Modified Stearman Bi-Plane

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Project by nitewalker41 posted 10-02-2011 10:29 PM 2929 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had already built the Stearman from plans by Norm Marshall’s book and downloaded the plans of Randy Morter’s “Toy Airplane #2” and added some of my own changes to come up with this one, it is made from Fir, Hickory, Walnut, Cherry & Alder, [you guessed it, using up all my small scraps, don’t want to waste them if I can find a use for them.

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 02:55 AM

Great job. Your plans? I flew in one years ago. Great old airplane.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 05:45 AM

That’s cool!!
Great detail

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 08:20 AM

The plane is wonderful! The view is awesome. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#4 posted 10-03-2011 03:33 PM

Very Nice Bi-Plane, It’s neat how You have used many types of wood, Randy will be very proud seeing this, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 12:32 AM

Awesome!! I love biplanes ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-04-2011 03:18 AM

That’s nice! I like the added details and the fact that you slotted the tail pieces, which I meant to do. How did you fit the wings to the body? That was the hardest part for me.

I like your struts too. Do you think they’re sturdy enough for a toy that young boys would play with? Did you just use dowels inserted into the body?

@Raymond – if you’re intersted, here’s a link to my plans in SketchUp – they’re not 100% complete, nor as cool as nitewalker41’s, but they’re free!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#7 posted 10-04-2011 05:46 AM

Randy, I used the wing layout from your “Toy Airplane #2” plans to get the wing size and outer strut placement holes then I drilled 3/16” holes at a 45degree angle in the fuselage for the upper struts and put dowels in them about a inch above the top of fuselage, then took a 1/32” wood blank and placed it at the rear of front cockpit, then placed the upper wing on center and back against the wood blank, and then marked the location of the upper struts and then spot drilled the upper wing for them. [I agree the wings were the hardest part of the project, had to re-cut upper wing a couple times to get it right] Landing gear struts are 1/2’ dowel drilled into fuselage at 30 degree angles about 1/2inch deep [don’t know how they would hold up to young boys].

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 08:05 AM

I have Norm Marshalls book. Your interpretation of the biplane is outstanding, and the view you have of the country side around you looks very relaxing.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 06:55 AM

The Steerman is a great plane. So is yours.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 10:37 PM

That is really nice man!

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