The Ryan’s scalelike silver-gray and yellow color
scheme is easy to see, even on overcast days.
Within the last two years, Durafly has released an impressive variety of exciting warbird
models. With electric retracts, lighting
systems, scale multiblade propellers, and
flaps all standard features, these foam
composition models pack plenty of
value. Roll back the calendar a decade or
so, and one will find that most airplane
kits were manufactured using balsa and
Durafly has added a new product line
that solely features wood composition
kits called the Balsa Series.
The first model from Durafly to
be graced with this new moniker is a
965mm wingspan Ryan 10e STA(M). It
includes a preinstalled electric brushless
power system and four factory-installed
Hextronik HXT900 9-gram servos.
The Durafly Balsa Series Ryan is based
on the 1930s-era Ryan monoplane, an
aircraft that featured two open cockpits
in tandem and a metal semimonocoque
fuselage. The letters “STA” were an
acronym for “Sport Trainer Aerobatic,”
with the “M” designating it as a military
version. The STM variant of the Ryan
featured wider cockpits, which made it
easier for parachute-clad pilots to get
into and out of the airplane. A provision
to mount a machine gun was also
included on the STM variant.
According to Durafly, the company’s
rendition of the Ryan is specifically
identifiable as the YPT- 16. The YPT-
16 variants were notable because they
were the first monoplanes ever ordered
by the U.S. Army Air Corps (USAAC).
Eventually, more than 1,000 of these
airplanes went into service in the
USAAC, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Navy.
The Durafly STA(M) Ryan is covered
in a period-accurate, brightly colored
yellow and silver-gray color scheme,
with USAAC roundel graphics included
in the box. The rudder features a vivid,
alternating red-and-white stripe design.
A lightweight composite cowl is
painted silver-gray and perfectly matches
the covering used on the fuselage. Four
exhaust pipes protrude from the lower
67 Model Aviation MAY 2014
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