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05-15-2011 09:09 PM  7 years agoPost 41
Rckfish

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Haha!!! yep the wind was not for the faint of heart! Gary, the blade swap did it. Balancing the head button worked out too. Man it is flying nice...I can't wait to fly it in wind gusty less than 20mph!...

Nick, Stan is now an Arkansan...and he wears shoes too...!

I have to heartily recommend the Helicommand HC3-SX...flies great.

Back to build next weekend...

Paul

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05-15-2011 10:01 PM  7 years agoPost 42
seattle_helo

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Great to hear it's flying so nice and that Stan is wearing shoes!!

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05-16-2011 04:21 PM  7 years agoPost 43
doorman

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Shoes.....
Nick, they haven't gotten me to get rid of the shoes yet... but they are teaching me to drive on the OTHER side of the road.... I thought they only did that in Europe!!!!!! And I still refuse to NOT use my turn signals!!!!!!
Paul is breaking me in slowly.... and I have to tell you, he is going to have a BEAUTIFUL machine and will be flying the heck out of it and having fun with it, even with the multi.... hope you will be at the NATS/IRCHA again this year since I missed you last.... and Paul is going to be there too!!!!!!!

Stan

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05-17-2011 08:02 PM  7 years agoPost 44
lewma

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That EC is looking great! You are motivating me to complete my Vario cobra build. It started out regular benzin mechanics, however it will end up electric!

mark

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05-17-2011 08:20 PM  7 years agoPost 45
seattle_helo

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Stan, I won't be at IRCHA this year but hope to make it in 2012. Looking forward to meeting you finally!

Paul, how does the power compare to the old gas engine?

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05-18-2011 11:59 AM  7 years agoPost 46
Rckfish

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Mark,
Get that Cobra moving...and I can tell you electric is the way to go!
Paul

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05-22-2011 06:49 PM  7 years agoPost 47
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moving on...
After a great day of flying the eBenzine on Saturday, Mother Nature decided I needed a day in the shop on the EC145! Rain and more rain.

So I did a quick strip down on the Benzine (tail, canopy and gear) I was able to do a test fit on the mechanics. I don't want to strip the Benzine down too far yet...because I am having a blast flying it!

With a quick mechanics fit I noticed that the rotor mast had a significant forward tilt. I know the EC-145 has some but it started me to thinking (very dangerous) to see what I might have done wrong.
I noticed that the forward landing gear struts are higher in the front than in the back. I had them reversed. So once I changed them everything looked right.

Much, much better.

From there I noticed my mechanics were slightly on the center line...about 1/8" or 3mm. So I redrilled the landing gear holes and rechecked everything. With everything looking good I pulled the mechanics woodwork for paint. I could've done it once it was glue in but I wanted to do it a little cleaner.

I also decided to do the instrument panel woodwork so I could save Aeropoxy tips...a little batch work if you will. I masked just the edges so the glue will adhere. That way I can prepaint and just touch up the glue lines.

After a quick paint job I did the rough cuts to the front windows and tacked in the instrument panel woodwork and attached the mechanics woodwork.

Then I Aeropoxyied everything in.

For fun I dropped in the cockpit floor...this bird has tons of room inside...

It is starting to look like something...Here is the business end.

More to come...

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06-02-2011 10:03 PM  7 years agoPost 48
doorman

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OK????????
OK, it has been a little while since you posted, so I figured it should be about ready to fly by now!!!!!!

So, how it is going?????

See you this weekend....... Stan

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06-04-2011 03:29 AM  7 years agoPost 49
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HeHe! Well its not ready to fly but I have been working on it. Been dragging my feet a bit because it is now time to do the tail drive...so I will post some over the weekend.

Stan, bring out the big Bell 47!!!
Rckfish

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06-04-2011 03:52 AM  7 years agoPost 50
seattle_helo

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Paul, what's the power like with the motor?

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06-04-2011 11:19 PM  7 years agoPost 51
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Nick,
I believe that the Hyperion 4035-400 is putting out the same power as the G230. I am running a headspeed of 1250 with the four blade head.
I am very happy with it. That said, once I start scaleing it out and loading weight from details, paint, doors, etc., we will see.

If at that point I need more power, I could re-gear and drop a 5035-500 in by any of that size motor vendor.

