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Copyright Nick Pfannenstiel (303) 725-5439
When will kits be
available for purchase?
To reserve a serial number, submit your fully
refundable $1500 deposit using the pricing and payment schedule located here:
and Payment Schedule. The first kits are slated to begin
production in early 2019. All deposits are instantly refundable with no
Why 95% scale and not 100% scale?
the point in downsizing to 95% scale? The answer here is quite
simple: cost and simplicity. After all, most people can’t drop 120k
on a full size replica.
The D-Motor LF-39 and Rotax 912UL/ULS are the
current front-runners for engine options. Because these options don’t
offer the big power of a Menasco, Tigre, or LOM engine that a full size ST would
require, a weight reduction was mandatory. Less weight means less power
required which means we now have less expensive engine options. No need to
plunk 30k on a Menasco and then worry about parts availability.
weight estimate is 745 lbs, but we can get up to 815 lbs before we match the
original ST-A full-fuel useful load. So it's looking like we will have a higher
carrying capacity, despite the lower gross weight. The gross is set to 1285 lbs,
so with 125 horsepower, we have a higher power-to-weight ratio than the ST-A and
a lower wing loading. In addition, flight duration should be slightly higher and
the baggage area is much larger. Shoulder and leg room are increased, as
well. Pilots of 6'5" have tried on the ST replica and have confirmed the
cockpit is roomier than the original.
So, it is a small difference in
size with huge implications on weight, performance, cockpit size, and cost to
build/operate/maintain. Even parked next to a full size ST, most people
will never notice the size difference. At 100% scale, there would be
no possible way to meet our cost, engine, performance, and baggage
goals. That 5% is the difference between a $70,000 replica that meets
customer criteria and a $120,000 replica that under-performs.
many hours will it take and how much will it cost to build this
Estimates indicate about 1000 hours for construction and about
$55,000-85,000 US for a finished, flying airplane. The biggest cost factor
will be the engine used and the ability of the builder to scrounge for
inexpensive (but airworthy!) parts. Compare that price to a self-built hot
rod, and the numbers are roughly the same, maybe a bit lower for the airplane
(cars are expensive). When we first set out to design this plane, our
end-goal was to afford people the opportunity to build a replica of one of the
most desirable aircraft ever built, but at a price roughly two-thirds that of
other modern LSA kit-built sport planes.
I am a big person.
Will I fit the ST replica?
The replica was designed to take a pilot as
light as 150 lbs and as heavy as 230 lbs. We have confirmed the cockpit is
actually roomier than an original and will fit somebody at least 6'5" tall (and
likely much taller). WATCH YOUR WEIGHT AND BALANCE!!!
This airplane will not be forgiving of weight and balance
Will the kit come with an instruction
Of course! Too many people purchase plans, look at them
once, and immediately throw in the towel. We don’t want that. Our
instructions are as complete as we could make them in one go and outline the
project step-by-step. If anything is unclear in the instructions, be sure
to call us and ask to clarify. Your answer will be immediately recorded
and will be added in future versions of the manual. This method will keep
our instruction manuals as clear and up to date as possible.
have never built an airplane. Is this too difficult for me?
ever tell yourself something is too difficult. The key to completing a
project like this is to jump in and deal with problems as they arise…ONE AT A
TIME. Yes, problems will arise. You are building an airplane, after
all! But when those problems creep up, treat them individually. When
one task is conquered, you are ready for the next. The included
instruction manual also helps to keep things going smoothly, outlining the order
of operations and showing you how to deal with manufacturing
What does the ST-L kit look like?
As of writing
this, kits are going to have pre-welded and powder coated subassemblies, pre-cut
and formed aluminum parts, and pre-drilled parts wherever possible (a lot of
drilling must be done on assembly to assure perfect fitment). It is our
goal to keep the kits as straight-forward as possible. After all, we want
these planes to be in the air, not abandoned in a dusty garage.
Quick-build fuselages are also available. Keep in mind, though, that the
builder must meet the FAA's 51% rule, meaning they must complete a certain
number of tasks.
To avoid unnecessary price hikes, some items are not
included with the basic kit and must be purchased direct from the
supplier. The order form has a list of things not included and the build
manual will have a list of recommended suppliers.
What engines are recommended for this
There are a lot of engine options out there. Right now,
the best engine options for the plane are the D-Motor LF-39 and the Rotax
912UL/ULS. Don't worry! We've gone to great lengths to keep the
narrow look of the cowl even with a D-Motor or Rotax. You will not be
disappointed with how the cowl looks. There are also other options, such as the
Mikron IIIC, Turbine Aeronautics turboprop, and many more.
accurate is this replica?
This replica is a fairly faithful
representation of the Ryan ST, ST-A, ST-A Special, PT-16, PT-20, and ST-M.
It will be all-aluminum with optional cowlings and fairings of fiberglass or
aluminum, depending on the builder's tastes. However, certain things had
to change to bring the weight down and make manufacturing easier. For
instance, the bulkheads are not of original-style design. The bulkheads
were designed with a different flange style. There are various other small
differences, but we strived to keep the outward appearance as accurate as
possible, along with the overall look and feel of the interior. Some
notable changes are: modern airfoil, simplified elevator trim, hydraulic
brakes, better tailwheel geometry (easier to handle on the ground),
non-steerable full-locking/full-swivel tailwheel with simplified design,
modernized landing gear toe-in/toe-out adjustment, modern lightweight wheels,
simplified shocks that are lighter and easier to maintain, simplified wire
attachments at the lower landing gear, simplified modernized control systems,
and aluminum I-beam wing spars (the original ST had wood spars). This
replica retains the original-looking flying and landing wires with the one strut
above the wing stub. All-in-all, it is a modern airplane that is very-well
disguised as a classic.
Can a PT-22 replica be made from
this Ryan ST replica?
This is an easy answer that becomes a complicated
one. While the Ryan ST and PT-22 look similar, they were vastly different
designs. You can make a PT-22 “look-alike”, but not a replica. One
plane you CAN replicate was the predecessor to the PT-22, the PT-20A, another
radial-powered design that had much more in common with the original
What variants can I replicate from this design?
were many variants of the Ryan ST that can be replicated using this 95% scale
plane as a foundation. The variants are ST, ST-A, ST-A Special, STM,
STM-2, PT-16, PT-20, and PT-20A (radial-powered). In addition to those
variants, other oddball things have shown up on the original STs, including
bubble canopies and a sliding canopy that was supposedly developed for Canadian
What types of rivets are used on this plane?
airplane was designed with a mix of solid rivets and Cherry rivets. Solid
rivets are just as easy to use once you have a small amount of practice.
Rivets used depend on the part. There are many areas where only solid
rivets are acceptable, so please follow the plans carefully.
this airplane hold its resale value?
It is difficult to predict any
market. As of writing this, it is our opinion that the airplane will have
excellent resale value once completed. After all, the only other option is
to go purchase a real Ryan ST at a price of 125-200k.
Do you have
other airplane designs in the works?
We always have more airplane designs
in the works. Some are replicas, some are new original designs. It
is company policy to keep pending designs under wraps until the time is right,
but check back regularly for teasers and new information on upcoming
plans. As of right now, all we can say is, "just wait 'til you see what's
Where did the company name “Timber Tiger” come
The term “timber tiger” is a slang word referring to a
chipmunk. Our first airplane in the works was the aptly-named Timber Tiger
STOL, a light sport bush plane. That project was put on hold to complete
the Ryan ST replica. We are currently on our fourth re-design of the
Timber Tiger STOL. We want the plane to be as refined as we can get a
light sport bush plane.