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03-31-2009 01:53 AM  9 years agoPost 1
RCHSF

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I was wanting to build a Bell 430 fuselage for my trex 450xl. I'm good with wood working, and making things.

What would I need to do first?

1. Draw up the plans from photos?
2. Get some foam?
3. Make a hot wire rig?

Once I have the basic shape, and smooth it up, and put on a coat of epoxy?

I have had some auto body experince, with working with fiberglass, and bondo.
Should I use any balsa wood?

Are they a programe to help me scale the full size demisions down to a 450 size heli?

Or Should I just start drawing, useing the heli frame and work off that?

I like the Bell 222, but I think the 430 is much more better detail.
And I'll probly just go with skids.

So far I have found a lot of high res photos of the bell 430.

And I'm pretty good with drawing, I can just about draw anything I see, from people to animals, ect, so I should not have much trouble getting it down on paper.

Just looking for some help.
Thanks

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03-31-2009 01:39 PM  9 years agoPost 2
Rogerm069

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I'm no expert, but if you research all the build posts you will get an idea what way to proceed. Keeping in mind the end is to look like the original with all the detail as possible.
Just my 2 cents.

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04-03-2009 02:32 PM  9 years agoPost 3
RCHSF

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Does this look ok? I'm going to make the top view, and the end view next.

And then make some cardboard stencils, and maybe a mockup from cardboard.

Then when I get some more balsa wood, and foam, to build the fuselage, and was thinking of covering it with monkote.

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04-03-2009 04:21 PM  9 years agoPost 4
bohelinut

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Hey dude, good work , how are you coming along? I am wanting to do the same thing sort of, I traced cross sections off a Hasegawa plastic model , then Ill have those blown up to the correct size, which will be huge, (98in) rotor disc... of a sea king helicopter, then carve and sand foam blocks,then glass it, and theres my plug. So I admire your work,not many guys are willing to go there make your own fuse, I can do it its just a long process,

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04-04-2009 01:29 PM  9 years agoPost 5
RCHSF

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I guess that I'll proceed, since no one says this body is to big, for the mechanics.

Maybe it will be ok, today I'll be making the bottom view, and top view.

And hopefully get a blank side's, bottom, and top, made from cardboard, and see what it looks like.

Then I'll start drawing up some ribs, for forming the fuselage sides.

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04-04-2009 05:07 PM  9 years agoPost 6
RadovanH

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Hi
Here is my Bo- 105 450 scale.
1. draw plans
2. base model from whitewood and epoxy form
3. glassfibes fuselage
4. painting
5. flying

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04-05-2009 05:45 PM  9 years agoPost 7
RCHSF

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I have my 3 views down on paper, top, side, end. Now I need to fingure out what to build the plug from, Pine board, foam, or carboard, or Balsa.

And how to go about it, the bell 430 has a lot of curves, so I was thinking of building the plug from balsa, or cardboard, and build it from formers. Maybe balsa formers, then fill in with foam and sand.

Any ideas?

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