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07-09-2017 01:14 AM  4 months agoPost 481
ssmith512

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Decided to see if I could fix the paint that lifted on the nose when I painted the flat black anti glare.

Sanded the area down and prepped it as best as I know how.....
20170707_183615 by Steve Smith, on Flickr

Double triple masked the heli and used my airbrush to spray some base coat. So far so good........
20170708_085505 by Steve Smith, on Flickr

And then twiddled my thumbs while the base coat flashed off and then shot some clear. Held my breath as I removed the masking and BAM!!! I'm a happy camper!! Pretty pleased with the repair.....
20170708_195456 by Steve Smith, on Flickr
20170708_195445 by Steve Smith, on Flickr

I guess it kinda looks like Airwolf now.........
20170708_175614 by Steve Smith, on Flickr
20170708_175601 by Steve Smith, on Flickr
20170708_175546 by Steve Smith, on Flickr

I think tomorrow we will fire up the turbine and perform a systems check to make sure all is good for it's "maiden" at IRCHA.

Steve

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07-09-2017 01:34 AM  4 months agoPost 482
TailKiller

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Beautiful Steve!!! Look forward to seeing up close at Dalton.

,Dennis
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07-09-2017 07:19 PM  4 months agoPost 483
ssmith512

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I freakin love Jakadofsky turbines. Filled her up, plugged everything back in, hit the start button and let her rip. No problems, no issues, no monkey business. Literally plug and play. Other than some detail work on Stringfellow Hawke, I believe we are ready for IRCHA.

Watch at YouTube

Steve

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07-09-2017 07:23 PM  4 months agoPost 484
doorman

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Very Good!!!

SO, why not come a couple days earlier and fly her in the NATS too!!

Stan

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07-09-2017 09:28 PM  4 months agoPost 485
ssmith512

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Wish I could come to the Nats. Unfortunately I cant get that much time off work.

Steve

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07-11-2017 03:12 PM  4 months agoPost 486
doorman

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Cough??

Is that a bit of the summertime flue I hear coming on???

Stan

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07-12-2017 03:00 AM  4 months agoPost 487
xcellgasman101

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Lol right!!!! Cough cough. Lol. XGM/VGM

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08-04-2017 12:46 PM  3 months agoPost 488
Copter Doctor

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Steve has this machine at Ircha and the pictures do it no justice!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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08-04-2017 01:07 PM  3 months agoPost 489
doorman

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CD Is Correct!!

The pics in the thread were good, but this machine needs to be seen up close in person to really appreciate the craftsmanship that Steve put into it.. AWESOME. build

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08-06-2017 11:28 PM  3 months agoPost 490
ssmith512

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IRCHA was an absolute blast. Didnt get to fly Wolfie as much as I would have liked, but I cant complain.

No major issues and she came home in one piece.

I am fighting a weak tail now. After the flights in Dalton last year, I changed main and tail blades. This was the first flights with those blades. The new main blades are 17mm wider in chord (now 93mm up from 76mm) and the tail blades are 20mm SHORTER, but 5mm wider in chord (now 160mm x 47mm down from 180mm x 42mm). I am pretty sure the shorter tail blades are on the absolute limit of size, especially dealing with the added torque the new wider main blades. I need to measure to see how much longer on the tail blades I can safely go without getting past the limits of the tail stinger and main blades. I am also researching semi-symmetrical tail blades to see if they may help increase tail rotor effectiveness.

At 1:07 in the video, the heli starts rotating to the right, at this point I am giving a LOT of left rudder and the heli would not respond. There was a decent breeze in my face (but wouldnt call the day "windy" (which is trying to weather vane the tail - so the tail was trying to work against rotor torque AND the prevailing wind at the same time)...I was very close to bailing on the flight, but at 1:12 you can see the heli snap back to the left. I think maybe the gust of wind calmed a bit at that moment and was no longer pushing on the tail. I did a slow left hand circuit, was happy with the tail control and decided that once in forward flight, the tail would weather vane and as long as I was easy on the collective, we would not encounter any major loss of control.

It has been 11 months since I last flew this wolf in sheep's clothing, so I am a little shaky on the sticks, and didnt do any real yank and bank flying, just some simple circuits. I think she needs a little more nose weight and a tiny bit of tuning on the elevator, bit other than that and the minor tail contol issue, pretty happy with the handling. Just need some stick time with her to get used to it.

Sorry for the video quality, my phone is pretty basic and doesnt do video very well.

Cant WAIT for Dalton in a month!! I plan on burning a bunch of jet fuel (kerosene) there.

Watch at YouTube

Steve

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08-06-2017 11:57 PM  3 months agoPost 491
xcellgasman101

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Nicely done!!! XGM/VGM

John Crotts
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08-07-2017 12:02 AM  3 months agoPost 492
cobieg

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Very nice! I can't wait t o see it at Dalton.

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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08-07-2017 01:43 AM  3 months agoPost 493
hrc37

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Video

Hey Steve, who was that good looking guy that took that video??????

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08-09-2017 01:47 AM  3 months agoPost 494
Heli143

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Beautiful bird Steve and nice flying.
I can imagine what you could do if you had wide open space.

Look forward to drooling all over it at Dalton!

Roy Mayoral

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