Free Plans for Comet kits - WattFlyer RC Electric Flight Forums - Discuss radio control eflight

Vintage and old timer models Discuss nostalgic vintage aircraft

Free Plans for Comet kits

Old 10-02-2008, 12:49 PM
  #1  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default Free Plans for Comet kits

I just came across this.

http://academodel.nsunet.ru/plans/Comet/

A lot of good plans.

Paul
pd1 is offline  
Old 10-02-2008, 04:53 PM
  #2  
soar-ne
Omaha Ne.
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 363
Default

pd1:
Hey Great link, hadnt seen it before.........Thanks a bunch

Bob
soar-ne is offline  
Old 10-02-2008, 04:58 PM
  #3  
Grasshopper
Some Assembly Required
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 12,070
Default

Nice find Paul.
Grasshopper is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 02:40 AM
  #4  
Sky Sharkster
Super Contributor
 
Sky Sharkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,455
Default Great Find!

Hi Paul,
Great plans! Thanks for posting this, I'm adding it to the "Links"
Ron
Sky Sharkster is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 02:47 AM
  #5  
gfdengine204
Super Contributor
 
gfdengine204's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sandwich, IL
Posts: 9,565
Default

So these would be for scratch building? Or can one send them somewhere and have a kit cut? I think I would like to do that, if anyone does that, find a nice set of plans, but have a kit lazer-cut for it.......
gfdengine204 is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 11:48 AM
  #6  
Sky Sharkster
Super Contributor
 
Sky Sharkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,455
Default Cut Me A Kit?

Hi Kev,
Yes, these are for a "Scratch" build, that is, cutting the parts out yourself.
Although some would say a true Scratch build involves drawing the plans yourself, also.
In any event, here are some laser-cutting services;
http://www.manzanolaser.com/id1.html
http://www.jtechlaser.com/
http://www.litkoaero.com/model_aircr...tting_indv.php
http://www.fxmodels.com/lasercutter.shtml
Ron
Sky Sharkster is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 01:15 PM
  #7  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default

Originally Posted by gfdengine204 View Post
So these would be for scratch building? Or can one send them somewhere and have a kit cut? I think I would like to do that, if anyone does that, find a nice set of plans, but have a kit lazer-cut for it.......

Kev, The hardest thing about cutting your own parts is deciding you're going to do it.

It is really very easy. When these kits came out, they were just printed on the balsa.
You still had to cut them out yourself.

I don't remember how many of these I built, but they were cheap and I built a lot of them.
Guillows were die cut, but cost a lot more than the Comet kits so they were more rare.

The Comet kits parts fit pretty well too, so even though I was less than ten, I usually finished the plane.
Didn't look great, but they flew.
Paul
pd1 is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 04:18 PM
  #8  
windy city
Member
 
windy city's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Lake In The hills , Il
Posts: 134
Default

Very nice find there Paul!

And if thats not enough, back out Comet for even more stuff.
http://academodel.nsunet.ru/plans/
Fred
windy city is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 09:59 PM
  #9  
gfdengine204
Super Contributor
 
gfdengine204's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sandwich, IL
Posts: 9,565
Default

Originally Posted by Sky Sharkster View Post
Hi Kev,
Yes, these are for a "Scratch" build, that is, cutting the parts out yourself.
Although some would say a true Scratch build involves drawing the plans yourself, also.
In any event, here are some laser-cutting services;
http://www.manzanolaser.com/id1.html
http://www.jtechlaser.com/
http://www.litkoaero.com/model_aircr...tting_indv.php
http://www.fxmodels.com/lasercutter.shtml
Ron
Ron,

So typically, do you send them a set of plans and they cut the kit for you for their fee?

Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
Kev, The hardest thing about cutting your own parts is deciding you're going to do it.

It is really very easy. When these kits came out, they were just printed on the balsa.
You still had to cut them out yourself.

I don't remember how many of these I built, but they were cheap and I built a lot of them.
Guillows were die cut, but cost a lot more than the Comet kits so they were more rare.

