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Old 11-18-2018, 03:31 AM
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Default Rage-R/C Micro Beech Staggerwing RTF

Anyone have one of these as of yet? If so, how do you like it. Considering this one, to replace my OLD Ares-R/C Taylorcraft 130 (now discontinued). Daniel
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No, but my Father rebuilt a real Staggerwing Beech for my brother. The micro one might be a great addition to my hangar.
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I have one about that size but it is an old Gravity Hobbies kit, They had a stupid idea of it being a beginner plane, sold it with a 2ch Tx I think. I removed their stuff and replaced it with 2 gram servos and a brushless motor.



Haven't flown it yet, just seem to over look it when I go out.


The info for the Rage says for pilots that can make coordinated turns with rudder and ailerons, so keep that in mind.


I wonder how they did the retracts. probably linked to the flaps.
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No, but my Father rebuilt a real Staggerwing Beech for my brother. The micro one might be a great addition to my hangar.
I bet it’s a BEAUTIFUL restoration. P&W R-985-AN-1?
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Originally Posted by Wildflyer View Post
I have one about that size but it is an old Gravity Hobbies kit, They had a stupid idea of it being a beginner plane, sold it with a 2ch Tx I think. I removed their stuff and replaced it with 2 gram servos and a brushless motor.



Haven't flown it yet, just seem to over look it when I go out.


The info for the Rage says for pilots that can make coordinated turns with rudder and ailerons, so keep that in mind.


I wonder how they did the retracts. probably linked to the flaps.
That would be my guess. From what I understand, this IS the 1st micro w/retracts & flaps.
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Originally Posted by Rabbitcreekok
No, but my Father rebuilt a real Staggerwing Beech for my brother. The micro one might be a great addition to my hangar.
I bet it’s a BEAUTIFUL restoration. P&W R-985-AN-1?



That is correct. The 450 is a great engine.


My Dad was in the crop spraying business beginning just after WWII and used Stearmans, about 25 of them, with the 450 in most cases. I helped tear one down that had broken a connecting rod and flew for 15 minutes back to the landing strip. The cylinder bases were braded into the crankcase, but it still ran until the pilot got it back on the ground.


He totally rebuilt the wood cabin for the Staggerwing restoration. I still have the old wood stored away. Don't know why. He also modernized a lot of the weaknesses in the Staggerwing by upgrading to a 28 volt electrical system.
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Originally Posted by Wildflyer View Post
I have one about that size but it is an old Gravity Hobbies kit, They had a stupid idea of it being a beginner plane, sold it with a 2ch Tx I think. I removed their stuff and replaced it with 2 gram servos and a brushless motor.



Haven't flown it yet, just seem to over look it when I go out.


The info for the Rage says for pilots that can make coordinated turns with rudder and ailerons, so keep that in mind.


I wonder how they did the retracts. probably linked to the flaps.
When the day comes, I’ll have an expert pilot I know at my club field trim it out and coach me w/the maiden. I’ll be a NERVOUS WRECK.
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Originally Posted by Rabbitcreekok
No, but my Father rebuilt a real Staggerwing Beech for my brother. The micro one might be a great addition to my hangar.
I bet it’s a BEAUTIFUL restoration. P&W R-985-AN-1?



That is correct. The 450 is a great engine.


My Dad was in the crop spraying business beginning just after WWII and used Stearmans, about 25 of them, with the 450 in most cases. I helped tear one down that had broken a connecting rod and flew for 15 minutes back to the landing strip. The cylinder bases were braded into the crankcase, but it still ran until the pilot got it back on the ground.


He totally rebuilt the wood cabin for the Staggerwing restoration. I still have the old wood stored away. Don't know why. He also modernized a lot of the weaknesses in the Staggerwing by upgrading to a 28 volt electrical system.
Is that R-985 referred to as the “Wasp Jr.”? Dan
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That is correct, Dan. The Wasp was the R-1340 which made 600hp in the version used in the AT-6. My Dad put one of the R-1340 on a Stearman but all it did was burn more fuel.


The size of the fuselage of the Stearman limited the spray tank size to around 200 gallons and the R-985 would take care of the load, so the R-1340 just used more avgas.


The Stearman would not go any faster since the drag on a Stearman limited the speed anyway. Too many flying, landing and brace wires and N struts.


We actually used some Stearmans with the original 220hp Jacobs or Continental engines. They could not quite carry the load the 450 could.
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The Stearman still is the All-American Biplane. They’re a blast to watch cruising across the sky.

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And there is no better sound than a radial engine.
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AMEN!!! Dan (AMA 827427)
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