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04-16-2017 01:17 AM  8 months agoPost 421
ssmith512

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Welp, made some major progress today. Rosie the Riveter has nothing on me LOL! I was a riveting fool today.

Tail boom - done.
Vertical fin - done.
Left side of fuse - done.
Right side of fuse - done.
Bottom of fuse - 95% complete.

Just a few little rivet lines and touch ups remain. I should be able to finish the rivets tomorrow morning.

I am a happy camper. Pretty pleased with how the rivets turned out. Keeping my fingers crossed that they look equally as good after paint and clear coat.

Soooooooo, I guess I gotta get my "paint booth" constructed. Hoping to find the time to be able to paint in 3 or 4 weeks. SCARY!!!

Steve

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04-16-2017 08:46 AM  8 months agoPost 422
BEAR

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I can't wait to see this painted

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04-16-2017 11:25 PM  8 months agoPost 423
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Just a bunch of random pics for viewing pleasure. And to memorialize it just in case the paint job goes horribly wrong! LOL!



















Steve

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04-17-2017 12:43 AM  8 months agoPost 424
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Good Stuff!!

After working so hard to get a perfectly smooth fuselage, you go and add all those little tiny bumps.... which, by the way, will definetly show up under the paint.. just use light dust coats first with one final wet coat after they tack.not heavy, but even...
Gonna look great...

Stan

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

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04-22-2017 11:26 PM  7 months agoPost 425
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OK. Glazing SUCKS!! I officially HATE glazing a model helicopter.

Glazing a model helicopter is almost enough of a PITA to drive a guy to quit scale RC helicopters! LOL!!

After 7 long hours today I have all of the glazing cut and sized. They are ready to mask so I can paint the frames on them when I paint the fuse. Did I happen to mention that they were a major PITA?!? LOL.

No pics - nothing really to show until the frames are painted on them.

Steve

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04-23-2017 12:41 AM  7 months agoPost 426
doorman

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And The Best Is Yet To Come!!!!!

After you get them painted, then you get to install them with about a 1000 tiny little screws!!
That's OK though... when they are done, you will be well on your way to making the lady fly again....it will all be worth it when your done....

Stan

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04-23-2017 01:19 AM  7 months agoPost 427
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Also, I have been working on and off on the turbo tail pipes. Started with some aluminum pipe and styrene channel shapes....

Used my fancy chop-it tool to trim the styrene to shape...

Then we move onto the fuse to layout the hole for the tail pipes. Drilled a pilot hole, then followed up with the proper sized hole saw...

Test fit the aluminum pipe, fitment looks good...

Then we start gluing the trimmed channel pieces to the aluminum pipe....


Then primed and loose test fit on the fuse. A little paint and detail and they should look the part....


And actually started applying color today!! Yea!!! Gotta a few things that need painted before main color and clear go on. Started with the standard zinc chromate green on the interior side of the gun pods and rear defense pods...

Steve

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04-23-2017 07:48 PM  7 months agoPost 428
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some lovely detail as always..

it certainly has been a labour of love your project, will look awesome in the air..

All The Best

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04-23-2017 09:12 PM  7 months agoPost 429
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I painted it!!!
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OK so it's just the refueling probe,but it's a start right? LOL!!!

Detailed painted the turbo tail pipes..

Installed the LED and diffuser in the tail pipes and test fitted onto the fuse (will be glued in place after final paint)...

Detail painted the simulated IR lamp of the gun pod outer panel...

Added some more detail to the rear defense pods.....

And installed the aerial on the bottom of the tail boom...

Need to fab the tail skid (stinger) and get it installed before paint.

Just a few small tings to tidy up and then I will consider painting it.

Steve

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04-23-2017 09:17 PM  7 months agoPost 430
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some lovely detail as always..
it certainly has been a labour of love your project, will look awesome in the air..
Thanks Matt. I have enjoyed the build from day one and have learned soooo much the past two years.

Steve

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04-30-2017 08:47 PM  7 months agoPost 431
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Finishing up the last few details to get it ready to paint.

Fabbed up the tail skid using heavy duty music wire. Made a template using aluminum tube as it is easy to bend to shape. Had to use a propane torch to heat up the music wire and using a homemade wire bender, got the tial skid to shape.....

