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Stardust. Simple rubber sport model.
Quote: "Good flying and good looks can go together! Stardust, by Ray Malmstrom.
MODEL aeroplanes built for duration flying are often criticised for not looking very much like real aeroplanes. On the other hand, those that are faithful replicas of real aircraft arc usually difficult to build and tricky to fly. However Stardust is a compromise between the 'duration' and 'scale' models, and is known to aeromodellers as a sport or semi-scale type model. It combines easy building and good flying qualities, with the look of a real, light aeroplane.
With a pilot in the cockpit, engine cylinders and the wing in the fashionable shoulder-wing position, you could easily mistake Stardust for the real thing as it climbs skywards. if you wish to build this super little model, full plans and instructions are given here.
Build two fuselage side frames over the plan, one over the other. Use greaseproof paper between the frames and over the plan ito prevent them stick-ing together. Remove the side frames from the plan and joirt with cross pieces A, a and C. Add reinforcing sheet pieces D at the nose and the rear peg anchorages E. Accurately cut out two incidence pieces and cement in position - this must be done carefully.
Bend the undercarriage wire in a ice and then cement it to piece X. Secure the wire in place with a piece of thin linen or silk cemented over the wire, then add the wheels. Next construct the nose block as shown in the 'easi-build' sketches, It should be a good push lit in the front of the fuselage.
Now cover the fuselage with light-weight tissue, using balsa-cement as the adhesive. Spray on water and allow to dry and tighten, then give one coat of clear dope. Add the tailplane and fin in that order. These should have been given a coat of clear dope first. Pin all doped parts including the wing panels to a board, raised on small blocks of balsa to avoid sticking, while the dope dries. This avoids the possibility of warping.
Build the wing as shown. Join the two panels by the centre ribs. Cover with lightweight tissue, water shrink and give one coat of clear dope. The centre section is left uncovered. The wing is then firmly cemented to the incidence pieces.
Now cut out the two decking pieces from 1/16 sheet and cement to the top of the fuselage. Add the cross pieces and cover the top with 1/32 sheet. Give the completed top decking a coat of clear dope. Put a smell piece of 1/8 dia dowel rod through the holes in pieces E. Assemble the propeller on the driving shaft as shown, finally forming the driving hook. When the nose block/propeller assembly is in position, the propeller driving shaft should point downwards when viewed from the side. This is most important.
Add the cylinder blocks and wind-screen. Trim your Stardust with coloured tissue doped in position. Never use colour dope on a small rubber-driven model - it will increase the weight far too much. Take 34 inches of 3/16 rubber and tie in a loop..."
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