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06-07-2012 04:44 AM  6 years agoPost 1
eyefly3d

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Got a big box today from the little white mail truck. This was inside, try to ignore the duct tape holding it together for now

This is the 600 size fuse from rc aerodyne, belt driven kit. The fiberglass quality isn't too bad and the outline looks pretty close to scale. I also got a set of chaos mechs to go in it and will order the four blade head when I figure out which one I'm going to use. First order of business is to make the skids a little more scale and figure out if and how I'm going to make side and clamshell doors open. The cockpit doors open out of the box. This is my second scale build and will be going all out on this one. The fullsize heli lands about two blocks from my house weekly at the hospital. I'm excited to get started on this one, stay tuned for updates soon.

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.

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06-07-2012 07:19 PM  6 years agoPost 2
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suweeet!!!! will be suscribing to this one.

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06-07-2012 10:12 PM  6 years agoPost 3
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Hey doc how did you brace the forward fuse when you cut the sliding door out? Does it support itself enough without the wood former that is glued between the cockpit door and sliding door? I'm going to put as much of the interior in this one as I can fit and was thinking that might help support the fuse a bit. One other question, how did you make the track for the door to slide on?

I don't always fly helis, but when I do I prefer to fly scale.

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06-08-2012 05:13 AM  6 years agoPost 4
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Got the skids reshaped and cut down to sit a little lower. Out of the box they were pretty close but the down tubes weren't quite as short as I thought they needed to be. I instead swapped the rear for the front and cut the longer one and rebent it to make the skids parallel with the fuse.

Next is mounting the tail boom and working on the doors.

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06-08-2012 08:40 AM  6 years agoPost 5
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Hey Eye
I too took advantage of the deal they have at RC aerodyne so I will be following your thread closely. I fly the real thing(ARMY LUH) so if you need any detailed pics let me know. Hope I wont bug you too much with questions..That goes for you too Emile.LOL

Andre

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06-08-2012 02:26 PM  6 years agoPost 6
eyefly3d

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Hey andre, no worries about having questions, I will have plenty of my own. I couldn't resist the sale either. I had been planning on building one of these for a while anyway so it worked out great. Thats awesome that you fly the full scale uh and some detail shots would be a great help. I can also get some good closeups but I have to wait till I catch them at the hospital. If you could get some shots of the sliding door track for me that would help the most at this point in the build. I want to keep it as scale as possible but functional as well.

Chris

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06-08-2012 03:35 PM  6 years agoPost 7
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Chris
Going to have to be Monday morning to get you those pics. I'm home already for the weekend (7 hours ahead of you) but I will get som Hi Res shots for you.
Any idea what paint your going to go with? I'm not sure yet if I'm going to do the Army thing or civilian. Being here in Germany we got to fly to the Eurocopter plant and see how their line is built. The paint schemes they have are crazy. We got to actually climb around the Mercedes Benz version of the EC-145! Crazy!!! You should google it..I might just go with that paint scheme.
Well just got mine in the mail yesterday..now time to unpack
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06-08-2012 04:14 PM  6 years agoPost 8
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nice!!!!!!!!!

Home of the "Sea Cobra".....

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06-08-2012 05:09 PM  6 years agoPost 9
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I do have a paint scheme picked out. As much as I like the military versions, I have to go with the local ems bird. I can't wait to get mine finished so I can take some pics next to the full size one. Andre I'm not in any hurry so whenever you can get pics works great for me.

Heres a pic of the bird I'm modeling.

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06-08-2012 06:46 PM  6 years agoPost 10
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Nice! Ask them if they're hiring..lol

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06-08-2012 06:53 PM  6 years agoPost 11
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Lol, will Do.

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06-08-2012 08:56 PM  6 years agoPost 12
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i used piano/music wire(cant ever tell which is whichor whats the diff) and maknets to make the sliding door arrangements. i will post some shots over the weekend when i am off from work. i too lowered my gear to match the real one. here at rucker, flatiron has eight now so i just picked one. i have two more of these fuses tyhat wil be done in a civie scheme but i took a zillion of the lakotas we have at Cairns AAF.
so far the fwd fuse door didnt need any bracing and even after several test flights it holds faily rigid. the woodwork just behind that seems to keep things firm as well. the rear clamshell doors are a different story and if you want to go thru the trouble of cutting them out and making it all look right( it was a pin in the a## and i prob wont do it on the others) you will need to put bracing because it will sag under the weight of the tail. i yanked the hawk sport out of mine and put a predator in it. the tranny of the hawk wasnt handling the weight of my loaded fuse and four bladed head so i went with the more robust mechs of the century predator and so far it has been great. (the pred is an excellent platform for a scale fuse)
please feel free to ask me any questions you have, i will be glad to help

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06-09-2012 12:30 AM  6 years agoPost 13
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Thanks Emile, I've been trying to mount the tailboom using blind nuts and bolts. I got two misaligned holes and then one of the other ones broke the plywood former. Of course the other side broke while trying to get everything lined up so now I have to build a new former and try to get it glued in, what a pita. After I get this sorted out I'm going to start on the sliding doors. I've decided to skip opening the clamshell doors on this one.

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06-09-2012 01:14 PM  6 years agoPost 14
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I've decided to skip opening the clamshell doors on this one.
smart man altho it is rewarding but itis a pita!
as for te boom, i was never a big fan of the flat surface to flat surface way of mounting a tailbom especially if you arent utilizing the matal boom from the mechs. this makes for a tail assembly that is kinda weak, flimsly and wobbly so i kept my tailboom for the mechs in place to hgelp with rigidity. the boom is semi permanently attatched still but i use only two screws with blind nuts and thats after beefing up the woodwork inside the boom and the fuse alike. then, the metal boom's security to the mechs and to the fuse's boom at the tail end, makes for a solid, firmabnd rigid tail assembly. sure it may be a bit heavier but who cares!!

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06-09-2012 01:24 PM  6 years agoPost 15
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sliding door pics
here are some door fotos i took of one of the lakotas we have here at cairns AAF
hope this helps

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06-09-2012 01:52 PM  6 years agoPost 16
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a little something to motivate you....
eBenzine, 1/5.6 scale....been working on it for a year

And here is what I was working to emulate with the full scale. Florida Hospital in Orlando...Florida Flight 1

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06-09-2012 01:56 PM  6 years agoPost 17
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hey you got it painted! looks very nice!!!

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06-09-2012 01:58 PM  6 years agoPost 18
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Thanks Emile...it is coming together.

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06-09-2012 04:57 PM  6 years agoPost 19
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Thanks for the pics doc, they will help a lot. I finished mounting the boom last night. I cut a piece of 1/8th ply to fit tightly inside the tailboom up against the lip of fiberglass that meets the forward fuse and epoxied it in. I then used the blind nuts and bolts to mount the boom. I'm also going to use the tailboom from the mechs and I agree with you about the flat surface mounting. I really like the idea of the clamshell doors being able to open but I dont think its worth the effort at this point in the game. I'll be happy with the cockpit and sliding doors opening and being able to display as much of the interior that will fit.
Rckfish, your ec looks amazing. I checked in on your build quite often and glad to see it turned out so well. Mine will take a while to get to that point but I enjoy the build as much as flying them.

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06-09-2012 05:45 PM  6 years agoPost 20
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That heli came out great! Very nice looking bird and awesome detail work.
Barry

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