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Stearman6505/11/2018 11:24:44
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Posted by Chris Freeman 3 on 05/11/2018 11:05:26:

Nice work, thanks for the updates.

Thanks Chris. Unfortunately, since completing the wing, it has become patently obvious I have run out of space. I knew it was going to be difficult to build a model of this size in a one bed room flat, but since taking the wing off the board & completing the other side, I have a storage problem. Getting to the building board is a chore, shifting to kit box & lid which are still filled with parts of the kit & extras. Then the other stuff on the board. So after a lot of soul searching & wife pressure, I've decided to sell it on & buy something more realistic like an ARTF glider, which I've just ordered from France. I'm in the process of sheeting the underside of the wing & may complete the flap & aileron. But when that's done, I'll put it up for sale. You know the expression "don't bite off more than you can chew", well I did.crying

Regards Eric.

Stearman6505/11/2018 15:35:53
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Sadly this will be one of my last posts on this build thread,

After much soul searching, I have decided to curtail the build on the Stinson. After almost completing the port wing, now it's off the board, I've just run out of space to continue. I may complete the flaps & aileron & I'm doing the underside leading edge sheeting today. So shortly it will be for sale. To keep me in the groove & get me back to flying I've ordered a powered glider from TopModels CZ the Challenger. So when that arrives, the Stinson will go up for sale.

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Chris Freeman 306/11/2018 08:58:20
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Sorry to see the project go, lots of nice detail in the build blog. This is a project I will build one day when I get more time as I have a kit bought as a retirement project. Best of luck with the sale.

Stearman6506/11/2018 09:50:55
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Posted by Chris Freeman 3 on 06/11/2018 08:58:20:

Sorry to see the project go, lots of nice detail in the build blog. This is a project I will build one day when I get more time as I have a kit bought as a retirement project. Best of luck with the sale.

Thanks Chris

Don't leave it too long, it's by no means a quick build. Still a couple of episodes in this blog before I sign it off.

Regards Ericyes

Bob Cotsford06/11/2018 10:16:47
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I too have been caught out by the true size of larger models, they look nice and fly nicely but they do take up a lot of space and need some manhandling. These days I stick to around 65" max and even find these a bit of a struggle some days.

Stearman6506/11/2018 13:16:49
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Hi Bob

This particular kit has been in my bucket list since it appeared 10 years ago, so in a moment of madness I bought it. Now it's become like a triffid, expanding daily. At least I've had one, even if it hasn't been completed. Out with the Stinson & in with the Challenger which won't be as challenging, I hope.

The last large model I built was the Flair Stearman which was 65 inch, but big. We had two bedrooms then so it was built in the spare bedroom.

Regards Eric.

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David P Williams06/11/2018 15:18:29
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I'm about to start a Flair Stearman Eric - I think it's 89 inch rather than 65, but thanks for giving me a heads up on what a handful it is!

Edited By David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:49

Stearman6506/11/2018 15:57:18
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Posted by David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:29:

I'm about to start a Flair Stearman Eric - I think it's 89 inch rather than 65, but thanks for giving me a heads up on what a handful it is!

Edited By David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:49

Hi David

I think yours is a different version, mine was bought in 2006 from Hindley Model shop after Flair went wonky. I'm sure it was 65inch. I have around 400 pictures of the build, I'll check it out on Flairs site.

Regs Eric.

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 16:27:58

Bob Cotsford06/11/2018 16:27:00
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It looks more like the 80+" Flair one listed here unless you are of very modest stature Eric!

David P Williams06/11/2018 16:27:39
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There was only one Flair Stearman kit Eric. My kit is at least 10 years old and I bought it as a second hand unstarted one. I'm finally getting round to building it.

It's quarter scale, 89inch span. Yours in the photo looks about that size - don't know how tall you are but the wingspan definitely looks taller than you!

Stearman6506/11/2018 16:29:09
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Posted by David P Williams on 06/11/2018 16:27:39:

There was only one Flair Stearman kit Eric. My kit is at least 10 years old and I bought it as a second hand unstarted one. I'm finally getting round to building it.

It's quarter scale, 89inch span. Yours in the photo looks about that size - don't know how tall you are but the wingspan definitely looks taller than you!

Did yours have a fiberglass cowl?

Stearman6506/11/2018 16:30:49
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Posted by Bob Cotsford on 06/11/2018 16:27:00:

It looks more like the 80+" Flair one listed here unless you are of very modest stature Eric!

I'm 67 inches tall stripped.embarrassed

Stearman6506/11/2018 16:32:05
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Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 15:57:18:
Posted by David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:29:

I'm about to start a Flair Stearman Eric - I think it's 89 inch rather than 65, but thanks for giving me a heads up on what a handful it is!