The Comet kits parts fit pretty well too, so even though I was less than ten, I usually finished the plane.
Didn't look great, but they flew.
Paul
Paul,

Do you transfer the plans to the balsa to cut the parts out? Or how do you do that. If I am hijacking your thread somewhere I shouldn't, let me know and I will be glad to start another. I'm just curious how this works.
gfdengine204 is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 10:10 PM
  #10  
Sky Sharkster
Super Contributor
 
Sky Sharkster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,455
Default Putting The Parts Together?

Hi Kev,
Yes, you could send a pdf file of the parts you need (and the wood sizes, thickness, etc) to a laser-cutting firm and ask for a price quote. You might e-mail one first to see if they have a special process.
If you want to transfer the parts to sheet balsa yourself, there are several methods;
(1) Print out a sheet of parts on your printer, then lay the sheet over a piece of balsa. Run a warm iron over the paper. The heat will transfer the ink off the paper to the balsa.
(2) Trace the parts onto wood, using carbon paper.
(3) Use the "Pin prick" method. With the parts outline (on paper) over a sheet of balsa, make an outline of the piece using a pin to poke holes through the paper into the wood. Remove paper and connect the "dots".
(4) Put a sheet of balsa down on your board. Brush lightly with contact cement. Stick the paper pattern to the balsa. Cut out parts, cutting through both the paper and wood at the same time. Peel paper from wood.
Hope this helps!
Ron
Sky Sharkster is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 10:23 PM
  #11  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default

One other method , which I haven't tried yet but will, is to get a photo copied sheet done with a laser printer.
Lay the sheet down on the wood and rub the back of the photo copy with lacquer thinner.
That will cause the print to migrate to the balsa. It will look just like an original kit.
pd1 is offline  
Old 10-03-2008, 10:29 PM
  #12  
gfdengine204
Super Contributor
 
gfdengine204's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Sandwich, IL
Posts: 9,565
Default

Thanks fellas, that makes it much clearer.
gfdengine204 is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 01:10 PM
  #13  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Default

Man, just my luck, I finally find a source for the Comet kits, and the link does not now work...

Did anyone get a file of the comet 54" Chief... I would love to have a copy as I built a couple back in the 70's, Loved them ...three channels ans a OS .10. free-hand upsized it and built one with a 6' wing and a .15 with 4 channels. Made wings removable and struts were functional. Had to fly just like a fullsize one, start turn with rudder and end with rudder.Flew at a fast walk
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 02:45 PM
  #14  
Grasshopper
Some Assembly Required
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 12,070
Default

I didn't see the 54" cheif but here is a link to some additional Comet plans.

http://www.smallflyingarts.com/Free_...free_plans.htm
Grasshopper is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 02:51 PM
  #15  
Grasshopper
Some Assembly Required
 
Grasshopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 12,070
Default

Here are some additional methods for transferring plans to balsa

http://www.smallflyingarts.com/Downl...int%20wood.pdf
Grasshopper is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 08:52 PM
  #16  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default

The web site is on and off quite a bit.
I think I have a set of the plans for the Chief, pm me with an e mail address and I'll see if I can send them to you.

Paul
pd1 is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 10:59 PM
  #17  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Default my email

Paul..

for some reason I cannot post a reply... but here is my email

Last edited by gittarpikk; 01-29-2009 at 08:00 PM.
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 11:01 PM
  #18  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Default not having enough posts to use PM

for whatever reason I have to have 5 posts to use PM also
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 11:02 PM
  #19  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Default hate to do it, but

maybe this is a way to get 5 posts quickly
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 11:02 PM
  #20  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Default

Maybe I "qualify" now
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-27-2009, 11:21 PM
  #21  
Murocflyer
WAA-08 Pilot #1
 
Murocflyer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Edwards AFB, CA
Posts: 7,044
Default

Thanks for the links. I have added them to the Made in USA list.

