from research, and experience I've found the copper core works best for this application.
it has something to do with the material of the spark plug having a different resistance based on the material used.
I was fouling out platinum plugs after about a 30 minute run. and after I shut the motor off, and let it cool. it would not restart until I cleaned the plugs. and I'd have to repeat the cleaning after every shutdown.
EDIT TO ADD: since platinum plugs are at a different resistance than copper, the spark behaves differently as well at the same gap.
[This message has been edited by AL87 (edited 01-05-2014).]