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« on: October 19, 2014, 11:03:18 AM »

I was given a Comet 10 cent kit A15 New Taylor Cub minus the plans. Does anyone know were I can find the plan? I have checked several sources and found nothing. I will try to post a picture. Logair358430
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2014, 01:27:59 PM »

I have a scan of it. PM me your email. It *may* be on outerzone, too.
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« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2014, 07:27:43 AM »

I already sent the plan privately, but in case anyone else is interested, here it is on Outerzone: http://outerzone.co.uk/plan_files_00/149/New%20Taylor%20Cub.pdf

Looks like a good flier, especially if these changes are made: 1. Move the rear peg forward one station; 2. Make a removable nose block. A 6" prop should fly it really well on a loop of 1/8.
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2014, 08:00:14 AM »

I think this link will work for the plan.

http://www.outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=149

What's really needed is a scan of the printwood parts (you're not cutting them up, right?)  ***EDIT*** they might all be on the plan - I see that now.

Someone might even be convinced to laser cut them.

--george
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2014, 10:50:51 AM »

Is kit A-15 the same as A-163 (the plan posted on OuterZ and HPA)?  I never really understood the Comet kit numbering "system"...
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2014, 03:40:02 PM »

Is kit A-15 the same as A-163 (the plan posted on OuterZ and HPA)?

Pretty much. Starting in the 1930s, Comet revised their kit numbers several times as the company restructured itself over the years.  The kit no. or title block design were often the only changes made.

IIRC, this New Taylor Cub kit was in almost continuous production with only minor changes until Guillows bought Comet in the 90s.


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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2014, 04:02:07 PM »

Thanks for the clarification Jim
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« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2014, 05:50:44 PM »


IIRC, this New Taylor Cub kit was in almost continuous production with only minor changes until Guillows bought Comet in the 90s.


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I take it back  Embarrassed , this kit was discontinued quite some time before the Guillows buyout. There was a new Taylorcraft kit #3203, 18" wingspan introduced in the early 60s (?) that had the plan with assembly photos. Sorry about the mix-up.


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« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2014, 04:12:12 PM »

I'm building the dime scale New Taylor Cub I previously posted. What a tedious project! Duco glue ( mixed 50/50 with acetone) dies not hold well had to re-glue with thin CA glue.Will try to post picture of fuse. frame work. Logair358430.
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« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2014, 08:33:24 PM »

Duco glue ( mixed 50/50 with acetone) dies not hold well had to re-glue with thin CA glue.

 Huh

Have you tried double-gluing the joints? That is, pre-glue each area to be joined and let it soak in, then glue the parts together as you normally would.

Looks like you're off to a good start with the fuse., will follow this build with interest.


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« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2014, 12:29:20 PM »

Yes have double glued, the balsa sticks are sort of hard and the fuselage construction has a lot of twist and turns yielding stress areas on the glue joints. Had to crack the sharp bends and touch with CA. I think the hardness of the balsa strips prevented good penetration of the glue joints. Will post progress as I go. Logair358430
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« Reply #11 on: October 25, 2014, 01:01:06 PM »

Is there any chance that this is a wartime production kit with balsa substitute wood like spruce or pine?

Kit no. A15 was in production in 1938 into early 1941, but I don't know if it was made later than that. Think it was early 1942 that the govt. designated balsa as a material necessary for the war effort, that's when the switch to alternative modelling wood was made by kit manufacturers.

Hope someone can set things straight about this.


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« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2014, 03:49:55 PM »

This kit has balsa strips. (Hard balsa) I remember the old kits mostly Joe Ott that had the pine strips and poster board formers. I was just old enough to not know the difference back then. I am at present working on the removable nose plug. Will post more pic's a little later. Logair358430
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2014, 05:20:24 PM »

Removable nose cowl is made. The thrust button has an aluminum bearing to create a smooth running shaft. Logair358430
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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2014, 08:54:52 AM »

I think the hardness of the balsa strips prevented good penetration of the glue joints.

I've observed this phenomenon before. It's not an admission of failure to switch to CA glue. I use it on most of my builds these days. Even on parts of F1D's where weight is a concern.
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« Reply #15 on: October 28, 2014, 04:28:51 PM »

Have the stab and rudder done. Now working on the wings. Logair358430
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2014, 04:19:25 PM »

Made a little more progress today. Installed LG ( wheels are 1" rather than 3/4 called for, but very lite and more realistic. I will try to post some pictures of my progress. Logair358430
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« Reply #17 on: November 03, 2014, 06:09:00 PM »

Ok, wings and tail on, lift struts on board drying. Need to apply lettering and prop. The prop that was in the kit is only 4" in dia. which seems too small to me. Maybe 5-6" would be better. It has been a tedious build as the parts are soooo small. Logair354830
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« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2014, 02:23:16 PM »

Looks really sharp, Logair...very well done  Smiley . This might be one of the lighter Comet Dimers so should have good flight potential.

I hear what you're saying about fitting those little parts together. Would blowing it up to 20" wingspan make things easier? Seems that could be done without having to change the structure or wood sizes.


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« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2014, 04:10:59 PM »

I will send this kit too any person who will promise to build it and post a build on this site. The other condition would be a promise to save the kit and send it along to someone else to enjoy under the same stipulations. First person who agrees to these terms will get the kit. Logair358430
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« Reply #20 on: November 06, 2014, 01:30:56 PM »

Well I guess you could say it's completed except for the prop. Logair358430
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« Reply #21 on: November 06, 2014, 02:23:48 PM »

A very tidy job Logair. Well done!
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« Reply #22 on: November 06, 2014, 02:52:09 PM »

Great looking model, I hope it flies well. We are starting to get a good collection of Dimers in the gallery and many look like fine fliers. I love to see these old kits built out thanks for doing it. Your kit did appear in the 1939 Comet Catalog...
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« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2014, 10:50:03 PM »

Thanks for the info.Logair358430
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