Beechcraft Bonanza (oz14830)
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Beechcraft Bonanza. Free flight scale model for rubber power. Wingspan 22 in.
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Quote: "Mary/Steve, I also spend some time this weekend stitching together my scans of the Sterling Beechcraft Bonanza plan. Attached is the PDF files of the plans and decal for your site. The original plan set did not have the formers or ribs on the plan set like the Cessna L-19 Bird Dog did, but I found and downloaded the printwood sheets by skyraider from Hip Pocket Aeronautics here: https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_plans/details.php?image_id=2035
and included it with my scans of the plan and the decals. Thanks. Roger"
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User commentsAnother kit I dreamt about as a kid, not being able to afford it. Now I can build it. Thank you all!
Martin - 27/09/2023
I wonder if anyone ever built one of these and actually got the landing gear to work.
Dave - 27/09/2023
I built the Sterling P-47 oz3447 with the same system, nice to see on (let's say) "flight". To act as a spring the l/g wire was so thin that in extended position the model once on the ground was sitting splattered like a frog. Bomb releas was funny, I built Sterling Spitfire oz2986 too. Not talking about flour crop dusting on Piper oz12274... Pit
Pit - 27/09/2023
I got one built and got the landing gear to "work" but never flew it. Because the old heavy wood and rubber wheels had so much mass, that when the gear sprung down it ripped the fittings out of the wing. Might have worked with lightweight plastic or modern foam wheels.
Thomas Solinski - 27/09/2023
I hadn't spotted this landing gear deployment mechanism before. Should study the other Sterling plans! This is a beautiful little aircraft.
thooms - 28/09/2023
I remember these, and others like them. I don't think they were ever intended to actually fly. You had to really know what you were doing just to get one finished. Walter, our hobby shop owner refused to stock them, so many came back with complaints. I built some the simpler sheet balsa models back in the day. None of them flew. Wonder how many kids were disappointed with one of these kits. First kit I ever built that really flew was the Comet Sparky. Still have one, converted to RC.
doug smith - 28/09/2023
Unfortunately, "flying" scale model airplanes as designed by Sterling, Guillows and others, being mass produced and rather cheap meant rock hard balsa and sturdy design. They were mostly made as static models since flying performance, unless you replace the hard balsa parts with light balsa ones, install enough rubber motor and use a big home made balsa propeller, and built as stated on the plans would be just a slightly long glide. The sales of these type of kits was very big, mostly because they have a very attractive box and reasonable prices. Also the model comes out very nice if not made for flying, In the UK two companies: Keil Kraft and Veron sold for many years small cheap rubber powered scale models by thousands, They COULD be made to fly but no 12 year boy could achieve decent flying performance. I have seen several of these models modified by expert builders and they do fly very well. Only if a small glow or diesel engine is installed and perhaps flying them as control liners a decent performance could be eventually obtained. Best wishes and greetings from Colombia. EDUARDO
Eduardo Barriga - 30/09/2023
Great guy John Koptonak utilized the boxtop art from the old Sterling Bonanza kit to finish his build of a different, newer kit of the Bonanza, the one by Herr Engineering.
John noticed that the old Sterling kit's box art depicted a Bonanza based in Red Bank, New Jersey USA circa 1965 -- where his mother grew up!
Enjoy John's brilliant video of this build:
John Rood - 01/10/2023
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