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Reply #15 - Aug 16th, 2019 at 12:02am

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Bones look great...I think you're gonna have to put a DT on that one or lose it!!!
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Reply #14 - Aug 15th, 2019 at 9:56pm

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Sparky is ready for covering....
 

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Reply #13 - Aug 13th, 2019 at 9:03pm

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Thanks, Ian...that Ed Lidgard/Carl Goldberg design just lends itself to so many modifications.  I could turn it into Stahl's Hurricane in a minute with not problem.  The Hurricane's linage...at least to my eye...comes from Sparky...and that isn't bad.  Smiley  Those where some pretty successful modelers....

Just imagine if a kid back in 1941 could have viewed a video of Sparky in flight while standing in front of the Comet Model Airplane display at his local hobby shop!  He'd have been SOLD!  As it was, if he could get that P-40 out of his mind...he was sold anyway.  Wink Cheesy Grin  If one can control the potential warps and get the CG right...it's gonna perform.  Smiley

Our own Bill "The Phantom" Parker had a go at Sparky back during 2010.  Smiley

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Reply #12 - Aug 13th, 2019 at 7:47pm

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I have a memory of a Sparky from my childhood. Heavily doped in blue and yellow. No idea who built it. It is on my 'some day' list. That low-winger is the Hurricane by Earl Stahl. Plan here: https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=198
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Reply #11 - Aug 13th, 2019 at 7:01pm

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Thanks fellas...and hi-ya Mike.  Smiley

Isn't it interesting the way in the beginning we were all attracted to those beautiful scale ships...only to discover that they generally don't fly very well.  Wink  As you say, we have a tendency to "bite off more than we can chew."  I've done that in my past as well...and have made it a point of going back to give 'em another go.

Sparky is a model that I'd have never been enthused over in my younger days...just not "historically dramatic" enough.  Now...I can really see its beauty...it's not a Focke Wulf...but it's a genuine flyer.  I love that video of the kid with the simple Sparky, launching it on a "forever" flight...and then the guy with the thermal fusing, etc., heading for the records.  That was the point of the design way back in 1940.

Incidentally Mike, I played A LOT of baseball in my life...did a lot of other things as well...and this hobby was never very far away...if only in my mind.  Grin Grin Grin

Have a couple of Sparky variations shots today....

Neal
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Reply #10 - Aug 13th, 2019 at 7:36am

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Neal - I gotta stop following you around. Yet another fun project and this one really got me as this is the plane I remember from my really early days as a child. No building skills just a lot of excitement but nothing good came of it, too young and too many other things to take me away from the hobby, baseball, bike riding, you know the ritual. Plane is looking good and looking forward to your color choice and maybe a flight?
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Reply #9 - Aug 12th, 2019 at 11:28am

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Looks good so far. Love the flying video. Smiley
 
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Reply #8 - Aug 11th, 2019 at 2:52pm

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industry is about right.

I was looking at the nose block pieces and
while I can see they have 90 degree plys
it has 8 layers?

maybe a couple are involved in a spinner...
looking forward to that part.

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Reply #7 - Aug 11th, 2019 at 11:35am

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Industry on parade....
 
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Reply #6 - Aug 9th, 2019 at 12:26am

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Neal,
the Sparky looks great...I tend to be more focused on scale but if you want a real flyer I think you're on the right track with the Sparky...Dolled up she'll be an eye catcher and fantastic flyer!!! I love to see these sport models flying around like stained glass windows in the sky!!! My best flyers so far were my Island Flyer (sport model) and Born Loser...both great flyers!!!
 

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Reply #5 - Aug 8th, 2019 at 9:14pm

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It looks like a beautiful build.

please build to have a big smile on your face.

I watch others build and fly and I do get a kick from it.

I hope it flys well and that day stays sunny.

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Reply #4 - Aug 8th, 2019 at 9:02pm

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Due to a seeming lack of interest...thank you, Victor...much appreciated.

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Reply #3 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 3:35pm

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Sparky is a relatively easy build.  Biggest issue will be keeping the warps to a minimum during the covering stage.

Got a little done...note the empennage skid of the original design.  For whatever reason, Comet eliminated it from the kits last iteration...maybe considered it to be non-functional and excess tail weight.  I prefer it myself...whatever was good enough for Carl Goldberg I'm certainly not going to second guess.  Wink  Horizontal tail plane has a span of 14.5 inches.

Here's a video of some flying Sparkies...as simple or as sophisticated as you want it.  It can be a real flyer...better choose a BIG flying locale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ha6YqIdveU4

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Reply #2 - Aug 7th, 2019 at 9:00am

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Howdy, Victor!  I'd say so...popular...a place in the sun for sure.  It's interesting...of note...that Comet's write-up is dropping Carl Goldberg's name...as well as the designer of Sparky, Ed Lidgard.  Goldberg went on as we all know to a golden pedestal in the Model Airplane Hall of Fame.  Consider that Sparky was marketed for nearly sixty years with very few cosmetic modifications (empennage skid and various prop setups)...speaks the proverbial volumes for its history.  Since Guillows bought-out Comet in 1998, you won't find Comet kits for retail in any hobby shop...but many are still available online...particularly Ebay.  The wonderful thing about the Comet line of kits...that that they're easily scratch-built from readily available online plans.  Wink

My Sparky kit has been "on the shelf" for a long time now...but not nearly as long as it could have been.  Cheesy Grin

Incidentally...welcome to the SnT forum, Victor!  Smiley

Neal
 
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Reply #1 - Aug 6th, 2019 at 11:32pm

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these kits must have been popular.
I do not think I have ever been in a hobby shop and seen it for sale.

looks like a good design.

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