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« on: September 26, 2018, 11:05:29 PM »

I have not had much time to build lately and hope to have this kit done soon.  This Comet kit is built out of the box with no modifications and should be a good flyer.  This kit comes with die cut parts and I will say Comet kits had the worst die cut parts when compared to Guillows or Sterling.  All and all still a fun build using all the old balsa parts.  I have not decided if I am going to finish with the supplied tissue or use colored tissue, will have to sleep on it.  Sometimes I just like the look of these old kits built from everything in the kit flying in the air, even though the flight is short.   
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« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2018, 03:27:05 AM »

I was wondering when you were going to get around to this one.
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« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2018, 09:41:38 AM »

Move the rear anchor point (actually easier to add one) forward one set of uprights. You will be extremely glad you did.  I don't care what the plans show.
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« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2018, 02:48:49 PM »

This kit comes with die cut parts and I will say Comet kits had the worst die cut parts when compared to Guillows or Sterling.  

Interesting - I've never seen an original Comet kit with die-smashed parts. Everyone I've seen were screen-printed on wood.

Maybe that's why your experience was so bad - they were not die-smashed at all....

Just thinking out loud...
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« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2018, 03:09:47 PM »

I have an original, NIB Nieuport from Comet that has die-smashed parts sheets.
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« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2018, 03:14:27 PM »

I have an original, NIB Nieuport from Comet that has die-smashed parts sheets.

I'm not saying they don't exist, just that I've never seen one.

(OBTW - I was trying to be funny, also...)
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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2018, 04:20:58 PM »

I decided to just use the old Kit Tissue and follow the instructions of adding the number decals, paint the cowl and stripe.
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2018, 04:37:59 PM »

Move the rear anchor point (actually easier to add one) forward one set of uprights. You will be extremely glad you did.  I don't care what the plans show.


I love building these old kits out of the box with no modifications or addition of details.  I have been building for many years and fully understand what it takes to build a model that flies well.  I used to build kits and make major modifications as seen in these pictures of my old Guillows Aeronca and Hellcat.  Also I know that there are better flying model kits such as Golden Age Reproductions.  Here is my GAR Cub that flies extremely well, almost lost her twice.
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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2018, 04:42:40 PM »

And my Guillows BF109 modified, she flew really nice.
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« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2018, 05:25:09 PM »

Those are the small Guillows kits, I believe. I have had some fairly good flights from the Hellcat and less good but not too bad from the Warhawk. I like to replace the plastic cowls with balsa, which may be foolish. Cutting out the front of the cowl and making a simple structure to hold it in place is probably a better idea. I have the Comet Cessna and have got as far as inking round the die cutting lines to make a photocopy and sanding the back of the sheet a bit - not enough to have any noticeable effect. Nice looking aircraft. Yours looks very good.
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« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2018, 05:27:33 PM »

I have one of those kits.  I was delighted to figure out that it's the kit that is on the front of every Comet box.

I had plans on replacing all the crappy Comet wood with contest balsa building it, but I've been stymied by the fact that it actually has excellent wood!  Perhaps it's a forgery?
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« Reply #11 on: September 27, 2018, 06:24:54 PM »

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I was delighted to figure out that it's the kit that is on the front of every Comet box.

The C-37 is also featured in the fold out that they supplied in almost every kit showing how to cover with tissue.
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« Reply #12 on: September 27, 2018, 06:59:35 PM »

If this is kit #3302, 20" span, any chance you could upload a scan of the plan Scigs? It's not "out there" on the various plans sharing sites. Thanks!
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« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2018, 08:04:34 PM »

Comet kits had the worst die cut parts when compared to Guillows or Sterling. 
Back in the 70's I built a Sterling Piper Super cub 35" wingspan. and I have to say this kit had the worst die cut parts I have ever seen. The notches did not even match up with the keels and stringers.
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2018, 12:42:59 PM »

I finally finished my Comet Cessna C37 built out of the box with no modifications and using everything that came in the box.  The tissue was old but went on well as you can see and still nice and strong.  As shown she weighs 30 grams all balanced out ready for flight. The wing decals are cut from the supplied paper and glued on.  The red is thinned dope airbrushed on.  This series from Comet are pretty decent builds and they do fly.  Comet got it right with mounted landing gear vs the pin axle and removeable nose block.  Built using white glue only, tissue attached with 50/50 white glue/water and doped with Sig Lite Cote.  I cannot wait to get her in the air.
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« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2018, 06:23:15 PM »

It looks lovely. I see you kept the original rubber anchorage. In keeping with the spirit of the build and you can always do a little mod later if you feel like it.
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« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2018, 06:43:38 PM »

We have to see flight footage of this one. Please record this in flight!
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« Reply #17 on: October 11, 2018, 05:53:02 PM »

I second that.
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« Reply #18 on: October 11, 2018, 07:27:31 PM »

Another very neat build Sciggs. I'm also waiting to hear about how it flies.

John
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