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09-15-2009 04:56 PM  11 years ago
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Billingsnutz

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Century Jet Ranger question
I'm wondering how much of a pain it would be to glass the two sections of the fuse together and cut out the top. The thing that has stopped me from buying the unpainted version is it bothers me that the bottom and top section has that line running through it when put together.
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09-15-2009 07:01 PM  11 years ago
Rodan

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It would certainly be possible, and it would make it much easier to have opening doors. It is one of the few things I don't like about the Century Jet Ranger.

On the other side, it sure makes working on the the thing a LOT easier...
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09-15-2009 07:37 PM  11 years ago
jack726

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I built an earlier version of the Bell Ranger. It did not have a removable front end. It was impossible to install the mechanics pod with the boom on. I had to cut the front out to install it. I believe this is the reason the new ones have the front removable. You would probably appreciate it when it comes to service.
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09-15-2009 07:39 PM  11 years ago
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yeah you give up ease of installing the mechs with the boom in place if you do that, plus you will need to make the edges have a lip of some sort so it looks good when you cut it. i moved the line aft on my 60 size jet ranger and on my 50 size 58D just so i can have the doors off. little bit of work though.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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09-15-2009 08:29 PM  11 years ago
Billingsnutz

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Well is there a way to tidy up that seam a little bit?Annoying the world one person at a time
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09-15-2009 10:07 PM  11 years ago
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best thing to do is to line things up carefully and as accurately as you can by holding it together with tape. when you drill your holes for the plug-in pegs, do it with it all taped together. when you paint it all, do not paint it whle it is together, paint them while apart and be sure to paint the lip even though its out of vew when put together, make sure paint is nice and cured before installing together though. it takes a bit of care and patience but you can pull it off.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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09-16-2009 12:09 AM  11 years ago
Rodan

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I used aluminum pegs into wood blocks for alignment, and rare earth magnets to hold the nose on. As CD stated, getting the alignment optimized when setting up the pins is critical.

Another thing that can help is a dark color, or a 'classic' Jet Ranger scheme, where the seam is right along a color break.

It's still there, but it's really not that noticeable, especially in flight....

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09-16-2009 12:31 AM  11 years ago
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with my 58D, i just got fed up and said the heck with it and go. it stil bugs me a little though but all the crap on the side kinda and hopefully distracts an onlooker from the "seaminlgly flawed seam"drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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09-16-2009 04:42 AM  11 years ago
bubba01

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As stated, the paint scheme can do a lot to help hide the horizontal seam. Along with careful alignment of the 2 halves when installing the pins. I was happy with the results on mine and don't think it's too noticeable.


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09-16-2009 07:22 PM  11 years ago
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Bubba01,
thats a superb job.
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09-17-2009 04:31 AM  11 years ago
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BIG Thanks Copter Doctor,

I look through your gallery from time to time and it just leaves me speachless.

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09-17-2009 04:37 PM  11 years ago
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thanks man,
the mission then, is accomplished
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