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06-04-2011 11:31 PM  7 years agoPost 52
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Ok here is an update. I have finished all the wood in the main cabin and have totally stripped the Benzine. Everything fits great and I have trimmed the cockpit flooring and starting working out battery locations etc. Attached are a few photos with it mocked up to this point to keep me motivated!

As you can see by the size of my transmitter...which will fit in the side door, it is a larger bird. A couple of more shots...

The other really cool thing going on is I contacted the Florida Hospital to ask for some photos...that was about a month ago. They got back to me and shared some awesome shots...In all about 23 great photos and told me to let them know what shots I needed...great folks.

I would have gotten a lot more done today but I was busy at the field with Doorman...he brought out his new bird! Awesome...see my Bell 47 post. Tomorrow...the tail drive. From there it won't be long until test flying and then break it down to start scaling it out...my favorite part of a build.
Stay tuned.

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06-05-2011 04:28 PM  7 years agoPost 53
doorman

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Looking REALLY Good!!!!!!!!!!
Paul you have been sand bagging us!!!!!
It looks as if you just might have it ready for some test hops at our event next weekend... I hope!!!!!
The detail pictures are great too.... looks as if they sent you some really nice photos to work from... cannot wait to see it detailed out... VERY NICE!!!!!!!!!

Stan

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07-17-2011 12:53 AM  7 years agoPost 54
Rckfish

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update on the EC 145
Well it has taken a while but all of the flight testing is done...she flies really smooth and looks great. Being of the school that says build it and fly it before you make it beautiful is just what I am doing...

Here are some photos from the field.

Now it is time to get started on the fun...the detailing, rivets, panels, painting,etc.

I have built the step brackets and mounted them with mini fasteners...looks pretty good and worked out well. They are made of this ply as close to scale as i could do them... I know a lot of people work them up in brass but wood was easier.

Last but no least is the tail strike wire...brass tube and rod and a little paint.

that is all for now...stay tuned.

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07-17-2011 02:21 AM  7 years agoPost 55
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su weeeeet!!!!!
i am also a believer of the rule of flying it before making it pretty.
looking greta already

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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07-17-2011 03:02 AM  7 years agoPost 56
doorman

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Test Flights....
I got to watch Paul fly this machine this morning....and I have to say that it looks GREAT in the air already, and it is smooth from spool up to spool down... and it has an awesome look to it in the air... some final adjusting to his feel and as far as the flying part goes, it is READY.....
Think he might even enter it in the NATS this year even though it is unfinished, just for the practice..... give him a little push Emile!!!!

Stan

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07-17-2011 03:47 AM  7 years agoPost 57
seattle_helo

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Heck, I'll push him! Enter it, Paul!

Getting it flying right before doing the detail work is totally the way to go as far as I'm concerned. Great job and looking forward to seeing this thing!

nick

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09-04-2011 11:55 PM  7 years agoPost 58
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Its been awhile...
Time to update the thread...

Well I took the EC145 to the Scale NATS held at IRCHA this year and she performed very well. I can't say the same for me flying in front of the judges!

Once I brought her back home I got to work on the fun stuff, scaling her out. I took her to IRCHA in primer with the doors cobled on. Shown below is the work I have been up to since...

I decided to change the vertical stabilizer light detail by grinding off the jut out that is molded into the Vario fuse.

Then it was on to the scale light fixture by Cine-Scale...Ben does nice work...way better now.

I then started masking off the tail details with primer and aluminum tape.

I have been doing tons of work on the cockpit and cockpit floors to make everything removable held in by magnets...It is working out pretty good. The instrument panels are be Eastcoast Scale as is the Easy Light System which I love...thanks Joe. The seats are by Fine Scale Modela out of the UK.

Pitot Tubes are by Fine Scale Modela as well.

Then on to the dog house structure with details that are scratch and by Cine Scale...

That is the update for now...I will update periodically when I have something new for you.
Thanks

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09-05-2011 12:13 AM  7 years agoPost 59
Mojave

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This heli is really taking shape! Nice detail work!
Barry

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

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09-05-2011 02:03 AM  7 years agoPost 60
doorman

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Getting A Lot Done!!!!!!!!
Paul, you are a "WILD MAN"!!!!!!!! I saw this, what on Friday evening, and you have most of the parts and pieces installed already... and it is really looking good.....
I think the bar is being raised for the NATS in 2012!!!!
Gonna be an awesome heli... keep up the great work.....

Stan

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