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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:55 pm

My son has taken a shine to RC, I am CL guy through and through, but I would like to spend time with him. I bought him a foam PT-17 at a swap meet and would like to fly with him. The only RC plane I would like to build is the large .35 fledgling. I am hoping to find a kit. I saw some plans on outer zone, but they are Sterling plans so not complete.

Just a shot in the dark to see if anyone has one.

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Post  roddie on Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:04 pm

Does this help any Ron? I'm not a member.. so I couldn't access drawings.

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2396756-Curtiss-Fledgling-N2C-(mod-48)-and-Mod-51
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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:14 pm

Thanks Roddie, unfortunately the only thing that plan has is in common with the Sterling kit is the name.

This is a Sterling Fledgling:

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Post  rsv1cox on Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:58 pm





Not my first RC airplane Ron but my longest lasting.  I built it at least 35 years ago and still have it.  4 channel Airtronics and Enya .29 power, an excellent flier and a great beginners aircraft. A recent picture.  I bought new batteries and rehabed the engine a few months ago.  It's ready to go.  

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Post  Cribbs74 on Sun Jan 29, 2017 7:19 pm

Looking good Bob. I like the simplicity of the design, from what I read it makes an excellent trainer and is very rugged. I'll find one hopefully! I may even ask you some questions as I build.

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Post  Mark Boesen on Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:20 pm

i never built one, but i do remember spending a lot of time drooling/dreaming over ads for them in the model airplane mags, my first 'big' R/C plane was a Kadet Jr., followed by a Kadet Mk I, lol and i still have.


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Post  Bolio on Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:10 am

I built the Mini Fledgling some years ago and powered with a (sorry to Cox lovers!) Norvel .061. Embarassed
Flew beautiful and for some years. RC Plane
Unfortunately meet his demise when I took off trying to do a Snap Roll with low rates!!! Crying or Very sad
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Re: Sterling Fledgling

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:52 am

Thanks Eric,

Now I have to figure out how to reset my password for that site! I also happened upon a place that will laser cut a short kit for $62. Not sold on that yet, would rather find an old kit, the wood will be nicer though...

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Post  Marleysky on Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:56 am

Cribbs74 wrote:Thanks Eric,

Now I have to figure out how to reset my password for that site! I also happened upon a place that will laser cut a short kit for $62. Not sold on that yet, would rather find an old kit, the wood will be nicer though...

Ron


Don't do it!!   I had to search my old email files to find my username and password.  Ooh I got lost in all the new stuff over there I'd been ignoring.   If your into DIY for the price of having 4 - $62 kits cut you can have your very own laser cutter:

http://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=21580.msg199971#msg199971

http://www.banggood.com/2500mW-A3-30x40cm-Desktop-DIY-Violet-Laser-Engraver-Picture-CNC-Printer-Assembling-Kits-p-1003863.html?rmmds=search

Looks like more fun than my wife's Scan'ncut!  But id have to learn CAD. Sad
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Post  fredvon4 on Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:53 pm

11.5" x 15" laser cutter for $225 is real intriguing

I note they do not specify balsa cutting...mostly intended for engraving and no real cut depth feature

BUT please do see my other off topic post as I will now be in search of Laser cutter once again...based on this price point you linked to

I am open to any and all opinions and thoughts ...but do it on the other thread so we don't drag Ron's RC plane search too far off topic


Speaking of... HEY Ron

I get what you want--- but ask this... Is this particular RC model the only option considered?

Or is the father and son RC flying experience more the goal

If the later, might I humbly suggest  (assuming you have zero or limited RC flying experience)  you get a Horizon Hobby Apprentice ARF Electric trainer.

I deliberately got a 60 sized Glow powered high wing ARF ( Balsa/Glow) Tower Hobby trainer to start my RC adventure.  

The local club trainer suggested the electric foam ARF Apprentice as a starting RC trainer...I am glad they did... mostly indestructible and will fly hands off just fine while being just right weight and power to deal with modest wind


Just food for thought buddy
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Re: Sterling Fledgling

Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:08 pm

Fred,

It's more of a father/son thing, it's just if I have to fly RC then I want to fly one that I like! I can wait until I get what I want, I'm stubborn that way Wink

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Post  Cribbs74 on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:18 pm

Marley,

Thanks for looking out, I replied to your message in a quote, messed up and deleted my post and it deleted yours as well! I am very sorry about that. Even with my super special moderator powers, I couldn't fix it. I gave you a greenie for my mistake!
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Post  RknRusty on Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:30 pm

Cribbs74 wrote:Marley,

Thanks for looking out, I replied to your message in a quote, messed up and deleted my post and it deleted yours as well! I am very sorry about that. Even with my super special moderator powers, I couldn't fix it. I gave you a greenie for my mistake!
Lol, I bet you clicked EDIT instead of QUOTE. I've done the same, but always caught it first.
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Re: Sterling Fledgling

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Post  RknRusty on Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:44 pm

Good picture, Jose. You could crop that out and it would make a good forum avatar.
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Post  getback on Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:46 am

That is Nice!! Hey Ron , you decided on what radio your going with for the future fledling ? RC Plane
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Post  Cribbs74 on Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:15 pm

getback wrote:That is Nice!!  Hey Ron , you decided on what radio your going with for the future fledling ? RC Plane

I have a Spektrum radio that I was given about 5 years ago. It's brand new, but already antiquated. It will work for my purposes.
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Re: Sterling Fledgling

Post  Kim on Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:02 pm

Yo Ron,

Fast Eddie at Lazer Works sells a 'Short Kit' of the Fledgling.  You provide the straight stock, and the kit has all the shaped parts.

My Shark, Winder, and Little Traveler II (Q-Tee) were built from his kits.

He doesn't sell plans of all his kits, but may be able to help you find a set.


http://lazer-works.com/misc.html



Doubt these will help much, but figured to include them from one of my plan books:



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Post  Kim on Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:19 pm

Ooops!  Sorry, just re-read and saw that you'd already found this....
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Post  getback on Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:18 am

Ron , If you decide to get the short kit and build form plans which in my opinion would be the way to go no telling when a kit may come up .... Anyway if you don't have and need stuff like steerable front wheel assy. , tires ,landing gear , servo trays or just what ever... i have this stuff and would like to help you and your son get in the air this spring . Just let me know .Eric RC Plane
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Post  Cribbs74 on Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:16 pm

getback wrote:Ron , If you decide to get the short kit and build form plans which in my opinion would be the way to go no telling when a kit may come up  .... Anyway if you don't have and need stuff like steerable front wheel assy. , tires ,landing gear , servo trays or just what ever...  i have this stuff and would like to help you and your son get in the air this spring . Just let me know .Eric RC Plane


Thanks Eric, that's very generous of you. I will be sure to chat you up when the time comes.

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Post  Cribbs74 on Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:43 pm

Well I called Lazer Works and ordered a kit. If Kim recommends them then they must be good, plus his Shark .15 is featured on their website. They certainly have a lot of nice kits.

So if anyone was looking out for me, you can stand down. I'll post the kit contents when it arrives so you can see the quality of it.

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Post  Bolio on Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:19 pm

Thats is awesome!!!
I believe that flies better than the Falcon. I flown both and this is way more stable and good flier!!
Do a build thread please!!.
Saludos.
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