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Steve... simply awesome...

Klem

12-04-2016 08:06 AM
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ssmith512

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Hit a major milestone on this build today!! I am down to less than one hundred thousand things left to do!!!! LOL!!

I gotta warn you though, this update is going to be boring compared to the previous paint drying pics post. LOL!

Today was all about detail body work. Trying to take care all of the imperfections that I can see now before first full coat of primer. My master plan is to get all of the body work done now, so when primer goes down, all I need to do is a light sanding on the primer before rivets and paint. Hopefully all I have are a few small spots once the first full coat of primer is applied, but doing it now should help minimize that.

Adding spot glazing putty in low areas/pin holes/scratches......

And most of it gets sanded off as we block sand to level everything out.....

And the bottom got the same treatment......

Just need one more inspection/spot glazing/sanding session and I think I will be ready to start laying down primer.

Steve

12-05-2016 12:26 AM
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ssmith512

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Steve... simply awesome...
Klem
Thanks Klem!!!

Steve

12-05-2016 12:36 AM
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Worked on the areas of major body work again. The first go around didnt catch every little dip and low area. Second coat of spot glazing putty and filler primer went on yesterday and after sanding today, those areas are looking good........




Added some rivet detail to the belly of the Beast......

Ready to give the fuse a final quick light sanding, degrease wipe down and lay down the first coat of final primer, but the temps have crashed. So I am kinda on hold since my garage is not heated.

No biggie, I started laying out and designing the side pod chain guns and cannons. Got them figured out and placed an order with Tower Hobbies for some aluminum tube, aluminum rod and and various bits and shapes of styrene. Will start fabricating those while I wait for temps to get a little more reasonable for primer.

So close, yet so far away!

Steve

12-12-2016 01:46 AM
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Thumper217

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Steve,

It's looking really good. There's been some good info on your threads about finishing and painting. That's something I am not looking forward too because I'm not very good at it.

I see you're using the little half pearls for the rivets. I used them on my AS350 and they turned out really nice. Luckily there aren't many rivets on the S-76

Andrew

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12-12-2016 12:05 PM
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ssmith512

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Thanks Andrew!

I'm no good at body work either, hence the reason it is taking me so long. This is my first real go at it (what a project to learn on eh?!?!?). It certainly has been quite the adventure for me, but the advice I have been given by all the other expert modelers out there has been invaluable to me.

I'm only using the acrylic rivets in few locations. The majority of the body rivets (all roughly 8000 of them!!!) will be done using the glue dot method (but with a little twist to give me some consistency, accuracy and speed - which I will document on this thread when I start it).

Steve

12-12-2016 01:59 PM
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Well I "thought" I was close to applying final primer LOL!!

Decided to tackle a few more exterior details that I originally was not going to do due to my (lack of) experience and (lack of) confidence. But, I have been given some invaluable and useful information to help me along.

Off to buy some bits and stuff to give these last few details a go.

Steve

12-14-2016 05:15 PM
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Worked on the guns all day today. Progressing very slowly mainly because I am the slowest modeler in the modern world! LOL!

Not even close to being finished, but here is what I accomplished today.....

Started making a rough mockup of the gun assembly. I find using inexpensive materials that are easy to work with helps me understand the final look and how components will interact.....

Then we start with layout and fab work. Here I am starting to make the bulkheads that will hold the gun barrels.....

Here's a pic of the lower cannon barrel bulkheads. I am using two bulkheads spaced apart to get good support for the barrels. I want the barrels to have a super solid mount for the obvious reasons.....

Here we are setting the upper bulkheads for the chain gun barrels.....

A little further along with cover plates and some other bits and pieces.....

And finally some pics that show the basic look when installed (gun barrels are not the final version, these are just being used for alignment purposes.)......





Still a few more bits and pieces to to fab. Add some detail, hydraulic lines, electric cables, etc. and lots of detail sanding/filling. But so far I am pretty happy with my interpretation of these rather important and immediately recognizable pieces.

Steve

12-17-2016 11:17 PM
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ssmith512

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!!!

