Stinson RQ-1 XR3Q-1 RELIANT
Only one Stinson Reliant served with the US Coast Guard, being commissioned during 1935, serving until 1941. The Service used the aircraft as a flying “Radio Test” bed for long distance aerial radio communications, a novel idea in the 1930’s.
The plastic kit is an old 1970’s era kit offered by AMT and designated as the SR-9 model in 1:48 scale. As the USCG flew an earlier version, the SR-5, I had to replace the kit’s gull wing with a flat wing with rounded wing tips. I dug into the spare parts box and used the old Monogram 1:48 scale Piper Cub wings modified for the Stinson. As they were pretty close it was just a matter of fitting them to the fuselage with the appropriate struts. I also had to cut new windows and a new door to make it a little more prototypical. The model was air brushed with Tamiya paints and detailed with decals I printed from my computer. The RDF loop and roof antenna are made from brass.
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