Stinson, cabin area is 9"x9"x11"deep, if you dont put any detail in there, door opening of 6"x 5" should allow a cammera access. I've been building mine for a year or better, but enjoyed every, well almost every, minute. All framed,radio installed,engine(US41) on,I'm still playing with cabin detail etc. One day it will fly.
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You will love this plane. It is a dream to fly. You can use anything for power from a YS 140, OS 160 twin, US 41 or a Brison 2.4. I currently have the Brison 2.4 in mine and it weighs right at 20 lbs. I have an OS 1.60 ready to retrofit . The 2.4 is overkill but not what I would call "fast". Not sure this beauty will even fly fast. The cabin has room but I am afraid the door size will limit you dramatically. If you want a scale cockpit then camera is out for sure. Please be sure to update the gear design. It should not be two piece! Do something, ie one piece ply mount, one piece aluminum gear etc. I did both after my gear mounts became "loose" after maiden flight. Top Flite designer made the stock design to "fail" without major damage to the airframe. Imagine that??!

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My gear broke off while framed fuse sat on bench. it not being wide I had blocks clamped on edges to stop me accidently knocking it off. Caught my sleeve on propshaft, next thing we're flying towards floor minus half the gear. I beefed up all I could with wood and was going to make up a plate from 1/8 aluminum to bolt from one mounting to other, though now I think going to a welding shop and having a piece welded in might b favorite. Has anyone tried this or what?
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Ouch, righthand! Sorry to hear of the mishap.


Guys, I'm really getting hooked on the idea of building this plane. I get the feeling that it offers a huge option set for those getting into scale.

My question to the guys who've flown this plane: Just what is the upper limit on weight? I'd like to run a US 41 because I have one, and if the plane does not exhibit any bad characteristics when heavy, I'd like to have the leeway to go heavy. I'm hearing an amazing range of 16-25lbs. From one review I read, I was assuming that just the cap stripping weighed that much. (The box comes with 132 feet!)

Also, is this plane as fragile as it looks? Plans call for 1/16" sheet on the empennage for beefier maneuvers, and I'm hearing you all about the landing gear, but has anyone realized any improvements elsewhere on the structure?

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My Stinson is currently under construction. The US41 will be fine but its way more power than you need. Sheet the tail feathers for added strength like the directions say. I posted some pics on how we re-engineered the wing attachment, the designers at Top Flite are also looking at it. http://www.rcuniverse.com/showthread...488&forumid=38]
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Thanks, rc_sport. Am I correct in assuming, given proper attention to the realities of engineering at the 1/5 scale level, that I can go as heavy as I need to to get strength and lots of scale details?

Sounds like the US 41 is overkill enough to let me do that, and frankly, it'd be nice not to have to worry about glue weight for once! :-)

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With the US41 I think you can get to 25lbs with out much worry. The wings are huge with very light wing loading.
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My SR-9 is ready for painting. Have been working on it on /off for about 1-1/2 yrs. and haven't been in a hurry to finish it. Have added more deatil than called for including adding the baggage door, stiching, taping, retractable and operating landing light, windshield mod, and some other small things.

It IS a builder's kit. Well thought out - except for the LG mounting...which needs to be beefed up (re: possible gear weakening after a hard landing, or after numerous landings). Plenty of room inside. For those who don't enjoy building I would suggest another plane. Covering is Nelson's Lite-Fab and will be using his paint as its user friendly and won't smell up the house . Engine is an updated Q35 which will be more than adequate. At your (new) altitude a G38 or a US41 would be good choices if you like gas engines.

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Does the st3250 fit inside the cowl of the SR9 without major surgery?
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Hi adolf,

Am not familar with the ST's dimensions, but the space inside the cowl is quite large.

The distance from the firewall to the front of the cowl is about 6-1/2 inches, the cowl's inside rear diameter is about 10 inches, and the cowl's inside front diameter is about 7 inches. I only had to cut out a little of the cowl bottom to allow for my Q35's head fins. Would not think you'd have a problem fitting the ST inside.
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I am interested in the Stinson Reliant. I understand that it is a builders kit.

Quesiton 1: Which of the following would be the most difficult to build. Stinson Reliant or 108" 1/4 Scale Balsa USA or Sig 1/4 Scale Cub?

Question 2: Would they fly similar?

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ekir, the Stinson has a lot more pieces but it is very well engineered. I don't think it's more difficult to build but it will take more time.
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Hi ekir!

Based on my past experience building kits by these manufacturers, I would rank the SR-9 as the most complex. While not especially 'difficult', it is quite time consuming to construct; very well engineered, though (except for the gear mount, IMHO). Be prepared to spend a lot more time than any other kit you may have built. I recently completed one but have not flown it. However, from those I have seen fly, and from what others who have flown them say, it flys great.

While I have not built either Sig or B-USA Cubs (I have seen the kits, though), I have built other planes kitted by these companies; I have seen both Cubs fly however, and they fly like all Cubs - very well. Both should build fine. But. if I were to choose between the two I would select Sig due to Sig's quality of materials supplied in thier kits, design, construction, and kit completeness.

The Cub can be flown slower than the Stinson (it is a slower flying plane, anyway) due to the lighter wing loading.

Hope you find my comments helpful in making your decision.
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I spent six months on my SR-9. It is not a beginner's kit.
I power it with an OS 35c.c. and I did not add flaps. It flies
wonderfully. I too used an aluminum strip to join the landing
gear halves and also 1/8 " ply to join the two plates. The land-
ing gear is rock solid now.

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