18" Veron Comper Swift

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The Comper C.L.A.7 Swift is a 1930s single-seat sporting aircraft. One of the remaining examples is on display and still flying at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Biggleswade.


  • Wingspan: 18" (45.7 cm)
  • Power system: Rubber; Free flight
  • Manufacturer: Veron
  • Designed by: Phil Smith
  • Difficulty: Intermediate/ advanced


This kit is a laser-cut replica of the original Veron model of Comper Swift. Construction of the model from this kit uses the traditional method of "stick and tissue", that consists of a built up balsa wood skeleton (framework), covered with a tissue skin. The balsa frameworks are built over a plan that is printed at the exact scale of the model, which is in essence a real engineering drawing. Power is provided by rubber strip motor that is wound up before flight. Free flight means just that - once the model is launched, it is on its own. It must follow a predetermined flight path established when the model is initially adjusted for flight or "trimmed". This type of traditional building technique and flying requires a degree of patience and skill, but is extremely rewarding. Please note that, whilst this kit contains a full printed plan, there are no detailed step-by-step instructions so this model is more suited to modelers with experience in building this sort of plane.


  • Balsa wood sheets with precise laser cut parts
  • Strip wood.
  • One 150mm diameter plastic propeller
  • One pre-bent motor hook and shaft
  • One low friction plastic nose bushing for the propeller
  • Two 25mm plastic main wheels
  • Acetate sheet for cabin windows
  • Piano wire for the main undercarriage and nose wheel
  • One motor peg
  • F.A.I. 3/16" rubber motor strip
  • Tissue to cover the model
  • Full size printed plan 


  • Paints
  • Decals
  • Wood Glue

Model shown above, expertly built and photographed by Andrew Darby, features paint and markings not included in the kit.

18" (45.7 cm)