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« on: November 11, 2019, 03:32:40 PM »

Fired up after the 2019 Nijmegen IIFI I think I’ve already decided on one of my entries for next year’s 10th edition of this wonderful event. In the car park outside our hotel was a board with pictures and details of the brave efforts of Piper L4 Grasshopper pilots in Nijmegen as part of Operation Market Garden in September 1944. In particular, they mention this one: ‘Houston Hunch II’ and there are a couple of photos too. What a perfect subject for next year! I’m thinking I’ll do it for kit scale by basing it on a Piper Cub kit, or just maybe I might do it as a peanut. Has someone modelled this specific aircraft before I wonder?
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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2019, 03:51:19 PM »

Are you sure that's a Piper? Looks a little bit more like a Stinson.
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2019, 03:56:23 PM »

I’m not sure aT all. In fact the more I look at it the less Piperesque it looks. What’s more, a certain doyen if the UK scale world has just PM’ed me suggesting it’s an Aeronca. Can someone clear this up please? Whatever it is, I’m still going to model it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2019, 04:06:53 PM »

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Whatever it is, I’m still going to model it.
But, but, but.... it's not yellow.

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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2019, 04:08:31 PM »

Pretty sure it's a Stinson!

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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2019, 04:10:13 PM »

Yep! Stinson Sentinel.

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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2019, 04:11:29 PM »

There's so higher res pics on this thread

http://warfarehistorynetwork.com/2018/12/18/aerial-observers-of-the-82nd-the-flying-eyes-of-the-artillery/
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2019, 04:47:48 PM »

Most definitely an L-5 Stinson in your attachment there, Pete. However, that is a Piper L-4 in the background!  As far as "wartime Cubs" go, have you heard of the Flitfire?

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piper_Flitfire

(The link in the above post incorrectly identifies the aircraft. Stinson had wing flaps and fully cowled engine, L-4 Cubs no flaps, and exposed engine cylinders)
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2019, 05:44:36 PM »

Here's a website for Stinson Sentinels that may be handy

http://sentinelclub.org/historical.html
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« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2019, 08:55:21 PM »

This is definitely a Stinson L-5.  Not a Piper L-4.

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2019, 05:59:57 AM »

This is all very intiguing. Houston Hutch is definitely a Stinson L-5 but the other aircraft on the "warfarenetwork" site  linked by "squirrelnet" are Piper L-4's!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2019, 07:12:02 AM »

Thanks all, especially for the links and for clearing up my error. “Houston Hunch II” will definitely be my subject, so perhaps Ratz could modify the thread title to say ‘Stinson L-5’ when he gets a minute.
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2019, 09:32:34 AM »

Right- I think this will be a Kit Scale project, utilising this old 'Model Craft' plan from Outerzone which looks quite nice to me. I realise it's not all that lightly built and that 36" is quite big for indoor Kit Scale (or used to be!) but I reckon I'll still be okay at Nijmegen. I'll be able to fly it outdoors too at that size and a it happens I need another outdoor KS model. One thing haunting me is that I think there was possibly another photo of this aircraft on the hotel carpark info board and I carelessly didn't photograph it. I wonder if I emailed them someone might nip out and snap me a quick pic. In any case, the one photo's enough for Kit Scale docs.
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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2019, 09:52:32 AM »

How about this one? https://aerofred.com/details.php?image_id=96053
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« Reply #14 on: November 12, 2019, 10:01:52 AM »

Also note the Sentinel in your first post/photo has the unfaired gear legs. Wonder what the full story is behind 417185/HH II. The real subject in the photo is Major Lala, and as Commander, he probably had his own plane to use in the operations he was assigned to...


A more up to date/active source of info is the FB group rather than the sentinelclub.org site (which was reportedly hacked!)

https://m.facebook.com/StinsonL5Sentinel/
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« Reply #15 on: November 12, 2019, 12:45:20 PM »

Thanks again! There's also a nice little bit of contempory film here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlIO5nftqpc
Quite a remarkable little plane.
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