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05-31-2011 08:28 PM  9 years ago
Hoverup

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For you scratch builders, Approach Engineering has the Hellfire missiles in 1/6th, 1/10th and 1/12th scale. Look under SuperScale at http://www.starwoodmodels.comCheers - Boyd
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05-31-2011 08:32 PM  9 years ago
jack726

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How does the battery install and change?
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06-01-2011 12:19 PM  9 years ago
rcmiket

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Just my opinion but I build a 500 size Apache and the mechanics were just to close to the sides for comfort. I can't see this Cobra being any better. I've moved on to 600 size fuses just because there so much easier to work on.
Mike
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06-01-2011 12:56 PM  9 years ago
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You are correct on the HellFires, but the rocket launcher tubes are much smaller diameter with fewer missiles than the Align provided tubes have. A nit but a little creative scratch building can cure it.
Hi HOVERUP,

Yep...indeed the rocket tubes are out of scale, but easy to make from scratch, this is easy.

Now...in the three barrel 20 mm XM197 turret mounted cannon will be more difficult, in my plans to make full movement and rotating barrels the problems is the small size of the pod to work inside ( fit servos/wires/gears...Etc).

There are two possible versions:

The SUPER COBRA two bladed head
The VIPER quad blades main and quad blades tail

The VIPER requires a big modifications on the fuselage, the engine exaust are differents, the upper fuselage to.

If a go to the Super Cobra I will use bigger blades, 550mm shortened to 520mm with straight tips, better scale appearence, can work with low HS and longer fight time.
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06-01-2011 01:05 PM  9 years ago
Krumrick2

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Just my opinion but I build a 500 size Apache and the mechanics were just to close to the sides for comfort. I can't see this Cobra being any better. I've moved on to 600 size fuses just because there so much easier to work on.
Mike
Hi Mike,

I see your point, but considering that is a 500 size fuselage the size is really nice, I don't see problems to fit the mechanics.
And is a very affordable scale fuselage for U$S 450 plus U$S 500 to complete the mechanics and Servos/Align 3G/ Motor+Speed+battery.

Talking in size, I mounted the Bell UH-1 by Smart Models for 600 size, and this Cobra has the same size with 500's mechs.
How does the battery install and change?
hi Jack,

Easy,the batteries located under the cockpit, this you can remove in 2 seconds, pin in the front/magnets at the rear...easy easy !!.

Manuel
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06-01-2011 01:47 PM  9 years ago
rcmiket

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Have you actually installed the mechanics in there yet? I thought the same thing till I started my installation. I'm not saying your going to have issues but it's something that I'm very interested to see just how this build goes.
Mike
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06-08-2011 08:01 PM  8 years ago
SidewaysLS4

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So anything new on this kit/build?
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06-10-2011 08:20 PM  8 years ago
TFDM

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@Manual

I received the Cobra today and it's really a great Cobra fuselage.
What I was wondering, what battery's will you be using ? because when I place a 6S LiPo it's to thick to lay flat under the cockpit, when I place it under an angle in the erea before the gun it will fit but it can slide from left to right I think during flight.
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06-11-2011 05:07 AM  8 years ago
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Gents,

I work on the "Z" and the "W", the Marines have had hellfire's on our "W"'s since the early 90's. Whether the misle itself says ARMY on it or not is solely on which ammo supply point we get them from that day. As for the rocket pods.... We have seven shot and 19 shot rocket pods and they will be put on depending on what ammo load out and the weight the pilots have to work with that day. If you guys need some info or pics just let me know. There are some pics in my gallery
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06-11-2011 06:37 AM  8 years ago
Oponohou

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Hello ,

somebody have photo of inside fuselage...thanks

Best regards
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06-11-2011 01:06 PM  8 years ago
rcmiket

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Yea pictures would be nice. I'm very interested in seeing just how much room is in there. In my 500 size Apache there wasn't enough room. The mechanics were to tight and battery placement was a nightmare.I just curious how Align dealt with this.
Mike
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07-19-2011 08:15 PM  8 years ago
McCrasher

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Now available. I have one sitting at the LHS waiting for me. Excited to get it home and see what its made of...

Mike
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07-20-2011 02:16 AM  8 years ago
jack726

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I worked on the mechanics today. It is interesting that the new frames have the tail boom, exiting at the bottom. Looks like I will need about an hour to install the mechanics. I have built over 20 scale helicopters, but have never seen one planned so well. There is even a place for the battery.

I actually think the fuselage is rather small. Compared to my Century 600 size it looks like a toy. I wont need much space to fly it.

It is a little bit expensive, for it's size and I can see a couple of flaws in the fiberglass. I am fairly happy with it.
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07-20-2011 02:39 AM  8 years ago
DavidIsip

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Pictures please. Thank you.
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07-21-2011 05:04 AM  8 years ago
jack726

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Well I am ready to fly. Every thing went fantastic until I went to install a battery. A 3300 6 cell did not come even close to fitting. The only thing that would fit was two 2100 3 cells in series. I ended up cutting the bottom of the front seat away. It sort of destroys the best part of this helicopter, which is the scale cockpit. It doesn't look too bad though.
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07-21-2011 06:06 AM  8 years ago
Oponohou

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Hello

oh yes picture please...
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07-21-2011 05:14 PM  8 years ago
jack726

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Well it flew well! The camouflage sure works well.
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07-23-2011 05:19 PM  8 years ago
Rodan

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The camouflage sure works well.

Camouflage can be quite a challenge depending on your flying environment...
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07-23-2011 05:22 PM  8 years ago
McCrasher

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Picked up the fuse yesterday. Looks really nice. It comes with touch up paint which I wasn't expecting. I will be taking the instructions into work and scanning them for posting here, so be patient and I will get them uploaded early next week. Should answer many if not all questions. I already put the new tail rotor pieces together just to see the operation. The small bevel gears in the transfer case have pretty fine teeth, but it does come with a spare set, so we will have to see how they hold up. It also comes with some spare screws and grease for the gears. Any picture requests before I start the assembly?

Mike
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07-23-2011 05:32 PM  8 years ago
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Thanks for documenting this! One request...can I get some shots of the tail rotor shaft? I'm interested in how it is made up as I'd like to make an extended tail shaft to back the rotor away from the fuse a bit (I hate airplane prop noise, lol). Wondering if it is a simple splined setup on a 4mm shaft, or if it is on a stepped shaft of some sort
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