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Old 03-30-2016, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Frank Baker's Short Stirling, MA 1989 issue

Hello all, many years since I posted on ths site but finished a project and wanted to share.

The project is from the plans of Frank B. Baker, Model Aviation 1989 issue. The plane was greatly modified from the original, but still mostly the same plane. For those who like to build, Frank's plans are a good starting place.

I also built Frank's Vickers Wellington a number of years ago and there is still a thread on this site but the images are long since gone. I can't find them otherwise I'd post them here as it is a sister plane to this one and is very close to the same scale (~1:16). It was done in the night bomber scheme with a black bottom and camouflage upper. It too is a great flier and I'd recommend it as one to do before the Stirling.

Here are a couple of images of the finished plane, right before ground tests and first flight.

Here are some specs for this plane:

WS: 72"
Lenght: 69"
Weight: 11 lbs
Power: Turnigy 2836/9 950kv 260w motors w/30a ESCs (updated info as original specs were incorrect)
Battery: 2 x 4000 3S LiPo, one for each pair of motors; one on the inboard set and one on the outboard set.
Props: APC 9x6E counter rotating, motors 1 and 3 one way, motors 2 and 4 the opposite direction
(the pictures show the plane before the first flight with MA 8.5x6E props. Also tried MA 9x7 3B props but they had a harmonic vibration on one wing so could not use them. These performed the best and looked great as the full size plane also used 3-bladed props)

(UPDATED INFO) Flight is very realistic and looks great in the air. I will post a video of one of the first flights once I get it from the owner. As mentioned, I can post several of the build photos but they only start with the air frame complete and the beginning of final sanding and finish work. I used .75 oz. fiber glass with epoxy for the finish with LOTS of sanding between coats. Not the lightest finish but allowed for custom painting. The paint scheme is that of one of the first test aircraft after it was given to the RAF training command. The yellow belly was not changed as it would have with later training planes that were not out of the testing program by Short. The batteries fit behind the nose which does remove for access. The wing is one piece which makes it difficult to transport and is mounted to the bottom of the fuselage via screws and AL plates on the belly pan. For reference, the wheels/tires are 4" in diameter and you can see they still look right for this plane even if it is only 6' in span.

For those that are interested, you can see more of the plane on our club's FaceBook page: "ShawneeRC", and go the photos area and look for the Short Stirling build album.

Have a great day and hope all your flights are good ones,

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Old 03-30-2016, 08:47 PM   #2
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Looks lovely.

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Great looking plane!

Take care and thanks for posting at WattFlyer!!

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