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« on: January 07, 2014, 12:31:11 PM »

Here's some pictures of a Sal Taibi Starbuster I recently started finishing.

Hope the cut and paste works..


https://picasaweb.google.com/111789260582837245068/DadSPictures?authkey=Gv1sRgCJCywpLM77b6Qg
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 01:18:16 PM »

A "Starbuster"? I don't know that airplane...

Where did you get the plans?

Wow, that's a new one for me, I just found it on the AMA Plans service website. Says that it was Model Airplane News, July 1962.

Learn something new every day...
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 01:25:11 PM »

Thanks for posting. I'd heard of that design but didn't know what it looked like. Keep us posted!

Norm
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 01:33:00 PM »

I remember that from the mid- 60's when a clubmate obtained the plan thinking he was getting a Starduster.  Big difference; it was never built, of course
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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 06:16:19 PM »

The Starbuster was designed as an introductory or beginner gas model free flight.
 
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« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 09:27:08 PM »

Hi guys,
Yes, it was in MAN back in the early 60's.  Sal Taibi designed it for his son Mike to start on Free Flight.  The original has a 48" wingspan, mine has a 56" span, due to some misunderstanding between me and the Staples clerk.  ( I'm not good with expressing what %'s I need something enlarged to).

Anyhow, back to the original 48" model.  As Sal designed it there is only a leading and trailing edge, no spars or stringers. Sort of like some Jasco model wings. The fuselage is built of 1/4 sq framework then covered with 1/16 balsa. The tail is typical Free Flight.  Back in the day (late 60's) I built a 48" size Starbuster, and powered it with a .049 WenMac from a plastic controlliner.  Used an eyedropper for fuel allotment.  In Sal's construction article he said to be sure to add a dethermalizer, so I figured it must have a decent glide.

This was my 'Epiphany' model.  On the very first flight it reached about 200 feet and glided like a real contest model! I was hooked. Everything before it was Rascals, Dakotas, and CG Rangers, .02 powered.  This Starbuster really flew great, and glided like all the real Free Flights I had seen at contests!! And I had built it myself!!

Fast forward 45 years and the nostalgia urge kicks in.  Too old to chase and even if I could there are no more local big fields. Haven't started a glow motor in 20 years. The Staples clerk did me a favor by making it 56" span, easier to see.  So, even though this is a Free Flight design, it will have some small black boxes to keep it in the field behind my house.

A few changes to the original design;  as you can see I added a top and bottom spar with webbing between.  Just didn't trust a 56" wing without it. Most everything else is as Sal wanted it, even the wood sizes. I didn’t think with the small difference is size it needed heftier wood. The plans call for the CG about 1/2 inch ahead of the rear of the wing trailing edge, so that's what I'm aiming for.

I'm a slow builder, it's taken me about a year to get where you see it now.  Also the color is much more vivid than the phone camera shows.  That is Orange Monokote on the wings/tail.

Some of the magazines had articles to show the Sal Taibi Memorial contest last year, and they had a group shot of the people with models in front.  If you find that picture there is a SB in the middle of the group.

I'll keep posting any progress.  Please ask any questions or post observations.

Thanks for your interest.
Jim
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