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1935 Beechcraft B17 L, The " Staggerwing"

BEECH These plans will allow one to build the rubber powered flying model of the 1935 Beechcraft B17L, affectionately known in aircraft circles as " The Staggerwing" as shown at the left.

The wingspan of the finished model is 19.5 inches, and the total length is 13 inches. As can be seen, the construction is tissue covered balsa, using 'stick and tissue' construction for the frame, ribs and formers.

The plans are complete and highly detailed, and can be used to construct and finish the model exactly as shown to the left.

As can be seen below, the plans are in booklet form, inserted into plastic sheet protectors that can be used to store the templates that are cut from the plans, as well as storing the plans themselves.

Multiple templates are included for the formers and ribs. They are included on pages separate from the plans themselves and are printed on heavyweight card stock. This way, the plans won't be damaged if your method of construction includes cutting out the templates, and the cut out rib and former templates will be sturdy enough to stand up to tracing and handling.


These plans were originally published in 1930s aviation magazines and were not necessarily complete in that they sometimes had to be scaled to fit the magazine's pages. In doing so, some pieces were left out or split to comply with space constraints and fit on adjoining pages. It was left to the builder to reconstruct parts or rescale the drawings where needed.

The plans that I am offering here are scanned from the originals. Then, using the computer, they are rescaled, corrected and redrawn where needed to combine split components, correct errors and add missing parts.

Unlike the originals, the plans are all printed on only one side of the paper or card stock, so that cutting one side doesn't damage something you may need on the other.


The corrected, rescaled plans are then printed full size, to the scale mentioned above, including the complete original instructions. I have added to the original instructions, both on the plans sheets themselves, and in a booklet of generic hints, that aids in building, covering, painting, balancing and flying the model when completed.

It also includes hints and tips to make your finished model an item to be proud of. The plans include the details for a scale propeller for display, and a flying propeller for... well ... flying!

BEECHThese last two close-ups show some of the detail that is present in the construction. These scans shown here are not representative of the quality of the plans themselves. These are reduced in resolution and size to make smaller files for downloading on this website. The plans themselves are clearly printed, highly detailed, full size to the scale mentioned above, drawings.

This detail is present throughout the entire model, so the builder can choose any level of finishing that his skill and patience dictate.

The original drawings and dimensions for the plans were taken directly from the full size aircraft in the 1930s, and reflect the original very accurately.

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1935 Beechcraft B17 L, The Staggerwing ....$9.95

Plans will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering, and I will notify you by email at that time. For destinations in the United States, the shipping will be $2.00 for the first set of plans and .50 for each additional set.

For international orders, the shipping will be higher. Also be aware that your country MAY charge custom charges on arrival. These can vary considerably. If concerned, please contact your local postal service for this information.

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