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Old 09-05-2022, 12:01 PM
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World's smallest aircraft.

Can't remember if I've asked before so here I go again. (Or not)
I absolutely love the world's smallest planes. I hope one day to build RC flying models of the main ones.
If anyone would like to give it a go:-
1/ Stits Junior
2/ Stits Skybaby (My favourite ).
3/ Starr Bumblebee.
4/ Starr Bumblebee 11.
5/ Stits (Don) Baby Bird. Do NOT get me started on this !
I've also heard of Wilbur Staib's LB2 (Little Bas**rd 2)
I've found a couple of not very good pictures and I hear the EAA has some info on it but they won't let me have it unless I become a member. Fair enough I suppose, but I can't afford it.
Any thoughts, pi9ccies or 3v/plans appreciated.
Ta.
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I love the worlds smallest planes myself. I've gotten rather close to the Starr Bumblebee (literally) and the Bede BD-5J.
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Although early models and in a bad need of a refresh, both are available in the downloads section here.
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Old 09-05-2022, 03:57 PM
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There is a Starr Bumblebee in our download section. Done by some
guy named Aaron. I think maybe Murphy?
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And then, theres this guy....
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Old 09-06-2022, 02:23 AM
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Hi Sprogs, I don't know if you're already aware of it but this site: Oz : Free plans : Collection of free vintage model aircraft plans to download has a few plans for stick and tissue Stits models (along with a few thousand others!).
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Old 09-16-2022, 10:46 AM
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Hi everyone, and thanks for your replies.
Murphyaa, I am jealous and I want your T-shirt.
I've managed to get plans for:-
Stits junior
Stits Skybaby
Starr Bumble bee.
I found a "plan" which is little more than a 3v from a company here in England and with a little bit of luck and ingenuity it might do.
I had the pleasure of corresponding with Mr. Starr a while ago and he says that no plans were ever made for Bumble bee ii as it was just lofted on a sheet of cardboard and in chalk on his garage floor.
The thing is, he sent me some drawings but my computer crashed and I haven't yet found a copy on my back-ups. Curses !
Oh ! I've just remembered another one.
O'Neill Pea Pod.
I know this one didn't fly, just completed taxi tests, but I love it and that's all that matters.
The ones I'm still chasing are:-
Bumble bee ii
Staib LB-2
and O'Neill Pea Pod.
If you find any pictures or info please feel free to post and/or pm me.
Thanks
Liz.
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Old 09-16-2022, 12:22 PM
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I'm not sure if you allow any one-off models in your list, but Pushy Galore (Miller-Bohannon JM-2 Pushy Galore - Wikipedia) is a good looking small plane.
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Old 09-16-2022, 01:18 PM
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There's also the Bowers Fly Baby, designed by aviation writer Peter Bowers in the late 50s, early 60s. There was a write up at the time in Air Progress magazine with a nice set of plans.

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Old 09-21-2022, 11:17 AM
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Just a quick update on my post of the 9th.
Under Starr bumble bee I wrote:-
"I found a plan"
There should have been a line saying "Stits Baby Bird" between them.
Sorry for any confusion.
P.s. The Stits Junior was 8'10" span. Anything much bigger doesn't really come into it but thanks for your suggestions as they are all interesting and welcome.
Liz.
P.s.s. Wasn't there a small Caproni triplane ? and Ricci triplane ? I'm off to look !
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Old 09-21-2022, 02:17 PM
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Another small one to consider... a one-seat twin-engine contraption:
Colomban Cri-cri - Wikipedia
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