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03-04-2008 02:01 PM  10 years agoPost 1
MartyH

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I just couldn't seem to leave Pantera #3 in the box. I began assembly this morning before work. This will be an OS70 powered version. Man these go together so well and so quickly! I have the frame halves closed up with the bearings, fueltank and body standoff's mounted. The mainshaft and gears are in as well and all the hardware is tightened up. Tomorrow I should be able to get it on the gear and get the head assembly greased and installed.

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03-04-2008 05:19 PM  10 years agoPost 2
MaxAdventure

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I'd race you with my Pantera 70 build, but sounds like you'll be well done before my kit arrives! I'm at least glad I finally have it on the way....

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03-05-2008 01:07 PM  10 years agoPost 3
MartyH

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hehe. Yeah, they build quick. This morning I continued assembly. The assembly is on the landing gear now. I again swept the legs aft and left 30mm of skid aft of the rear leg. This has worked well for me on the other two Panteras. I installed the optional extenders on the swashplate and the flybar cage. I installed the head, the flybar and paddles. Tomorrow I will skip all the engine stuff since I don't have an engine mount or hub ready for the OS70 and will start on the tail.

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03-05-2008 02:13 PM  10 years agoPost 4
MaxAdventure

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>>> Tomorrow I will skip all the engine stuff since I don't have an engine mount or hub ready for the OS70

Are you building your own mount and drilling out a 50 hub for this one? I saw your posts about the steps in the BBC thread.

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03-05-2008 05:53 PM  10 years agoPost 5
MartyH

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I'm going to bypass the BBC part of the project and assemble the heli. If I get to the end and the Audacity components are not available yet, I'll make my own. I just ordered the metal upgrade swashplate and the correct servo support arms to fit the Futaba 9402 servos I'm going to use on the Pantera 70. You can completely build and configure the heli without the BBC components. All of the grinding and fitting can be done at the end.

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03-06-2008 02:20 PM  10 years agoPost 6
MartyH

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This is the third morning of assembly. The airframe is essentially finished except for the tail rotor control rod and guides. This morning I greased the blade grip thrust bearings, assembled, greased and installed the tail rotor assembly. I attached the tail boom, verified the correct twist in the belt, tensioned it and tightened the boom. The boom supports are assembled and installed.
So, how many "before work" hour and a half assembly sessions does it take to assemble the basic Pantera airframe......apparently 3. If I had the parts on hand, another session to dial in and install the engine and muffler and one more to install the servos and begin final setup would be about it. Maybe 6 1 1/2 hour sessions from start to finish to build a Pantera. So without rushing but with having decent tools, a little experience and the parts on hand, you should be able to go from box to flying in under 10 hours. Not that it's a race but if you haven't built one and wondered what it takes, there you go. I turned a little idle time in the mornings into another helicopter.

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