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12-31-2009 01:10 PM  7 years agoPost 21
Wayne Parrish

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WOW Richard,I'm going to have to either get to work on mine with more detail or keep it inside when you take yours out ! You're a true craftsman and I am looking forward to seeing your bird.A Happy New Year to you and yours ! Wayne

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01-01-2010 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 22
Richard Morgan

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Thanks Wayne:
Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

I put in rubber spacers instead of the leather ones on the tail, seems to work just fine. I hope to get the 47 done for the spring, and hopefully I will be able to get back into the flying part of things. It will be cool to see both Bells in the air at the same time. As a matter of fact, I wonder how many guys here on the east coast have a G-3. Would be fun to have a mass hover and fun fly.

I am still working on the Cheyenne and my goal is to be test flying the first one in May. So one year start to finish on that one is my plan

Richard

Is it just me, I thought all Helicopters flew in 3D......Hmmmm?

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01-01-2010 11:54 PM  7 years agoPost 23
Wayne Parrish

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WOW,One year,not bad I must say. I heven't even finished detailig my Bell 47 since you started that heli build. I can't stop flying mine long enough to do any work on it ! Wayne

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01-12-2010 08:47 PM  7 years agoPost 24
Richard Morgan

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Governor ?

I have one more question at least for now concerning this Heli. Governor; yes or no? Thoughts? I was told that the Multi-Gov is a very good choice if one is needed due to how user friendly it is, and how well it works!

Cheers:

Richard

Is it just me, I thought all Helicopters flew in 3D......Hmmmm?

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01-12-2010 10:28 PM  7 years agoPost 25
PETER ROB

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Governor; yes or no?

For me it is the Futaba, GV1, with the Stator Gator, straight of the magnito, can't get a better pulse than that
Peter R

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01-13-2010 04:00 AM  7 years agoPost 26
Wayne Parrish

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Richard, I can see a gov on a scale heli that was a turbine in real life. They are run by governors so it makes sense. I have just put one on my Bell Ranger III for that reason. The Bell 47 is another story. My friend who taught in the Bell 47 said that when you come out of collective that the engine rpm also comes down,so why worry with a governor . I love my Bell without the gov.. I am using the GV-1 and they are pretty easy to set up. Keep up the great work ! Wayne

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01-14-2010 11:20 AM  7 years agoPost 27
MP3_tilaco

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Nice work, this helicopter is a great machine and you are doing a awesome work.

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02-14-2010 09:14 PM  7 years agoPost 28
Richard Morgan

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Working on some of the parts for the cockpit scavange hot and cool air system. Motor and dummy exhaust shrouds are next. I have some 1/2" aeroduct coming that will really set the system off with scale like air ducting.


You can see the engine driven blower and the fresh air intake next to the fuel tank (It is a resin casting I made). Both are ready for prime and paint. Then the hoses will be attached.


In these pictures of a six and four cylider franklin engine, you can see the engine cylinder heads and valve covers that I am replicating. Cardboard mock ups were made for trial fitting.

Richard

Is it just me, I thought all Helicopters flew in 3D......Hmmmm?

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02-14-2010 10:18 PM  7 years agoPost 29
Wayne Parrish

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Very nice Richard!! I can't stop flying mine to get anything done !! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the GIII and I am sure you will also.I am anxious to see your bird. I hope this round on your shoulder is the charm also.

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02-15-2010 11:33 AM  7 years agoPost 30
Red Machine

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Hi Richard

I notice from the pics on the front page that you are using a Graupner electric start. Do you (or anyone) have any info on this and is it cheaper than the extremely expensive Vario version?

Formart EC120 / Cine Scale Gazelle / Vario MD900 / Turbine Bell 407

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06-27-2010 02:48 AM  7 years agoPost 31
Richard Morgan

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My shoulder seems to be doing somewhat better this time around, and I am back to work on my heli projects.

