Stinson Voyager (oz3419)


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Stinson Voyager. Free flight scale model.

Quote: "Here is a cleaned version of the plan and article for a Stinson Voyager. Rubber power or .020 (Cox PeeWee). By Paul delGatto, from Flying Models April-May 1960. Includes parts. Originally uploaded by 40+ Air Years and jwfinn"

Update 21/08/2021: Added article, thanks to 50+AirYears.

Quote: "For the private pilot who wants 'big plane comfort with small plane handling ease' the Stinson Voyager has always been a favorite. Created just after World War II, this ship has the ability to get in and out of ninety percent of airports that can service a Cub. Model builders generally don't think in terms of seating capacity and baggage load, but are concerned with inherent stability and trim appearance when considering a new scale model, which makes this design an excellent choice.

When designing the Voyager, we used the idea of 'scale power' in order to maintain the graceful realism of flight, of the full scale version. With this aim in mind and using only an .020 Pee-Wee, we were completely successful. Just out of curiosity though, we did try an .049 and while it helped our balance it did prove to be a bit too much power, and created other trim problems.

By minimizing the rubber to-six or eight strands, rubber-power enthusiasts get amazingly long motor runs, without power burst difficulties often encountered with larger amounts of power. In this way, the performance achieved closely approximates the realism which is achieved with an .020 engine.

Construction: Begin construction with the fuselage, which is straight-forward. We made use of a box type frame built 1/8 square hard balsa, with formers and stringers added to give the proper contours.

Start assembly by pinning down the longerons over a full-sizes layout of the fuselage side, which can be easily scaled from the plans. Cement the uprights in place, allowing ample time for all the joints to dry thoroughly. Then construct a second side, over the first, separating them with a sheet of wax paper.

Assemble the sides by cementing the two horizontal cross-members to the front of the fuselage and join the sides at the rear with a drop or .two of cement. While these junctions are drying, cut all the necessary formers from soft 1/8 sheet balsa.

Complete the basic frame of the fuselage by inserting the rest of the horizontal cross-members in place, working from the widest point, toward both ends. Add the formers and stringers to the top and sides of the. fuselage. The center-section of the wing is added to the fuselage at this time. Simply cut the required ribs from 1/16 stock, build the center-section directly over an enlarged plan layout. Cement it in place and blend the top stringers into the rear wing spar.

Bend the landing gear struts from steel wire as shown on the full size layouts. The two pieces are soldered together and bound to the landing gear platform as indicated on the plan. The landing gear fairing and wheel pants are cut from soft balsa stock. Spot-cement the three sections of each wheel pants together, carve to shape and carefully pry one side away from the finished pant. Fit a 2 inch wheel in the pants: Using its drilled center as a guide, drill a 1/16 diameter hole through the unit. Re-assemble the pants using enough cement to assure a good bond..."

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