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01-31-2017 05:49 PM  9 months agoPost 21
Peter Wales

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Orlando Fl

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I cant use that rear brace, the servo mount is in the way and that's the least of reasons. Access is impossible as it is way down the back and two mounts need to be fixed onto the tail boom after sliding it into the fuselage and before gluing the tail on.

I have found the two side braces for the mechanics to the fuselage are missing so I will have to machine them up from some delrin. Also the front braces have to have holes drilled through the fuselage so they can be screwed in place. One comes up right next to the "hump" at the front of the fuselage so it cant be screwed down. More holes and blind nuts fitted

I am in the process of tidying up the wiring getting ready for a test flight. It should happen tomorrow with a bit of luck. If it flies and does not explode, it will be time to tear it down and do the bodywork.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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01-31-2017 11:28 PM  9 months agoPost 22
chopper37

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NJ and Long Island

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Gothcha, strange that they designed it that way, thanks for the response, looking forward to see it fly.

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02-01-2017 04:14 PM  9 months agoPost 23
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Wow, this thing is nice. A first hover soon had me moving it around. The batteries were loose in the cabin so I didn't dare do anything dramatic with it, but it was smooth and stable and I think it will be as much fun as the Lama is. Still a bit more trimming to do and I think one of the bearings in the tail drive has come out of the bearing holder so that will need to be fixed, but now its a major strip down and do some scale modelling.

Watch at YouTube

Sorry about the falling over video, I really dont live on a mountain

Peter Wales
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02-01-2017 04:34 PM  9 months agoPost 24
Copter Doctor

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Enterprise/ft.rucker​,al- home of army​aviation

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Looks great Peter, how did the tail feel? Did you use the gears suggested for increasing the rpm on the fenny?

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-01-2017 04:43 PM  9 months agoPost 25
goodhunting

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Slovenia ...​somewhere in Europe

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Peter

This looks really great. I can't wait to see the details.

Gh

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02-01-2017 05:29 PM  9 months agoPost 26
Peter Wales

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No speed up gears on this one. I added lightness and maxed out the throws on the fenestron and had plenty of tail power at 1350 rpm on the head.

I think the occasional wobble is due to the low head speed. I will have to try and get some softer damper rubbers

Peter Wales
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02-01-2017 05:45 PM  9 months agoPost 27
chopper37

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WOW congrats looks great.

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02-01-2017 10:14 PM  9 months agoPost 28
rcheli808

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Mililani,Hi-USA

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Looks and flies really nice...great job using the Trex.
Congratulations Peter...

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02-02-2017 12:03 AM  9 months agoPost 29
iyoy

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Bacolod City,​Philippines

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Awesome

Hi Peter,

I've never had the guts to take on a scale project but I've always aspired to it. Following your posts certainly provides much inspiration!

iyoy

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02-02-2017 01:35 AM  9 months agoPost 30
Mojave

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Nice work Peter, that looks great in the air!
Barry

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

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02-02-2017 02:26 AM  9 months agoPost 31
Peter Wales

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Thanks for the kind words Gentlemen, it provides much encouragement for me to get on with finishing it

Peter Wales
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02-02-2017 02:51 AM  9 months agoPost 32
1drummer

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Brookhaven, MS USA

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Really nice posts of your build Peter and great first test flight. It looks like it had plenty of tail authority and stable.

Richard

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02-08-2017 02:38 AM  9 months agoPost 33
Thumper217

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Slidell, LA - USA

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Peter,

Thanks for sharing this build and many good tips and tricks required to complete the installation. I've never been a big fan of helicopters with a fenestron (pun intended) mainly because I'm a little afraid of the unknown and I am lacking in knowledge about them but also because of the trouble that a lot of people have reported having with them. But after reading your thread and seeing this model I might have to put it on the list to try some day.

Andrew

Thumper

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02-08-2017 03:13 AM  9 months agoPost 34
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Test Hop!!

Very nice Peter..
Looks like it's going to turn out to be nice flying bird!!
Looking forward to seeing it in paint!!

Stan

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

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02-08-2017 12:24 PM  9 months agoPost 35
Peter Wales

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Orlando Fl

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Sanding sanding sanding, followed by cutting and sanding, filling and sanding and sanding again. This bit of the build I dont like.

I still havent cut the windows out yet

Thats more sanding to do

But I have cleared out the spray booth and bought the paint so I am ready to go as soon as finish SANDING

Peter Wales
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02-08-2017 02:59 PM  9 months agoPost 36
ssmith512

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Indianapolis, IN USA

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I feel your sanding pain!!!!

Steve

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02-08-2017 03:34 PM  9 months agoPost 37
Peter Wales

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Yep, you have been there big time.

I know how to cheer you up. When I built the Seasprite, I glued those little plastic domes on for rivets. Pick one up, dunk it in CA, place carefully and repeat.

I put 35,000 rivets on it.

I know its a guess, but I bought 4 bags of 10,000 and had 1/2 a bag left when I was done.

No rivets on the 135

Peter Wales
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02-08-2017 07:41 PM  9 months agoPost 38
ssmith512

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I put 35,000 rivets on it
ONLY 35,000!!

Cant wait to the 135 in paint!

Steve

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02-09-2017 12:58 AM  9 months agoPost 39
TailKiller

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Panama City, FL

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Fantastic work Peter. I am so looking forward to seeing your helis in Panama City. Thanks for sharing.
Dennis

,Dennis
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700 Astar Super Scale T-600 Bell 206 Trex 600 Naza H DX8

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02-14-2017 10:21 PM  9 months agoPost 40
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

After too much sanding and filling it's finally in primer and wet sanded. 2 weeks of sanding and filling is too much. There was a lot of small problems with the gel coat and one major one.

The person who trimmed the doghouse to size, undercut the line and trimmed the bottom of the front section back by 1/4" leaving the top the right size. After filling and sanding I found where the ends over lapped there was big gaps as the fiber glass thickness varied. Anyway, it's all sorted now as best as I am prepared to do it and tomorrow its tack rag and the first base coat

Peter Wales
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