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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:24 PM
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Stevens Aero Stella: Building Thread

I had recently asked Bill Stevens to send me a AXI motor mount for a different project, and when the package arrived, I was happy to find, besides the AXI mount... a Stella!!!
So, with Bill's blessings, I'm gonna start a building thread on the new Stella.
Before I begin - a word of caution: I did not get a manual with the kit, so what you see here is my interpretation of what needs to be done. Don't assume it's correct. In fact, I'd appreciate it if Bill and Scott would jump in every now and then and correct whatever mistakes I'm making in the build. Once again, I'm building this without any instructions whatsoever. That in itself should be a testament to how great Bill's kits (and Stella in particular) are...

So here we go.
First, the tail group - no surprises here, except that the vertical stab and rudder are slanted backwards, and that the elevators are significantly larger than those on the G-Ride.
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:25 PM
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Next the sides of the fuselage...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:27 PM
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After the sides are assembled, the formers F2 and F3 are installed.
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:27 PM
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The bottom of the fuse front is then completed...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:29 PM
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Next the battery holder/fuselage cross brace (??) is attached to the former F5 (tiny one)...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:32 PM
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The triangular pieces for the wing bolt blind nuts are attached to the former F6. At Bill's suggestion, I installed the blind nuts at this step, rather than later to make things easier. BTW, what you see in the picture is wrong - the blind nuts go on the other side of the triangular pieces (luckily I caught this before I glued them in...)
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:33 PM
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Here's what we have up to now...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:34 PM
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Next the firewall is attached...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:37 PM
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Before attaching the top of the fuse, make sure you add the servo bay reinforcements...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:38 PM
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Here are the rest of the formers...
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All the formers are now installed...
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Next the bottom of the fuse is attached...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:41 PM
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... and the flat part on the top side of the fuselage rear...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:44 PM
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Next I did the top of the fuselage at the front...
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Old Aug 30, 2004, 05:47 PM
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Next came the central stringer that connects the top of the rear formers, and provides the correct angle for the rear of the cockpit.
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