Frank
Murocflyer is offline  
Old 01-28-2009, 12:51 AM
  #22  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default

Originally Posted by gittarpikk View Post
Paul..

for some reason I cannot post a reply... but here is my email
I sent you an email. You might want to remove your e mail address from the post to stop scammers.

Paul
pd1 is offline  
Old 01-30-2009, 02:45 PM
  #23  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Thumbs up Free plan site opened

Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
I just came across this.

http://academodel.nsunet.ru/plans/Comet/

A lot of good plans.

Paul

Hi Paul

Paul, you have honored me with an absolute "goldmine" of plans I have been looking for seemingly forever!

I was finally able to catch this site online and, yes, every plan I wanted was there...and hundreds more..

The "dime" versions were the ones I was really looking for as with the new age of miniturization of radios , servos and receivers as well as powerful motors and very efficient and potent batteries, I can take the "simplified" dime version plan and very easily convert it to at least 3-4 different building methods (some of which I think I have invented) adapted to the materials I wish to use. This allows use of materials like foamboard, deskinned foamboard, depron, EPP,whitefoam, hotwire cut pink or blue 2 inch foam fuselages and wings.

If need be, and I want to do a pure balsa stick and stringer version, I have built so many of my own design over the years that I can just beef it up where needed or delete a sheet of balsa in lieu of a stringer type construction for weight purposes.

I can always upscale the plan to whatever size I want and create absolutely huge patterns for an extremely light airframe. I just use the multipage print feature on my printer and own a nice papercutter to trim two of the tabs off each page precisely and then glue stick them all together in minutes.

Paul, there is no way I could live long enough to build every one of the plans (and upscaled versions) of just the plans I was looking for that was listed in this grouping. Those plans represented maybe 2% of the plans that have been collected on this site....

Am I gonna have some fun building....and again , much thanks

PS , you were right on on backing off "comet" as there are a LOT more nice plans there as well.
gittarpikk is offline  
Old 01-30-2009, 05:01 PM
  #24  
pd1
Still Learning
Thread Starter
 
pd1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: North of Boston
Posts: 4,098
Default

You have to do a few build threads on the planes you build from those plans.

Good luck and I found the Chief files too.
Paul
pd1 is offline  
Old 01-30-2009, 05:59 PM
  #25  
gittarpikk
CrazyBall Designer and OT
 
gittarpikk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Maryville Tn
Posts: 159
Wink

Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
You have to do a few build threads on the planes you build from those plans.

Good luck and I found the Chief files too.
Paul

Hi Paul

You've got it!...I will do one for each size of Chief (original 54" and a 72 incher) and one of the 54 incher with an alternative building method (lends well for electrics) and a 72 incher (a differnt building method as well) for nitro. I may even get wild and do a 9 footer...but I'll have to order some more lumber for that one (but not much). Biggest expense is the covering material, but I've found a deal on that too.

Here is link....
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...227#post559227



Looks like my projects are going to be Aeronca oriented for a while (I still have two Rumplestadts for electric I am finishing which are 3/4 of the original which used 2 ranger 42 wings). I owe that plane a build series as well but it will be an original size on and a 150% one.

The rumplestadt was a design that was printed in early 70's by RCM and they printed the original article. The plans are no longer available as their microfische was ruined and they no longer can reproduce it as a plan.

It is therefore an extremely rare plane , one of which you will fall in love with the minute you see one...and flying it just makes you have to have it.

I have a copy of the plan reprint they sent me ( I had to wait a while till they dug it out). There is maybe one copy of the image on the internet.

Update:

here is a thread dedicated to the "Rumplestadt". Containing the most info about it. Your welcome to come join us as we "ressurect" this lovable old biplane.

http://www.rcuniverse.com/forum/m_89...tm.htm#8956602





Take care.
Mike

Last edited by gittarpikk; 08-18-2009 at 04:07 PM. Reason: add content and new link
gittarpikk is offline  

Quick Reply: Free Plans for Comet kits


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Page generated in 0.15631 seconds with 13 queries