Stinson O-49 (oz8559)


Stinson O-49 (oz8559) by Earl Stahl from Model Airplane News 1941 - plan thumbnail

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Stinson O-49 (Stinson L-1 Vigilant). Scale model for rubber power.

Quote: "Model builders will recognize the Stinson 0-49 as an excellent subject for a flying scale contest model. In appearance it is attractive yet not difficult to build. Best of all, the aerodynamic proportions are near perfect; our test model was built to scale and it was unnecessary to even increase the wing's dihedral or enlarge the proportions of the tail surfaces to obtain long, stable flights. The relatively long fuselage permits use of a powerful motor of considerable length, thus increasing the length of power flights. To make possible use of a propeller of sufficient size the landing gear is shown in the extended or flight position. In addition to its excellent flight qualities, the Stinson offers a wealth of detail to be reproduced in the radial motor, cabin windows, etc., for those who seek maximum scale points in flying scale contests..."

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Stinson O-49 (oz8559) by Earl Stahl from Model Airplane News 1941 - model pic

  • (oz8559)
    Stinson O-49
    by Earl Stahl
    from Model Airplane News
    July 1941 
    32in span
    Scale Rubber F/F Cabin Military
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
  • Submitted: 23/03/2017
    Filesize: 294KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: GTHunter, Pilgrim

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Enclosed are a couple of pictures of Earl Stahl's Stinson O-49 [main pic, 005]. The plans were doubled sized to 64" wingspan. I converted it to 3 channel RC. Powered by a Magnum .15. I enjoy your website as it inspires me to keep building. Thank you!
Dan Owen - 13/10/2021
Would you kindly give some hints about how you 've built the undercarriage? You say you doubled the size of the model. That means a much heavier model sits on those legs and its supportive struts. What material did you use for the u/c? What strength of wire? Did you solder those wires? Exists maybe a drawing of your solution to this all?
Would be greatful for your information.
Thank you.
Robert Schlickewitz - 13/10/2021
Robert, That was the weakest part. I soldered the wire landing gear just like the example shown on the plans. Don't remember what gauge piano wire I used. The struts were reinforced with plywood and shaped with balsa, then covered with silkspan. The under carriage was attached to plywood bulkheads. I had to land gently, or bend it back to its proper shape. I hope this helps!
Dan Owen - 14/10/2021
Thanks, Dan, very helpful your information.
Venerable Kermit Weeks has not only his impressions of the Storch on YouTube, he flew also one of the last L-1 survivers and he confronts us with interesting facts indeed.
Look how low the Stinson sits on its u/c legs even when without pilot/passenger. It's the same problem as with the Storch modelbuilders have to
compromise how they construct the L-1 u/c.
Robert Schlickewitz - 16/10/2021
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