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12-05-2012 02:11 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Mojave

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I have this e-power schweizer 300 just about ready to maiden, so I figured I'd share the build pics and info.

Vario kit
Vario skyfox mechs with upgraded steel intermediate gear and 65 tooth primary gear. I modded the mechs to run the bigger 65 tooth gear.
Vario 3 blade rotorhead
800mm vario blades
400KV hyperion motor (with 20 tooth clutch)on 12S
Jive80HV esc with heatsink
My own design custom machined electric conversion motor mount and custom shaft for the hyperion.
Vbar blue 5.3 pro
8717 cyclics DS650 tail

The lipos fit under the mechs on a custom hanging tray that I made. The front hooks over the skyfox front frame xmember and the back fastens to the rear xmember. I still have to mill slots in it for the velcro straps. I also made a small aluminum shelf for the vbar sensor to sit on. I'll be flying it and after I dial it in, I'll blow it all apart and do a full cockpit and detailing. I'm toying around with making scale floats to replicate the famous Calypso 300, but we'll see. Any suggestions for a paint scheme are welcome. This heli is 1:4.5 scale, so I'm looking for a dummy motor and a nice instrument panel for it. I'd like to have a lit dash. So anyone who knows where I can get this stuff, please let me know.
Barry

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12-05-2012 02:15 AM  5 years agoPost 2
Rckfish

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Love it Barry. The Calypso idea is great. Let us know how she flies.
Paul

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12-05-2012 02:16 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Keygrigger

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Just a suggestion but if you are going to model the floats as used on the Calypso's 300, why not do that scheme? Just askin'.

Don

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12-05-2012 02:26 AM  5 years agoPost 4
Mojave

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Thanks If I model the floats, then I'll do the Calypso theme. If I don't, then I'm looking at other paint schemes. I'm just not sure that I can get the floats to look real. The real floats are inflated, so they are full of wrinkles and that's hard to replicate. It would be cool to make inflatable rubber floats for this heli... Any ideas?
Barry

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12-05-2012 03:14 AM  5 years agoPost 5
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I just spotted some pictures of the S300 and the floats, when fully inflated, are not really that wavy. When straped down to the Calypso for storage, it does look like they deflate them a bit so that there is a bit of cushioning given to the chassis, kind of like floating the structure on its own floats. There are a couple of pictures that have good colour but most are washed out. Here is a link. http://www.pprune.org/7126911-post1493.html Take care.

Don

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12-05-2012 03:45 AM  5 years agoPost 6
coptercptn

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Carve em out of blue/pink foam (Including wrinkles) and glass them???

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12-05-2012 06:46 AM  5 years agoPost 7
Viggen65

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Seems like the v-bar is the way to go,have talked
With the 3d guys and it seems like its very easy to program thru a laptop,have you used it earlier Barry?

Cheers
Jack

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12-05-2012 01:41 PM  5 years agoPost 8
doorman

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Looking Good!!!!
Another great looking bird for the new larger fleet!!!!

I really like your idea of the Calypso build... it not only looks good, but the floats might be able to be used to "hide" something inside...or even hide things under the center section of the heli..
Go get'm buddy!!!!

Stan

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12-05-2012 02:01 PM  5 years agoPost 9
Notar

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12-05-2012 02:55 PM  5 years agoPost 10
Mojave

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Don: Thanks for the pics Calypso pics seem to be harder to find than dinosaur eggs...

Copter: Good idea. Where do you buy your foam from?

Stan: Thanks bud Since the floats mount on top of the skids, it really does have the potential to hide a lot.

Joe: Thanks for the suggestion. I had actually seen these floats on the website. I'm really trying to replicate the actual Calypso floats in shape and size.

Barry

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12-05-2012 03:30 PM  5 years agoPost 11
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300
Nice Barry! Wish I had your talent, and money!!! Hehehe

Just call me Farmer Brown. 'Cause I know how to really plant 'em

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12-05-2012 07:07 PM  5 years agoPost 12
coptercptn

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Home stores Barry..(house insulation).you can buy it in 4x8 sheets or smaller in thicknesses up to 4"s Or you can laminate as thick as you need..
But, only get the "pink or blue" stuff, NOT the bead board (White)

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12-05-2012 07:13 PM  5 years agoPost 13
Mojave

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Tint: thanks

Copter: appreciate the tip, I'll check it out. I found a company that custom makes giant scale RC plane floats. They said that I can get a pair roughed out, but needing final shaping. I may give that a try, but practice on pink foam first. Ya never know, I may do a good job of shaping them
Barry

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12-06-2012 12:01 AM  5 years agoPost 14
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ooopps meant to be a PM.

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12-06-2012 01:57 AM  5 years agoPost 15
OTCP64

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floats

My schweizer 300.Floats are styrofoam with 1 layer of glass cloth.

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12-06-2012 09:26 AM  5 years agoPost 16
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Floats look good...need to build some for the rotorway when I get around to that build...

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12-06-2012 01:24 PM  5 years agoPost 17
Mojave

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That's what I'm talking about! Super nice floats. Let me know if your willing to let me pull a mold off these floats, or if you would like to sell them. If not, could I get the dimensions from you?
Barry

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12-06-2012 04:49 PM  5 years agoPost 18
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styrofoam Floats
Barry
these floats are easy to make out of foam.I did them with pictures and flying guesses.1 layer of 3/4 ounce cloth(although now I would use 2)
The machine handles them very well.
The side profile is the best one I have run across on the net.
Dimensions:42 1/2" long 5 3/4" wide 5" height. the height in the rear of the floats could be narrower.If you look at the picture of it setting in the water the rear has more buoyency.(buoyency doesn't look right)L.O.L.

The pink foam fuselage is what I am working on now.a quadraplane.Foam is easy to shape with sandpaper but dust goes everywhere.

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12-06-2012 10:32 PM  5 years agoPost 19
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Well OTC: I guess I'll try my hand at these. I see what you mean about the back of the floats. They need to be a bit narrower and the tops need to kick down a bit more. But, I gotta say, over all you did a great job on these and they look super cool! Thanks for the info, it's much appreciated.
Barry

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12-07-2012 01:32 AM  5 years agoPost 20
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Barry:

That picture, of the S300 on floats on the grass beside the water, is a picture of a full scale heli, not a model, so what you see is the real McCoy, lol. Take care.

Don

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