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Dec 15, 2012, 09:59 PM
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I dont know, but the puma slipper woman for $30.00 sounds cheap. Last time I checked, a Puma woman was 20k plus shipping!
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Dec 16, 2012, 12:11 AM
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Its a spammer. I reported him so once the mods are back at work he will be gone.
Dec 16, 2012, 10:22 AM
hass-alfed and bass-ackwards
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Originally Posted by JONBOYLEMON
I dont know, but the puma slipper woman for $30.00 sounds cheap. Last time I checked, a Puma woman was 20k plus shipping!
Jon, you're doing it wrong. $30 is the "rental price."

Back on topic, I'm looking forward to seeing one of the solid core molded SFs up close and personal.
Dec 16, 2012, 10:46 AM
hot air rises...
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Yeah, you know it's fake. No way you're going to get an AF Tank Woman for $17.
Dec 19, 2012, 11:57 AM
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Changes for the SuperFr3aK

Since I've shipped the first SuperFr3aK I guess I can elaborate on some of the details here.

Tails : same tails you're used to on the Fr3aK with squared tips and super strong at 13-14g per set.

Fuselage : Improved stiffness with AKP (Aft Kick Point) design and kevlar / glass forward section. I am now pre-installing the wing hold down blocks when molding the fuse, as well as shipping the fuselage with holes pre-drilled and tapped. All you have to do is cut a hole to fit your wiring harness connector and bolt on the wing.

Wing : Solid core molded with two layup options currently. The planform is as designed by Gerald Taylor (G_T) with very little modification this time around. The original Fr3aK used his planform but I changed the last few inches toward the tip slightly to ease in manufacturing. This time I stayed very true to Gerald's design including tip shape and the result is a slight improvement in the low speed behavior and a tad bit more dead air time. The standard layup is Textreme spread tow D box and glass over CA safe solid core 70psi foam. Doublers are present over the center section, servo bays, and both tips. Spars are inlaid with 160g/sm unicarbon and servo hatches are molded in with spread tow Textreme covers. Servo wells are routed. wing bolt holes are drilled and countersunk. A conventional throwing blade is provided, as well as pushrod materials and CNC cut control horns for top drive. The LE has inlaid 12k spread tow ribbon carbon for cosmetics and durability. Flapperons are pre-faced as are the trailing edges of the main wing, and Textreme doublers are added where flapperon control horns are mounted. A kevlar strip hinge is molded into the wing, and flapperons are cut and gapped before shipping. Weights on these wings are coming down with every pull, and are currently in the middle 130s, which is the same as the hollow molded Fr3aK wings.

The full carbon option is the same as above but with "Vladimir" biaxial spread tow 45g/sm carbon fabric over the entire wing surface. Textreme doublers are still used underneath the Vladimir carbon skins. Weight is reduced slightly in this layup with no decrease in stiffness.

All wings are painted in the mold with clearcoat on any top surface, along with tip / stripe color and a "Fr3aK" logo. Bottoms are alternating light and dark bars, blue or black with white between. Visibilty is exceptional. Currently custom colors just aren't possible as I'm catching up on backlogged orders.

As these are starting to trickle out (two shipped already and 3 more shipping before end of December) you should start to see them at flying fields near you. I know at least four of these that will be at the JEM in January

Dan Fitzgerald is making wing bags for the SuperFr3aK that fit like a glove as expected. Those are available from Dan directly (danfitz) or from me. These bags give you sun protection as well as ding resistance to keep your Fr3aKs looking good and cool at the field.

Exciting times. I'll post pics of the current color scheme (simplified) later when I pull the first wing.
Dec 19, 2012, 12:37 PM
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outstanding feature evolution, Tom. I hope you are planning on a little time for yourself over the holidays...
Dec 19, 2012, 01:10 PM
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Yep Matt. I pulled a wing last night (carbon) and have materials prepped for three more. I'll drop a wing tonight, pull it tomorrow, drop another Friday, then I'm off 'till Sunday doing Christmas traveling.

Monday I'm back at it since I only have three fuses made currently... and I need to do tails again as well. This is exciting stuff now that I'm making good wings instead of scrap.

Here are pictures of the latest pull, which will be the normal full carbon layup. It's under 125g trimmed and as expected it's far stiffer than necessary. This one will be in a box headed out west in the next couple of days.

Enjoy the pictures. I'm SOO glad this one came out okay considering the materials cost.
Dec 19, 2012, 01:16 PM
Jeff Carr
I love full carbon

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Dec 19, 2012, 01:16 PM
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Yummy Tom, cant wait to see the kids at the JEM!

The beefy leading edge would save a guy like me much embarrassment when catching it the first time!
Dec 19, 2012, 01:32 PM
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When I shake loose some funds I'm going to have to get on the list for one. That is a beautiful plane Tom! Your work has come so far these past few years!

Gerald
Dec 19, 2012, 01:54 PM
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That carbon wing is SWEET! Tom, your stuff keeps looking better and better. I hope you're quite proud of your work, because you have every right to be. Is your new foam hotwire-able or does it have to be machined?
Dec 19, 2012, 02:03 PM
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Machined Brandon. It's PVC based.

Thanks for the complements guys.
Dec 19, 2012, 02:24 PM
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Those are looking fantastic, Tom.
Dec 19, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Simply Amazing...
Dec 19, 2012, 02:39 PM
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What is the pricing on these, Tom?


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