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03-10-2008 02:46 AM  10 years agoPost 1
raptorgary

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i strarted my first project for oldies at ircha this weekend
my old kavan alouette got to down , some old paint removed and some new paint applied i posted a before picture and will be postin some during and completed photos soon

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03-10-2008 04:38 AM  10 years agoPost 2
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Frankenstein Lives!
beautiful...

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03-10-2008 07:44 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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One of my IRCHA projects...
A RR member (Stcyr) and friend was visiting last week and took on the starting task of stripping the outer layer of 'stuff' from my Hegi Cobra fuse. What a mess! But he managed to scrape 1/2 of the crud off this old thing, saving me some bunch of time to spend on other areas.

Thanks ED!


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03-11-2008 12:19 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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Good Lord Steve, that thing looks horrible...HAHA Just kidding.

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03-11-2008 12:36 AM  10 years agoPost 5
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*NO* Kidding!
JC, this fuse is a total mess. When first seen it was finished with what resembled olive drab house paint as if applied with a roller!

When I accepted ownership some 5 years ago, the first stage of stripping had been attempted using a strong chemical stripping gel. I didn't do the stripping but suggested the product. After seeing the end result, I felt horribly guilty for telling the then-current owner to use chemicals. The result was a nasty and pock-mark ridden surface that I thought was a total loss.

With a suggestion to Ed (in the pictures) that he just chip off the higher standing lumps, I figured the only way to save this was to grind on it with a disk sander to even its surface and then apply a layer of sealer and more filler to bridge all the divots and ruts. Ed starts carving with my sharp chisel and this whole upper layer of crap starts chipping off, leaving a very smooth and usable surface underneath! But not so easy for side 2: the coating is hanging on with greater tenacity and will take the already-mentioned sander to hack off the excess.

In the end this will not be a museum-class model. It will be a beater, something to have fun flying without the worry of a super scale model or hangar queen.

But I bet it will look good when done


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03-11-2008 01:13 AM  10 years agoPost 6
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headcase
Walmart has a citrus paint stripper that is suppost to work great on old fuse paints and not ruin the fiberglass underneath .. I believe it is called citra strip it is orange and comes in a flask/ type clear container which lets the orange show through ...

Guys on scalerc are using it right and left ..I have not tried it yet but am going to here soon .

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03-11-2008 01:44 AM  10 years agoPost 7
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Too late for this fuse...
I've heard about the citrus stripper but this fuse is way past the normal paint stripping phase. It's all elbow grease and time to carve the remaining crap off the underlaying glass work. It looks as if the original builder threw some sort of primer (the light colored coating) straight on the fuse surface, sanded it slightly, brushed a layer of K&B Finishing resin on the primer, sanded that and then slopped green house paint on that. A total mess. If you come to IRCHA you'll see the end results.


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03-19-2008 02:49 AM  10 years agoPost 8
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i have got back on the kavan after putting head gaskets on the girlfriends car the last few days ihave got some new parts from american rc helicopters,it is nice to buy new parts for your old heli anyway the landing gear have been polished and painted,the tail is all painted and i am starting on the main mechanics i will be cleaning and relubing the bearings, my local hobby shop has a laser cutter and is making me some fresh plywood sideframes. i am hoping to have it flying in the next few weeks

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03-19-2008 05:56 AM  10 years agoPost 9
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Another of my IRCHA projects...
Hi raptorgary,

It's great to be able to buy new parts for the old machines. In this case it allows the heli owner to be more brave and fly more aggressively. I hope to see your Kavan at IRCHA. Practice good

Here's the repair to my primary IRCHA oldie, the Du-Bro Hughes 300 from 1974. It flamed out twice at the LARKS Mayday fun-fly in 2007 and the second fall fractured the very oil-soaked wood. What a mess... Lots of K2R Spotlifter later and I risked epoxying the parts back together. Here are some before and after pictures:


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03-26-2008 01:01 AM  10 years agoPost 10
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took a few pics tonight of my progress

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03-26-2008 01:56 PM  10 years agoPost 11
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Looking good Gary!! Keep up the good work! I think it's going to be a success.

BTW I will be down to your neck of the woods this weekend to fly with Millner.

Steve I will be down to your neck of the woods for the Huntsville fun fly.

Let's get together and do some flying.

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08-11-2008 02:46 AM  9 years agoPost 12
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the allouette took to the air briefly today i got some minor bugs to address but it should be ready for ircha i think i got a handfull but we will find out

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08-11-2008 03:05 AM  9 years agoPost 13
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Sweet man, just finished up Cricket 2 and Compeitor 2. One for me and one for James.

Glad to see you got that thing going. How about your Jet Ranger? How is that coming along?

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08-11-2008 03:10 AM  9 years agoPost 14
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i have not had a chance to do a thing to the ranger or the jet ranger those will be winter projects i will hopefully have the allouette and the mini-boy to fly

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08-11-2008 04:00 AM  9 years agoPost 15
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We'll have at least one KJR flying this week. I had to pull the engine and transmission plate from my Kavan tonight. I discovered my muffler ('oil ejector') was loose. Not a too tough job but annoying non-the-less...

Why is the Alouette a handful? You flying gyroless maybe? Sorry the Ranger isn't ready. Would really like to experience one of them.

Oh crap...tired, nodding off while typing......


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08-11-2008 04:15 AM  9 years agoPost 16
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its got a gyro i am still working on setting up i may have it a little sensitive yet i hope to get a little more time on it tomorrow may need to reduce the throws and add some expo

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08-11-2008 04:27 AM  9 years agoPost 17
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Wow, sensitive? Flybarless "rigid" head or metal paddle, fixed-pitch head? I'm having a tough time imagining an Alouette as sensitive. I'll have to check this bird out when I get there. Keep on tweakin'!


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08-12-2008 04:18 AM  9 years agoPost 18
raptorgary

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yep it is fixed pitch i got it back together tonight i had some carb issues with the old webra i am going to try to get some run time on it tomorow

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08-12-2008 04:43 AM  9 years agoPost 19
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gary how the hell are ya... its been a long time. i cant wait till ircha to see you fly that thing..

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