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PT-17 Stearman By Flair

NOTE: Nobody is more frustrated than I that Flair has not restarted production of this kit. We get emails weekly about this. We leave it listed because they say it will be out soon. Soon seems to never get here however. Before you email on this subject (please do not), let us give you the answers we give over and over and over to everybody. Q: Is the kit available? A:No. Q:When will the kit be available? A:We have no idea when the kit will be available. Q:Can you inquire as to when the kit will be available? A:We have many times, they do not answer this question. Q:What is the delay? A:We have no idea. Q:How will I know when the kit is available? A:We will remove this note when the kit is back in stock. Q:Is there anything else you know about this kits availability? A:Nothing. Q:Should I email you about this from time to time? A:Are you serious? Those on the back order list will be notified ASAP if and when they ever here.

I have spoken to a number of Stearman pilots and have concluded that the Flair model flies in much the same manner as does the full size. This is very gratifying and justifies the work involved in producing such a kit. If scale modelling is about recreating the full size in miniature with accurate shape, finish and flying performance then in our opinion the Flair Stearman has achieved this objective.
As stated above the Stearman flies much like the real thing. It requires the use of rudder for take off and for smooth accurately aligned turns. It requires a shallow dive prior to aerobatics such as loops, rolls and stall turns and it takes off in a sedate manner after a scale looking run. These notes apply to our prototype fitted with a Laser 150 which is plenty of power for those with reasonable flying experience. If you are a pilot who regularly "gets the nose up" or if you are in the habit of having engines go sick just after take off then more power is recommended such as the Laser 180 or 200 twin.
Take off Line up the model into wind. Get your assistant to restrain the model whilst you rev the engine to clear it, then bring it back to idle. Ask your assistant to leave the runway. Apply a little up elevator and open the throttle gently to full power. Apply rudder to correct any swing. As the model starts to accelerate gently release the up elevator and the tail will rise. Build up speed on the ground and then gently apply a little up elevator to lift the model into the air. Climb out in a straight line until at a sensible height. Note any tendencies to yaw, pitch or roll.
Trimming Turn into a circuit and adjust the trims to give a well balanced straight and level flight at slightly reduced power, (Laser 150, more powerful engines can be throttled back more). Don't be tempted to check the stall yet; get a feel for the sensitivity of the controls first. If the model is very sensitive on elevators then you may have a rearward CG or elevator throws which are too large. If this is the case proceed to a landing being careful not to loose to much speed on finals. Landing.
This model has a high drag factor. If you cut the throttle to idle it will come down at a very steep angle. Enter a standard rectangular circuit with about half power and assess the sink rate. Adjust the power level, (not too low), so that by the time you are on finals the model is sinking in a nice straight line towards the threshold. Combine the flare out with progressive throttle reduction at about 1 meter altitude and allow the model to sink onto the runway. You will probably find that you still have significant power on even when the wheels touch. Cut the throttle to idle and control the yaw with rudder. Bring the model to a stop and taxi it to the side of the runway. Cut the engine; DO NOT TAXI BACK INTO THE PITS, this is dangerous and should never be attempted.
Tips for realistic flight.
Gentle aerobatics can be performed by the Stearman, loops, axial rolls, barrel rolls, stall turns etc. Unless you are using a large engine these will require full power and a shallow dive to look perfect. Make neither the dive too steep nor the turns too sharp.
Rudder is an important control on the Stearman and should be used in turns. Try a turn without using rudder. You will find that the tail appears to drop as you bank the model - adverse yaw, just like the real thing. We have suggested aileron differential for the control throws which helps, but the proper way to turn is with rudder and aileron. Try this. Initiate a turn with a little RUDDER, then follow with ailerons and of course elevator to maintain the altitude. See how much smoother the turn looks without the tail dropping. You will also find that you loose less speed in the turn and the model maintains its altitude more easily.
When you have mastered flying the Stearman smoothly you will be delighted how realistic it looks and will be proud to display it regularly at your club.
The prototype on its first public outing at Old Warden

Wingspan 2260 mm, (89"), scale 1:4.3
Length 1750 mm, (69")
Weight 8.2 - 9.5 kg (18 - 21 lb)
Power 150 4 strokes min, 180 recommended
( 2 stroke petrol or glow equally acceptable)
Radio 4 channel, 5 servos, (45 Ncm torque rating for ailerons and elevator)

Kit includes:
CNC and die cut parts
All strip and sheet wood
All hardware
Wheels and fully sprung and damped undercarriage
Dummy engine, as in picture
Glass fibre forward fuselage mouldings
Complete Closed Loop Control System for Rudder and Elevators.
Die Stamped Steel Bracket Components.
Steerable tail wheel
Various mouldings for windscreens and fairings
3 massive sheets of full size plans 55 page instruction booklet, hundreds of photos and diagrams.
Only Adhesives and Coverings are required to complete the air frame.

