At the Dayton Ohio Giant Scale
event this year Mike Barbee unveiled his latest masterpiece, a Balsa USA
Stearman. I have owned and flown one of these for over ten years now and
was thrilled to see Mikes great rendition of this classic biplane.
Mike's plane is made from a kit
by Balsa USA. The plane is constructed from balsa, plywood, fiberglass
and metal. Mike chose Stits for the covering. The Stearman weighs 52lbs
and has 118" wingspan. The kit features functional flying and landing
wires, scale gear with suspension, cockpit gauges and leaf sprung tail
One striking feature of Mike's
Stearman is the 215cc gas four cycle, five cylinder radial! You have to
hear this engine. The one I have heard flying was amazing and sounded
very much like a real radial going overhead. The radial will swing a 32/10
at 5000 rpm and idle at 700.