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    Dean McGinnes

    I have a plan for a Starduster 250 which I am “kitting” for my grandson to build. He has been flying an 80% T-Bird against “full sized” 1/2A’s in AMA and Classic Gas. Even though he won at Muncie, it is only a matter of time before the larger engines will do him in.

    He is still a bit skittish adjusting the NV on screaming front intake engines, and I have some Killer Bees which should be fine on the smaller Stardusters.

    Many of the late 50’s designs have been “evolved” to handle more modern engines. I am interested in the process with a view to lengthening the fuselage and shrinking the stab on the Starduster.

    Any suggestions? 😕


    Hello Dean

    Nice to meet you at the NATS.

    Why not stick with the T-Bird??

    I have modified a T-Bird, beefed it up and increased fin area, and call it a “MaxBird”. It outperforms any StarDuster model. It still has 240 square inches wing area. The most consistent power model I have ever flown.

    In the last 2 NATS have flown it in 8 events and came in 5th last year in F1J.

    Let me know if you want a picture?

    Dean McGinnes

    Send me a picture via email attachment. That might be an option. He saw a few Stardusters and liked them.

    Enjoyed meeting you and all the others that heretofore were just names and email addresses.

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