Edited By David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:49

Hi David

I think yours is a different version, mine was bought in 2006 from Hindley Model shop near Wigan after Flair went wonky. I'm sure it was 65inch. I have around 400 pictures of the build, I'll check it out on Flairs site.

Regs Eric.

Hi Again David

I don't know if there's some jiggery pokery on Flairs part? I just read the reviews of the kit & they are dated 2003. But the kit I bought in 2006 had a fiberglass cowl & no dummy engine. I can't tell the span from my picture & my pictures of the build don't either. If you want a copy of them let me know. Mysterious???

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Regards Eric.

Stearman6506/11/2018 16:36:44
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Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 16:32:05:
Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 15:57:18:
Posted by David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:29:

I'm about to start a Flair Stearman Eric - I think it's 89 inch rather than 65, but thanks for giving me a heads up on what a handful it is!

Edited By David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:49

Hi David

I think yours is a different version, mine was bought in 2006 from Hindley Model shop near Wigan after Flair went wonky. I'm sure it was 65inch. I have around 400 pictures of the build, I'll check it out on Flairs site.

Regs Eric.

Hi Again David

I don't know if there's some jiggery pokery on Flairs part? I just read the reviews of the kit & they are dated 2003. But the kit I bought in 2006 had a fiberglass cowl & no dummy engine. I can't tell the span from my picture & my pictures of the build don't either. If you want a copy of them let me know. Mysterious???

**LINK**

Regards Eric.

Apologies guys, the cowl was the front moulding on the fuselage. I was so pleased when I found the kit, my wife took a picture of me with the moulding on my head. I'll see if I can find it. Although 400 pics are a lot to trawl through.

Regs Eric

Stearman6506/11/2018 16:52:29
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Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 16:36:44:
Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 16:32:05:
Posted by Eric Shepherd on 06/11/2018 15:57:18:
Posted by David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:29:

I'm about to start a Flair Stearman Eric - I think it's 89 inch rather than 65, but thanks for giving me a heads up on what a handful it is!

Edited By David P Williams on 06/11/2018 15:18:49

Hi David

I think yours is a different version, mine was bought in 2006 from Hindley Model shop near Wigan after Flair went wonky. I'm sure it was 65inch. I have around 400 pictures of the build, I'll check it out on Flairs site.

Regs Eric.

Hi Again David

I don't know if there's some jiggery pokery on Flairs part? I just read the reviews of the kit & they are dated 2003. But the kit I bought in 2006 had a fiberglass cowl & no dummy engine. I can't tell the span from my picture & my pictures of the build don't either. If you want a copy of them let me know. Mysterious???

**LINK**

Regards Eric.

Apologies guys, the cowl was the front moulding on the fuselage. I was so pleased when I found the kit, my wife took a picture of me with the moulding on my head. I'll see if I can find it. Although 400 pics are a lot to trawl through.

Regs Eric

Can't find the one of me with the fiberglass pot on my head, but found another view of the structure & one of part of the plan. Must be brain fade setting in?dont know

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David P Williams06/11/2018 19:05:03
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Yes that's the chappie Eric - good size isn't it? What engine did you use - looks like the dummy is set up for a Laser v twin?

Stearman6506/11/2018 22:14:37
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Yes it was, I manage to pick up an un run Laser V Twin on Ebay, I think it was a 200, it was 12 years ago.

Regards Eric.

Stearman6507/11/2018 17:58:04
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Penultimate Blog.

After removing the clamps on the underside leading edge sheeting, it was time to form it over the ribs, then glue it into position. My method was to spray water on the balsa sheet, when it had soaked in & softened the balsa, I used masking tape to curve it into position over the ribs & leading edge. Then I put it on one side to dry. Three hours later, I removed the masking tape, & although it sprang back slightly, it now had a distinctive curve, matching the rib shape. Next I roughly trimmed the sheet to match the leading edge shape, making it easier to insert the glue. I obviously couldn't get the spout on the glue bottle between the sheet & leading edge, so I took the top off the bottle & used a sliver of balsa to paint the rib tops with aliphatic glue. Then I coated the leading edge & used masking tape again to pull it down tightly, taking care not to damage the sheet.. Then I set the wing aside to dry overnight.

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Stearman6509/11/2018 16:40:48
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As Andy Williams Sang, "We're Almost There"
Stearman6510/11/2018 15:46:59
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"One More Day" as the song in Les Mis' goes.

Completed the cap strips on the underside of the port wing. Added the first of the two trailing edge strips between the aileron & flap. One more strip tomorrow & a final sand & it will be going up for sale. sad

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