Additional Items.
Pilot - LLoyd FL1281
Decal sets FL1280

Centre of Gravity Position. 175 - 190 mm back from centre section leading edge of top wing.

Incidence Angles.
Tailplane + 3.0 deg
Top Wing +3.5 deg
Bottom Wing +3.5 deg

Control Throws, approx:

Elevator: +/- 30 mm
Rudder: 80 mm left and right
Aileron: 40 mm up, 20 mm down Note that the undercarriage as supplied in the kit for the Stearman is available separately to mount on many other models. Full set FL1282 excluding wheels Wheels 145 mm (5.7") diameter FL1283 Replacement dummy cylinders can be supplied individually if required, part number W30729 Dummy crankcases FL1284 Forward fuselage moulding FL1285 All light ply, birch ply and paxolin component panels can be supplied - complete panels only. All mouldings can be supplied.

This kit has been out of production for years.

This kit is a previously purchased kit, appears to be new, never unpacked, nor rifled through. However the kit box is not sealed as from the factory, obviously opened at one time. Because this is a previously owned kit, we honor nor offer no guarantees nor warranties on this kit whatsoever. This is an "As is", "At your own risk", "All sales final, non-refundable, non-returnable" purchase. We will not open the kit and perform any kind of inspection on your behalf. We purchased this kit in effort to help our waiting list customers obtain this kit, a long awaited opportunity for many. Actual shipping charges will be added to your order as per your destination address. Box weighs approximately 35lbs with approximate dimensions of 10" Tall x 16" Wide x 47" Long.

SKU Number: FL1060

Legionaire Kit

Representing the French, the Legionaire is a sport scale version of the Nieuport 17. Most allied air forces flew this impressive machine, more properly called a sesquiplane because of its 1 and 1/2 wings.

Just like the real thing with its high undercarriage this model requires accurate rudder control on take off but once in the air is a real smoothly and is instantly forgiven.

Type: Sport scale sesquiplane
Span: 52" (1320 mm)
Engines: .25-.40 2 strokes, .35-.50 4 strokes
Radio: 4 channel
Weight: 6 lbs
Centre of Gravity Position: 1 1/8" in front of rear cabane strut

Rating: Build Time-Average, Build Skill-Average, Flying Skill-Competent

Kit Contents: Strip and sheet wood, Aluminium cowl, Pre cut parts, Fuel tank, Engine mounting, Hardware pack, Plans and instructions.
Out of production and only 2 left in stock, order today!

SKU Number: FL1022
Price: $215.00 

Fokker Tri-Plane Kit

This large version of the DR1 looks closer to scale than it really is and can be finished to a very impressive standard if required. The original had no rigging wires so these need not bother those wanting authenticity. It is not a beginners model but anyone with reasonable experience will find its flight characteristics smooth and pleasurable. Construction is traditional and straightforward, only the timber is bigger.


Type: Sport scale triplane
Span: 73" (1855mm)
Engines: .90 min. 2 strokes, .90-1.20 4 stroke
Radio: 4 channel
Weight: 11 - 14 lbs
Center of Gravity Position: On the main spar of the middle wing.

Rating: Build Time-Average to Lengthy, Build Skill- Average
Flying Skill:Competent, Instructions:Average

Kit Contents: Strip and sheet wood, Aluminium cowl, Pre cut parts, Hardware pack, Plans and instructions.
Out of production and only 1 left in stock as of 9/25/15! Order today!

SKU Number: FL1031
Price: $395.00 

Flair Cub Trainer

The Flair Cub is a sport scale version of the famous Piper Cub with build up wings. It has been designed to be perfect for the newcomer to powered aero modelling and it is widely agreed that this is one of the best models for learning to fly R/C model aircraft. Thousands have been built and flown very successfully. The model is available in various configurations; foam wings/ built up. Finishing a model is a personal choice but you can see from the photos that both military and civil are attractive. The Cub can also be flown off floats adding to its appeal.

Sorry, no longer in production. Only 1 left in stock as of 9/25/15, order today!

Kit Contains: Sheet and strip wood; Die cut parts; Engine mount; Cowl; Fuel tank; Hardware pack; Wheels; and highly detailed plans and instructions.

Also available:
Complete 4 channel kit with foam wings FL1036
4 channel foam wing kit FL1037

Additional Items:
Decals (G-AYPM) FL2046
Decals (USAF) FL2048AA
Steerable tailwheel assembly 25mm FL2047

Span 73" (1855 mm)
Engines .25 - .40 2 strokes
.35 - .52 4 strokes
Radio 3 or 4 channel

SKU Number: FL1038
Price: $219.00 

Flair Heron

3 Channel 68"WS Glider.
Span 68" (1730 mm) Radio 3 channel Weight 2.5 lbs

Out of production and only 1 left in stock, order today!

SKU Number: FL1005
Price: $132.00 

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