Here is a vintage Jetex-powered Comet
Starfire kit (Kit No. SP−1) that, prior to my receiving it, had been started
by the previous owner. It was designed and drawn by Gerald Blumenthal. The copyright
date printed on the plans is 1953. It is currently for sale for $150 (please
send me an e-mail if interested).
Many of the parts had been cut out of the printwood balsa sheets, but none of
the airframe has been assembled. There were no laser-cut kits back in the era of
this kit, when the die-cut balsa sheets often were more appropriately referred to
as "die-smashed" due to dull cutting edges on the die. It was also not uncommon
for the die-cut part to not exactly match the outline of the printed pattern. Cutting
out the parts with an X-Acto knife takes more time, but at least for the small shapes
and for accuracy that is the way to go. I have not done a full inventory of the
kit, but it appears most, if not all, parts are present. The vacuum-formed plastic
components are a bit deformed and discolored (might just need cleaning) from sitting
in the box for many decades, but are useable. It would take a lot of patience and
motivation to build this F−94C Starfire kit.
A unique feature is the way the landing gear legs are assembled out of a hardwood
dowel for the main strut with music wire protruding from the bottom for attaching
the wooden wheel. One of the gears is already built. Details are provided for the
installation of a Jetex 150 engine with the augmenter tube.
The Free R/C Plans website has a downloadable set of
Lockheed F-94C Starfire plans suitable for building.
Wingspan = 25-5/16" | Length = 24-7/8" | Power = Jetex 150
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire box top
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire all parts remaining
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire bulkheads.
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire box end
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire box sides
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire vacuum formed plastic
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire kit parts and plans
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire Plans and instructions
(see larger version below).
Comet Jetex-Powered Lockheed F-94C Starfire diecut balsa sheets.
|Larger version of plans with legible instructions
Comet Lockheed F94C Starfire
plans and printwood patterns on the AeroFred website.
Posted September 21, 2019