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02-09-2006 01:01 AM  12 years agoPost 1
WhirlyBird500

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Hello All,

Just out of curiosity, do you fly your fuse and mechanics before or after you paint the fuse? I have heard of both being done to test out to see that everything is on before you spend all that time on a nice paint job. Thanks.

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02-09-2006 01:09 AM  12 years agoPost 2
AGRAV8

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BEFORE
don;t, and you will see why......

GOOD guy list-39, BAD guy list-0

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02-09-2006 02:09 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Copter Doctor

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yeah, do before. i would rather that little screw i forgot to tighten come out while i am test flying the mechs in pod n boom first than in the fuse. i am an old school believer that the first flight on a machine is among other things, seeing what will come loose. my 20 years in the hobby has told me that stuff comes loose during those first few tankfulls. i like to know that by the time the fuse is on, the engine is reliable, the screws are all going to stay tight, the radio is set the way i want it, it feels good in fwd flight, i have a chance in an auto if the engine quits, the radio is happy and has no glitching issues, and lastly, i am completely confident doing things like this;

and this;

without wondering if something bad is going to happen. sure things happen but i feel better knowing it wasnt due to something i could have done to prevent it.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-09-2006 02:39 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Christopher J

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Kansas City, MO Californian lost in land of Oz

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Like Emile I always fly my mechs first unless they are scale only mechs like the ones in my Agusta.

After many many flights on the mechs and the main fuse work is done I mount everything up and then fly it a number of times before I'm ready to tear it down to get it ready for paint.

Should something go foul it's much easier to me to fix the fuse while it's raw then if it's painted, riveted, and scaled up.

Christopher J
same as I ever was
"Still all set & Flying the original"

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02-09-2006 02:44 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Chris Bergen

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cassopolis, MI USA

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Man, Coptor Doctor, those are some excellent action shots, especially the Delta hiding in the trees!

Chris D. Bergen

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02-09-2006 03:49 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Copter Doctor

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thanks chris,
it takes a good flying machine that i can trust, trees and bushes i trust wont move, comfort with my flying ability and yes a little stupidity cuz i'd be upset if it hit the trees
thanks to reliability and hundred hour inspections, this machine has been flying for about 6 yrs now.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-09-2006 04:47 AM  12 years agoPost 7
Salty

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St. Augustine

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I'm with them, if I have a machine I can fly in a stripped out pod and boom form first I will, then install in the fuse and fly again prepaint....the one thats got me nervous is my AS-355 A-Star...no boom so I cant fly it and set it up sans fuse...

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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02-09-2006 02:13 PM  12 years agoPost 8
BarracudaHockey

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Jacksonville FL

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trees and bushes i trust wont move, comfort with my flying ability and yes a little stupidity cuz i'd be upset if it hit the trees
I notice there's no volley ball nets in the picture

Andy
AMA 77227
http://www.jaxrc.com

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02-09-2006 03:17 PM  12 years agoPost 9
wolfdad

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Southern Maryland

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James said it as well as it can be said. I am in the process of trying to get a minimum of 10 flights out on my BK before I do ANY painting or scaling. Knowing your aircraft and its flight characteristics and becoming comforable with those attributes is my biggest priority. In fact( to James with my thanks), I plan to convert one of my other "daily drivers" to a 4 blade configuration so I can continue to fly a similiar aircraft while the BK is getting gussied up...in fact, since my leanings are now "hard-over" to scale, I may fly nothing but multi-blade heads in the future.
Doc

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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02-09-2006 04:06 PM  12 years agoPost 10
Copter Doctor

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

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hey barracuda, i'm still dealing with that in therapy
the heli has fully recovered but i still have a ways to go

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-10-2006 12:53 AM  12 years agoPost 11
AGRAV8

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glad to hear ya, Doc!
I agree TOTALLY. A daily driver with 4 blades is a GOOD thing!

may have to follow my own advise!

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