Final Build Photos
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|Tukwila, WA, United States|
|Model name, number, and/or variant||Phantom Flash, Citabria, Korda Victory|
|Wingspan/Rotor span (inches)||16-20 inches|
|Construction Type||Built up (wood/fully sheeted)|
|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|
|Retracts or Fixed Gear||
fixed, all 3
|Paint, Covering or Graphics||
|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®.