I decided to go electric on this bird and have installed a big Xera 4035/4y-300 using a Darrell Sprayberry clutch and electric motor mount conversion (very nice!) These motors have been tested on AP helis at more than 27 pounds with plenty of power. I just installed the CC ICE 160 ESC and will be running 12s 5800 milliamps. I also cut the frames down some to save weight by almost a half a pound with no loss of strength(see the pictures). Losing the weight of the gas motor, exhaust system, fuel system and gas ready to fly should save about 8 - 10 more pounds. The two 6s 5800 milliamp batteries esc and motor will put back less than half of this weight. Another positive to removing the excess metal is that it is behind the CG, so less weight in the nose . I am also installing the AeroSound Lycoming 6 cylinder sound system (really cool) and I am converting the dummy tanks into speakers (see the pictures). The lite plywood frames installed into the tanks weigh less than 4 oz total for both. Well that’s it for now. If my shoulder cooperates I hope to get this bird up soon followed by my Cheyenne .

In these pictures you can see the finished and painted cut down frames, Motor installation, ESC location (in free air), and a scale part temporarily installed on the lower back of the frames (this is the cabin heater blower, it will be painted yellow).

In these pictures you can see the modification of the dummy tanks into speakers. It is important to have some resonance chambers (the large holes next to the speaker) to improve the sound and these also allow the speaker the ability to expand and contract, so it won't be damaged. The chambers will be stuffed with fiber fill until the best sound is achieved. Additionally the speakers must be air tight. So a rubber seal will be employed (Pictures to follow). I have also included a picture of the uninstalled light plywood frames. If you are interested PM me and I will give you the thickness of each part. I consulted a speaker building manual for information.

Richard

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06-27-2010 09:37 PM  7 years agoPost 32
Hoverup

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Fantastic work as always Richard. Glad to hear your shoulder is better. I'm on light duty after heart surgery for another 2 1/2 weeks, but that doesn't stop me from being an avid spectator and fan for the masters of this scale art like you my friend. Thanks for sharing your handy work.

Cheers - Boyd
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05-31-2011 02:11 AM  6 years agoPost 33
Richard Morgan

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I am slowly getting back to my projects and I just finished half of a six cylinder 1/4 scale engine kit for my Bell 47. This is a very nice little engine kit by "Top Notch Products"
( http://www.topnotchkits.com ). You have to ask for the six cylinder version because it is not a normal stock item. Also, they are not an R/C model helicopter company, but this engine kit is easily modified to work on the big Vario Bell 47 G-3. Hopefully I will be painting the remaining parts of the Bell in a week or two.

Richard

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05-31-2011 02:55 AM  6 years agoPost 34
Wayne Parrish

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Richard, Thank goodness that shoulder is doing better this time ! Just don't go crazy and overstress it . I just completed my last PT session and I am "TICKLED PINK" with the outcome !! Of course I can make it better and better with my "home pt" of which I continue to do. That scale Lycoming really looks great ! I may just have to get to work on mine with more detailing !! WP

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05-31-2011 02:12 PM  6 years agoPost 35
Richard Morgan

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Wayne:

Glad to hear you are doing well and making good progress. I am also on an exersize routine that I have to do every day. Even after all of the work on the shoulder it is still weak. But I will soldier on and deal with it, and yes I will attempt not to overstress it.

Next on the Bell, I will fabricate a dummy muffler and oil tank and then finally get some painting done!

Richard

Richard

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06-01-2011 12:48 AM  6 years agoPost 36
Wayne Parrish

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Fantastic !!

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06-01-2011 02:26 AM  6 years agoPost 37
doorman

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Beautiful Build!!!!!

Richard,
This machine is looking GREAT.....
I just got mine and am following your detailing.... you are going to have a a GREAT looking machine when completed....
Wayne, I watched your video and the autos are over the top...great flying... not sure I really want to even attempt an auto with this one!!!!!

Stan

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06-01-2011 02:27 AM  6 years agoPost 38
Mojave

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That scale motor is really going to set this heli off! Looking good...

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

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06-09-2011 02:14 AM  6 years agoPost 39
Richard Morgan

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The dummy engine is complete. In the pics you can see the scavange hot air box around the left bank of the exhaust manifold. I will mount this up then add the dummy oil tank, lines and dummy muffler; all in the works.

Richard

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06-09-2011 02:19 AM  6 years agoPost 40
Wayne Parrish

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Looking great Richard ! Can't wait to hear the engine audio ! WP

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