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


Smoke System


Sound System


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.

Build Process Photos

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