Stinson Reliant (oz13386)


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Stinson Reliant. Radio control scale model. Gold edition. Giant scale kit. Wingspan 100.5 in, wing area 1487 sq in. Scale is 1/5.

Discontinued kit from Top Flite.

Quote: "Congratulations and thank you for purchasing the Top Flite Gold Edition Stinson SR-9. Due to the large quantity of details and accessories on the full size subject (cowl blisters, windows & doors, step ladder, landing gear covers, etc) the Stinson makes an ideal project for experienced scale modelers.

However, due to the familiar building techniques and all wood construction, this Gold Edition kit is also an ideal project for moderately experienced builders who have not yet ventured into the realm of scale craftsmanship. Those who wish to go all out can even cover their 'Reliant' with a fabric and paint system and add rib stitching. That’s the beauty of this Gold Edition kit - since we’ve done all the engineering you’ll end up with an impressively detailed scale model.

Another benefit of choosing the Stinson as a scale subject is its relaxing flight characteristics. The Stinson’s large, high wing and long tail moment yield an 'honest' craft that instills confidence. Working flaps are the icing on the cake! This is one bird among your squadron that is sure to make many appearances at your local flying field.

Though the Stinson requires a little more skill to build than some of the other models in the Gold Edition lineup, complete instructions (right down to the airfoiled landing gear covers and opening doors) leave little or nothing up to the imagination. Highly experienced scale builders may venture off in areas of scale detail and apply their own techniques, but should refrain from making modifications to the main structure. Less experienced modelers need only to follow the instructions while building such details.

One last note before you continue: We highly recommend that you get photos or a book about the Stinson Reliant, or send for a documentation package as soon as possible (see Scale Documentation on page 4). This way, you can study the drawings and photos while you’re building to get a feel for how your SR-9 should look when you’re done. This will also help you figure out what scale details to add and decide on a trim scheme (you can also dream about how cool your SR-9 is going to look when it’s done!).

Recommended engine size:
1.08 to 1.99 cu. in. [17.7 to 32.6cc] 2-stroke.
1.2 to 1.6 cu. in. [19.7 to 26.2cc] 4-stroke.
25 to 35cc ignition.

The Top Flite Gold Edition Stinson will perform well with any of the engines within the recommended range, but you must base your engine selection upon how much your finished model will weigh. This is greatly determined by the level of scale detail you plan to achieve and the method of covering. Refer to the Designer’s Notes section for further details on engine selection.

We highly recommend the OS FT-160 Twin Cylinder glow engine featured in the instructions. It has ample power for even a 22 lb model with scale appearance and sound!

FLAPS (Optional): Your SR-9 is designed to incorporate working flaps; however, flaps are optional and not required for an excellent flying experience. Without flaps, the takeoff roll is a bit longer and the landing speed is a bit faster. If you do not wish to build working flaps, simply glue them into position.You can wait until you are well into wing construction until deciding whether or not to build working flaps. For flaps, you will need these additional items..."

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Update 21/10/2021: Added kit review from Flying Models, February 2001, thanks to RFJ.

Update 22/4/2022: Added kit review from RCM, December 2000, thanks to RFJ.

Update 24/9/2022: Added kit review (text) from RCSI, Jan 2001, thanks to Michael. Note this is a pdf generated from the now defunct Top Flite page at:

Supplementary file notes

Manual, 60 pages.

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    Stinson Reliant
    by Ernest LeClair
    from Top Flite
    100in span
    Scale IC R/C Cabin Civil Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 13/10/2021
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