Recent Attachments for STO
Another look at the newly detailed engine.
Radial engine needed some detailing to change toy-like appearance.
Pilot painted and ready for action!
Not a bad look overall. Hard to believe she crashed.
Rocker panels need rocking.
It was fun to do!
You can see the scar from the crash right of the rad.
I just love a dirty engine.
Model of HMS Nabob: Bogue Carrier built in the U.S.
Just about ready to go. Need some runway lines.
...Still waiting.... Pappy's getting impatient.
Corsair waiting for take off!
Deck is 1/4 inch plywood supported by four 2X6 screwed in. The deck is hinged at the halfway point for fold up transport. Still need to paint the runway lines.
Conning tower of HMS Nabob. Still need to add window and door details.
Still too much pitch at centre stick...
Looks to be 14 deg positive pitch not 30...the number 30 that shows threw me off- my bad :)
Radio at centre stick
Red wire attached just below + sign
Changed up the tires to 3.5 rubber with shock absorbtion. New flying season is just a few months away.
That OS 40 FS looks right at home in this bird!
Nice fit with the muffler. Repainted the cowl as I had to cover the old access hole for glow access on the 25 LA. Now access underneath. If it's too much hassel I'll rig up an external glow.
Tiger by the tail following maiden flight!
Rear cockpit with control decals in place.
Wings in the bag.
Radio gear installed. Even the servo cut outs had notches for the servo wires.
With Saito engine installed. Runs great.
Beautiful cowl. Almost a shame to cut for muffler etc...almost...
Tail put together and wires installed.
Hopefully what the finished model will look like...
Handy pre-cut switch harness and charge lead slots.
Completed plane ready for action!
Gun rail is painted flat black with rust and aluminum dry brushing for an aged steel look.
Scratchbuilt Lewis gun and gun rail made from balsa. Glued onto the top wing along a wing rib. Hope it stands up to flying. We'll see.
Details completed. Now, I can't ever crash this beauty. :)
You can almost feel the wind whisteling by...
Windshield temporarily placed.
Pilot ready for action! Note thread points on coaming.
Details add to the model's apperance. The dashboard is carved from balsa. The "stick" is made with a piece of solder, fuel tubing with a dowel insert for strengh and tan thread. The battery switch is mounted in the dash as well.
Engine mount is from a 15 size plane designed for inverted engine installation so hole opening should align tank with carb on the engine.
Sullivan RSV 4oz tank on ply tray. Battery sits just underneath.
My GP .40 ARF Spitty before unfortunate incident.
Another STO baby. 40 size Spitfire. Sweet plane.
Second takeoff. Lifts off beautifully.
Taxiing back after the first flight for another fill up.
High above. Flies very well and stable but has good control authority.
Taking off. Nice trail of smoke just like the real thing.
On the runway waiting for takeoff clearance.
Starting the engine with some assistance.
ON the flightline waiting for action!
Ready for action and a nice calm fly day. The 10 x 4 prop looks good and should be fine. Plane balances perfectly.
Nice feature on this plane is the tail piece that hides the linkages for rudder, elevator and tailwheel.
Lipo battery and esc with bec fit perfectly in the battery hatch. Easy plug and play.
Routed the anntena through the top of the fuse.
Decided not to add in the second cockpit floor and seats. Wasn't going to fit well with my set up. Lots of wires for sure.
Pilot awaiting instructions for takeoff.
Fitting in the cockpit with pilot. Instead of gluing it in I used velcro and some balsa sticks for easy removal in case I need access to the throttle servo below.
Location of needle valve extension. Will be cut and bent and then secured.
Muffler just peeks out.
Cut out for engine head and a little extra cooling.
Fuel pick up line just hanging around.
Another look with the APC 9X6 prop.
With the propeller on she's looking more flight ready!!!!
The whole shebang...engine and muffler.
Throttle servo with linkage.
With landing gear bolted on. Still a light plane, even with the engine.
Throttle servo location.
Engine attached agaist flat black firewall.
Throttle servo attached using two popsickle sticks glued to the mid deck tray.
Tank installed on foam.
Firewall with blind nuts attached. Will get painted flat black then fuelproofed.
Iron on covering covers the hole without need for sanding flush as you would need to do with a piece of balsa.
Fuel proofing with satin poluyurethane inside the fuel tank compartment and the firewall.
Firewall is 1/8 thick. Holes in the original firewall will be covered as well.
New firewall to be glued to the existing one with blind nuts installed for the engine mount.
Strengthening the fuse inside with epoxy and fibreglass strips.
Space left after cutting out the battery box. Will get covered to protect from fuel/exhaust leaks.
Plenty of room for this engine.
another look at the clearance of the prop shaft.
Good clearance even without the added firewall. I would hate to have to cut into the firewall to move things back. I'll look at possibly using small spacers for mounting the cowl and bring it forward a bit but not much room before it comes off the
Engine sits nicely inside the spacious cowl. May have to forego the dummy radial engine but we'll see. I haven't yet added the extra firewall so will add maybe another 1/8 of an inch forward. No clearance problems that's for sure.
This is so going to be an awsome flier with noise. Someone in the electric forum actually suggested if I wanted to noise to add a noise module. Yikes.
The engine and mount fit nicely. I will make a plywood firewall to be glued over top of the current one for added strength and to allow the installation of blind nuts for the motor mount.
Very roomy fuse compartment. Lots of room to put in a third servo tray for the throttle servo.
Battery compartment below. I will use my lipo for the receiver with a 10 amp esc with bec. Just plug and fly.
HS 81s are a perfect drop in fit.
I will use my razor saw to remove the battery box bottom of the firewall. Otherwise it will interfer with the pitts muffler. Not needed for this set up anyway.
Fuel tank placement. Hole needs to be a wee bit larger.
A look at the engine inside the very roomy cowl.
Fuel tank will fit right in mid-deck once I have slightly enlarged the opening at the front.
Here's the engine, muffler fuel tanks and cowl for starters.
This is the little beauty
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