Starduster (oz10739)


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Starduster. Control line stunt model.

Quote: "In working one's way up the Precision Aerobatics contest ladder you're always looking for the next step in designs. Here's one man's answer, it might be yours. Starduster, by Ed Capitanelli Jr.

I was introduced to the hobby through my son, Kevin. One afternoon he came home telling me about the model airplanes he saw flying at a field in Lincoln Park, NJ. I was curious to see what he was talking about, so the next day Kevin and I took a ride to the field. I was surprised to see these planes flying around in a circle on wires. One end of the wire was attached to the wing and the other to a handle. Kevin and I were so turned on by this that we went to our local hobby shop to ask a few questions about building one of these planes. When we left the hobby shop we had a Ringmaster (oz3501) kit, a McCoy engine and all the other goodies that went along with building and flying. This all happened in April of 1974. Kevin and I were hooked. We proceeded to build the Ringmaster.

We followed the instructions to a T. When it was done we thought it was the greatest airplane around. We were really proud of this red and white beauty. We headed fin. the flying field and our big moment. It wasn't as easy as it looked. With a little help from some of the fellows at the field, we learned how to fly our first airplane. We came to find out that the field belonged to the Garden State Circle Burners Club. We joined the club and we learned a lot about building and flying model airplanes from some of the club members.

From the Ringmaster, we went on to build a Chipmunk and a couple of Banshee's. We spend more time in our garage than we did in the house. At one point I thought my wife was going to put my bed out there. My son and I started to enter all the local contests with our planes. We started in the beginners class. There are four classes; beginners, intermediates, advance and ex-pert. After competing in the beginners' class for a while, we went on to the next class 'intermediate' only to find the competition tough, in both men and planes. We knew our Banshees couldn't cut the mustard. We had to build something better. But what? So we turned to one of our best friends in the hobby, Bob Hunt.

Bob and his Dad own Control Specialties Company. They specialize in making foam wings, stabs and el-evators and a lot of other goodies for planes. Bob showed us some plans of planes that we could build and compete with the best. I picked the plans to the Stunt Machine and my son picked the plans to Bob's 35 Genesis. Using Bob's foam wings, Kevin and I started building our new stunt planes. After a few months of building, our new planes were finished. They were beautiful. We were ready for all the intermediate stunt fliers.

After winning some first and second place trophies in our local contest, Kevin decided that he wanted to fly in the '76 Nationals. We all knew he was good enough to compete. With Bob Hunt's help and Kevin's Genesis, he placed sixth at the Nats. When we got home from the Nats, we knew we would have to start flying in the advance class. We were flying .35 size airplanes for the last two years. But now I wanted something a little bigger to enter advance stunt with. So I de-cided to build a 46 size airplane. Again, I turned to Bob Hunt for help. Bob talked me into designing and building my own stunt plane. This is where my new stunt plane 'Starduster' begins. I knew what I wanted my new stunt ship to look like, so it wasn't hard to sketch it out on paper.

The Starduster uses a foam wing, foam flaps and foam stab and elevator. You can order these components from Control Specialties Corporation, Box 268, Middlesex, New Jersey 08846, or call (201) 469-1663 and ask for Bob Hunt. All these goodies come with complete instructions.

Fuselage: When selecting the wood for the fuse sides, top and bottom blocks, etc., select only the pieces that are light, straight and with an even grain. Start with cutting out your fuse sides and doublers. Epoxy your 1/32 doublers into position. To insure perfect wing alignment, draw reference lines on the fuselage sides and use these lines to get the necessary alignment. Cut your motor mounts from 3/8 x 1/2 in hard wood, epoxy the mounts to the fuse sides as shown on the plans.

I use a special technique to make my fuselage. From the plans, cut out the top view of the fuselage, leave about 1 in of paper on both sides. Tape the top view to a good straight board, next get some scrap 1/2 in pieces of balsa. One side of the balsa has to be straight, and nail these pieces on the edge of the top view just touching the lines. Do this on both sides. Next take your fuselage sides and set them right inside of the top view. Make sure they are setting square to the scrap 1/2 in balsa. You can't miss using this technique.

Now you can proceed to install your formers. F1A and F1B are 1/8 ply. All other formers are balsa. I also use 1/32 ply between my motor mounts for the tank compartment and 1/16 ply for the tank floor. Drill motor mounts (using one degree offset) and install #4-40 blind nuts. Tack glue top and bottom blocks onto fuselage. Add yourengine with a 2 in needle nose spinner. With your engine in position and cowling hollowed out, carve and sand to proper shape..."

Update 26/12/2018: Added article, thanks to RFJ.

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