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Starduster Too by Dario Brisighella

Old 12-04-2004, 12:09 PM
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I'm thinking of building a 1/4 scale Starduster Too designed by Dario Brisighella for my next project. This will be the first project from plans only. I have found a kit cutter and supplier for cowl and wheel pants. Have you got any tips for me??

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Old 12-06-2004, 04:12 AM
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It-40 flyer, I just finished my starduster and flew it this summer. This plane builds heavy and I can give you some tips on how to save some weight! Plus the hor. stab needs about 1* positive to fly level. If you would like to talk as there are a number of things that need to be changed give me a call at 503-816-2067. This is a great looking plane but an old design, needs help.
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I know this is a very old thread of the Brisighella Starduster Too. I just received my plans from the AMA and plan building it this Winter. I hope that you still can offer any advise on building the Starduster.

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Jeff
Old 11-27-2013, 10:20 AM
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I love biplanes and I love any of the Starduster designs. Back in the '70s, I built a full sized SA750 Acroduster II. You might find this link by Smithcreek helpful since he designed and built about a 30% Acroduster II.
http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/scra...ign-build.html
Good luck with your build. Please do a build thread. I would like to follow.
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jefff,

Call me 503-816-2067 MT.

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Old 11-28-2013, 07:02 AM
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Lone Star,
I also love the Starduster design. I built the RCM Starduster around 20 years ago. The wings really set It off in the sky for me. It was sold to a gentleman here that has a full size Starduster . I am planing on using his paint scheme. He just leaves a short distance from our flying field ( Nighthawks ). He does fly by's and lands so everybody can see it close up for us when we have our fly-ins. Thanks for the info on the Acroduster. I will check it out.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Jeff
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Don, I will give your all tomorrow. What time is best for you? I did hold off on ordering the wood.

H ave aHappy Thanksgiving,

Jeff
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I have the upper wing almost done. I love the way he builds the wing on stand offs. This is the color scheme I plane doing.
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Jeff, that's a pretty wild scheme! I like the plane so much that I've acquired some plans for the 'smaller' one from RCM to build.
Let the balsa dust fly!
Jim
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That's great Jim that your ready to start building. Are you planing on having it ready to fly by Spring? The Starduster in the pics is local. The pics were taken at one of our Flyins. The upper wing just needs sanded and the Ailerons cut out. I started the lower wing. I am making good progress on it.
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Very nice. Will be following along.
Merry Christmas.
Old 12-26-2013, 05:26 PM
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Jeff, you are quite a ways along! What do you use for spars? Mine calls out 1/4" sq balsa, which seems a little light to me.
I hope to be flying it this summer.....
Keep the photos coming.
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Jim,
I built the RCM Starduster many years ago and I did not change any of the construction. The Brisighella calls for 5/16" spruce or 5/16" balsa spars with shear webs. I went with the balsa spars and 3/32" shear webs. Here is a pic of the lower wing half
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I now have both wings and the horizontal framed up in the rough. Next to do is the Vertical fin and rudder. Then the fuselage. After everything is framed I will go back and finish everything. The landing gear and Cabane look to be a pretty good challenge .
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Jeff, you are making quick headway. At this rate you'll be flying this summer.
My parts have not arrived yet, but I can wait....
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Thanks, but knowing me I really start to slow down on the building as we get closer to Spring. I keep lookig at the full scale Starduster to keep me going. LOL Hope you get your parts soon.
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Vertical fin and rudder done. Cutting out the fuselage formers. Then I can start on building the fuse.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:54 AM
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Front formers epoxied in place. Just finished epoxing the firewall and landing gear plate in place. Next I have to pull the sides together and install the cross braces.
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At this rate there's no way this won't be flying this summer....
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I was going to install the horizontal stab. But changed my mind. Next will be the balsa sides and stingers. Then the
H. Stab. Then the top and bottom formers.
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They certainly become more awkward to handle after the stabs are added. Have you decided on an engine?
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It sure does get more awkward with the stabs on. But I wanted to glue the horizontal in place before I put the upper formers on. The fuse can be held in place upside down while installing the h.stab. Right know I am planing on using a DLE 55. I have one in my Slick and it runs great.
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The side stringers are done. The horizontal stab is glued in place. The vertical stab is just in place temporary. I plan on doing the landing gear next. I can work with the fuse flat on the table. Then I will build the cabana struts. The last will be the fuse formers and sheeting.
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Coming along very nice Jeff!!!!
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I just finished the cabane studs. I turned the landing gear hubs. Next they will go on my mill to drill the holes at the correct angles. Then they have to back in the lathe and part them off.
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