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Apr 16, 2008, 10:55 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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Apr 16, 2008, 11:19 AM
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I like !

Apr 19, 2008, 01:33 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.

Apr 19, 2008, 10:48 AM
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I too flew the "T" back in the early 80's, i'm also in for a kit!
Apr 20, 2008, 03:39 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.

Apr 21, 2008, 12:12 AM
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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
Apr 22, 2008, 01:28 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. Laser Design Services sells the short kit.

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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Apr 28, 2008, 01:20 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.

Apr 29, 2008, 11:29 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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Apr 29, 2008, 11:42 AM
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beautiful job! When will the short kits be available??
Apr 29, 2008, 12:24 PM
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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!

Apr 29, 2008, 12:25 PM
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SWEET !! Im impressed. You get an attaboy for that one.

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Apr 29, 2008, 12:45 PM
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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?

Apr 29, 2008, 12:58 PM
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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.

Apr 29, 2008, 01:18 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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