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05-30-2011 05:37 AM  9 years ago
Christopher J

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Update:
New cowl doors are order from Vario but could take a bit to get here so I decides to try my hand at fixing the one "chopped up" in the rotor disc.

Here is what I started with.

I put the parts in place on the heli and tacked them with medium Ca

Next I carefully removed the door and started fiberglassing it. I used 30 min. epoxy and glass cloth, placing about 3 strips per broken section.

So far so good. I left it to sit overnight and cure so I'll see how my first fiberglass reconstruction turned out in the morning. For the missing section that couldn't be found I covered the gap with a thin section of Plastruct sheet and applied a thick layer of glass cloth and epoxy. Once the entire door is set up I'll start fliiling in the area with a generous amount of body putty as well as body filling the areas that have gelcoat missing and the voids in the areas where the cracks are visible.
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05-31-2011 07:27 PM  9 years ago
Rich571

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Have you decided on a paint scheme yet.
I you lots of to choose from at AIRLINERS.NET

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05-31-2011 08:15 PM  9 years ago
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looks good humpty dumpty It was hard to tell from the pics that you texted me yesterday, but the repair looks to be coming along well. This is why we don't paint them before the maiden flight...All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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05-31-2011 11:56 PM  9 years ago
Christopher J

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Heck I dont paint them for at least a few months for just this reason. I'm going to cut the exhaust openings to allow air to pass through as I dont plan to put the windows in yet. I'm also considering adding a third magenet to each door for additional hold.

Rich I'm painting the fuse like one of the 117's used by DRF.
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06-01-2011 01:16 AM  9 years ago
skijones

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I have a magnet on each corner of the large engine cowlings just for that reason. To me one just did not seem sufficient. Sorry that your's came off in flight. Looks like your on your way to repairing it nicely.

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06-01-2011 05:05 AM  9 years ago
Christopher J

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Agreed on the magnets, that why I had 2 per door

Had I had the windows in there would have been no problem but thats not the case

So now I'm going to put a third magnet on each of the two rear cowl doors.
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07-10-2011 07:57 AM  8 years ago
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Latest update:

The heli has been flying fine so far with no issues. Finally got some time this weekend to start sanding the top section. My build budget unexpectedly got tight (kids computer class ) so I'm rattle canning it. Went to the parts store and got some Duplicolor primer and red base coat. Still need to pick up the bright white and black along with,a coupke cans of clear. Did some putty work and decided to lay some thin coats of primer to find imperfections. Did a little more body work, shot another thin primer coat and started putting some of my detail pieces from Thompson Fuselage on.

Here's the work so far:

Gonna try and get the rear engine doors done later and get some more pics.
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07-10-2011 08:08 AM  8 years ago
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That is looking good! Those detail pieces are really gonna make this heli one off. That's why I'm holding off on finishing the UH1D, it deserves to be detailed out.

Regarding magnets: I just bought a bunch of different sized rare earth magnets for the projects that I'm finishing. They hold like crazy!
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07-10-2011 03:10 PM  8 years ago
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Looking good, love the detail.
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07-10-2011 06:26 PM  8 years ago
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Mojave

Barry, where are you buying your magnets from?
Thanks
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07-10-2011 06:42 PM  8 years ago
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I got them from amazingmagnets.com. They have an awesome assortment of sizes and thicknesses. They even had 1/8 x 1/8 x 1/2 long for my doors. They also threw in an assortment pack for free with the order
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07-10-2011 07:25 PM  8 years ago
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Thanks guys. It's coming along and looking better the more parts I put on it. I was thinkinf of putting body and panel lines but opted not to, I think all the scale accessories will do it enough justice.

I think I got my magnets from the same place, not sure it was a couple years back but I remember the assortment being quite vast.

Now that I've started detailing it I'm fighting the urge to run a multiblade head. First windy day I want to fly I'll be glad I didn't.

Back to the dungeon, more work to do.
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07-10-2011 07:46 PM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Stab system will take that winday day pucker factor away...All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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07-11-2011 12:52 AM  8 years ago
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Agreed on the Stab system...

Great looking build Christopher...makes me want to update my thread!!!

So you like your parts from Thompson Fuselage?

Thanks
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07-11-2011 12:59 AM  8 years ago
Christopher J

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I wont fly a multi wothout a stab system. I'll have to ponder it some.

Yeah I like them. I got some parts with air bubbles in them once. I called and a new set was made and sent out.
The only other parts I got that needed mild work were the rear air scoops he makes for the EC145, but that was nothing a little body putty and light sanding couldn't fix. My nezt order of business is to fix my little pod n boom heli so I have something to fly and tear the 117 down and start addinf the details and paint it. Will post pics as I progress.
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08-07-2011 07:32 AM  8 years ago
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Work has had me out alot until recently so I've been doing a bit of work here and there. I decided to work on the doors and scale em up a little, as well as sand the inside down some to give a more flush fit and nice smooth slide. I hit each peice of the new slide fittings with a heat gun to help them fit the doors contour. After gluing the peices in place I set the door to the fuse and heated the tabs and bent them to the proper angle to slide in the rails.

Next was more detailing of the upper rear doors. As with the door fittings I had to heat most of the peices to get them to conform to the curvature of the doors. I decided to make the scoops "functional" so after dry setting where I wanted them I traced them. Next as per Thompson Fuselages directions I drew a second line the shape of the original but a few millimeters in then cut the interior away and sanded/filed to shape. I think the scale pieces and scoops bring the doors to life.

You'll notice I primered the slide rails as well as the cockpit door and put the fittings on it that hold in place when open as per the full size.

It's starting to take shape.......finally
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08-07-2011 03:43 PM  8 years ago
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That is looking really good Chris. Love all the small details that you are adding. I still have to add all the parts from Thompson fuselage to my 117 as well. Keep up the good work.

I found the four latches that are on the bottom engine cowling and dog house doors. I found them on helidetails.com. Picture of them is in my gallery.

Don
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08-07-2011 07:56 PM  8 years ago
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Bud, looking really good! I like the symetry and the fit up us very good. This is gonna be a show stopper when it's done.
Barry
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08-07-2011 09:47 PM  8 years ago
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Thanks guys, it's been a slow process with my work schedule but it's getting there. Tonight I'm working on the other side as well as a semi interior for the front doors. I'm trying my hand at new things to see what I can do.Christopher J
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08-08-2011 03:12 AM  8 years ago
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so thats what you been doing all day! is that my old benzin in the bk 117?
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