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coptercptnElite Veteran - Mesa AZ. USA - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Ok folks, I've been gathering parts & pieces for this build for over a year and a half. But, finally have what I need to get it done!
The Aircraft I am modeling is the "E" model Huey that was flown in Vietnam by (then Captain) Steven Pless. He received the "Medal of Honor" for his rescue of a downed Army Chopper crew being overwhelmed by a vastly superior Viet kong force...please google his name, it is quite a story...!

Now, back to the build...
Here's what I'm using:
Len Mount Huey Fuselage kit from Starwood (1/6th scale)
Vario Turbine mechanics
Jakadofsky Pro 5000 turbine
Demon A3X controller
Savox HV servos
Spectrum AR12120 RX
Spectrum DX18 TX
SK-Rotorkopf Scale head
Modified Starwood Lama tail rotor gbox
1050x140 custom spinblade main rotors
105mm tail blades

This should be a fun build... and I've been "jonesing" for me another Huey for a while now!!!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

12-24-2016 06:01 PM
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coptercptnElite Veteran - Mesa AZ. USA - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Here's a few quick pictures of prepping the build..
When I build anything I like to find the largest scale plastic model I can find.. in this case it's a Revelle Huey and has a lot of helpful details....
I usually don't paint anything on these, but I kind of got carried away (in the moment) on this one...!
Next step was assembling the mechanics. But, as nothing ever goes completely smooth in these things, I found that I was missing some parts in the kit!! It took a couple weeks, but I finally have the mechs together.
I decided to "open" one of the engine bay doors..A) because it's cool, but B) more importantly allows access for installing the woodwork and mechanics...

Next, I had to machine some mounts for the bottom of the mechanics (because Vario does not provide them unless you buy a "fuselage specific" set)

With this done, and the turbine mounted up, it was time to trial fit everything into the fuse...
To be continued

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

12-24-2016 06:22 PM
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chopper37

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Looks like another great build coming together, subscribed, love the idea of a recliner in the shop

12-24-2016 06:31 PM
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Mojave

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Palos Verdes, Ca. USA

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Looking good bud! I'm subscribed. It will be interesting to see how you do the bulkheads to reinforce the access panel areas in this build. Also, since it's a low mounted turbine, do you already have the turbine exhaust figured out? I'm also looking forward to seeing the scale head for this bird...

When the build gets tough, just go hit the "EASY" chair with the TV remote and a cold one...
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

12-24-2016 06:49 PM
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goodhunting

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Slovenia ... somewhere in Europe

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Awesome
I love hueys....

Gh

12-24-2016 06:50 PM
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coptercptn

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Mesa AZ. USA

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Yes the "man cave" is fully equipped... and ( as those who have seen it can attest) over filled!!!
Barry, the bay doors will have CF sills around them, and because it's an E model.. the flat cabin wall along with the exhaust reinforcement will box the whole unit back there... Also.. those are "Top mount" mechs.. what you don't see is the woodwork to raise everything up.. those pics coming up soon...
Thanks for watching !!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

12-24-2016 08:05 PM
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coptercptnElite Veteran - Mesa AZ. USA - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Here's a pic of the mechs (before I made the frame/fuselage mounts
And... "Santas" work shop at "Rotorkopf" working on my Huey head (left) and Mark H's 429 head and tail rotor..(package deal)...

And some preliminary woodwork photos... still working out placement and layout...and a little more "re-design" as I get deeper into the build

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

12-24-2016 08:14 PM
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Mojave

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Very cool! Yeah, I missed that top mount detail. Must have been the angle of the pic. I should have recognized they were top mount mechs, as they're very similar to my turbine/electric mechs... The rotor head looks very nice too.
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

12-25-2016 01:02 AM
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Andy01

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Brisbane, Australia

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Wouldn't 105mm tail blades be a bit small for a heli with 1050mm main blades ? Maybe it should be 150mm tail blades

Colin

Vario Long Ranger 700e
Seahawk 600
UH-1N 500
Baumann EC-145 800+ (coming soon )

12-27-2016 08:27 AM
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ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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Holy crap!! It really is Christmas! Two Huey builds by two of the Master Builders, at the same time!!

Subscribed!

Steve

12-27-2016 02:09 PM
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