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01-12-2013 04:08 PM  7 years ago
Copter Doctor

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i am using 660mm on mine, the funkey glass blades. they are the same blades i have on my apache and withthe century head, they fly awsome even in gusty winds without a stab unit. i even let Roy give it a shot on a windy day(he is a better pilot on the sticks than he thinks) and he was very confortable. at 660mm they seem about right but 680 or 690 should be fine as welldrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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01-12-2013 04:22 PM  7 years ago
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they look good, the extra length on my blades will compensate for the longer boom i have nowRobbert De Bock
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01-12-2013 04:32 PM  7 years ago
Copter Doctor

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thanks, ive been flying mine with an electrified century predator. it handles very well. the fuse isnt perfect and i wont fix everything but it should turn out nice. i cut the doors out and i prob wont do that again, its a pia!drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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01-12-2013 04:37 PM  7 years ago
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i agree, you pics kind of put it in perspective for me.
i was worried about the deviation in scale outlines, but with a nice paint job that wont matter so much, it will still look sleek
Robbert De Bock
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01-20-2013 04:50 AM  7 years ago
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Robert this is looking really good.
Angie had shoulder surgery a couple of days ago so I am behind on my 407 build but will get on it soon.
If I can, I want to share what I saw today while driving past the Columbus GA airport. Their hangar is right next to the road.
I can never get enough of helos

Roy Mayoral
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01-20-2013 04:53 AM  7 years ago
reaper31

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looking good...thats nice scenery to drive home to.

i am hoping to start molding the boom tomorrow.
Robbert De Bock
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01-20-2013 05:06 AM  7 years ago
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I love your work and attention to detail!

I am actually considering stretching my 407s tailboom...
Roy Mayoral
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01-20-2013 01:27 PM  7 years ago
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I can never get enough of helos
oh you dont want to work where i do, its amazing i get any work done
drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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01-21-2013 03:51 AM  7 years ago
reaper31

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kept going back and forth on opening the door. there is no good way to get the batteries in the helicopter, i was going to use the baggage door but when the 3/4 interior will be in there it will be a challenge to get the batts in and out.
i decided to go ahead and move forward with cutting the door. i do not think i will include the BI-fold like the real one, but instead will have the whole thing open to replace batteries under the interior.
to do this i am making a carbon fiber door jam.
i put tape and PVA on the inside of the fuse and put a layer of CF on with epoxy. and let it harden.
then i will cut out the door and glue in the door jam.
after that i will dress up the interior with more CF to prep for the top mounted mechanics.


20130120_192753 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20130120_192735 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20130120_192753 by rdebock1, on Flickr

Roy, it the mold comes out good i will let you know (did not try very hard to get the boom absolutely perfect, i have a few nics here and there)
Robbert De Bock
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01-24-2013 06:20 PM  7 years ago
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http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/862/img1514a.jpg/

See if this link works. I'm looking to have battery access by putting heavy duty magnets on the upper cowling and modify as shown in this picture.
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01-24-2013 07:22 PM  7 years ago
reaper31

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I had considered this as well, this should work very well with your mechanics but with my top mounted mechanics and the cabin interior I would not have access to the batteries going this wayRobbert De Bock
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01-24-2013 07:48 PM  7 years ago
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Ah yes I foregot you were going with full enterior. Watching with interest....
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01-31-2013 03:13 AM  7 years ago
reaper31

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the CF door jam worked great!i first cut the opening big enough to secure to the fuse with clips, then i layed up another layer on the bottom and sides of the door because the landing gear will bolt in there.
after that i cut back the flange to about .25" from the door and cleaned it up. the fuse gained some weight because of the extra material on the floor but i think it will be OK.


20130130_195354 by rdebock1, on Flickr.


20130130_195400 by rdebock1, on Flickr


20130130_195412 by rdebock1, on Flickr
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01-31-2013 03:35 AM  7 years ago
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Wise choice opening up that door for battery access. That's the exact reason why I didn't buy this fuse. It was more work than I was wanting to take on. Good job! The heli will never even notice the extra weight of the CF floor and it's a lot stronger with it in place, now that you have cut the door out.
Barry
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01-31-2013 05:09 AM  7 years ago
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yeah pretty happy, the bottom of the fuse is now hard enough to bolt the landing gear straight to it.Robbert De Bock
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02-02-2013 05:14 PM  7 years ago
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Denver Bell 407
That is a great pick! When I was in Denver, I inspected the hospitals in Aurora and got close up to that bird. I thought of doing that 1 as well. Can't wait to see when you are done! Keep up the progress

Eugene
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02-02-2013 10:04 PM  7 years ago
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Looking Great Reaper! I got this fuselage and promptly resold it because I didn't want to do all the work to make it look right and function as an electric. Now I'm regretting it because yours would have been the inspiration to give it a go. Looks great and love that it will have nearly a full interior! Keep up the great work!

One question where are you going to put the battery?
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02-03-2013 03:26 AM  7 years ago
reaper31

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That is a great pick! When I was in Denver, I inspected the hospitals in Aurora and got close up to that bird. I thought of doing that 1 as well. Can't wait to see when you are done! Keep up the progress
thats cool, aurora is kinda my go to spot to see one..they always seem to have it outside at that location. although my subject has the green airlife denver logo so to get pics of the actual heli i have to go to lone tree....and its not always there
One question where are you going to put the battery?
that is where the almost full interior comes in. the interior will start just below the window, the batteries will go where the bed goes and under the interior. when the door is open it should be a breeze to load them up. that should also keep a lot of the weight down on the bottom of the model
Robbert De Bock
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02-03-2013 04:15 AM  7 years ago
Paradise Helis

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Very good place! I'm currently working on a 600 size MD500 and I'm doing one battery under the pilots seats and another inside what would be an auxiliary fuel tank that mounts beneath the rear seats. Yes, I'm trying to engineer it with custom mechanics for a full interior in a 600 size MD500!!!

Thoroughly enjoying your build!
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02-03-2013 06:06 PM  7 years ago
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should be a good place for it, it can certainly be done.Robbert De Bock
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