Stinson Reliant - by Top Flite

27 Oct 07 - Photographs of moulded fairings added.

The box lid and Stinson Reliant logo

Construction photographs

Top Flite Stinson Reliant Tailplane & Fin Moulded fairings

Photographs of the full size I'll be modelling it on

N of launches / Time 0 0 hours 0 mins  
Wingspan 100.5 " 255.3 cm    
Wing Area 1487 in 95.9 dm    
Flying Weight up to 26 lb. 0 oz up to 11.8 kg    
Wing Loading up to 40.3 oz/ft up to 123 g/dm    
Wing Cube Loading Up to 12.5 - Scale  
Motor Vortex Motors 63/62/286
Propeller Big ~ 20" diameter
Batteries 10S LiPo of approx. 7Ah
Speed Controller Unknown
Receiver Unknown
Servos Ailerons - 2 x unknown
Flaps - 2 x unknown
Elevator - unknown
Rudder - unknown
Landing Lights - 2 x unknown
Static motor parameters  Not yet tested
Flight performance Not yet flown

27 Oct 07 - Work has been progressing very slowly due to other projects and commitments, however the stabiliser, elevators, fin and rudder structures are complete.  I also received yesterday the complete set of fibreglass mouldings from AeroFiberTech and added a photo above.  These are high quality and lightweight fibreglass replacements for the original ABS moulded components plus aerofoil section main landing gear strut covers.  I decided to but these as they will be much more durable than the ABS versions.  The total cost for all the items was approx $150 plus shipping.

15 May 03 - I decided that I would also fit Kavan wheel brakes to help stop the model on the ground, and I have now got these. I have built the tailplane, elevator, fin & rudder as shown in the 1st construction photograph above. To add scale to these parts I included a 12" (30cm) Master Airscrew Electric wooden propeller. The tailplane has a span of 34" (88cm) and the rudder is almost 17" (44cm) tall. Next the wings.  

23 Mar 03 - I decided I wanted to build a large (very) electric model, and chose the Stinson Reliant as a subject. I will be fitting the optional flaps, dummy engine, cockpit details and pilot to improve the realism. I'm currently undecided which colour scheme to use, but favourite at the moment is the Fleet Air Arm colours from WW2.

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