the left is my daughter, Sally
, holding her Comet J5
Cruiser. It was built sometime in the early 1990s, while we lived in Smithsburg, Maryland. This particular photo
was taken quite a few years later when we were living in Loveland, Colorado.
Below are photos of the model
taken in early 2009. It has survived rather well for being at least 15 years old and for having made about five
household moves. The tissue covering is a bit brittle from spending some time in the attic.
building building techniques were used - just careful cutting, sanding , and gluing. Yellow Japanese (Jap) tissue
was used for covering, with nitrate dope to attach the wet tissue to the frame, and then a 50/50 dope/thinner
mixture for a few overall coats. Yes, that is a slight upward bow you see in the wings; it was not intentional,
but would have been more trouble than it was worth to un-curve.
One unique thing I did do was to hinge the
rudder and elevator halves to make flight trimming easier. I used thin electrical solder as the hinges. Even
though it is 60% lead, the amount is so small that the weight is negligible. It is easy to bend while being sturdy
enough to hold the setting. Since the elevator halves are independent, rolling tendencies can easily be corrected.
The Comet J-5 Cruiser flew fairly well, but was nothing stellar. I used four strands of 1/8 FAI tan rubber form
Peck Polymers (yup, I still have a fair amount of it). The propeller also came from Peck Polymers.
the Comet J-5 Cub Cruiser kit box to see a really nice photos on the
Small Flying Arts
website of a J-5 being built and
covered (the pictures have been removed).