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08-21-2008 06:10 PM  12 years ago
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Peter Wales

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KA - 52 fuse.
As the rest of the coax story has been told here, the fuse pix might as well continue here as well.

Some of my long awaited KA-52 Alligator fuse has finally arrived. I quickly assembled it without doing anything to it so I could see what I had let myself in for

It is 8' long

and 4' wide wingtip to wingtip

The main fuse is in 3 parts, nose, tail and main tub, and the nacelles and top section come off the main tub giving easy access to the mechanics. The turbine mounting formers are already glued in and the fuel tanks are already fitted. The spaces at the bottom are for the hatch and wheel covers. These will be here in a week or so I am told. The retracts are not due for some weeks and the guns and rocket pods will be here some time next year with the cockpit. Be patient Peter, be patient.

That shows the level of detail already in the fuse. There are at least tenty million rivets, maybe eleventy million. Some of the panels are 1/2" square.

The rudder is functional but the horizontal stab is fixed. It has some upward facing tabs which should make flight interesting, as if it wasn't interesting enough already.

Ah well, out with the scotchbrite and glazing putty.

Meanwhile, as soon as Fay goes away, its back to the mechanics. I have a little runout on the top mast which may be adding to the vibration problems which you may have seen on the RR IRCHA coverage. So, I get to take it all apart and replace the mast and then its back to getting the mechs to fly smooth and easy. I just have to wait a couple of weeks for the parts to arrive
Peter Wales
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08-21-2008 07:00 PM  12 years ago
seattle_helo

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Oh Lord. And I thought the FRH Blackhawk was cool. That thing is going to be truly awesome to behold.
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08-22-2008 08:22 AM  12 years ago
DenisS

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I know somebody who will be VERY interested on the progress!!
Denis
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08-22-2008 11:01 PM  12 years ago
Peter Wales

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Dont worry Denis, I will keep him FULLY updated Peter Wales
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08-23-2008 01:23 AM  12 years ago
payne1967

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Dennis when are you buildng JT's then?
and how are you going to get Peter to the uk with his so us brits can see the pair of them flying together?
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08-23-2008 08:17 AM  12 years ago
DenisS

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Me?? Building JT's? ha Ha , I think he will want that pleasure all to himself!
The easiest way to get Peter to visit the UK is offer him free warm beer while explaining the benefits of the English weather system. Yeah, that'll work.
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08-24-2008 07:22 PM  12 years ago
DKTek

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Wow! That's pretty darn big and just about the coolest thing I've seen in the R/C Heli world.The beatings will continue until morale improves...
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08-27-2008 09:59 AM  12 years ago
fredd

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Peter,

with all the rivets, pannel lines, etc... does it make it more difficult to do alight sanding of the gelcoat ? Is there a lot of filling to do or is the fuselage in quite good shape already ? Thanks.
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08-27-2008 10:27 AM  12 years ago
darrens

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That looks superb and the quality of the moulding looks very good. That sure will be one interesting machine when finished and your'e not likely to see another one in a hurry.
So when are you projecting to have this one finished Peter, I will be watching with anticipation
He who dies with the most toys is the winner!
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08-27-2008 12:00 PM  12 years ago
Peter Wales

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The way to clean up the gel coat without destroying the rivets is to use a scotchbrite pad. Much harder work but at least you dont have to redo all those rivets.

The fuselage has one or two areas where it needs attention but generally the panels are good, Where it will need a lot of careful work is on the join lines either where two halves have been glued together or where two separate panels meet, but thats a ways down the line yet.

First I have to cure the vibration in the mechanics and get them flying smoothly on the the bigger blades. Then all of the major work is in the center section of the tub which makes it much more manageable. I think the thing which will slow the work down will be waiting for the parts to be finished and shipped over from Germany, but I'm in no hurry to get it done, there are a lot of details which can be added and I'm going to enjoy the build knowing the mechanics only have to be bolted in and then its ready for flight.
Peter Wales
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08-27-2008 01:34 PM  12 years ago
fredd

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thanks Peter. For the Scotchbrite pad, do you use the red or green ones ?
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08-27-2008 02:16 PM  12 years ago
PETER ROB

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Fredd, here in the uk, you can get from auto paint suppliers, brown pads which are a lot courser and make the job quicker to do
Peter R
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09-08-2008 03:27 PM  12 years ago
Sandy Squitieri

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Grey is better, less deep scratches to fix.
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09-14-2008 01:57 PM  12 years ago
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Nice project peter can't wait to see that up in the air.

Will it be read for IRCHA 09 ? Nice meeting you there this year.
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