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08-08-2011 05:15 AM  6 years agoPost 81
Christopher J

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Yup, plus I spent some time entertaining the boys, cleaning the build area and hobby room. I've got the EC 135 on the table as well. The scale fittings came in for it and the owner took them home to clean and shape them up.

Before heading off to bed I started on the door.

I've got a map pocket for it as well. It's not much, but it'll beat a plain carbon weave look.

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08-08-2011 12:36 PM  6 years agoPost 82
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Sounds like a good day

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08-08-2011 09:23 PM  6 years agoPost 83
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Chris this project is looking really good! Great detail work. You inspired me to start on my BK-117 project. Its something about this bird that is so sexy, its my favorite for sure. Are you going to use OF blades on her?

D

"How high do they go? Are those things hard too fly? How much do they cost?

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08-09-2011 01:01 AM  6 years agoPost 84
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Thanks Wemo, congrats on starting your build. For now I'm going to keep the two blade head on it. I plan on a multi for my other build though.

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08-09-2011 01:30 AM  6 years agoPost 85
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I may have to save one of my vbar units for ya, if I don't find another heli to put it in...

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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08-20-2011 04:41 PM  6 years agoPost 86
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Well....they aren't scale but it sure beats a bare door........

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08-29-2011 06:03 AM  6 years agoPost 87
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Decided to finally pull the mechs and spent the past two days (evenings) scuffing the body, working the seam down, and putting on exterior scale detail peices. Tonight I put on a couple of charge points, belly inspection panels, body panel release latches, skid supports, and some arials. I've still got some some work to do detailing up the wire cutter and other parts but it apperears to coming along ok.

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08-29-2011 07:45 AM  6 years agoPost 88
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Wow, the scale details are making all the difference here. This one is definitely a labor of love...

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08-29-2011 12:48 PM  6 years agoPost 89
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It's been an enjoyable labor and I've learned quite a bit with trying others build techniques. Once I get teardrops and reteactable landing light from Joe I'll have it ready for primer.

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09-01-2011 05:28 AM  6 years agoPost 90
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Doing a little more detail work. Tonight was working on the wire strike......

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09-01-2011 07:09 AM  6 years agoPost 91
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Bud, looks good. I noticed the stick on weights in the nose. Have you considered using a 2S lipo under the floor up there in lieu of the dead weight? Or will a lipo get in the way of installing an interior? My preference is to utilize useable weight whenever I can. My .02
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09-01-2011 12:30 PM  6 years agoPost 92
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2S lipo wont weigh enough. Normally I prefer usable weight as well but I have a total of 6 of these strips. I may eventually switch to a redundency system using 2 sub C packs just to have the needed nose weight.

Ive done about all I can do on the heli untill my parts arrive from ECSH so I'll get back to my MD 900

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09-01-2011 06:40 PM  6 years agoPost 93
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10-4 Wow, 6 strips! I had no idea that fuse was so tail heavy. I agree, definitely use a heavier battery up there. Maybe A123 cells if they fit under the floor. That way you can quick charge them in the heli between flights and never have to remove the cocpit floor for battery swaps.
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09-05-2011 07:51 AM  6 years agoPost 94
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The other day I was toying around with some styrene strips and stumbled upon a way to make the louvers for the engine cover doors, theyre not "perfect" but they look the part and beat the vacant scribed area that existed there before. I was talking to Mojave and told him its funny what you come up with when broke and bored.

After working on the doors and louvers I decided to hang, clean, and primer the fuse.

I really like how the details are starting to show. Ive only ran across a few pinholes where the seam used to be so next I'll work on those and start penciling in my rivet lines.

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09-05-2011 03:39 PM  6 years agoPost 95
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Looking really good.
I guess I need to get off my butt and start detailing my 117 now that I have most of my parts in.
Great job.

Don

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09-06-2011 04:29 AM  6 years agoPost 96
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Thanks Skijones, I appreciate it.

Tonight I decided to try my hand at putting in the window on the left door. I pulled out my oictures and sized up the shape and size, then ransacked my parts bin and boxes for scrap lexan It took two attempts to heat a piece just enough to curve it without cooking it. I got a decent result on the second piece.

Here are a couple shots with most all the parts together. The details stand out with the sections together. I'm very happy with the results since this is the first build I've done this much detailing to.

A VERY BIG "THANK YOU!" to the suppliers and all the guys who have let me pick thier brains and shared ideas.

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09-06-2011 05:53 AM  6 years agoPost 97
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Great chatting with you and texting off and on all day I gotta say, this darn thing looks so good in primer, that I would be tempted to streak some black weather on it, put some strange insignia on the sides and mad max it out Kinda like a black ops heli... Fly the heck out of it, then paint it later. I gaurantee you will never see another one like it at a show... No joke, kinda a cool idea...
Barry

This is a D model huey that was operated by the CIA out of Langley, before being given to NASA for shuttle pre launch OPS. NASA re-badged it. Note the super tall skids. I was told that the spooky dudes in dark sunglasses used it for dropping test ordinance and scale military aircraft test models for flight evaluation. The COOL FACTOR just doesn't get any cooler that this...

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09-06-2011 12:51 PM  6 years agoPost 98
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I've actually considered that. This primer came out darker thrn I thought it would so may have to add two light coats of white primer to gey my red/white paint scheme to show.

If that doesnt work, then it'll become my second custom SWAT helicopter. Not your normal role for a BK 117,but what the heck its just a hobby

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09-06-2011 06:09 PM  6 years agoPost 99
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I sense a huey being primed in your near future!! Greg

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09-06-2011 07:00 PM  6 years agoPost 100
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I set the hook I love it when a plan comes together It's hard to tell the actual color of the heli in your pics, but it looks awesome. Picture it with some airbrushed black/grey streaks and turbine soot on the boom.

Looks like I have Greg coming over to the dark side with the benzin/huey...e-power
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