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04-06-2014 12:53 PM  3 years agoPost 41
cabojay

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Stan you Da Man
Great tip...

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04-06-2014 05:16 PM  3 years agoPost 42
eyefly3d

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Peter, glad wrap is the same kitchen kling wrap your speaking of, just a brand name here in the states.
Chris

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.

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04-21-2014 05:44 PM  3 years agoPost 43
helirocky

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Painting Your Blades 101
Does this Works also for carbón blades or just wood blades?

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04-21-2014 05:56 PM  3 years agoPost 44
doorman

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Painting Blades
The blades that I am painting like this are C/f or f/G

This would need a completely different prep to do wood blades.

PM me if you have any specific questions though.

Good Luck

Stan

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04-22-2014 05:04 PM  3 years agoPost 45
helirocky

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Painting Blades
Great, so this is going to work with my Coast Guard blades.
Thanks Stan

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05-07-2014 08:44 PM  3 years agoPost 46
doorman

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Scale Parts And Pieces
Might be good to start adding to this list as you get around to the different sites used... if you would like, PM me and I can add it here if you like... Stan

Here are some places that I have used or visited, and you can bet that there are a LOT more out there!!!!:

http://www.iflytailies.com/

http://www.modelsoundsinc.com/index.php

http://www.kjmagnetics.com/

http://www.pololu.com/

http://www.bvmjets.com/

http://www.all-scale.com/

http://justscale.co.nz/catalog/prod...products_id/400

http://www.premierpilots.net/index.html

http://www.microfasteners.com/

http://www.scaleparts.net/

http://redlodgehelicopters.co.uk/scale%20accesories.htm

http://www.skyhunterhobbys.com/main.sc

http://www.smartmodel.com.hk/produc...69&third_id=230

http://www.callie-graphics.com/

Also, I have also found quite a few items at the local Hobby Lobby/Craft Stores.

Hope this info will help you out... Stan

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05-30-2014 02:28 AM  3 years agoPost 47
Mojave

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Rex700 Low head speed tail authority

After having an issue with tail authority on my AS350 with rex700 mechs and lower head speed, I started doing some research on a tail fix. I didn't want to make custom tail blades, or have to run longer blades, as they just didn't look right on the heli.
I found that Align is now making a speed up kit for rex700 mechs. It ups the tail drive ratio from 4.3 to 4.95:1. I installed it in my AS350 and it worked like a charm! This has allowed me to run 1400rpm HS with great tail authority. I may even try 1300rpm and see how it holds up. Here are the part numbers if anyone is interested in doing the mod for their scale machine.
Barry
104 tooth slant auto gear H70G007XXW $19.99
TQ tube front gear set H7NG001AXW $13.99
Rear tail box gears/shaft H70G005XXW

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

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01-20-2015 11:06 PM  3 years agoPost 48
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Tip-O-the-Day.

Its always hard for me to get painted stripes correct. For one, just getting them straight. Another issue is when you have a 6 mm stripe on the side of the fuse. Now you go around the radome or or around the back if the fuse as on the Blowhole, the strip will become wider on the slanted or curved part. That 6 mm stripe became 10 mm around the back and about 8 mm around the from of the fuse due to the different angles.

We need some

I used a contractors Laser level mounter on a camera tripod.

Make perfectly straight lines and helps with getting the stripe spacing correct around compound curves. This one has a magnetic base that works gerat on my metal cabinets or on the tripod.

As you can see it goes all the way around the room.

UIH,

B

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01-21-2015 01:56 AM  3 years agoPost 49
Dr.Tim

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I wish you would put some trash or something around your shop so the rest of us can feel Normal! ..

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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01-21-2015 02:55 AM  3 years agoPost 50
Rckfish

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Nice tip Butch...great thinking....or great drinking!

Either way I like it and will steal it.

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01-21-2015 03:33 AM  3 years agoPost 51
rcflyerheli

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You must be an aircraft painter. That's exactly what the painters use to keep the stripes level and even on our fleet of aircraft.

Goblin 700, Trex 700DFC, Gaui X7, Logo 690SX, Logo 600SX; Trex 470 Trex 500
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01-21-2015 11:25 AM  3 years agoPost 52
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Dr. Tim

Actually, shop looks like a pig sty right now however will keep your suggestion in mind. Hows it going buddy?

