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Old 10-28-2005, 08:33 AM   #1
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I have been thinking about this plane for long time now, i like to know from guys who have it, how is the quality of the construction and covering, how does it fly and what are the recommended engine set up for it?, I like to get this plane its different and interesting design specially with T tail set up....

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Old 10-28-2005, 08:50 AM   #2
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Not to sound negative, but the quality of all Vmar products is lacking. The covering on their ARF's is some type of plastic film material which does not shrink well. Also, their line of Vmax engines have had very high failure rates. You're better off spending a little more on a quality product. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 10-28-2005, 01:57 PM   #3
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Airsail makes a nice Tomahawk Kit. I built their DHC-2 Beaver and it flys and looks great. Both Hobby Wholesale and Great Hobbies carry this kit.

Not instant gratification like an arf, but you will get a much nicer aircraft if you decide to build one yourself. Vmar aircraft seem to fly ok from what I have seen. They are cheap to buy. Actually everything in the package seemed cheap to me.

I bought their discovery trainer. I called it my lawn dart because it was so cheap.... it didn't matter if it crashed. Just buy another one.

Emphasis on the word.... Cheap.....

(I won't buy another one of their models.) too cheaply built.

Did I say Cheap yet?????
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Old 10-28-2005, 04:04 PM   #4
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I have a Vmar Tomahawk but I've never flown it. Still in pieces in my basement. I do know somebody that flys one and here are some tidbits I picked up from him.

-It's tricky to get balanced. Appears tail heavy if not properly balanced and needs a lot of weight in the nose.
-The canopy comes off too easily and needs to be glued or bolted on.
-Flys nice but doesn't like anything more than loops. Doing a roll will break the wing.
-Comes with hardware made out of soft brass and cheap Chinese steel. Screws strip easily. Nylon control horns are not pre-threaded and are difficult to screw onto push rods.
-The servo for the elevator doesn't fit in its socket. The socket isn't deep enough. It needs a riser.
-The covering is garbage.

I've decided to leave my Tomahawk in the hanger for now.
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Old 11-03-2005, 02:43 AM   #5
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I have one of these; comments as follows:
With a Webra Speed .61 up front still required a fair amount of nose weight. Motor is powerful enough to fly in a scale manner, will not however recommend anything smaller.

I had to reshrink the covering; once done was "acceptable". General construction of the fuselage and wings is "acceptable". The belly pan does not fit, as the molding is too big. Canopy needs to be secured with screws to stop it popping off. I broke the U/C on a not too hard landing. Looking at the pieces revealed them to be constructed from only one layer of glass cloth smothered in resin and gelcoat to get the thickness; very poor. I made new ones from carbon fibre lay-up. Replace them from the word go if you are considering getting one.
General fittings supplied were cheap and nasty and poorly cast; I replaced them with stronger units.

I have done all manner of mild aerobatics, loops, rolls, stall turns etc with no problem. More of a barrel roll like the full scale one, I was told by a pilot.

I have however stopped flying it because of the close coupled undercarriage, i.e. main and nose wheels being very close together. I fly off grass, and any little imperfection trips it up, and due to moment of the high T-tail it pitches over onto it's back, with a resultant breakage of the elevator. I got tired of having one flight only to have to repair before the next flight, so it now hangs from my workshop ceiling.
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There is a quarter scale plan available for a PA 38 from Reids Quality Model products in N.Y. state.I've been thinking about this one also.Ph# is315-548-3779...Steve
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