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Old Jan 13, 2016, 11:50 PM
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John,

Thanks, I am sorry to hear about your spine! Take it easy!! The day will come when you can maiden your Tomahawk. I am hoping to get this wing done sooner than later. I start my reserve shift tomorrow, so permitting I don't get called out, I will get this wing done.

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Old Jan 19, 2016, 08:39 PM
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Another Update!!

I just finished the new Tomahawk wing! I still have work to do on the fuselage. I need to cutout some new windows, glue in the rear supports for the canopy, and tape the new windows onto the fuse. The bird will be done tonight, but I am not sure when the test flight will be done as my field is covered in snow.

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Old Jan 20, 2016, 05:07 AM
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Looks great Tom
Is the chord of the new wing wider or is that an optical illusion?
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Old Jan 20, 2016, 08:05 AM
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Tom,

Flaps great work.

You spoke of learning to use a CAD program. Could you post a link to it or one you like?

Thanks,
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Old Jan 20, 2016, 09:14 AM
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John,

The new wing is the same length and width of the old wing. It is an optical illusion. The only difference between the new and old wing is the flap modification. I can still use the old wing on the fuselage.

Jim,

As for learning Cad, I used various youtube videos, Lynda.com and googling different techniques. I also had some minor help and recommendations of techniques from friends.

Tom
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Tom,

Thanks for your reply. What specific CAD program are you using?

TIA,
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Old Jan 20, 2016, 10:48 AM
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I am now using autocad 2012. The Tomahawk was designed in a program called QCAD by Ribbonsoft back late 2006 - early 2007. QCAD is an excellent, inexpensive 2D CAD program. similar to Autocad. I started out with QCAD before moving onto Autocad.

http://www.ribbonsoft.com/en/qcad-downloads-trial

http://www.ribbonsoft.com/shop/

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Hello Team Tomahawk...

I recently began hunting for a kit to build & thought it'd be cool if I could find a parkflyer similar to what I trained in when I was learning to fly back in the early 80's. Trouble was, that any kits I came across were long sold out, out of production or straight up eBay plans...

eBay plans, please, don't get me started... (Bbbrrrrr)

On the off chance I found your Scale Kit/Scratch Build Log. Granted it started back in April 2008 my thoughts were check out the build log & see where the 38 pages lead me. As I made my way through the log I was enjoying the build as it turned into a limited run short kit...

So, I thought I may have missed a really nice looking kit, yet again. At least I could enjoy the team effort build, the beta test adding flaps & kept right on following the log to the end taking notes for future reference. Now I notice the build log had rolled through to 2016 & the short kit was made available through current vendors...

Awesome!!!

Getting back to training in the Tomahawk, I never heard about the nick names or saw the tail shake during stalls. Sure it did buck & carry on while in a stall that was just it's chacteristics. Each plane you fly has chacteristics that make them unique...

Cheers,
Doug Gracey

Yes, I'll pick up a short kit, building supplies & document the build. I'll link the build log to here when I begin building. Tom, many thanks for sharing this kit for all who wish it...

I do plan to use the flap mod when you make it available...
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Old Feb 14, 2016, 05:21 AM
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Hi Doug
It's a fun build, your going to enjoy it. Looking forward to your log.
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I'll second that! Having a lot of fun building mine, even if it has taken forever.

Speaking of which, ran into an annoying snag yesterday: my Du-Bro spinner won't fit any of my APC or Master Airscrew props! I'll either have to make the cutouts bigger or find another spinner.

There is also a giant scale kit available from Tarvin Models. I want to get one... Eventually!
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I had to cut my spinner a bunch to get the prop to fit.
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Ordered The Short Kit & Cowl...

Thanks for the welcome John & CF...

Whew, just got through ordering the short kit & cowl. Time to hit up the LHS for the rest of the building materials... ^_^

I have to dig up my logbook & get the numbers of the Tomahawk that I soloed in. I'm not sure what it's color scheme was except for double stripes leading to the tomahawk on the rudders...

-Doug

I hope Tom irons out the flaps mod soon. I plan on super detailing my kit...
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Finally, I was able to get out and maiden the new wing with flap modification. I am pleased with the results. The ailerons are just as sensitive as the old wing. I did not notice much difference in flight characteristics with the flaps down or up. The biggest difference in the flaps are scale realism. There was not much trim required between the flaps being up or down. Here is the video of the flight.

Cheers,

Tom

Mansell Models Tomahawk Flap Modification (2 min 41 sec)
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Nice! Definitely not scale speed... But then that would be a crawl anyway
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Old Mar 05, 2016, 01:36 PM
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Ran across this on YouTube... had to share it

Tomahawk spin tests
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