Christmas Eve update for you Airwolf fans. Decided to add few more surface details to Wolfie. The full size has a raised surface just in front of the turbo inlets......

My fuse is plain and smooth in this area.......

So I started by using a flexible curve maker to template the curve on my fuse to transfer it to some card stock.......

Cardstock template is transferred to some .030" styrene sheet. And I use a french curve as an edge to guide my #11 x-acto blade to ensure a nice flowing curve......

Finished piece glued in place.....

Then we add bondo to fillet in where the stryene and fuse meet for a smooth transition.....

Bondo sanded smooth......

And a view from the front of the finished piece ready for primer......

A view rivets and some paint and I think it will be a decent representation.

Next up is a similar raised surface detail on the winglets.

Later mashed potaters!

Steve

12-25-2016 01:54 AM
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Dingo07

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Great work Steve!!! I hope you had a fabulous 1st X-Mas in the new abode!
On another note - I was taking a close look at the Airwolf pic you just posted and something looks strange... the blade pointing to the tail, what's up with the twist in it?

12-25-2016 07:35 AM
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Mojave

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Bud, the wolf is looking great, very nicely done details! At this rate you're going to have a museum piece on your hands...

Dingo: That twist in the blade is called washout. Most helicopter blades have it. The washout reduces the lift at the tip of the blade.
Barry

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

12-25-2016 05:44 PM
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Looking good Steve!!! Make those guns go "bang"?

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

12-25-2016 06:01 PM
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ssmith512

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Thanks friends!

Guns will only go bang if the whole heli goes bang. And the only way the whole heli will go bang is with a well placed bullet right up the refueling probe.

Steve

12-26-2016 01:14 PM
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Workin it, workin it, workin it!!!

Details, details, details.

These next details were ones I originally didnt think I was going to tackle. Just wasnt confident I could make them look right. But after some peer pressure prodding, I thought about it, came up with a plan, built them in my head a few times and decided to jump in with both feet.

First off the vertical tail fin needed some attention. Full size has a Gurney flap, wickerbill, whatever you call it on the trailing edge, along with some saw tooth looking overlapping panel pieces. So I did my best to replicate them.......

Plain jane looking tail fin......

And after sprinkling some magic rc heli dust on it......



And on to the winglets. Full size has a raised surface detail. It is the edge of the fiberglass "add on" piece that makes the profile of Airwolf.

Plain jane winglet......

I ran out of magic rc heli dust as I used it all up on the vertical tail fin, but I had just enough magic fairy dust left over from my college days to spread on the winglets....


I was able to leave most of my finger and thumb prints on the fuse as I glued these pieces on. So I am thinking now would be a good time to go rob a bank, seeing I have no finger or thumb prints right now (ouch!).

Was hoping to get some primer laid down on the doghouse pieces today, but the relative humidity is 3,459.76% today so I decided it best to wait for a better day.

I know I keep saying it, but I really am getting closer! LOL!!

Steve

12-26-2016 09:16 PM
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BadA**

That baby is definitely getting decked out

AMA 2918-Team JR, Spin Blades, East Coast Scale Helicopter,Castle Creations

12-27-2016 12:29 AM
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Thumper217

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Looking real good Steve, it's these kind of details that can make a huge difference. Keep sharing your great ideas.

By the way I know what you mean about the thumb prints, I often get locked out of my phone cause it doesn't recognize my print

Thumper

12-27-2016 10:23 AM
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Heli143

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really enjoying watching this build.
love the detail work!!

thanks for sharing!

Roy Mayoral

12-27-2016 12:17 PM
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Mojave

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Stunning detail work Steve! You, Sean911SC and Don (Keygrigger) are breaking the bell curve and raising the stakes... Now we all have to work harder to keep up with your level of detail... Keep it up!
Barry

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12-27-2016 05:05 PM
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ssmith512

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What's this? What's this?
It's primer you say?

What's this? What's this?
Why yes, it was primer day.

One of these days in the very near future I will visit the local pharmacy and purchase some balls and primer the fuse.

Steve

01-01-2017 10:15 PM
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Keygrigger

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Steve, you're cut off from Christmas specials next year.

Don

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