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Old Aug 19, 2014, 10:01 PM
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Guillows Stearman

I probably should have started this thread three days ago, when I started the plane, but whatever, that was just the boring part. I am thinking of making my own fuselage for a more scale look, but I might just want to make this a fast build, so whatever.
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Old Aug 20, 2014, 11:25 AM
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I don't like the way the cockpit is set up, so I'll probably make a roomy box fuse around a cockpit if I can find enough sticks.
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Old Aug 20, 2014, 11:46 AM
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I have one of these in the box still. I've watched several other builds and recommend infilling between the stringers in the forward part of the fuselage and using heavier LG wire like this:

http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71269

A ton of other conversions here:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=827861

^^ The last one by Skeletor is a beauty.
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Old Aug 23, 2014, 10:46 AM
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I built and converted this model many yar ago. Mine went through a rough maiden and series of trim flights. I adjusted top wing for less/zero incidence, flew with a little down elevator and right aileron trim and ended up with a GWS gearbox, brushless inrunner and 3S 800mah lipo just ahead of the landing gear. Nowadays I'd use a small low KV outrunner. The trick is to build light and use a light motor/prop/lipo combo that has adequate power for drag of two wings. Of course receiver and servos should be small and light weight. Mount everything as far forward as practicable to minimize need for nose weight. Setting the correct CG on short-nosed, pitch sensitive designs like this is critical and may require some repairs before you get it right. Use lightweight covering material. Set wheels for slight toe-in. Use your "expert tail-dragger rudder and elevator skills". Raise elevators during start of take off run and after touch down to aid steering and prevent nose-overs. Fly off of smooth surface to minimize flip-over and landing gear damage. Be ready for pitch-up tendency after take-offs. Watch some You Tube videos featuring this challenging model.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 08:39 AM
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This looks interesting :-)
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 06:48 PM
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Well, after getting everything together in my workshop, I found that I don't have a motor esc combo that'll work with my stearman, so unless I can come up with something short-term, I'm afraid she might just be a ceiling hanger.
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Old Aug 24, 2014, 07:46 PM
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Well, I'll show the pictures I took before vacation (just got back). I started drawing up the box fuse, and since I probably can't make this puppy RC, there's really no need to lighten it up, so I'm gonna go with the original fuselage.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 09:41 AM
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Well worth the effort. Cockpit looks great.

Larry
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Old Aug 28, 2014, 11:11 AM
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Detailing is nice but keep it light if the objective is nice controllable flight performance.
I need to follow this advice and have often violated it when my addiction to detail takes over.
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Old Aug 30, 2014, 08:16 PM
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Hard at work with my second cockpit. I have looked, and I do not have the parts to make the Stearman RC, and don't have the money to, so I guess it's destined to spend its life hanging from the ceiling of my local airport.
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Old Sep 04, 2014, 06:58 PM
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Here's some more pictures
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Old Sep 14, 2014, 03:15 PM
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Allright, I forgot to do an update in awhile, I'm still grudging away at the second cockpit, I have the fuselage for the most part done, and I will start sheeting when the second cockpit is installed.
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Old Sep 14, 2014, 03:40 PM
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Looking good, wish I had the time for a wooden kit.
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Old Sep 16, 2014, 04:27 PM
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Looking good.

I will be interested in the electronics fit, and how you rig flight controls.

Cheers!
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