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08-06-2007 03:32 AM  13 years ago
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busyflyin

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First Scale project
This is my first Scale project; Raptor Titan w/ Hyper .50, Futaba 9C with 9252, Logitech 6100 gyro and TT MD530. Thanks to helidriver for the idea for this model, and my flying buddies Troy Raymond for graphics, Mike Rose (aka fireman and this yrs 3rd place Nat's scale) for the inspiration to do a scaler, and my work buddy Andy James for help with the paint. Special thanks to Mike for being a great coach in my first year of flying. She flies fine but still needs some fine tuning.

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08-06-2007 08:18 PM  13 years ago
Daniel Reese

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Your paint and graphics came out great! Im doing the paint myself and its not nearly so fine but I think it'll do

Here's the link to my TRex600 & TT MD500 build
http://www.rchelicoptertown.com/for...10995#post10995
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08-06-2007 10:41 PM  13 years ago
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very nice!! that is an awsome scheme that is a favorite amongst many. so much it is now available prepainted. yours is more easier appreciated though as it took lots of hard work. have fun and enjoy.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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08-06-2007 11:35 PM  13 years ago
busyflyin

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Thanks for the comments, but i'm disappointed. As much research as I've done, I've only seen one other like it. Who is offering a paint scheme like this
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08-07-2007 04:28 PM  13 years ago
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cenrury has a new one from funkey that bears a striking resemblance.
http://www.centuryheli.com/products...l?currentid=403
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08-07-2007 04:35 PM  13 years ago
busyflyin

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Crap! Didn't see it earlier.
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08-07-2007 05:04 PM  13 years ago
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Well, is a nice heli from Century, but in my opinion, our helis looks better and leave a great satisfaction about the work we put to them.

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Gustavo

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08-07-2007 05:09 PM  13 years ago
Copter Doctor

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yeah i know what you mean. i built this 60 size one for a buddy just prior to the release of the painted version.

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08-07-2007 07:22 PM  13 years ago
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Very Nice. It seems like the MD is one of the most built scale projects lately. Here is mine, started as one of those military ones and I turned it into civilian heli.

Saza L
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08-15-2007 02:39 AM  13 years ago
busyflyin

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Hey, very nice! Mike Rose (fireman) flew one at IRCHA this last weekend and took 5th place in Scale. He's a great pilot but the fuse isn't real close to scale so he suffered points in the static competition. I just swapped out the stock plastic Raptor head to the Mavrik all metal head that I picked up. Heliproz was selling them for $160. I also put Rototech blades on with the yellow trim. Real nice. I'm all fired up to do another scaler and compete at IRCHA next year.
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08-26-2007 04:01 AM  13 years ago
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Im looking at building a scale heli, maybe the MD500E. How much room is there for the tail rod? On my T-Rex 600 the rod hangs off the boom 9mm, and the boom part of the fuse looks like a snug fit.

Nice looking helis by the way!
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08-26-2007 07:09 AM  13 years ago
Daniel Reese

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I just finished a Thunder Tiger MD500 & Trex 600 (electric) combination

http://www.rchelicoptertown.com/for...read.php?t=1270

I used a CF rod for the pushrod and although it does contact the inside of the fuselage boom, its just barely- not really deflecting or bending the cf rod at all, just a bit of contact. It flies perfectly with no binding at all. As an alternative, I put together a flexible pushrod kit from an airplane (works like bicycle brake cables) but when I hooked it up, it didnt actually improve anything. Then again, it flew exactly the same as it did before mounting in the fuse. With the TT fuse, that pushrod to tailboom clearance shoudlnt be an issue at all.

To get all the parts to align properly, I did have to secure the Trex boom to the top of the fuselage boom- otherwise it WOULD have cramped the pushrod but with the inner boom secured to the inner top of the fuselage boom, there was plenty of clearance.

As a side note, if you use a belt driven tail, and combine that with the flexible pushrod kit, you can flip the tail to the proper side by merely rotating the tail rotor housing 180*, flipping the belt the other way before putting it on the tail rotor drive shaft, and flipping the tail rotor blades in their grips to make it leading-edge-pitch-control. No need to change servo or gyro settings at all! It really is just that simple and easy. However, if you're using a torque tube, you cant easily accomplish it as it would require fabrication of a new tail rotor drive shaft and pressing on the takeoff gear for it.
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08-26-2007 07:06 PM  13 years ago
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Thanks Daniel, I read your build thred, and it sounded like a tight fit with the tail rod. I was asking the question of whether the Funky fuse has a larger boom than the TT fuse. Then there is the weight issue. I found a couple different weights for the Funky, one is 1.4lbs. and one is 2.4lbs. With the TT, I would save the weight and leave the guns off.
It looks like these two kits are my only choices, since the MRC kits are priced way out there and not available unpainted.

Any help you all can me to best choose the right kit for the 600 is greatly appreciated!

Both your helis are great looking birds, and sorry for the hijack
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08-31-2007 06:49 AM  13 years ago
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Well I guess Ill just find out for myself
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08-31-2007 04:16 PM  13 years ago
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nice job guys. as far as the tail rod is concerned, i use regular ol' piano/music wire. i know this is taboo by todays's standards but i am old school and it works well especially in a fuse. dont let the "Carbon Fiber" hype of today's generation fool you into thinking it cannot work if it isnt carbon. the wire which is still used as stock on many helis today runs in a plastic tube to the tail rotor and you can litterally tape it to the aluminum boom to get even more room so when you are sliding the boom down the fuse, you have no guess work, and there are no rubbing or tight fit issues.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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09-01-2007 07:10 AM  13 years ago
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Thanks Copter Doctor, you have sure got the experience. Your gallery is impressive!
Ive got the Funky kit going together pretty smoothly. Its got 34mm at the tail end of the fuse boom. I think theres room for CF. Maybe you could post some pics of the piano wire method for educational purposes, it does sound interesting
I havent seen many of these MD500's , but man are they huge compared the standard 50 size pod and boom. The landing skids are almost twice as wide as the T-Rex skids!
HHawk
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09-04-2007 06:28 PM  13 years ago
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sure thing man!
i will post some pics later.
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09-04-2007 09:21 PM  13 years ago
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Man thats a nice looking bird, saw it this past weekend at the CAMS fun fly. I liked it so much I bought a used raptor and am going to start my first scale project. Keep up the good work. MarkI'm not a pilot, I'm a crash facilitator!
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09-04-2007 09:57 PM  13 years ago
busyflyin

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Hey Raptorchief; thanks for the compliment.. yeah, CAMS was a blast this year. Do I know you? Brad
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