3 Classics in Harvest-Moon / Halloween Orange

3 Classics in Harvest-Moon / Halloween Orange

Final Build Photos

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Submitted By
Scott Kruize
Tukwila, WA, United States
Build Information
Build Type Plans-built
Manufacturer/Brand Name
Aircraft Category Sport
Model name, number, and/or variant Phantom Flash, Citabria, Korda Victory
Wingspan/Rotor span (inches) 16-20 inches
Scale n/a
Construction Type Built up (wood/fully sheeted)
Propulsion Type Prop
Power System Glow
Glow Engine Brand, Model and Size


Turbine Engine Brand, Model and Size
Propeller (if applicable) Peck Polymers plastic
Radio System Brand and Model n/a
Number of channels utilized 2
Channel functions
Retracts or Fixed Gear

fixed, all 3

Cockpit/Interior Details


Paint, Covering or Graphics

tissue paper

Scale Accessories


Light System


Smoke System


Sound System


Other Features or Options

This Phantom Flash replica is 120% size of the original 1937 design, Comet® Kit A1. It’s a classic, popular ever since among Free Flight builders and fliers. Comet went out of business long ago, but a new company kits it. [Query the Web: its modern laser-cutting will be a vast improvement on the original printwood, or later die-cut (‘die-mashed’?)]

The all-orange Korda Victory is half-scale of the original 1939 Wakefield Trophy winner. Mine goes about a minute flight in the gym…rather less than that 43+ minutes victory!

The 17-inch span Citabria is from Model Builder plans. The magazine is gone but plans are available through the AMA.

Further Description/Back Story

My ‘therapy’ on soggy Pandemic-lockdown days: making traditional balsa stick-and-tissue rubber-powered Free Flight models. The local SeaTac Community Center allows masked, social-distanced indoor flying Friday mornings. All three planes pictured here fly just fine in a gym.

All 3 of these flying FF models are scratch-built. All were covered with gift wrap tissue, way better than all but very expensive Japanese-made craft tissue Way Back Then. I used Avery’s® permanent glue stick to apply it, and a light clear acrylic spray to seal and protect it.

Two concessions to modern times, besides the method of attaching the tissue: the good rubber motors are made from FAI Supply® stock, and the props are Japanese made, from Peck Polymers®.

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