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Posted by TRWolf | Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:50 PM | 3,286 Views
Unfortunately this airplane is no longer around; an engine flame out on the downwind leg of a landing approach resulted in an off-field landing in some very rough terrain....but it was a great plane while it lasted (about 3 years)! Flew well, but a little on the heavy side at 26 pounds (58 oz/sq ft loading!!!). Features included folding wings, operable bomb bay doors with bomb/torpedo release, operable gun turret (slew and elevate). Built from Bob Holman plans; highly modified to include folding wings, etc. Wing span: 81 inches. Power: O.S. 1.60 FX with custom in-cowl muffler/exhaust system.

Here is a video taken at our local flying field:
Tom Wolf's Grumman TBM-3 Avenger (6 min 10 sec)
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Posted by TRWolf | Jun 21, 2012 @ 11:38 AM | 5,461 Views
I completed this plane in November 2011, after approximately two years of construction. Construction is balsa and plywood, closely following Brian Taylor's approach to construction. However, I redesigned the wing to be a two piece wing that plugs into the side of the fuselage (required fuselage redesign too) using a 1 1/2 inch OD carbon fiber joiner. The nacelles are fiberglass, using the lost-foam technique for fabrication. I pulled my own canopy, and built the scale retractable landing gear from scratch. Cockpit instruments are from InZpan and IFlyTailies. The pilot and navigator/radio operator are from Best Pilots. Finish is 3/4 oz fiberglass cloth, Warbird Colors, followed by flat clear epoxy from Klass Kote.

The plane first flew November 30, 2011 and it flies extremely well. Ground handling is excellent as well: Tracks straight down the runway for both take-off and landing. It is very easy to do really spectacular landings with fully deployed flaps (about 40 degrees) and power carried through the approach until short final. I placed 6th in Expert at Top Gun 2012, and first place at the 2012 NW Scale Championships. Here is a link to a YouTube video documenting the latter part of the build and the first flight:

Tom Wolf's 1/5 Scale Mosquito (18 min 28 sec)


I've attached a few photos as well; some showing the cockpit, scratch-built retractable landing gear, and the engine installation./


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