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Road to Top Gun: Classic Stinson SR9-F

Road to Top Gun: Classic Stinson SR9-F

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 (franktiano.com).  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 (Pinkit.com).

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

Updated: July 16, 2015 — 3:40 PM

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  1. I was referred to you by AOPA. They recently had a cover story about a 1934 Stinson. I have a photograph of a Stinson that was displayed at a hobby show at Coco Solo Naval Station in the Canal Zone around 1948 (give or take a year). This was before the days of remote control. The model was beautifully done and hopefully it’s still around. I’d like to share this photo with you and your readers to see if anyone has any info on this particular model.

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