Stearman PT-17 (oz3704)


Stearman PT-17 (oz3704) from Sterling 1967 - plan thumbnail

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Stearman PT-17. Radio control scale model. Sterling kit FS-20.

Quote "This is another heroically found plan. The Sterling PT17 radio control version which was a kit that went on sale in 1967. As with all Sterling models, lots and lots of rather hard balsa, plywood, not very nice plastic parts, excellent decals and beautiful plans with plenty of sketches and lots of writing. This model flies extremely well but it needs a rather powerful engine because it is heavy and big. If anyone has the formers, they are welcomed. This plan finding is just half the battle won but worth having".

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 01/09/2016: Added zipfile of revised DXF parts, thanks to Athnansios.

Update 23/08/2019: Added scan of amended struts drawing, thanks to Pit.

Quote: "Hi Steve, recently I bought at an RC flea market a Sterling PT-17 64in kit for 50 euros only. Inside, along with the plan there is an amended plan for the interplane struts, wrong in the official plans. It's necessary to add it in your plan set... thanks in advance, Pit."

Supplementary file notes

1. Additional scan of the text of Step-5 on sheet 3, which is now legible. Thanks to Andy.
2. Zipfile containing all printwood files in PDF format, thanks to RickBenjamin. See the RCGroups posting here for more details: and explanation.
3. The same printwood files in DWG format, for CAD users.
4. A printed kit review of this model, from Radio Modeller magazine Sep 1968, includes some photos.
5. Zipfile of parts, revised, in DXF format, from Athnansios.
6. Struts amendment PDF.


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Stearman PT-17 (oz3704) from Sterling 1967 - model pic

  • (oz3704)
    Stearman PT-17
    from Sterling (ref:FS-20)
    64in span
    Scale IC R/C Biplane Civil
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 20/11/2012
    Filesize: 3135KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Edubarca, RickBenjamin, Athnansios

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User comments

Great set of plans. Just one minor problem; the text for Step 5 on plan sheet three is illegible.
Nameless - 25/11/2012
Sigh. Yes, section 5 of the text on sheet 3 of 4 of this very rare and previously unavailable plan from 1967 is not legible. Good point. Can only suggest you go and find us all a better copy, scan and submit it, so we can all read it.
SteveWMD - 25/11/2012
Added legible text of Step-5 thanks to Andy. See Supplement.
SteveWMD - 09/02/2013
There is a (German language) page with some great photos of his build of the Stearman PT17 by Andy here
SteveWMD - 09/02/2013
Added printwood files and kit review article, thanks to RickBenjamin.
SteveWMD - 14/03/2013
Hi Steve, I downloaded from your website about a year ago the plans for the Stearman PT-17 along with the drawing files. After I cut the parts I found out that some of them they were short in number (8 pieces of W8 and 8 pieces of W20), others were smaller in size or have the slots in the wrong place and one was totally missing (WT8). I fixed everything (I hope so), I managed to draw WT8 (I do not remember how, but it fits perfectly) and I added two additional drawings with the parts that were short in number (FS20-22 1-16 balsa 2ea and FS20-23 1-16 balsa 2ea). For my needs I enlarged the plans and the drawing by 1.1 because I believe is the right size for my Evolution Radial 735 engine. As soon as I build it up I will send you photos. Kind regards,
Athnansios - 01/09/2016
Just scaled to 1.1 Athnansios? Should be great to upload that 1.1 plans. I have a 7-35 waiting for a new plane.
WimVH - 31/12/2017
I don't have to upload the 1:1 plans. You download the existing drawings, open with Autocad and then use the "scale" command to enlarge them to the size you want.
Athanasios - 07/06/2018
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  • Plan File Filesize: 3135KB Filename: Stearman_PT-17_Sterling_oz3704.pdf
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