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Old May 27, 2009, 04:56 AM
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Frog Tomtit

I thought I'd just put up some pics of the last of my backlog of models that have been sitting around waiting to be covered for some time now!

This is a Frog Tomtit built from the A&DB Model Aircraft kit which was a birthday present from my wife a couple of years back. I hope to get the covering done in the next couple of days.
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Old May 27, 2009, 05:12 AM
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Very pretty.
Plan downloadable here, if anyone wants a look.
http://www.houseoffrog.co.uk/senior_plans.htm
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Old May 27, 2009, 08:58 PM
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That has got to be one of the best names i've seen for a plane...won't forget that one in a hurry !
Of note is the top wing join, really very elegant. Might be difficult for a pilot to see out of, but while there won't be one it works eh. Missing wing bracings is also a note...I really quite like that plane and wish you every success with the covering and maiden.
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Old May 28, 2009, 06:39 AM
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That has got to be one of the best names i've seen for a plane...won't forget that one in a hurry !
It's not what you think - it's a sort of bird!
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Old May 28, 2009, 07:03 AM
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Missing wing bracings is also a note...I really quite like that plane and wish you every success with the covering and maiden.
You are right about the name

There are wing braces in the kit, to be added after covering.

I got the covering done yesterday, some little touch up jobs and fixing on the wings and its done. Fingers crossed for some nice weather this weekend!
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Old May 28, 2009, 11:25 PM
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Ahh, well it beats Silversun or Rascal or hopefully another name that really isn't a plane and i'd risk upsetting someone lol. The more standard names anyway. I mean, Frog is the manufacturer ? that's hilarious.

A biplane without wing bracings would be a fine sight. A similar but dual pole piece might give enough strength for a scale glider. Angled at 45 degrees outward from the fuselage. Would also let the non existant pilot see out better, if that makes any sense.
Will be good to see the finished plane and hopefully some flight pics.
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Old May 29, 2009, 02:35 AM
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Slider

Frog stands for Flies Right Off Ground, and was one of the world's biggest names in model aircraft, both flying models and non-flying scale models, between about 1930 and the 1970s.
See the first link for some historical info and some pictures of their fabulous pre-war ready-to-fly models, and the second link for many kit plans.
http://www.houseoffrog.co.uk/solent.htm
http://www.houseoffrog.co.uk/

And here's their 1960 catalogue
http://www.houseoffrog.co.uk/cat60.htm
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Old May 29, 2009, 06:43 AM
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I've had a chance to see a FROG Redwings fly indoors. I was impressed at how well it took off and flew. At first glance, the construction looks heavy, but it wasn't the case.

On another site (SFA) there are a few people that have posted flying photos of there FROGS and they also report good results.

I have to build one.
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Old May 30, 2009, 08:38 AM
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All finished and awaiting her maiden.

If the wind dies down a bit I'm going to take her up to the local park this afternoon. Should be nice and quiet during the FA Cup final
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Old May 30, 2009, 11:31 AM
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A sweet looking aircraft. The pitch on the prop is quite dramatic, is that to avoid too large a look for the scale ? (i'm new).
Thanks for the historical info
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Old May 30, 2009, 01:26 PM
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RK, that's a beautiful job.
Slider, it's pretty much a standard prop for rubber power. Oversquare props and large blade areas are normal to provide enough pitch speed with a low revving, relatively low powered source of power.
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Old May 30, 2009, 03:49 PM
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Ah thanks, that's a couple of questions answered in advance of my asking
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Old Jun 04, 2009, 09:41 AM
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I thought the little Tomtit and its brother the Redwing looked a little bare without any decals, ebay to the rescue, provided a few sheets of water slide decal paper and a few moments with a friends inkjet printer and bingo!

I think they both look much nicer now
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Old Jun 04, 2009, 02:42 PM
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Wow, aren't they great
Your'e in danger of having the 'too nice to fly' effect now !
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Old Jun 05, 2009, 08:26 AM
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I like your Redwing even more than your Tomtit! They both bring out the essential carefree spirit of fun that comes with these small, simple rubber free-flighters.
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