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02-07-2008 01:54 AM  11 years ago
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Sparky26

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Scale Bodies
I was wondering if anyone tried a scale body on a tiger yet, and if so what brand and kind. I'm more interested in scale then any 3D

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02-07-2008 11:51 AM  11 years ago
hellydaddy

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I'm putting a T50 MkII into a Funkey 500E and so far the dryfitting is going quite well. I'm suspecting there'll be a CG problem down the road but should that occur I'll think of something. The build should be done by April.
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02-09-2008 05:02 PM  11 years ago
Herc

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A little late responding. Missed this thread.

Quite a few guys here with Tigers have put them in Funkey Hughes 500 fuses (500D, 500E). I have a Tiger in a 500D in my gallery. It was a pretty easy fit, with a little modification for the tail push rod.

Cheers, Shayne
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02-10-2008 01:02 AM  11 years ago
SilverBullet

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Has anyone tried the TT MD530 on their Pantera? I just got my Pantera built and have one flight on it so far. Eventually I want to put it in the TT MD530 scale fuse, but want to hear if anyone else has done it.

I have also considered the Airwolf fuse. What scale fuses has anyone used on the Pantera so far?
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02-11-2008 12:28 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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I would love to see someone try that Thunder Tiger Ecureuil on a Tiger. I'm not sure it would fit on either the Tiger or Pantera. After my Pantera Big Block project the Ecureuil is likely my next target-my first scale project. I have a Raptor 50v1 I can use and oh, I just happen to have an unflown Tiger 50 looking for something to do too.
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02-14-2008 03:47 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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I'd like to hear more about the 530's being hung on a Tiger mechanics. What was involved? How easy was it really? Are you glossing over a lot of work that for new people might be a LOT of work? I have an assembled Tiger I have been wondering what to do with. The Funkey/Century 530D or E on the Tiger could be just what I'm looking for.
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02-16-2008 11:27 PM  11 years ago
hellydaddy

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So far it's not so hard Marty. The fuse, a Funkey 500E, needed about 1/2 inch of shortening at the tail, I had to locate and cut a slot in the tail for the tailrotor pushrod exit, and I did some marking and dremel trimming on the top of the fuse(they refer to this area as the doghouse) to clear the swashplate. The first step was to locate and drill holes in the plywood floor for the mechanics mounting. I lined up the starter hole in the fuse with the starter hex on the Tiger. I also had to drill a couple of holes in the Tiger's frames to mount the upper brackets on the fuse.
Marty, all this is time consuming but not very hard work and an inexperienced builder with a good mechanical sense would have an easy time of it. The real skill is needed in prepping and painting/masking. I will probably spend 3/4 of my entire build time in washing, filling and sanding the fuse. But if you LOVE what you're doing Marty, it's NOT work.
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02-17-2008 12:37 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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Hey Hellidaddy,

I'm thinking about the 50 size 500D from Century and trying to get it in the Tiger.Is there enough cutting and fitting that I should consider the unpainted version or do you think the prepainted version can be mated without screwing up the paint too much?

Marty
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02-17-2008 01:02 PM  11 years ago
hellydaddy

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I'm picturing the work that I've done already on this project with the added care that would be needed to protect a pre-finished paint job. I don't think I could go that way. For sure I'd have to do major touch-ups after some ham-fisted dremeling work. It's such a luxury not having to worry about the paint job.

Like I said above, the tail needs shortening, needs a slot cut towards the back, the top needs alot of material removed to fit audacity's ample swashplate, and I didn't mention the upper canopy section needs material removed just aft of the starter hole to clear the elevator link bellcrank at the front of the swashplate.

If I tried all that on a pre-painted bird it would look like a train wreck afterwards.
been nearby, done something similar
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02-17-2008 03:03 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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Ok, THATS what I was wondering. Unpainted would be a lot easier to work with. I'd really like to use my Tiger airframe for this....I love being different. How in the heck is the tail rotor pushrod run? I'm assuming this is what you meant by having to cut a slot? Do you have any pictures of this area? The rest of what you mentioned seems pretty straight forward in regards to the swashplate area.
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02-17-2008 03:11 PM  11 years ago
Herc

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On the 500D I was able to move the mechanics back more by boom mounting the tail servo. This saved me from having to trim the fuselage boom and the fore section of the doghouse.

If you look at the pics I sent Marty then you can see where the boom is slotted on the underside for the t/r push rod. I'm assuming you got the pictures okay?

Cheers, Shayne
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02-17-2008 03:22 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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Hi Shayne,

I received the pictures and now that I took the time to look more carefully, the tail rotor pushrod routing os so obvious. It looks like overall the Tiger is a great fit for this fuselage. I do think I will try the unpainted version though. I have the Big Bore Pantera and a Raptor 50 Ecureuil in front of the Tiger/500D but this is my primary hobby and I am just enjoying the heck out of myself. I even snuck a couple flights in this morning with my Pantera 50 in the wind preceding a heavy rainstorm. I am sooo ate up with this!
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02-17-2008 03:40 PM  11 years ago
billm

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Hmm,
Looks like a winner. I have also been thinking of another scale project. The first build was for a Pantera last year. My Augusta 109 did not fit with the high tail boom. I ended up upgrading my Venture 30 to a 50 and the fit was spot on. See my gallery for the pics.
I may have to get a Pantera #5 for a scale build.
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02-17-2008 04:03 PM  11 years ago
SilverBullet

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I want to get a scale body for my Pantera eventually, but I haven't heard a lot of people putting a scale fuse on theirs. I keep looking at the TT MD530, but it seems like every time you turn around they {TT} keep coming out with more scale fuses. I was also thinking about trying an Airwolf fuse with retracts. Theis would be my first scale build, so I am treading lightly.
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02-17-2008 06:57 PM  11 years ago
hellydaddy

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Looking back, I now think I'd have been better off NOT lining up the starter hole in the fuse with the starter hex. Besides the benefits you've listed above, had I done it your way, by shifting the mech's backward, my CG would have ended up more forward.

This is definitely the beauty of these forums.
been nearby, done something similar
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02-18-2008 12:33 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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I closed my eyes and ordered the prepainted Century 500D fuselage in red. They don't have any unpainted and it doesnt look like any are coming in anytime soon. I'm going to try to fit the Tiger in it. I like what Shayne did and it looks like I can keep the cutting to a minimum and maybe not hack up the prepainted finish. A slot in the tailboom looks like about it and THAT will be on the bottom. Maybe a little radiused clearance up around the swash should bepretty straight forward.

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02-18-2008 01:36 PM  11 years ago
billrad

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I've seen some people run a nyrod/cable to the tail, right underneath the boom, but inside the body, instead of a pushrod. I wonder if there is enough room for this in the boom?

billrad
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02-18-2008 03:56 PM  11 years ago
MartyH

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Oh Bill, I LOVE that idea! I'll know more when I get my hands on the fuselage.
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02-19-2008 10:47 AM  11 years ago
MartyH

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OK, I have my confirmations. The Thunder Tiger Ecureuil from Heliproz, prepainted in red should be here today and the 50 size 500D from HeliWorld has been picked up by FedEx. They only had the prepainted red one available so I grabbed it. The Ecureuil is getting my Raptor 50v1 (with Titan boom & belt) but the 500D is likely to get the Tiger. I am excited about turning a couple of my heli's into semi-scale machines.
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