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Old 05-17-2014, 11:05 PM
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Well it's about time I got back on this project! Setting struts and wing panels on a biplane is a good excuse to put things off, but not for months. I think this project may finally get finished, now that there's minimal work left to be done. I'm convinced the wide variation of flying results people get from this kit is due to how accurately and straight the wings are set. Not being CAD designed and laser cut, this kit makes you work for a straight build.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:11 AM
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Finally finished around a year later!
I'm really optimistic about flying this plane, with an AUW of 12.5oz with Gens Ace 3s-450 lipo. The batt is around the size of the older yellow label 3s-900 TP, so the 450mah label is a bit misleading. I'm still trying to figure out how this plane came out so light, or at least light for me. Placing gear forward, and using lightly painted over Coverite Microlite covering on the tail, as well as Parklite on the fuse, with only a light coat of more correct color and lower gloss paint has paid off. This one balances perfectly with no added ballast, and the CG is quite forward also on this biplane.
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Old 05-25-2014, 06:18 AM
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Your Plane came out Nice I get to do the Maiden flight on it Take care and have fun, Chellie



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Old 05-25-2014, 07:01 AM
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Originally Posted by CHELLIE View Post
Your Plane came out Nice I get to do the Maiden flight on it Take care and have fun, Chellie
Thank You Chellie. If you were here, you'd definitely get to do the maiden. Your Cessna is a really cool project too. I always wanted to build one of those.
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Old 05-25-2014, 02:04 PM
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great plane good to see you back
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Old 05-26-2014, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by zoltron55 View Post
great plane good to see you back
Thanks, I kinda took a detour in life to take care of some important things.

BTW I'm working just a few houses away from the top of Commercial road on Beechwood blvd on a renovation. One of these days we'll have to get together.
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Old 05-26-2014, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill G View Post
Thanks, I kinda took a detour in life to take care of some important things.

BTW I'm working just a few houses away from the top of Commercial road on Beechwood blvd on a renovation. One of these days we'll have to get together.
I will pm you with my cell phone # give me a yell. also I'll be going to the grange fair up your way.
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:19 AM
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Sounds good Zoltron, I'll send you a PM.

Just flew the Stearman and it flies well. Nice rolls and loops, and different from other bipes I've flown, it handles aerobatics best at full throttle. I'll have my flying buddy with me tomorrow, so I'll have to get some video. Definitely a kit worth building.
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:26 PM
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Glad to hear the plane flies well. I like the Stearman, I had the Stirling 60inch one, flew well but didn't look anywhere near as nice as yours.

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Old 06-07-2014, 09:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill G View Post
Sounds good Zoltron, I'll send you a PM.

Just flew the Stearman and it flies well. Nice rolls and loops, and different from other bipes I've flown, it handles aerobatics best at full throttle. I'll have my flying buddy with me tomorrow, so I'll have to get some video. Definitely a kit worth building.
Congrats on the maiden Flight Glad your plane plane flew well for you, Take care and have fun, Chellie
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Old 06-08-2014, 08:23 PM
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Thanks Paul and Chellie. As promised (although I've not been good about this in the past ) here's the 2nd flight video: http://youtu.be/2wwF-hfTbtY
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Old 07-06-2014, 04:47 PM
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Sweet!
Hanger must be getting full
Cheers!
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Old 07-10-2014, 02:54 AM
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Originally Posted by HO-229 View Post
Sweet!
Hanger must be getting full
Cheers!
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Thanks Dave. Yeah I've been passing a few models on lately! There's a guy on the next block who used to fly Stearmans in WWII. I tried to get him to come see it fly recently, but he wasn't around at the time. I'm thinking of donating this one to him, since it's the exact plane/scheme that he used to fly. He's 90, and in a lot better shape than I am lately lol!
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:17 AM
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growing old is not for sissys
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:00 PM
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Glad to see allot of familiar names still building and designing.
Life has a way of throwing up tasks other than modeling ...and sucking away fun time.
I am at it again… hopefully I can complete something..! before the next roadblock gets thrown my way.
My CAD skills have diminished a bit but I am quickly ramping them back up.
Yeah… a close friend and flying buddy passed away last year who was a WWII vet.He landed at Omaha beach and made it to Berlin almost getting his head blown off a few times.
His hanger is/was amazing...
Will look forward to seeing what you put together next!
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Old 07-10-2014, 04:58 PM
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Good to see the Stearman flying. It's faster than I thought it would be.

What's next?
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Old 07-13-2014, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by pmullen503 View Post
Good to see the Stearman flying. It's faster than I thought it would be.

What's next?
An old Comet Cherokee kit, of all things!
The die cut parts make hand cut parts using a grainy, old hand drawn plan look like laser cut parts. I've used mid-air construction many times in the past, but this is probably the first time I actually paid for it. I should have bought a Sterling kit when I had the chance to get one cheap on Ebay, but in another sense I like the small 30" size, so it's underway. Also, I don't think this kit's ever been converted on the internet before, although I haven't seen any Sterling Cherokees either, although it's probably been done. My back's been so bad lately that I've actually gotten back to building models. I'm strung out at this point, from just finishing stringing this thing.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:03 PM
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PA 28-180. That's a nice plane, are you going to do a separate build thread or use this one?
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Old 07-14-2014, 02:17 PM
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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
PA 28-180. That's a nice plane, are you going to do a separate build thread or use this one?
I should start a new thread. I started sheeting the fuse last night, so it's moving along. I should also start using my decent camera instead of my lousy phone for photos. It's just easier to send the photos, versus downloading them with the camera.
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Old 12-03-2015, 08:01 AM
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Hi Bill G, it's been some time since you have finished the Stearman. Your plane looks great. I am just starting to build one and have a couple questions regarding the servos in the wing. Do you have any pictures or info for where the best place to insert the servos? Is there a plywood base/tray for installing the servo? Wire location?

Thanks.
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Old 01-14-2017, 04:08 PM
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Question Stearman

First off hello from a new member. I know this is and old tread, but I'm starting on a Guillows Stearman today and I have a couple questions on the motor and battery you used. When I looked up the motor you showed, it said it was 2 cell and the battery you used is three. Sorry for the dumb question but this is my first attempt at a electric conversion. Could you give me a little more info on the motor, battery, Esc you used. And your plane is beautiful by the way. Thanks in advance Barry
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