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Old Dec 06, 2013, 09:58 PM
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Balsa USA Stingray 120 Build.

This is my first traditional kit build, traditional being not laser cut. It's a 20 year old kit that was given to me by a fellow club member who won it in a raffle years ago. I'm going electric and I'm thinking something that'll spin a 16" prop on 8s.





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Old Dec 06, 2013, 10:26 PM
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Old Dec 06, 2013, 10:49 PM
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Wing coming together.









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Old Dec 07, 2013, 08:25 AM
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I built one if these about 15 years ago. Powered it with a Fox 78. It's a really good flying and fun airplane. Ugly as hell, but fun.
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Old Dec 07, 2013, 11:13 AM
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It sure is an ugly plane! Its been a fun build so far!
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Old Dec 07, 2013, 10:50 PM
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Making progress on the right wing.





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Old Dec 11, 2013, 06:38 PM
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Wow, looking at your pictures brings back a lot of memories. I look toward to the days that I have the time to build from a kit or scratch again!

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Old Dec 15, 2013, 06:06 AM
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That wing is GORGEOUS! I am in love with your building "board" too! Where did you get that?

At least we use one of the same squares! "Old Orange" lol
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Old Dec 15, 2013, 04:48 PM
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Thanks for the comments!!!!

I have started sheeting the wings.



Some may know this already but since this is my first model I thought I'd share.

I got this tip from a veteran modeler at my club. Use a glue brush to apply a thin layer of wood glue to the spar and ribs the balsa sheet will contact. Remove and there will be a glue imprint on the sheet. Re-apply a thin layer of wood glue to both pieces and allow to dry.



Once dry, line up the sheet and apply heat with a monokote iron on max. The glue will bond almost instantly.

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Old Dec 15, 2013, 09:14 PM
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That wing is GORGEOUS! I am in love with your building "board" too! Where did you get that?
That's a hollow core door on saw horses. I went to a local sheet metal shop and had them cut me a piece of galvanized sheet metal for the top.
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It wasn't in the manual but I added shear webbing on the spars for added strength.



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Old Dec 19, 2013, 08:53 AM
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your workmanship is admirable!

My planes fly straight and trued (for the most part) but my oh my they do not look nearly so good naked.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 09:24 AM
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your workmanship is admirable!

My planes fly straight and trued (for the most part) but my on my they do not look nearly so good naked.
Thanks for the comment! I have discovered a 2/8 inch twist in the wing though that I'm hoping will correct with aileron trimming. I think this is because the main spars were warped.
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Thank you Balsa USA for making me a better modeler by having me shave down square stock for the leading edge instead of supplying me with a circular piece.







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Old Jan 07, 2014, 11:52 AM
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Cap strips on the ribs.





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