Simple Staggerwing oz7072


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Submitted to Outerzone: 27/09/2015
Outerzone planID: oz7072 | Filesize: 655KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: dfritzke


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Simple Staggerwing Beech 17. Simple Stagggerwing by Ace, for .10-.25 engines. Radio control sport scale model. Note this model used the Ace foam wing, so no wing ribs or formers are shown.

Quote (from review): "At a time when front-line fighters had top speeds of about 160-180 mph, the prototype of Walter Beech's famous Staggerwing achieved over 200 mph, with a low landing speed of 60 mph. This performance, coupled with a range of over 1,000 miles, made it superior to the military aircraft of the day in almost every way. It is as if Cessna were today selling a comfortable executive aircraft that outperformed an F-18. As a result, the Beech 17 served in the air ser-vices of many countries and was a formidable racing plane, taking the 1936 Bendix Trophy. Now it is a favorite with collectors and fliers of antique aircraft - and loved by modelers.

Ace designer Fred Reese has captured the flavor of the historic Staggerwing Beech while keeping it easy to build. This model is one of Ace's Simple Series of low-cost, relatively easy-to-build kits which include semi-scale WW II and acrobatic planes, their tiny Pocket Rocket (oz6954), and the fine amphibious electric Puddlemaster. I have happily flown Ace kits for over 20 years, and looked forward to this one.

The kit has precisely cut ply and balsa pieces, and two pair of Ace's famous foam wing sets. I've flown dozens of kits and scratchbuilt models with these wings, and (if you'll pardon the expression), they've never let me down. The aerodynamics of the model are well thought out. For example, the upper wing, which bears the ailerons, has less incidence than the lower, so it will stall later, maintaining lateral control. The moments and layout seem ideal for electric power, and the conversion turned out very well.

I used a geared Astro .05, and my friend Yesso Tekerian, who shared the workbench with me to build a second one, used a geared Leisure .05. We knew that electric power would make our planes heavier than stock but, if they flew well, readers could be assured that with lighter gas engines the models would perform even better..."

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Update 14/09/2018: added kit review from Flying Models May 1997, thanks to spitfireflyby.

Supplementary files

Kit review.


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oz7072 datafile

Simple Staggerwing  
by Fred Reese
from Ace RC
35in span
Tags: Scale IC R/C Biplane Civil
formers unchecked



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Enclosed is a review of the Simple Staggerwing from Fred Reese and kitted by Ace [suppl. file]. This article is very interesting because it explains how to convert this kit in Electric powered plane. The article came from Flying Models 1997-05 Vol. 102 No. 5/677.
spitfireflyby - 14/09/2018
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