• The Biplane Forum is a large global active community of biplane builders, owners and pilots. From Pitts to Skybolts, to older barnstormers, all types are welcome. In addition to our active community, our content boasts exhaustive technical information which is often sought after for projects and maintenance. This information has accumulated over the 12+ years the forum has been in existence.

    The Biplane Forum is a private community. Subscriptions are only $29.95/year to gain access to this great community and unmatched source of information not found anywhere else on the web. We are also a great resource for non biplane users, since many GA aircraft are built the same way (fabric and tube construction).

Looking for a Starduster

Thaning

Member
Joined
May 21, 2018
Messages
7
Reaction score
1
Just flew all the way to CA to look at a Starduster listed on Barnstormers, had engine issues not disclosed by owner. Flying back to OK ready to buy if anyone knows of any around. Thanks, Tom 918-773-2076
 

Dave Baxter

Well-Known Member
Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Nov 15, 2007
Messages
2,594
Reaction score
1,706
Well, when my Skybolt was for sale, and finally sold I had a guy call about it asking if it was still for sale, and told me a story that sucked even more! He had flown from the east coast to Calif, to look at one that was for sale and after renting a car drove out to look at it, only to be told the seller decided not to sell it! Dave
 

Lotahp1

Well-Known Member
Supporting Member
Joined
May 18, 2012
Messages
4,221
Reaction score
874
Was this the maroon one with the catto Prop? I inquired about it also and he said the rust was in cylinders from sitting. I’m not sure how much. He said he put some marvel mystery oil in them and ran it and “the pressures came up”. I’m not sure the extent of rust we are talking here but bare steel cylinders will rust alittle if they sit. That’s one of Camgaurds claim to fame...it stays in poors of the Cylinders wall metal longer than oil alone. Anyway, just curious. He said Cam was ok also but didn’t really give any insight on how/if they looked at it. Was it a nice plane besides the questionable engine?
 

Thaning

Member
Joined
May 21, 2018
Messages
7
Reaction score
1
It was the owner of the ac that decided to forget that the last inspection produced metal from the oil screen. It’s in the engine logs which is where I found the info. I asked the owner about it and then he remembered the mechanic gave him a paper towel w metal particles. As for the A&P that was helping the owner w the sale he’s a great guy and as honest as you’ll ever meet. He was even in the dark about the metal found from the last inspection which was in 2014. Oh well, live and learn. The airframe was pretty decent but the fabric has tape joints coming loose in several places (not pinked). Duck tape was used as chafe tape stuck to the spars. Anyhow overall a soso airframe w a core on the nose
 

Latest posts

Top