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08-21-2014 12:10 AM  3 years agoPost 1
Keygrigger

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Hi all:

Slowly, for the past couple of months, I have been putting together a new body for my aging and very beaten up Jet Ranger. I really wanted to build the CH-136 Kiowa but the changing of the doors was a bit too much for a non-workshop setup in a condo. I also fought with whether to change the tail to the correct side or not and once again, the poor workshop space reared its ugly head. The process is not hard, that much I know, but when you don't have a band saw, large workbench, an open door to vent the fumes out of, and enough light to make the neighbours think you have a grow-op, the prospects of fuselage reworking slowly drifts downstream without a paddle.

On the other hand, I had intended to replicate the Kiowa but chose the CH-139 Jet Ranger from 3CFFTS, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, as the final subject. It is basically a standard Jet Ranger but with changes in some of the avionics and later, changes to the landing lights. I have decided to do the late version but before they were privatized and the scheme changed to an overall dark blue. At least, this one (they didn't call it the Banana Boat for nothing) I have a fighting chance to see in the evening light as even my regular ranger can disappear on me.

I will update things as they go but there are lots of pictures so be prepared. Take care.

Don

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08-21-2014 12:22 AM  3 years agoPost 2
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More pictures.

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08-21-2014 12:26 AM  3 years agoPost 3
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And more yet.

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08-21-2014 12:31 AM  3 years agoPost 4
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So to bring you up to speed, the instrument panel is temporary as there is a new one on its way but will not be here until September. The cockpit is completely devoid of detail because of the size of the mechanics compared to the body size. The battery sticks right out into the area of the seats and there is little hope on even a half seat cockpit. I will try and make a partial floor with pedals and whatever I can between the windows and the canopy join. All windows are completely reshaped and the supplied kit windows in the rough can be trimmed to match perfectly into their new homes. I will be taking some plastic from an old canopy to make the side windows and the front windows, left over from an Airwolf build, will be used for the front windows. Take care.

Don

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08-21-2014 03:43 AM  3 years agoPost 5
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Don, I really admire your skills and attention to detail.

Will be following this build and looking forward to the finished project.

Roy Mayoral

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08-25-2014 12:18 AM  3 years agoPost 6
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Thanks. This is one more item that I can now cross off the list of things to make. I got the load framework built for the Bambi bucket as it is now part of this model. I am sure that they didn't train them to do long line work but I am sure they did teach them the workings of external stores as part of their instruction. That's my story and I'm sticking to it, lol. Take care.

Don

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08-25-2014 08:20 PM  3 years agoPost 7
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Another couple of details were done today. The static ports and the rear anchor point. I must be getting close to paint as I don't see too much more I can add, lol. Take care.

Don

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08-26-2014 02:18 AM  3 years agoPost 8
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With these screens in place, the painting can start in a day or so to let the primer dry and for me to get up the nerves to start the painting. It has been almost 40 years since I have done a multi-colour paint scheme on anything. Take care.

Don

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08-26-2014 03:23 PM  3 years agoPost 9
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wonderful work!!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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08-26-2014 03:36 PM  3 years agoPost 10
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Thank you very much.

Don

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08-27-2014 03:28 AM  3 years agoPost 11
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Looking great!! See you in 3 weeks Don...
Barry

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08-27-2014 04:36 AM  3 years agoPost 12
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Thanks Barry, I'll be seeing you soon. I did get the first colour down today and this is the reason they call them "Banana Boats". That really stands out in a crowd, lol. Take care.

Don

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08-27-2014 04:44 AM  3 years agoPost 13
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Holy crap!!! That looks awesome!

Roy Mayoral

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08-28-2014 10:22 PM  3 years agoPost 14
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Thanks. Here are a few more of the paint in progress. I will give it a few days to harden and I need to do one small touch-up area on top of the boom. Maybe by Monday, I will be able to get at the rest of the detailing and I hope to have the mechanics in it for next weekend. Take care.

Don

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08-31-2014 04:09 AM  3 years agoPost 15
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I got the semi-gloss clear coat on this evening and then painted the instrument panel and added s dummy gauge set printed in paper for the time being. I have a new one coming and I will light that one, but this is good only for the base. I also made up a lens for the landing light and it is now ready for final installation in the next week. I hope to have it ready by Friday night but I will be picking up some new white striping as what I have is too wide. I am going with 4mm where I had 5mm. After taking this amount of time to prep it, it would not be as nice with the strip just too wide. Oh well, it's only money. Take care.

Don

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09-01-2014 10:03 PM  3 years agoPost 16
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Hey Don, will this be ready for HSM?
Barry

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09-02-2014 02:52 AM  3 years agoPost 17
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Barry, I hope so. If things go well, the mechanics go in on Wednesday. I have been two days doing the windows and I went overboard making the two front sliders operational. I still need to do a bit of work on the back slider area to make them look like they work but they are fixed in the closed position. This weekend, I get the right size pinstripe tape but Monday, I pack up and head to Dalton so there is not much chance to finish it completely. Here are some shots showing how insane this has become. At least, I had some spare window material left from the Airwolf build and that made up for a lot of grief. Take care.

Don

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09-02-2014 10:07 PM  3 years agoPost 18
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Today, it sits with the windows all in and only a few details left for them. That should be on tonight's list of things to do. I only needed to trim one door post where the windscreen meets it as the rest has so little glue visible, it was not worth any other work. It is best to leave well enough alone. The small parts that I have built up over the last few weeks are now on the block to be installed. The hand grab is already on and the wire strike cutters will be also on the agenda tonight. At some point, I will start to work out how to do all the aging but that is for when I get back from Dalton. I'll be so happy just to have it in the air this weekend and tomorrow is the day to retire the old Jet Ranger body. Take care.

Don

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09-03-2014 04:21 AM  3 years agoPost 19
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I did get the wire strike cutters installed and a couple more items to boot. The false sliding window worked out just right and once I get better light in the room, I will scribe the line to represent the split. I may leave it an extra day to let the paint cure as the green is very soft still. Drives me nuts. Maybe a few days in the sun will help to cure it. Take care.

Don

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09-03-2014 11:40 AM  3 years agoPost 20
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Beautiful work Don!!

look forward to seeing it in person at Dalton.

Roy Mayoral

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