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02-03-2013 09:15 PM  5 years agoPost 101
Rckfish

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Don,
Thanks. Yes you see the early OH-6A in either of two versions. The total mesh seat on an aluminum frame or seat only with the armor wings. This is also is shown in the Pilot's Manual
(which I can email you if you need it). The one I am modeling and using for my documentation in competition is the one Hugh Mills flew in his last tour. It is hanging in the Army Aviation Museum at Ft. Rucker Alabama.

In this one it has the full mesh seat. Sure would have been easier if it was the armored version!

Also, on the instrument panel, I will be lighting it. I am not sure what was used during Viet Nam. CopterCptn here owns an OH-6A so maybe he could chime in. There is a lot to do there still in the cockpit.

By the way, awesome work in your cockpit, I love your rudder pedals, collective and cyclic sticks. Seeing what you did will really help me out.

Thanks
Paul

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02-03-2013 09:30 PM  5 years agoPost 102
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Up Close And Personal!!!!
I got a chance (excuse) to run buy and visit for a little bit, and you can bet that I was headed for the shop!!!
You need to see the workmanship on this so far... nothing short of absolutely beautiful... the pic's on here give you an idea, but nothing like up close and personal...

As someone mentioned there are so many variations on heli's, BUT no time to build them all...

When building a competition scale heli, you can bet on Rckfish to come up with the winning combination... without overkilling the subject and overbuilding where it is not needed...
You can bet if there is something (not usually found with Vario quality)that needs to be reinforced, thickened, redone for proper scale, it will be done, but keeping in mind that a FINISHED scaler will be quite heavy and if you start adding ounces here and there, especially the tail area, you will be adding more weight to counter the other that was added... not saying it is not always not needed, but is much better to let it be if you can... some people like to build baseball bats... designed properly and built properly, you can count on a great build and a better flying heli!!!
Glad to hear the blades made it... so IF you want to sneak out one day this week, just let me know... and we can get the test hop's out of the way!!!!!!!! Ya Baby!!!!
Keep it up... and this will be another winner, I am sure of it!!
Stan

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02-08-2013 04:51 PM  5 years agoPost 103
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here's a few seat pics from mine...

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

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02-08-2013 06:31 PM  5 years agoPost 104
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here's a few seat pics from mine...
That closeup of the seat back is exactly what I needed. Mine is now a good 3/4" short of where it should be because of the cockpit rebuild. That means I have a project for this very lousy, snowfilled day here. Thanks all.

Don

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02-09-2013 10:32 AM  5 years agoPost 105
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Beautiful work, Paul. Nevermind me and my stupid comments. I was just trying to close out a chapter so to speak. I learned alot building but mostly watching the results of others before me. It's all good.

Speakers for realistic sounds and armament that can fire? Wow. And all that without doors. Ha. Reaffirms why I decided to become more of an observer than a builder. So much fun to watch. I am enjoying this much more now.

Don't know much about the competition world but I am sure you will have a winner.

Thanks for sharing.

God created only a few perfect heads...the rest he put hair on them.

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04-11-2013 02:04 AM  5 years agoPost 106
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Time to get moving again...
Ok, I have not been sluffing off. What I have been doing is getting other birds in the air.

Posted below is the next phase, glazing. Only took 300 #1 x 3/16" pan heads.

With the glazing done I am moving to the exterior.

Stay tuned because the mini gun is about ready.

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04-11-2013 04:05 AM  5 years agoPost 107
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Lookin' good. I also have a small bundle of screws left to finish my glazing once the interior work is finished. The front lower single panel took 54 screws on three sides to do the install, whew. I even had to take it out when I changed the motor and had to rework the interior so I am only looking to do this one more time. I kind of wish I did a "C" model as the five blade head produces quite a bit more torque than your four blade setup will. I need to be nimble on the rudder and throttle or it will look like it's shaking its booty, lol. Take care.

Don

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04-11-2013 12:46 PM  5 years agoPost 108
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Hi Don,
Yep all these screws are quite the treat! I figure I will have to take them all out and put them back in 2 more times before paint is done.

I am running a headspeed of 1000 and it is smooth as butter. That is about the maximum for the 865mm blades I am running.

My goal is to get to the outside allowing me to detail the fuse while being able to fly it on a consistent basis.

For exterior detail I was fortunate to find a 1/32 scale Revell model of the early 0H-6A(done is the early 70's) that is no longer in production. It has great panel and rivet detail.

So next step is to scuff the fuse down good, shoot a light coat of primer and then get after the details. I intend to cut open the engine bay doors but that will come a bit later.

Paul

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04-11-2013 03:34 PM  5 years agoPost 109
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"SWEET"
My hands hurt just looking at all of those screws!!!!

Gonna be an AWESOME flier for sure....

Get that prime on it... I wanna watch you perform your majic on the exterior detailing!!!!

Stan

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04-11-2013 04:02 PM  5 years agoPost 110
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Like Stan said, I can't wait to see this fully detailed out! Nice work
Barry

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

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04-11-2013 04:52 PM  5 years agoPost 111
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A little sneak peek....
Can you say "minigun"?...

This is gonna be fun. Just to wet your whistle here are some photos before install. The good people at Robcon-RC (reaper31) has been busting his tail to help me with this project.

Will shoot some install photos when that begins

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04-11-2013 05:04 PM  5 years agoPost 112
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Sweet!!!

Have you ordered your "Gun wiggler" yet???? WAYYYYYYYY too cool!!!

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

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07-12-2013 01:49 PM  5 years agoPost 113
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Another sneak peek....
Getting close now.

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07-12-2013 02:59 PM  5 years agoPost 114
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Like I said in another post..The Bar has definitely been raised in scale this year!!!! Outstanding work Paul!!! Maybe I'll just leave my "Junk" home and come and watch!!

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

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07-12-2013 03:29 PM  5 years agoPost 115
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Jim,
Thanks for all of your help...

I am not showing it complete...or its little secrets!!!

But you will enjoy this bird having a full scale of your own!

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07-12-2013 04:26 PM  5 years agoPost 116
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wishin my ":Full scale:" was in as good a shape as yours...

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

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07-13-2013 01:44 AM  5 years agoPost 117
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Lookin' real good now. I just got a whole bunch of backordered bits to the tune of about 500 bucks worth, so I have my head buried in my AS350 and 500MD TD. Most of the attention is going to the AS350 for the interior as it was so incomplete. That interior looks great and I wish you had some recent pictures of the progress of it to have a look at. The seats look great but that mustache on the pilot, well, I don't know about that one. Looks a bit too well manicured for a war zone trim, lol. Keep it up.

Don

PS: And where is his seatbelt??? You know, he might loose his grip on the fabric, hehe.

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07-13-2013 03:31 AM  5 years agoPost 118
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Hi Don,
Well as far as his seatbelt...you are going to have to wait for the final photos! By the way... The caution lights on the panel work as well...wait till you see that.... That and several other secret details...the unveiling will be soon.

Interesting thing about his mustache...that is Hugh Mills and he kept that "stash" groomed during his two tours...as the Vietnam era photos of him show.

His book Low Level Hell is an amazing read.

On your trip if you travel from Dallas to Memphis you will come right through Little Rock...stop and visit!

Paul

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07-13-2013 04:40 AM  5 years agoPost 119
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His book Low Level Hell is an amazing read.
Very true, Paul. I'm on my third read. Your work on this ship is fantastic, and a real tribute to Mills, and all those who served.

Jon

"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."

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07-13-2013 11:39 AM  5 years agoPost 120
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Thanks Jon...actually that is why I wanted to do it...as a tribute.

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