So, You Broke Your Wing

Broken Wing

It looks so ugly, most of us would trash it in a heartbeat. On the other hand, you have little to loose if you try and fix it. In this case, it was a favorite plane and parts are not available.

The first thing to do is get rid of the ugly parts. Remove the necessary covering and broken bits of wood but leave as much of the spars, leading edge, trailing edge and sheeting that's still intact as you can. These will be the beginning of the re-structure process. With all the broken bits removed it looks easier to deal with.

Align Wing

To help align the wing so that both pieces are level with each other you may want to use some boards with a strait edge to keep the pieces on the same level. These boards have an angle cut on the edge to conform to the airfoil. While the 2 pieces are being aligned, take measurements and compare them with the better half of the wing. Eyeball it at several angles, making sure it's as good as it can be. You can't spend too much time at this stage.

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Super Stearman

Stearman ARF 2

As a relative newcomer to the world of fuel RCs I decided early that I didn't have the patience, or the time, to build from kits. With that determined I entered into chancy world of ARFs. I had put together several very nice planes with great results and a lot of help from my neighbor and good friend Mike Everhart. I guess like everyone else in the sport I always had one plane in the back of my mind that I just had to have. I already owned a good trainer (a Nexstar), a great war bird (a P-51D Mustang), and a good stunt flyer (the Sukhoi SU-31).

Stearman Final

I continually browsed the web looking for my "dream plane" not quite sure what I was even looking for. Then I finally found it, the Great Planes Super Stearman. This was a plane that had everything I could possibly want. It was not only a large scale but had beautiful details and appointments that would impress any flyer. I set out to find and read every review on the plane I possibly could.

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