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D-17 Staggerwing Plan

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Product ID: ZIR:D171

  • Scale: 2.7" - 1'
  • Wingspan: 86"
  • Length: 72"
  • Wing Area: 2240 sq/in
  • Weight: 32-35lbs
  • Power: 50-75cc Gas

The Beech Model 17, popularly known as the "Staggerwing" was first flown on November 4, 1932, setting the standard for private passenger airplanes for many years to come. It was considered, during its time, to be the premier executive aircraft flying, much as the Gulfstream executive jets are considered contemporary times.


The giant scale D-17 Staggerwing plan set is 1/4.4 scale and consists of four large sheets that clearly illustrate all structure as well as showing installation of flaps and retracts. The D-17 Staggerwing plan shows the installation of Robart retracts servos and Zenoah G-62 engine and features two, two piece wings.  The basic structures use conventional “modeling” tools and materials such as balsa and plywood, and the techniques are straightforward; easily accomplished by anyone with previous model building experience. There are many online building threads at www.rcuniverse.com forums and www.rcscalebuilder.com  forums for Nick’s plans. Tech support is also available via email at www.ziroliplans.com or by phone 9:00 to 5:00 Mon - Fri EST 631-467-4765. The plan includes full-size templates for all the required parts allowing you to cut a complete “kit” before you start construction. If you would like to purchase a wood kit see KIT CUTTER'S on selection bar at the top of each page. The plans have a separate instruction guide and building notes on the plans. If you choose gear or an engine not shown on the plans you should have them on hand when you start construction to make any changes needed for mounting. Nick Ziroli Plans recommends covering the airframe with cloth such as Sits system or Solartex. Nick Ziroli Plans has building and scale accessories available for the D-17 Staggerwing. 

Plans Specifications:
  • Specifications: D-17 Beech Staggerwing
  • Scale: 1/4.4
  • Inches to the foot: 2.7" - 1'
  • Length: 72"
  • Weight: 32-35lbs
  • Wing loading: 32-36oz/sqft
  • Wing area: 2240 sq.in
  • Wing span: 86"
  • Wing incidence at root: +2.5 top & bottom degrees
  • Stab incidence: +2 degree
  • Dihedral: 1 3/8" under W14 bottom wing only
  • Power: 50-75cc gas
  • Washout at wing tip: 2 to 3 degrees built in with jig
  • Aileron throws: 1" up and 3/4" down
  • Elevator throws: 1.25" up and 1.25" down
  • Rudder throws: 2" to right & 2" to left
  • Flap degrees down: 45
  • Cowl length: 7"
  • Cowl height front: 10"
  • Cowl height rear: 10"
  • Cowl width front:: 10"
  • Cowl width rear: 10"
  • Engine offset degrees: 2 right, 2 down
  • CG Location: 5" back from leading edge of bottom wing at the fuse with the gear down
  • Requires:
  • Ziroli cowl
  • Ziroli plastic tail cone
  • Engine: 50-75cc gas
  • Spinner: 1.5" spinner hub
  • Fuel tank:: 32oz rectangle
  • Wing Tube: 7/8" X 30:
  • Control Horns: (4) 1/2", (2) 1"
  • Hinges: (14) DUBRO# 257 LG flat hinges, (11) ROBART  LG hinge points
  • Covering: cloth
  • Electric Retracts Main
  • Servo operated Retract tail
  • Wheels Main: 5.25"
  • Wheels tail: 2"
  • Radio channels: 6 or more
  • Servos: Flaps (2)120+oz MGBB, Ailerons (2)90+oz BB, Elevators (2)90+oz BB, Rudder (1)90+oz BB, Gear (1)50oz (1)90oz BB, Throttles (1)50oz BB
            MG-metal gear BB-ball bearing