Monday, August 20, 2012

Stinson Update

We are in full swing on the Stinson projects at RARE Aircraft. We anticipate getting into cover and paint very soon on the SR-8 and V-77. This week we will be performing pre-cover assembly of the two and then we're off onto cover/paint.

Those that follow know from previous posts that the V-77 will be a custom R-985 powered airplane that bears no resemblance to its military roots. Wings are ready for cover and the fuselage is just about there. Every piece and part of this aircraft has been addressed. With the wings completely gone through and coated we're now completing new fuel tanks since the old were riddled with corrosion.

A new boot cowling and firewall was fabricated to make accommodation for the Pratt & Whitney R-985 on the front end. A Serve-Aero mount is being utilized for this installation.

Fuselage is all ready for cover. 

Wings are all fresh and ready to cover once the new tanks get installed.

The SR-8C is right next to the V-77 in regard to progress. Presently interior panels are being made for the upholstery to be installed. The seats are currently being upholstered and headliner is to follow. Wings are complete and the aircraft is ready for pre-cover assembly. Cover and paint to follow. This airplane will be black with red trim and gold pin.

SR-8 Panel all new again.

Wings are freshly coated and getting prepped for mating to the fuselage for pre-cover check.

Everything has been gone through and is fresh. All wood, hardware and appointments are new.
 New doors, trim and glass.

All new wood and sheet metal are on the fuselage and tail feathers.

Coming next is a Stinson SR-9F which will be a full re manufacture. We're excited to have the opportunity to have a hand in bringing back this rare R-985 powered Reliant which there are only five listed on the FAA registry. Also soon to be available for restoration and remanufacture is a SR-10C which was an All American Aviation mail aircraft. We hope to have the SR-10 on site late September. We'll post updates and photos of the SR-9F as things progress. Thank you for taking the time to have a look.