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12-20-2010 02:21 PM  9 years ago
eyefly3d

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Thanks guys. I'll try that.I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-06-2011 12:16 AM  8 years ago
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Ok guys, after some time away from the build to take care of other things I'm finally getting back to it. What type of paint is best to use? I need to keep it fuelproof for now until I decide whether or not to convert to electric. I've heard bad things about top flite's lustrekote, which was my original choice due to being fuelproof. I know latex is gaining popularity but haven't tried that and still leaves the question of a fuelproof clear. Thanks in advance.I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-08-2011 05:02 AM  8 years ago
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Does anyone know what the apparatus attached to the skid underneath the boarding step is? I'm assuming it has something to do with the FLIR? Its fairly obvious in all the pics I have of this heli and I plan on adding it, just curious as to what it is.

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-08-2011 12:48 PM  8 years ago
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yup, thats a flir ball. those things come in all shapes and sizesdrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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07-08-2011 01:55 PM  8 years ago
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that's a dam good question. don't think it has to do with the flir, all they need is the ball and a monitor. Hes asking about the thing on the skids the black wire goes to.

fuelproof in auto paint is urethane. comes in all sorts of flavors, but there all pretty much the same. generally known as basecoat clearcoat

I got a guy trying a single stage clear called diamond finish. looks to be promising but no results for another couple weeks.

http://www.kbs-coatings.com.au/diam...ion-information
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07-08-2011 06:04 PM  8 years ago
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ooops oh that thing! its an antenna that extends or folds electrically downward. it is retracted or folded up after use.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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07-08-2011 06:26 PM  8 years ago
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wonder if it's lojack
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07-08-2011 06:55 PM  8 years ago
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actually no, not lowjack, its a microwave downlink antenna that allows ground units to see live video being shot from the heli's video cameras.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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07-09-2011 04:12 AM  8 years ago
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Interesting, at least now I can tell people what it is when they ask. Now I just have to figure out how to build it.I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-09-2011 04:18 AM  8 years ago
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easy, a micro sevo inside a little gearbox with the tubular antenna mounted to a servo arm. good to go drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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07-13-2011 04:25 AM  8 years ago
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Got the glass glued on and built the antenna on the skid. Sorry doc but this one isn't going to move like the full size. It's not an exact replica but it will do the job especially in the air. I'm going to use a piece of wire to run from the skid to the FLIR once Iv'e got it painted. Now its time for masking, primer and paint, hope to have primer on by the end of the week.

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-13-2011 11:53 AM  8 years ago
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very nice detail work!!Roy Mayoral
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07-13-2011 12:09 PM  8 years ago
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yep, that looks really nice. cant wait to see it painteddrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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07-13-2011 12:59 PM  8 years ago
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Very nice jobAndy
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07-13-2011 08:09 PM  8 years ago
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eyefly3d

I can suggest the finish paint for you. It's from SprayMax® 2K Clear Coat is a high-gloss2-component clear coat for the permanent sealing of coated surfaces. Especially developed for parts and repair refinishing. This product has a longlasting resistance to weathering and to chemicals, and is very easy to polish. The 2 components are in the aerosol can and mixed prior to use. You have 24 hours to use it before the mix hardens.

You can get it HERE from Shine Gear

Here's cross section of the can:

I have a can but have not used it yet.

If you use it please share your comments.

Thanks and good luck. Nice job on the details.
This hobby is WAY too expensive!!
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07-14-2011 04:06 AM  8 years ago
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Thanks guys. Floridaheli is that clear fuelproof? I heard that most of the two part clears are but didn't know if that one is. Looks like it would be easier to use than some others. I also wonder if it would hurt the vinyl graphics from callie? I read that you should clear coat over them to make them more fuel proof but someone correct me if I'm wrong.I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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07-23-2011 10:51 PM  8 years ago
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Got the blades painted and balanced. Going to fly it a few more times before paint to get rid of a small vibration and make sure all the bugs are worked out. Really looking like a jet ranger now.

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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08-08-2011 03:50 AM  8 years ago
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Got the gear painted. I used 400 grit sandpaper to represent the anti skid on both the steps and skids.

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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08-19-2011 10:48 PM  8 years ago
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After some flights with the wood blades Im seeing a lot of flex in them and worried about them hitting the fuse. I'm thinking to just use the carbon fiber ones that I have. My question to all is are they paintable? I really like the colored disk and it makes the whole heli look better on the ground, just cant afford a new set of blades right now when I'm trying to save for the electric conversion.I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.
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08-19-2011 11:52 PM  8 years ago
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dont make the wood blades scare ya. carbon blades would have as much chance of hitting the fuse as those wood blades do(and they wont so no worries) as for painting the wood blades, they are very paintable. just make sure to tighten the shrink tubing by holding it over a tea kettle so the steam can shrink it nice and tight without any worry of tearing the covering. then rub it down with some 400 sandpaper, prime and paint, then rebalance. use the paint itself to balance them and if you spray them evenly (lay them side by side) they will come out pretty close with only a spritz or few to get them perfect.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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