Road to Top Gun: Classic Stinson SR9-F

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Classic Stinson SR9-F

Competing in the Pro Am class, James Prive is busy finishing up his beautiful 1946 Stinson SR9-F. Based on the popular Top flight kit, the model has a 100.5 inch wingspan and is just under 1/4 scale.  James has made several modifications and the build has taken just over two years. Details include a fully detailed cockpit with hand carved steering wheels, leather door panels and rear seat. When the doors are opened the model plays a 30-second audio clip of “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra. James also added additional wing ribs for a better scale outline. The scale dummy Pratt and Whitney R985 radial engine is a resin cast piece from FTE (  The model is covered with scraps of Stitts covering from the full-scale aircraft as well as some Worldtex fabric painted with a combination of Randolf dope and Rustolium enamel spray paint. Scale rib tapes have also been applied using the product from (

Classic Stinson SR9-F

The Stinson is powered by a DLE 30cc engine fitted with a scale ring-type muffler he made himself. There are no RC hardware parts visible anywhere.  Also James installed an AT-6 Texan style spinner from Tru-Turn and installed functional navigation lights and drop-down landing lights. James is using a Futaba 8FGA 2.4 radio system upgraded to 14 channels. Servos are from Hitec including two mini servos that control the rotating drop-down landing lights. The plane also has a smoke system.

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Classic Stinson SR9-F

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