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11-27-2007 06:21 AM  9 years agoPost 1
viper24820

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I searched the forum for a half hour and was surprised that I couldnt find anything on mounting an RCMachines Airwolf (or any any similiar cheap plastic fuse) to a Trex 450. I just got the fuselage and it actually isnt bad for $20 plus shipping off of ebay. It has the windows installed and the fuse is painted in a black carbon fiber weave pattern all over. It is not painted white on the bottom like the picture but I think I will just leave it how it is as it looks pretty sharp.

My question is, how are people mounting these plastic fuselages to their helicopters? The fuse came with no instructions at all. It comes in three pieces, two main halves and a nose section. It looks like it is going to be pretty tight and pretty hard to take on and off. I have built a .60 size Jet Ranger before and it even seemed to make more sense when it came to mounting on the mechanics.

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11-27-2007 01:56 PM  9 years agoPost 2
TomRex

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Got pics?

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11-27-2007 03:18 PM  9 years agoPost 3
viper24820

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That is a good idea, here you go...

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11-27-2007 05:36 PM  9 years agoPost 4
Shoego Heli

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This is VERY SIMILAR to mine, however there is a plastic baseplate mountedwithin the fuselage that is used to put screws into the frame where the landing gear would've been mounted. The front of the frame is then screwed down into the baseplate from the top and the back of the frame is secured from the bottom where there are 2 holes made into the fuselage and to the baseplate. This creates a very solid mount. I got mine used and did not have the instructions, but this method works really well.

Aside: You'll need to learn how to land the heli more nose forward so that you don't scrape the tailblades during your landings unless you put an extension to the tail fin. The other challenge I had was to create a mount for the esc near the front window (which I opened up) so that the esc would not overheat. This takes away from the scale look a bit, but at least my esc doesn't overheat. On mine I mounted the receiver where normally guys put their gyros (bottom of boom mount) because of the retract mechanism. Lastly, it is much harder to see this heli because it is black so make sure you get use to this before flying it out too far.

Having my heli: Cool, Having a working heli: Awesome, Having a day to fly: PRICELESS!

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11-27-2007 07:49 PM  9 years agoPost 5
jester4

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That's pretty nice. I might have to look into that.

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11-27-2007 07:49 PM  9 years agoPost 6
viper24820

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I like the plastic baseplate idea, it wouldnt be too hard to reinforce the bottom of the fuse with some extra platic. I dont have the retracts, I was going to use the skids, I guess I could mount the gear into the plastic base plate as well. Is that the only plce that your heli mechanics are attached to the fuselage? What about the tail?

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11-27-2007 07:54 PM  9 years agoPost 7
gian

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Check out the building tips here:
http://darthdrk.4t.com/
Excellent site!

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11-27-2007 10:39 PM  9 years agoPost 8
Shoego Heli

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What about the tail?
There is a foam donut that was cut out and surrounds the boom at the end and this centers the boom on the back end. This is a simple but effective solution to the tail.

* The other thing I forgot to mention is to test fly your heli [Minus the scale body 1st!] Get all the mechanical and TX stuff squared away so that the only thing that you have to do later is to adjust the trim because of a different weight describution from the new scale body. If you don't then you'll end up taking the heli apart and adjusting things again.

Having my heli: Cool, Having a working heli: Awesome, Having a day to fly: PRICELESS!

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12-03-2007 09:17 PM  9 years agoPost 9
Shoego Heli

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