Then painted it....

Then moved onto the glazing "frames". To simulate the frames, I am going to paint them right onto the clear glazing. The tape "edge" should nicely simulate the frame thickness. So I started by masking the entire exterior surface of the clear glazing. Then I made a tool that cuts the masking tape, but not the glazing. This tool rides the perimeter of the glazing and creates a very consistent frame width that follows the glazing edge perfectly. The tool is nothing but styrene, a #11 X-acto blade and some superglue...



I scuffed the clear glazing with 600 grit and shot some primer. Will add rivets and they will be ready to paint body color and clear. Then the glazing will be glued to the fuse after paint is complete.

As soon as I can find to time take a Friday off work, it is ready to paint.

Steve

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05-04-2017 01:23 AM  7 months agoPost 432
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Well base coat and clear coat were delivered today. Guess that means I need to paint it now. Unfortunately Mother Nature is not cooperating. Waaaaaay too humid right now with all the rain we are experiencing. So ya'll will just have to wait a little longer LOL!!!!

Should get it painted before RunRyder closes up shop.

Steve

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05-04-2017 02:34 AM  7 months agoPost 433
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Awesome detail work, as usual... Love the exhaust.
Barry

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

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05-10-2017 03:00 AM  7 months agoPost 434
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Been working on adding detail to the gun pods. Added hydraulic lines, pumps and filter assembly, cables, etc. Aluminum tube, aluminum rod, and some 18ga silicone wire. Those familiar with AN fittings know that they are generally anodized blue and red. I replicated the blue anodizing on the "input" hydraulic lines. I cant decide if I want to replicate the red anodizing on the "output" lines or leave those clear aluminum. Decisions, decisions. Not 100% finished, but starting to look decent. So far I am happy with my 100% scratch built guns.



Steve

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05-10-2017 12:34 PM  7 months agoPost 435
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Steve
If you want pipe fittings which look the part, go here;
https://www.detailmaster.com/

Joe

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05-10-2017 01:27 PM  7 months agoPost 436
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Awesome!!!! XGM/VGM

John Crotts
www.soonerhelicamproductions.com

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05-10-2017 03:58 PM  7 months agoPost 437
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Steve
If you want pipe fittings which look the part, go here;
https://www.detailmaster.com/
Sweet!! Braided hose too!

Steve

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05-14-2017 01:41 AM  7 months agoPost 438
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Worked on the 50cal shrouds and cannon barrel today.

You've seen the naked gun barrels...

Proceeded to make the barrel shrouds. Got out the mini Redneck mill for these parts. I am sure some of you more experienced machinists are laughing at me, but I had to do with what I have LOL! (ya - it's a drill press!) After laying out the vents, started by making a series of drilled holes.....

Then used a psuedo end mill bit to "connect the dots"....

Here is the piece raw after drilling and milling...

And after some hand filing and sanding we ended up with some decent looking shrouds. Trying to decide if I want (or need) to paint the inner gun barrel a dark contrasting color (flat black or gun metal) to help it stand out or leave it "mill finish"...



And finished up the cannon barrel....

All that's needed is a little airbrushing to add some powder soot on the barrel ends. I love doing this finishing detail work and am pretty happy with how the gun assemblies have turned out so far.

Steve

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05-14-2017 02:12 AM  7 months agoPost 439
Peter Wales

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I think you are finding any excuse not to paint this thing

Great detail work Steve, but get your paint brush out and slap some paint on this bird, then finish the twiddly bits. The anticipation is killing us

Peter Wales
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05-14-2017 03:33 AM  7 months agoPost 440
ssmith512

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I think you are finding any excuse not to paint this thing
I was hoping that it wasnt so obvious LOL!
get your paint brush out and slap some paint on this bird, then finish the twiddly bits. The anticipation is killing us
I'm quite anxious to get it painted, trust me! Right now I am planning on painting it over Memorial Day weekend (dont tell anyone! ) Nice 3 day weekend that gives me time to take my time and I have 4 more virtual test paintings to do in my head before I start mixing paint.

Steve

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