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02-20-2017 12:26 PM  9 months agoPost 21
Thumper217

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Sorry to hear about the destruction of V1 but I guess that's all part of the learning process and it's great you went to V2 and are making it better than before.

It's cool your making your own mechanics combining parts from various sources and doing some custom work as well. If you ever get the opportunity would love to see some more pictures of them out of the fuselage.

Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

Andrew

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02-25-2017 04:38 PM  8 months agoPost 22
cap231ex

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I changed the title cause I didn't want to have to start a new thread and re-post what I already have .

I've been working on my Hellfire missiles as well as the FLIR camera mounted on the front , for right now that is all that I gotten done with it.

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02-27-2017 05:36 PM  8 months agoPost 23
cap231ex

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Did a little painting and detailing to the Hellfire missiles I think they look better now.
Still waiting for the gun to arrive for the other side so for now that's it.

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03-14-2017 06:26 PM  8 months agoPost 24
cap231ex

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Well I've done a little work on the old girl as of late.

I received one of her two door guns , the M240 Bravo.

I made an articulating arm mount for it as close to the real 1:1 mount that I could manage to find pics of.

I still need to paint it flat black and make an ammo drum mounted on the side of it , but I like the way it looks so far.

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03-16-2017 12:22 AM  8 months agoPost 25
cap231ex

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Did a bit more work on the weapons mounts by adding the flair deployment pods on both sides as well as making a rotary magazine for the M240 Bravo.
Just waiting for the weather to warm up so I can start the base coat and hydro dip process.

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03-16-2017 02:42 AM  8 months agoPost 26
Grimracer

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looking great..

Michael J Zaborowski

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03-17-2017 11:21 PM  8 months agoPost 27
cap231ex

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Thanks

I did however receive the items I ordered from FineScaleModela.com today and I'm very happy with the way everything looks.

It appears that all items are 3D printed there are a few areas you have to sand smooth a little bit, but over all they are great.

I ordered the cockpit kit witch includes the instrument panel and center lower console as well as cyclic and collective controls and rudder pedals.

I also ordered the seat kit that includes all the necessary parts to make 2 complete seats , very scale looking.

One top and one bottom cable cutter kit each includes 2 cable cutters one small and one large cutter.

The VHF/UHF antenna for under the nose behind the cable cutter.

And lastly the tail nav light set witch includes both the strobe base and the nav light base.

I was worried about weather the size would be correct or not because the old TFModels 500 size EC145 is bigger than most other 500 sized helis , but as far as I can tell so far all pieces and parts are a perfect match in scale size.

As I said before I'm very happy with the quality of all the pieces and parts that I received and will buy more for future build projects.

I think I will be starting work on the instrument panel and seats first and will post pics as I go.

These new 3D parts should really improve the realism of the interior.

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03-18-2017 06:38 PM  8 months agoPost 28
cap231ex

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Well I couldn't really wait to see what the new interior parts and pieces look like inside the fuselage so I started with the seats and moved on to the panel.

They are a little smaller then the ones I made from scratch but I think they may be closer in scale than my scratch one as I just kinda winged it on size going with what looked good not what was scale.

The level of detail on the panel is amazing and it will take me a while to get all the switches and knobs painted up correctly , but already I can see that these parts from FineScaleModela.com was the right way to go .

For now I just have everything setting inside the fuselage roughly where it is going to go so I can easily remove it to do the hydro dip process.

Still waiting for my new flight batteries so I can begin to build and install the rear section of floor from the middle to the rear clam shell doors , I have had a time with trying to get batteries here lately but that's another story.

Well as promised new pics of the new interior , I guess this would be version 2.20

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03-20-2017 08:00 PM  8 months agoPost 29
cap231ex

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Well if anybody is interested I got some detail work done on the instrument panel and I'm happy with the way it turned out.

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03-24-2017 06:39 PM  8 months agoPost 30
cap231ex

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Got the M134 Minigun finished and in the door of the heli , I think it looks great and right at home.

Just have to install the tube on the discharge port to direct all the spent shells out and down from the heli.

It's starting to warm up a little so soon I should be able to start the base coat and then move on to the hydro dip process.

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03-24-2017 09:14 PM  8 months agoPost 31
Mojave

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The mini gun looks great! I'm curious regarding the hydro dip process. Can you give us any details?
Barry

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

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03-24-2017 09:21 PM  8 months agoPost 32
cap231ex

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Sure

What would you like to know?

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03-24-2017 10:56 PM  8 months agoPost 33
Mojave

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Is it permanent, or can it be removed easily? Do you spray clear over it for protection against scratches and hanger rash etc.? Cost?
Thanks, Barry

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03-24-2017 11:34 PM  8 months agoPost 34
cap231ex

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It is permanent , you first paint the fuselage a base color witch it the lightest color on your film then you do the hydro dip. There are many videos on youtube that shows this process very well.

Yes after the hydro film has dried usually after 1-2 days you spray a clear top coat over it to protect it .

Cost is really what you want to spend on it just like painting is.
I use a storage tube that I have converted into a hydro dip tank with a fountain pump to pump fresh clean water into the tub and the old used film overflows over the opposite end.

I have a fish tank heater to keep the water temp around 74* F for best results.

I have about $35.00 in my setup and it works greats for me but you can send up over $1500.00 in a store bought setup if you have the money and if that is what you want.

Most of the film is sold by the square meter and it can cost any where from $10.00 a sq m to over $60.00 a sq m depending on the design and the manufacturer. Some of the Kryptek patterns are the highest but look totally badass on firearms and tactical stuff.

I've done a lot of firearms , knives and tactical gear but this will be my first helicopter fuselage so it should be a fun one.

I hope this answers your questions if you have any more feel free to ask.

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03-24-2017 11:53 PM  8 months agoPost 35
Mojave

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Very cool, thanks for the info! I didn't know that you had your own setup. I had heard about this process for guns etc., just didn't consider using it on a scale heli. I guess we learn something new every day. I'm looking forward to seeing how this turns out for you.
Barry

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03-25-2017 01:38 AM  8 months agoPost 36
cap231ex

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Thanks

I plan on documenting the process in pictures once I get started with it as I have had several others interested in seeing this process.

It is completely different from just painting an object , something like a fuselage has to be dipped twice first one side and then the other. You tape and mask each side as you go so in the end you will have a film line that is like a paint line down the center of the fuselage. But unlike paint the film has a design or pattern witch makes this line kinda disappear.

It will be very different from other dips I've done before like a gun stock , it may take a couple tries before I get it like I want it.

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04-03-2017 07:47 PM  7 months agoPost 37
cap231ex

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Finally got around to patching the bigass hole in the tail where the old belt drive tailrotor exited.

I had planed on using FG cloth and CA glue to patch it but the suppier I bought from never shipped my package , ended up getting my money back but no FG.

Long story short , I had some shredded CF so I made it work and I think once I sand and reshape it everything should work out.

Now once I get a little time I can remove the mechanics and start the base coat.

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