Popular ‘oldie’ stick-&-tissue rubber FF: Comet Phantom

Popular ‘oldie’ stick-&-tissue rubber FF:  Comet Phantom

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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 Comet ‘Phantom Fury’
Wingspan/Rotor span (inches) 29
Scale (same as 1929 original design)
Construction Type Built up (wood/covering)
Propulsion Type Prop
Power System Other
Propeller (if applicable) PeckPolymers plastic 20cm / 8″
Radio System Brand and Model n/a: Free Flight
Number of channels utilized 2
Channel functions Rudder, Elevator
Retracts or Fixed Gear

Music-wire fixed landing gear instead of original design’s balsa/plywood/card-stock struts. Modern 3rd-party plastic wheels

Cockpit/Interior Details

Homemade instrument panel visible behind windshield, different shape from original design

Paint, Covering or Graphics

Wing, tail feathers: yellow gif-wrap tissue. Fuselage covered blue silkspan. Some dark blue iron-on polyester film trimming wing and fuselage

Scale Accessories

Only 3rd-party parts: plastic wheels, prop

Light System

n/a

Smoke System

n/a

Sound System

n/a

Other Features or Options

Wing is detachable from bamboo skewers set into fuselage cabin top. Rounded tips of flying surfaces done with basket-weave hobby cane stock. Rudder and elevators are hinged, with thin wire, to fin and horizontal stab, for fine-tuning plane’s Free Flight

Further Description/Back Story

The 1929 ‘Phantom Flash’, built a year ago, performs well indoors in the SeaTac Community Center gym. I was glad to come across an old Comet kit of its ‘bigger brother’, the ‘Phantom Fury’; same design ‘vintage’; kit dates from mid-60s. This has a full fuselage design, built primarily of 1/16th-inch-square stringer stock. This new one is all scratch-built, using lighter balsa than the kit’s, and bent-cane flying-surface tips. Overall weight now, complete, tissue covered, but without motor rubber, is two ounces. 29 inch span, 20 inch length; 91 square inches of wing area. I look forward to flying it soon, outdoors in parks, as the Pacific Northwest’s weather improves.


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