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Old 02-27-2021, 09:51 AM
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Hi guys,
I have been away from the hobby and the forums for 5-6 years. Had to take a break due to numerous issues. Life gets in the way sometimes.
I started flying again last year and started flying EDF jets. After modifying and repainting 7 jets I decided itís time to build again. Miss gluing balsa.
It took a bit of searching but I located a nice Stinson kit from a gentleman in Maine and the kit arrived yesterday. I will be doing a scale build with as much detail as I can muster.
I am leaning towards going electric power but I have not committed to that yet. I do have a DLE-30 that I can drop in.
I will be modeling tail # NC-18445 which was restored by Rare Aircraft in 2017. I contacted them and they sent me some nice detail pictures to help with the build.
I will be upgrading all the ABS plastic to fiberglass. With any luck I will have the basic framing completed before summer.
I am going to start building the tail feathers today.



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Old 02-27-2021, 06:01 PM
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The stab is framed. I will let it dry overnight and install the hinge blocks in the morning then sheet it.
Not sure of the vintage of my kit but the die cutting is very good.


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Old 02-28-2021, 11:33 AM
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The stab is complete and rough sanded. Going to start building the elevators.
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:17 PM
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nice work. thanks for sharing
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The stab and elevators are rough sanded. They turned out nice. I will start working on the fin and rudder tomorrow.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:30 AM
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Finally found time to start the fin. I work the afternoon shift so I try to find time in the mornings before going to work.
I ordered some more 1/4Ē cork sheet to go over my build table. The piece I have on there is not big enough to handle the fuselage.


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nice
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The fin and rudder are finished. I just need to add some hinge blocks to the rudder and give it a sanding.
I have to work today so hopefully tomorrow I can start building a wing.

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Old 03-07-2021, 07:33 AM
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The fin and rudder are rough sanded and edges shaped. I will have to wait until the fuselage is built to shape the bottom edge of the rudder.
Now I need to clean my build table off and add the new 1/4Ē cork sheet before I start building the wings.

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Started working on the wings. The T/E Spars are made up of die cut 1/8Ē balsa laminations. I used Titebond for the laminations.
All of the ribs have been removed from their sheets and cleaned up the spar notches. Quite a few of the ribs have balsa and ply doublers. They have all been glued into place. This evening I will start framing up the first panel once the spars are dry.


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Old 03-07-2021, 05:54 PM
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I built the upper and lower box spar which hold the wing tube, I found each rib needs the die cut notches sanded so they will slide over the box spars. I made some sanding sticks out of scrap ply. I will get the ribs for both wings sanded before moving forward with assembly.
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looks good, I built mine in 2012, flies great with OS GT33, weighs 21 lbs

maiden flight landing was good

My blue Stinson and another club members,(his is prettier than mine)Yellow plane has Fiberglass specialties cowl and pants.

covered with Sig coverall and dope. I did the easy to build 20+ piece cowl. I have knocked the landing gear off twice on dead stick landings so it is reinforced from what this picture shows, also removable.
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Bryan those look great,
I ordered the full set of fiberglass parts from Fibertech yesterday. I was going to order the one piece landing gear from TNT but they are having server issues with their website. I will call them tomorrow.
Work has been getting in the way of building. I had to work last night. I hope to spend most of today working on the wing.
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Bryan those look great,
I ordered the full set of fiberglass parts from Fibertech yesterday. I was going to order the one piece landing gear from TNT but they are having server issues with their website. I will call them tomorrow.
Work has been getting in the way of building. I had to work last night. I hope to spend most of today working on the wing.
I am currently working on a Stinson for our club president. You won't regret getting the fiberglass parts. They require a fair amount of body work but so do the vacuum formed parts and the fiberglass is much more robust. He also decided to spring for the TNT gear.
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I have the basic layout of the left wing fitted and ready to glue. It takes a lot of work to fit the top and bottom joiner box. I think I am happy with the fit and alignment. Just to be sure I am going to take about an hour break then come back and go over everything one more time before adding glue.
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Finally feels like I am making progress. The left wing is framed. I will let the epoxy cure in the spar braces then turn the panel around and sheet the L/E.
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My friend with the yellow Stinson used the TNT gear, mine just has the stock landing gear, after ripping it off the first time I went back in and added additional reinforcement to the mounting area. I think that the manual shows 2 different ways to reinforce, I have incorporated both as well as making the gear removable for repairs.
here are some pictures of my 2nd repair after dead sticking in the rough.

gear and sheeting knocked off on landing

structure fixed and sheeting being fixed. cutout is where gear and filler block will go

re assembled with new plastic. (plastic was free from friends who used fiberglass parts)
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Bryan,
Nice repair. I plan if reinforcing the gear mount area heavily. I will be covering with poly fiber lite uncertified fabric and painting with KlassKote epoxy paint. I donít want to have to repair that stuff.
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The wing panel is now stable. The top L/E sheeting is on and rough sanded. I will try to get this panel finished up this week and start the other panel next weekend.
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it's a delight to follow your build. nice work!
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The top of the panel has the T/E sheeting and cap strips applied. Tomorrow morning I will work on the sheeting on the bottom.


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The bottom of the left wing panel is sheeted and capped. I gave it a rough sanding and itís looking good. I will set this panel aside and start the right wing. I will build the flaps and ailerons once both panels are built.
I did get the landing gear ordered from TNT, he said it would ship out this week.
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I have the right wing panel dry fitted. I have the weekend off any luck and I will finish the wings this weekend.
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The frame for the right wing is glued. I will let that dry for a bit then add the L/E and wing tip.
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