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Old 11-21-2017, 03:34 PM   #1
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It's been over a year since I sold Glens Acroduster (primarily due to the fact my wife was too tall to ride in the front), and flying a Cub has been OK, but I missed the extra wing. Andrew Kolak built an amazing Starduster in Bay City, MI that has been fairly hidden, and when it came up for sale I took the opportunity to pick it up. Andrew is quite a meticulous and talented craftsman. He has also plans built two Wacos (they are amazing, especially the Taperwing). Doug Dodge did much of the welding and had a hand in several design changes on the Starduster to "Pittsilize" it. Ailerons are redesigned along with slaves and hinges, tail feathers are strap hinged, etc etc. It has a wide Pawnee FP prop and beefed/extended main gear. EW still not bad at just under 1300. It truly flys like an S2B with a FP prop. It has 200 hours on it and it's about the nicest thing I've ever flown. Lots of room for the wife as well.

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It's been over a year since I sold Glens Acroduster (primarily due to the fact my wife was too tall to ride in the front), and flying a Cub has been OK, but I missed the extra wing. Andrew Kolak built an amazing Starduster in Bay City, MI that has been fairly hidden, and when it came up for sale I took the opportunity to pick it up. Andrew is quite a meticulous and talented craftsman. He has also plans built two Wacos (they are amazing, especially the Taperwing). Doug Dodge did much of the welding and had a hand in several design changes on the Starduster to "Pittsilize" it. Ailerons are redesigned along with slaves and hinges, tail feathers are strap hinged, etc etc. It has a wide Pawnee FP prop and beefed/extended main gear. EW still not bad at just under 1300. It truly flys like an S2B with a FP prop. It has 200 hours on it and it's about the nicest thing I've ever flown. Lots of room for the wife as well.

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WOW!! That's nice...
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Indeed, very nice.
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I have some pictures of it I took back in I think Bay City MI when he first started building it, bare bones. I also met Doug Dodge a wonderful craftsman. It was looking good even then, as he was trying to figure out the canopy mounting. I do not think you will be disappointed. Did you fly it across lake Michigan? Dave
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Sweet, show us more. Interesting change to the front wire attach lug.
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I saw this one for sale. Gorgeous plane! Congratulation!
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WOW is right, indeed it's my wall paper for awhile anyway
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Just a short flight up from Bay City to Alpena. Flys fantastic, but very loud inside. I'll be doing the Clarity Aloft buds inside a headset.
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Beautiful !!
But the is something different about her. Just can't put my finger on it right now.
Maybe the gear length ? Or the nose cowling ?
She sure is Precious.
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Gear length and turtle deck. I love it!

What engine and prop? More details and pictures please.

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Iím interested in the redesigned ailerons also. Know what all has been done?
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Awesome looking plane! Congrats
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Brian, that is a beautiful airplane! How do you like flying with the canopy? Just overall well done plane.
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Canopy is nice for cold weather, but I'm a huge fan of open cockpit. Saw you were flying recently. Bundle up��
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In general I find a canopy often makes it a totally different airplane.

I have flown several open cockpit airplanes. With good well designed windshields they are pure joy in fine weather. But if poorly done they can be pure hell especially on even a moderately long trip. Constant buffet becomes painful over time.

Then there is the noise factor both good and bad depending on many factors. For instance I could just barely use the radio in the Acroduster open cockpit but with the canopy it became loud and clear even with my relatively cheap headset.

I found the most profound difference is With my Spezio Tu-holer. I went to great lengths in designing my windshields. Finally I found a combination which would allow me to roll a cigarette in the rear pit if I smoked. But there as still the noise factor. When I installed the sliding two place canopy it became a different airplane. It gained 5+ mph in cruise and felt totally changed somehow, hard to explain....

Then there is the cold. Even w/o cabin heat the canopy extends the flying season to year around for short flights.

OTOH a canopy when it's really hot and sunny can be pure hell.

Finally, a canopy that can be opened in flight may offer the best of both worlds.

A canopy especially a two place can be a hefty investment in time, talent and money.
It wouldn't even work on my Acroduster because of profound trim changes...

Another important consideration is ease of entry and egress from the front hole of some biplanes with the rear windshield in the way. That was a major factor in my want for the two place canopy on the Acroduster 2. Indeed entry/egress will be a major factor in my ability to continue flying as I get older.

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