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Oct 03, 2009, 10:25 PM
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Comet P-40 Build

On to my next project, the Comet P-40. I have a couple of these kits and I don't recall ever building one, looks like it will be a great flyer. I will build per plans with minor mods. I spent one night cutting out the parts, not quite laser cut

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Oct 03, 2009, 11:56 PM
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Simple enough, just build the second over the first. Here are some of my favorite building books........

Oct 04, 2009, 01:12 AM
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I do realy want See this one Fly, with you extraordinary Skill Covering this one will be one for the record books, do you going to use plain colors or will you cover the frame as shown in the box.
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Oct 04, 2009, 01:13 AM
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Is that the same as a Warhawk? Good job on the parts cutting and if they're diecut good job anyway!

Oct 04, 2009, 04:46 PM
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scigs30, please make pictures of covering process in different stages. PLEASE.
Oct 04, 2009, 10:56 PM
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I will do my best to take pictures of my covering. The finished bird will be nothing special, Esaki green with home made decals.
Oct 05, 2009, 12:47 AM
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I have always liked the Comet P-40 because it builds into a nice looking scale model and doesn't rely on a keel and formers. It's one of the more complicated Comet kits and it's small size doesn't make it any easy to fit all those little pieces together. It was quite a challenge for me to build before the days of superglue.

I built an RC version 2 years ago from a kit I got on Ebay:

It flies beautifully with aileron and elevator control, although mine is a bit overpowered and is a very fast flier. I can't wait to see how yours will look when done up properly for rubber power.

Oct 05, 2009, 12:26 PM
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Steve, Your build looks great. Comet Kits have never been known for their ease of construction, especially with the lack of detailed instructions. There are some mods that have to be made for a successful freeflight:
1. Functional nose block, don't know how these builders did it back in the day with just a nose button.
2. Replace L.E of wing with 1/8 sq.
3. Sheet the nose area for the extra weight and somewhere for my clay to go so I don't mess up the tissue.
4. Add a motor peg mount, go figure.
5. Add the intake detail to the top of the nose, that is what makes a P-40.
6. Some gussets here and there. And beef up the landing gear.
Oct 05, 2009, 05:41 PM
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I had a couple of hours today, so I sanded both fuselage sides and began adding formers. This plane goes together fast even with Elmers white glue. The hard thing so far is keeping the fuselage straight. The key for me is to use white glue so I can make adjustments before the glue dries. So far the weight is 3.4 grams. I am going to sheet the nose and make a nose block. So far a real fun build.

Oct 05, 2009, 06:19 PM
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I almost bought another Warhawk kit today but I'm already working on two builds, but waiting for more good wood.

Oct 05, 2009, 06:58 PM
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I for one am glad these kits are still available for a good price. Most of these kits are 10 to 15 bucks. The bigger kits can run for 35.00, still not bad for a vintage build.
Oct 06, 2009, 12:19 AM
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There was a Comet Hellcat at EBay but I was outbid.

Oct 06, 2009, 12:34 AM
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Here is a site with plans for many Comet kits:

Not all the print wood patterns are available, but this is still a good resource.

Oct 06, 2009, 09:18 PM
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Stew Myers did a write up of building the Comet kits and offers advice in each article for improving them for better flight performance. You can get in touch with the Maxecuters and possibly get a back issue of Max Fax that includes the plan(s). In the case of the P40, there are two versions in the newsletter.

The Maxecuters site is:
Oct 07, 2009, 12:11 AM
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I think it is funny that the box art shows a P40E or later and the plans show P40C or earlier. I am guessing that is why Comet did not add the nose details to the plan. The P40E or F did not have the cowl detail on top.

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