18" VERON COMPER SWIFT
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.
AT A GLANCE
- 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
- 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)