Folks many time smarter than I use "The Lazer" for this stuff and yes, beer is involved.

UIH,

B

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01-22-2015 01:14 AM  3 years agoPost 53
Dr.Tim

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Doing great Butch! Keeping busy with way to many projects! How is Ro? Hope all is well my OLD friend!

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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02-08-2015 04:32 PM  3 years agoPost 54
Mojave

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Metal or FG simulated surfaces: We build a lot of detail parts from wood, but it's difficult to get rid of the wood grain surface when they are painted. Usually you have to seal the wood, then sand, then prim and sand, then prime again to fill the grain. The easy way is to just "clad" the part in thin styrene sheet, then apply paint directly to the part. This leaves you with a nice uniform surface that replicates sheet metal or FG etc.. Just trace the outline on the styrene sheet, cut it out and bond it to the side of the part. Thin styrene works very well on curved parts too.
Barry

The face and sides of this IP are clad in styrene sheet and the sides of the wood seats also.

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

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02-08-2015 06:34 PM  3 years agoPost 55
Mojave

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Here's another one...

This has been discussed many times in the scale forums, but here's another for the guys that are really new to scale building and may not have taken a lot of time to cruise the build threads. This probably should have been the first "tip of the week", but that's life...

When bonding wood kits into a scale fuse, NEVER use standard 5 or 30 minute epoxy!! It cures hard and gets more brittle with age. So, later down the road the wood has the potential to separate from the fuse, then your high dollar investment becomes lawn art. There are 2 excellent aerospace grade epoxies out there that work great in this application. One is BVM aeropoxy (Bob Violet Models) and the other is Hysol 9462. They cure to a hard, but somewhat semi flexible state. They are also thixotropic (stick to vertical surfaces), so they don't run. You can apply it to vertical formers and it won't run or sag while it cures.

I also go one step further on my builds. I seal the edge of the wood (where it contacts the FG fuse) with CA and let it cure prior to bonding it into the fuse. The CA soaks into the wood and effectively binds the wood fibers together, so when you epoxy it into the fuse it's more of a solid unit. You're not just bonding the top layer of wood to the fuse.
Barry

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02-08-2015 11:44 PM  3 years agoPost 56
doorman

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++1
You are on a roll bubby!!!!

Never thought of sealing the edges... good idea... will try it on the
"next" build.

Keep'm coming...even the OLD DOGS can learn from these ideas...

Thanks, Stan

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02-09-2015 12:22 PM  3 years agoPost 57
Rckfish

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Love Aeropoxy, Hysol, etc. Also, have had great luck with flexible glues like; PFM, Goop, Liquid Weld, etc.

Paul

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02-09-2015 03:42 PM  3 years agoPost 58
coptercptn

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Warning about pfm.. I've had it "break down " over time and become unbonded

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

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02-18-2015 07:23 PM  3 years agoPost 59
Mojave

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Here's a good source for highly detailed scale pilot figures. They are also cheaper than some others that I have seen.
Barry

http://www.ytinternational.co.uk/ta...ed_quarter.html

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02-26-2015 02:53 AM  36 months agoPost 60
Keygrigger

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Anti-skid tape for curved landing gear struts.
Tonight, I was pulling what is left of my hair out trying to get the look of anti-skid tape on the struts of my new landing gear. The skid pipes are child's play but that double curve of the strut legs does not lend itself to using the usual suspects for the material, or does it. The first think I tried was glass beads mixed into paint but that just didn't work out very well at all. I think the biggest problem with that was I used paint that dried way too fast. Ok, so back to square one.

I gave it a good ol' college try to get the wet/dry paper to do the double curve but the edges buckled every time. For some reason, I took a fresh strip of the material and put my X-acto handle end on the paper and pulled up on the strip while moving the handle back down the rest of the strip. What it did was to create a stretched section in the middle of the paper that then allowed the paper to curl on its length and have the rough curve of the strut on its width. The picture I took was very difficult to setup as I had to elevate the camera, hold the paper, knife, and hit the button all at the same time so I hope you get the idea of what I did.

This can be a very difficult part to produce and this might make things easier for you. I hope the one single picture is enough, lol. Take care.

Don

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