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Old 08-13-2009, 12:34 PM
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So I just recently received a large I think 1/4 scale Stinson. It came from an estate of a man who never got to finish it and his family members gave it to me since they know I love to build Scale R/C airplanes. The problem is the Stinson came with no plans or instructions and is mostly complete except for windshield, covering, and a few pieces of balsa needed that were broken in a move. The plane's dimensions are 101" wingspan and 68" tail to front cowling. It is all balsa construction with fiberglass cowl and vacu-form parts to surface the flaps and elevators. The landing gear has an interesting feature of having springs in the center of the gear to absorb loads. Also has a RAM Landing light. Its definitely a kit as the pieces are marked but no maker's mark anywhere. I received the Stinson with a smaller Cessna 152 model by Sig. If anyone can please help even if able to just list off who made Stinson Voyagers in this size would be appreciated. I will add pictures later today.

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Old 08-13-2009, 05:33 PM
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David , I believe you have an old Realistic Models kit . These kits did not come with plans , only an assembly manual and a few drawings . The Realistic kit was the only kit I am aware of that used the scale spring landing gear . The original owners of Realistic Models sold the company many years ago . If I am not mistaken I believe they are from the Maryland area . I built one of early 108-3 kits in the late 90's and was fortunate enough to meet the gentlemen who kitted them at Joe Nall one year . they sent me an update to strengthen the landing gear where the pivot pin goes through the gear (a weak spot ) . Please post some pics .
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Old 08-16-2009, 06:43 PM
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Here are some pictures of the model I have. As you can see it needs work. I think it is a Realistic Model one as I have read of descriptions of them, but I still haven't found any of pictures of the Realistic Model's Stinson.

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David , It's most certainly a Realistic Models 108-3 . I found a few pics here on RCU of my old plane that were posted by the current owner of the plane . I will try to post them on this thread . It is powered by an Zenoah G38 , covered in Super Coverite and painted with Hobby-Poxy paint complete with rib stitching and tape . The paint scheme is from a 108-3 on the cover of an old issue of Private Pilot magazine .
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Cool, I'm happy to know which manufacturer made it. Do you know if this has the landing gear modification to make it stronger? Also it is missing the struts and the door I know you said the kit never came with plans but is there any info out there on what the specs were? Still looking for some specs like CG point, Total weight, etc. It came with a Supertiger S-3000 I don't know if that is a big enough engine or not.

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David , I no longer have the recomended specs. however the weight was around 24 lbs and the c.g would have been around 25% which was very close to the main spar as I recall. To determine if the gear had been updated would require the removal of both main gear legs from the fuselage . A doubler would be bolted to the upper portion of the main gear leg where the pivot pin goes through the gear in the radius area where the gear exits the fuselage . The doubler was bent to match the radius of the bend at the top of the gear leg and extended appx 3/4 of an inch to both sides of the pivot pin hole area.
I flew mine on a G38 and the power mas marginal but very scale . If yours come in around 24 # I am not sure if the ST3000 would be enough . I think some of the newer 40 to 50 cc engines would work well but may require opening up the cowling for the engine to fit . The G38 had to be placed in a slightly rotated position to keep it in the cowl .
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I have a Realistic Models Stinson voyager 108-3 kit that has been stored inside my home and in excellent shape. all the parts are bagged, fiberglass cowl, and machined landing gear. .All the wood is good and plywood excellent. I also have all the manuals, scale documentation, photos,etc. I planned on building it but never got around to it. As you probably already know, the kit is rare and was made in Maryland in the 1980's. I am interested in selling it. If you are interested PM me and we talk. Tom

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I am interested in the Stinson Voyager, my mail is squareback72@hotmail.com and I would like to know because it would sell.
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Here's a couple pics of my AeroDrome Models 108-2 Voyager. Current winter project, cost $250 from a guy back east. It's about 20 years old. And my Musk-rat stuck in the basement window-well screen sash. He stops by now and then to check on me. TEETH ARE SHARP !!. MM And yes, the wife named it "Muss-Cuss".
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