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Old Apr 16, 2008, 09:55 AM
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Looking very Good, I looked over my shoulder as well doing a depature stall, and thats all it took. Piper had way too many problems with this aircraft for me to continue to be a test pilot. I went back to the trusty old 150/152.

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Old Apr 16, 2008, 10:19 AM
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I like !

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Old Apr 19, 2008, 12:33 AM
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Here is another update. The wings are framed up. We are getting closer. This is how I put the wings together. I did not finish sheeting the top of wings until after I had the wings joined together. The reason why I decided to do it this way is so I could clamp the spars together for a great bond. Anyway, here are more pictures. Next I will put the Landing Gear blocks in place.

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Old Apr 19, 2008, 09:48 AM
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I too flew the "T" back in the early 80's, i'm also in for a kit!
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Old Apr 20, 2008, 02:39 AM
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Here are some pictures of the bottom of the wing install the landing gear mounts. Although the parts to the mounts were laser cut. I had to build up the mounts. I also made some brackets that glued to the ribs for more support for the landing gear. After I had the mounts glued in place I decided to fiberglass the bottom of the wing. This is probably way overkill for strength but I also wanted this to be rugged for touch and go's on grass. After the fiberglass was done I made the fairing on the wing to blend into the fuselage.

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Old Apr 20, 2008, 11:12 PM
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Nice plane.....I normally fly larger airplanes, but I would make an exception in this case. Let me know when the kit comes out.... G
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Old Apr 22, 2008, 12:28 AM
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I have been plugging away on getting a short kit plans completed for a short kit. Anyway, I am planning on releasing the short kit in the middle to end of July. BMK Designs will be selling the short kit. I don't have a price for it yet. Here is the link to BMK Designs: http://www.bmkdesigns.net/

Here are some pictures of the installation of the aileron servos and landing gear installation. I had to grind down the servo hatches in order for the servos to fit into the wing. I also centered the servos in the hatches and glued the servos to the hatches with Shoe Goo. I had to cut part of the rear spar for the servos to fit. This did not affect any of the strength of the wing. I also built the ailerons for the wing.

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Old Apr 28, 2008, 12:20 AM
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Here is another update. Unfortunatley I have not been able to be on the computer much lately. Here are a some pics.

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Old Apr 29, 2008, 10:29 AM
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Here is an update that everyone was waiting for. Just click on the link and watch.

41" Piper Tomahawk (5 min 17 sec)



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Old Apr 29, 2008, 10:42 AM
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beautiful job! When will the short kits be available??
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Old Apr 29, 2008, 11:24 AM
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Great video and progress Tom....

Do you have any washout on those wings - looked like it likes to drop that right tip!



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Old Apr 29, 2008, 11:25 AM
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SWEET !! Im impressed. You get an attaboy for that one.

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Old Apr 29, 2008, 11:45 AM
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N827TM -

Sweet! That looks great in flight – good job.

Watching the spin brings back memories of spinning the real plane. I bet the model comes out of a spin much better. After 3 turns it’s locked into a good tight rotation and doesn’t just automatically stop spinning like a Cessna does.

Scott Morgan – did you ever watch the tail on a Traumahawk during spins?

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Old Apr 29, 2008, 11:58 AM
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Thanks Guys,

This bird flies very well. It came in at 27.6 ozs. The Power is fair. This bird is your typical scale flying plane, stable. When I would slow it down to stall it. The left wing tip would drop. When I land it. It does best with power on. I have 4 flights on it now and it is fun for Touch and Go's. The Spins with this airplane are fun too. I let go of th sticks at it pops right out of the spin.

To finish this project up, and I am going to build #2 at the end of May to double check all the Cad work. I made a few changes in the Cad file for the next one. I am also drawing up the plans so they will be easier for you to understand when it comes to building.

I am not expecting the release of the short kit until July. I apologize it will not be sooner.

Here are a few more pics at the field.

Tom
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Old Apr 29, 2008, 12:18 PM
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Great video Tom... really cool to see in person as well. One of the best scale builds I have seen of this size.
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