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01-19-2003 01:46 AM  15 years agoPost 1
runboy

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I recall it being a pain in the rear to cut out the "glass" cockpit for my Raptor 30v2. Any good techniques besides using a super sharp xacto ?
The way I did it before was to pull the knife towards me and hold the plastic material with to fingers right behind the blade, pushing it forward in a controlled manner. I still had to sand afterwards a little bit.

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01-19-2003 01:53 AM  15 years agoPost 2
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Runboy, man your getting busy with that Raptor, your cutting the canopy already, cool. All I did was use an exacto(#11 blade) and used the flat area of the cutout as a guide, and just let the blade rest on that are as I cut off the excess, the part you cut is very thin and cuts very easy, you shouldnt have any problem, just take your time, and change to a new blade when finished with one area, even though it still seems sharp. You may still have to do some slight sanding for some perfection. Daz...

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01-19-2003 02:01 AM  15 years agoPost 3
runboy

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flat area of the cutout
Not quite sure I am following you here. I am talking about the see through portion.

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01-19-2003 02:09 AM  15 years agoPost 4
Dazzler

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The windsheild area you cutout is huge bubble, if you turn the canopy upside down there is a flat area along the cutout line on the bubble, if you lie the exacto on the flat area, you can use that as a guide. Thats how I remember I did mine!!

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01-19-2003 02:19 AM  15 years agoPost 5
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Getting busy
I have some parts on the way in the mail that is restricting my progress (fan, R30 blade bolts, Carbon fins etc.), so I am just preparing what I can.
Most of the stuff is just enlarged versions of a Raptor30v2, so I am actually progressing a lot faster with this set than I did with the 30. Having all the right tools etc. also helps a great deal. My lim-factor is going to be the US postal service. Some of the servos (9352s) will first be here in a week of more.

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01-19-2003 02:23 AM  15 years agoPost 6
Dazzler

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Sounds like you have some nice upgrades coming, which fan did you order, and where did you get your 9252's from?

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01-19-2003 03:40 AM  15 years agoPost 7
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Didn't get that many upgrades yet. I want to fly it more or less stock in the beginning and then see if I can fell the change when I later ad on.
The upgrades that I went ahead and got right away were the following:

PV0293 TT Cooling fan for OS engine (Heli-kraft.com)
DBC Fin Mount Raptor 60 25.5 mm (Heliproz.com)
MrC Carbon Fin Set (Heliproz.com)
Large Fuel Tank, 550cc (HeliHut.com)
Header Tank (HeliHut.com)
Raptor 30 Blade Bolts (HeliHut.com)

Avionics:

Futaba R149DP 9 Channel (Heli-kraft.com)
GV-1 (Ebay)
Optical Sensor (Helidriver.com/Homemade)
401/9253 Combo (Heli-kraft.com)
3 x 9252 (HeliHut.com)
1 x 9202 (Throttle) (Heliproz.com)
Volt Watch (Heliproz.com)
2 x 2300mAh SANYO 5/4 Sub-C (1 to switch with ) (Batteries America)

Yes, I know I would probably have been better of by using just one vendor, but nobody had everything I wanted.

Still need a switch. Any recommendations ?

I am also "stretching" my Raptor30v2 in the process.

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01-19-2003 04:56 AM  15 years agoPost 8
souperdoup

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I just finished cutting mine out.

I started with an exacto knife and I thought that method was a little tough and dangerous.

So I tried using some small scissors I bought at the dollar store and they worked great!!

Good luck!!!!

Kelly

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01-19-2003 05:08 AM  15 years agoPost 9
runboy

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Funny you should post that. I ended up doing the exact same thing and just got done. You are right. Worked like a charm.

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01-19-2003 06:26 AM  15 years agoPost 10
Twobeers

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I cut mine just a hair outside the line and then used a dremel with a fine grit sanding wheel to bring it to the line. Worked like a charm.

I lost my infamous tag line.

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01-19-2003 10:33 AM  15 years agoPost 11
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I use a pair of RC Car body scissors I got from Tower Hobbies years ago when I was into the cars. They are curved a little, work great.

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