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06-07-2014 11:21 AM  3 years agoPost 41
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Thanks guys! I have not had time to work on this project lately.

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06-29-2014 06:19 PM  3 years agoPost 42
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Next on the long list is the lower nose area that is not scale. The sharp angle needs to go and it should look like the black line I marked on the fuselage. Plug and mold making time.

Cut off the offending section.

I use the pink foam from home depot and fit it to the fuselage and start shaping. I add the plywood as a support structure to hold it in place during the shaping process.

I add temporary supports to the fuselage to hold the plug.

After shaping with sand paper it looks more scale, before and after shots.

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07-03-2014 09:39 PM  3 years agoPost 43
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This is the plug all waxed and setup on the parting board.

Gel coat applied.

Two layers each of 2, 4 and 6 oz. fiberglass cloth. I will let this cure for 24 hours then repeat on the other side.

Here is a link to some good how to mold videos.
http://www.fibreglast.com/fibreglas...mold_fibreglass

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07-03-2014 11:39 PM  3 years agoPost 44
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UIH,

Nice work as always Mang.

This is going to be another great "garyl" Model for sure.

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07-04-2014 07:57 PM  3 years agoPost 45
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Thanks Butch!

I fast cured the mold with heat so I am ready to make a part. The plug popped right out without any issues.

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07-04-2014 08:09 PM  3 years agoPost 46
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Very nice work Gary! You are a true artist!
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07-04-2014 08:12 PM  3 years agoPost 47
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Amazing build, you guys are good . One day I hope to spend the time an really build a scale heli instead of throwing together these ARF fuselages and calling it good.....

D. Lee.....t.Born again.t.....

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07-05-2014 06:01 PM  3 years agoPost 48
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Thanks guys, nothing wrong with a scale ARF.

Popped out the part and it came out great. I will secure it to the fuselage tomorrow.

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07-09-2014 12:57 AM  3 years agoPost 49
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Installed the new part and it fits great.

I installed the gun turret and made it movable by installing a micro servo inside it. The servo wheel is attached to the fuselage side.

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07-23-2014 07:55 AM  3 years agoPost 50
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Hi garil.
a lot of work!
awesome Job!

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07-25-2014 04:26 AM  3 years agoPost 51
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Garry,

This is for you and hopefully will give you some inspiration!
Make sure you have the audio on.

Gonzalo

Watch at YouTube

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07-25-2014 11:47 AM  3 years agoPost 52
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Nice Gonzalo! I am far away from flying for sure, lots of work to do to make this thing more scale.

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01-01-2015 05:15 PM  3 years agoPost 53
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Been a while since I posted on this project.
Made this tail skid from ply and foam with a layer of fiberglass.

Added a hatch opening.

Made these scale wing attachment brackets from brass material.

Gun installed made out of brass material.

Flare pods and vent scale details

I moved the canopy frame to a more scale location.

Here is the way it sits after a lot of filling priming and sanding many times over.

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01-01-2015 05:33 PM  3 years agoPost 54
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That's looking great Gary, nice work and I really like the guns!!
Barry

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01-01-2015 07:20 PM  3 years agoPost 55
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Gonna have to go with.....SAH-WEET!

Me likey likey.

Man you guys have some serious fabrication skills.

Steve

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01-01-2015 09:34 PM  3 years agoPost 56
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As always thanks for the kind words.

I went with the new Vario electric mechanics 1002/82 for 12mm main shaft. If anyone buys these be aware you have to order 59/40 with it, this buys you the electric motor mount, pulleys and belt which is not included with the mechanics.

My motor of choice WAS the Scorpion motor until I saw a KDE direct motor at Joe Howards shop. The KDE motor is a quality made product and is now my motor of choice. The motor comes with nice long and flexible wires.

I tried the new Castle Talon HV120 speed control in my Fire Watch cobra this year which worked great so I decided to go with it for this heli. It has a 20 amp BEC that works fantastic, the only thing it does not have is data logging but not a big deal for me. I attached the bullet connectors that come with the speed control to the motor wires and its ready for action.

Here is the Vario four bladed tail rotor assembly already to go.

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01-01-2015 11:48 PM  3 years agoPost 57
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Hey Gary, great minds think alike I just built up a set of those new 12mm vario electric mechs for my vario cobra. I'm in the middle of doing a clutch conversion on mine, just waiting on the new XL belt to show up. I'll keep you posted and will post up pics when it's done. I need to get in on Joe's New Years sale, as I robbed parts from a set of Benzin mechs to do the conversion... Can you do me a favor and post up some pics of the installed woodwork in your fuse? I'd just like a sanity check for the depth of the fuse under the mechs (for clutch clearance), as I don't have the fuse assembled yet. I'm assuming it's way deep enough, due to the fact that the fuse was designed around Benzin mechs.
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01-02-2015 04:40 PM  3 years agoPost 58
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Barry,
There is 4 inches of space under the mechanics so no problem.

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01-02-2015 05:38 PM  3 years agoPost 59
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Yeah, Barry , there is a ton of room under the fuse. I built one of those for a guy using a jetcat turbine...

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

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01-02-2015 09:04 PM  3 years agoPost 60
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Thanks guys and thanks for the pics, very helpful info. There is definitely a ton of room under the mechs. You saved me the time of pulling the kit out of the attic and dry fitting the wood kit.
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