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01-28-2013 07:56 AM  5 years agoPost 61
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I took that nice little break from the seats and finished off the rudder pedals. I then went back to the now dried seats and this is the outcome. Thanks, Rckfish. I needed to see you lead the way.

Don

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01-28-2013 05:43 PM  5 years agoPost 62
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Finished the second seat this morning and did a bit of playing around to see how it would look. The picture of the Weapons Officer's seat was done last night but I forgot to post it. I dummied in the pedals for the last shot. I'm a happy camper.

Don

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01-28-2013 06:39 PM  5 years agoPost 63
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Very nice Don!!!

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01-28-2013 07:25 PM  5 years agoPost 64
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Thanks tintmaster. It was time to try to fit both of these guys in with their new upholstery. I guess they will lower themselves a bit when I put a number 6 screw in from the bottom. They are actually sitting on the seats and are not sinking to the seat bench!! I'll fix that a bit later, lol. Because of Bruce's change in helmet and the seat situation, I had to change the position where he is pointing out the enemy (to keep him deaf and blind........ oh I digress) as his helmet ran right up against the canopy and so did the pilot's. I hope that they will sink in about a quarter inch which will be all they need. I am quickly running out of things to do aside from the aging (BIG job) and the instrument panels. There are a few more details to do in the interior and that is why the entire insides are not painted. So many things, so little time. Take care.

Don

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01-30-2013 03:40 AM  5 years agoPost 65
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After some careful thought and a poke by a very well meaning individual, I took out the collective boxes and made up a brand new set of collective sticks from scratch. Those sticks were just way too small for this install and would have become an eye-drawing focal point if I didn't do something now while the chance was the greatest to do it. By the way, one thing I never pointed out was the corrugated material on the Pilot's collective actually works. Since I had it out, I changed the way I had it structured so now it more closely resembles the actual unit. Take care.

Don

These switches were something elso to make. The toggles on the sticks were simple.

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01-31-2013 05:22 AM  5 years agoPost 66
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Just a very small update tonight. I got the pedals installed so that I could actually show off the heli at a couple of local shops. I was out today to get some paints or tape so I could mark out the head like its full size counterpart. They are colour coded for assembly and adjustments so nothing like taking a page out of their book. I used the same code as one I found (E model refurbished head) but since this does not rotate counterclockwise, I reversed the order of the coding so that what ever the master blade colour is, the next one is the right one. I could not get over the fact that three shops (and a fourth that is mostly for cars) had no green pinstripe tape!! What's with that??? Oh well, Humbrol, Testors, and Tamiya to the rescue. Take care.

Don

PS: The blades are coded to the grip they are set in and the crew is screwed in place. Not pretty, LOL.

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01-31-2013 05:45 AM  5 years agoPost 67
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I'm jealous, that's one bada$$ build my friend...I wish I was home...

Joel
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01-31-2013 04:16 PM  5 years agoPost 68
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Thanks a bunch. Look out for yourself and your company over there.

Don

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01-31-2013 07:34 PM  5 years agoPost 69
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Don I like the colors on the head, red blue yellow, green, and white. How did you do that?

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

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01-31-2013 07:58 PM  5 years agoPost 70
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Thanks guys.

tintmaster:

It is simply model paint put on with a brush. Those are pretty much the exact colours that I found on an actual head so at least there is some reason for them in that order. I talked to a heli tech a little while ago and his recollection was that there is no set colour for the master blade but that it is up to the tech to determine that. I have used red since day one so red is my master blade colour and all setup with the pitch gauges and any collective movement is all done on that one blade. The rest are then matched to it, just as the full size ones are done. I would love to use the system they have for full size where you use a circle and lines that when are perfect, look like a singe dot and when a blade is out of track, it is really easy to see which one has to go what direction. All I need is a strobe and a secure tip block to screw the targets into. Bullet-proof lexan between me and the blades will be needed, too. LOL.

Don

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01-31-2013 08:49 PM  5 years agoPost 71
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Thanks Don...pretty quiet here, except for the aircraft traffic...

Joel
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02-01-2013 02:11 AM  5 years agoPost 72
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Not too much today, either, but some work was done on the head that was not initially thought needed because of the impossible task of removing the spindles. They are REALLY well LocTited in. I was asked if I had checked the thrust bearings and I had not so today was as good as any other day to do so. Naturally, one had all the LocTite of the entire head used on it and there was none on the others, yet they were tightened by a gorilla. I nearly had to destroy the grip with a torch to get the screw to move but persistance paid off. Four of the five were assembled backwards and only one had grease on it, again, the entire grease for the five. Sheesh. I also set the "Zero" and checked total positive and negative pitch. Along with that, I also set the total collective movement to about 8 degrees. The only visible thing done was to remove the screws from the landing light housing, fill 7 in and redrill 4. The "369D" model only has five scews holding on the cover and it is a glaring error to be sure. I have just put the filler in and after midnight, it will be set enough to trim and tomorrow, dried enough to sand and paint. Yah, something to do tomorrow. Take care.

Don

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02-02-2013 12:44 AM  5 years agoPost 73
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Another small update today. I got on order ten packages of Blade heli screws to mount the canopy and rear windows. It will take 222 of the little beggers to do the job, not including about 40 that will be used for decoration only. I got the finishing touches done on the landing light and finished off the UHF (VHF?) antenna under the Weapons Officer. The paint is not an exact match but makes a good base for the matching paint that is only available as spray. Take care.

Don

Those are really tiny screws that are in the base. They kind of work but CA does the real holding

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02-02-2013 08:41 AM  5 years agoPost 74
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This has been a good learning experience unlike any scale building I have done in the past. Of course, as you start to look at things more closely, you find, like I did, that there are small niggles that just get under your skin and won't let up until you do something about it. The positioning of the two screws below the top screw were just that little niggle. I filled in the holes and repositioned them, again. I still need to finsh sand the ring again but this time, I am a lot happier with their look. Nobody would give it a second glance but deep down, I knew that it could be improved. Isn't this why artists loose their minds more often than most people? LoL. Take care.

Don

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02-03-2013 03:28 AM  5 years agoPost 75
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Keep up the great work Don. I will update you with some more on my build soon! Love the seats!

Paul

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02-03-2013 04:28 AM  5 years agoPost 76
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Thanks Paul. It seems there is a lot of plastic tube construction going on in a few scale builds that I have been watching over the past month or so. It is easy to work with, cheap, and doesn't require special tools to work with. I just finished making up another part for mine which is I think a handhold/footwell for work on the head or inspecting of it. It is only on "D" versions and newer but it may be an option for some like the stetched "N". In a few pictures, the main panel is there but no hand hole so it could be covered in or not installed. Go figure. Oh well, I've got a few more detail panels planned and may get the ones for the TOW firing wire harness done this weekend. Now I wished I had that nice little Unimat lathe I had years ago. I'm going to have to turn back the hands of time and use the old standby drill turning to make the connectors, lol. Take care.

Don

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02-03-2013 10:10 PM  5 years agoPost 77
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Today's additions took a LOT longer than I had thought it would. I think I was at it for about 5 hours last night and was another 6 today. Sigh. Making these little bits to add to the overall look has turned out to be a lot more than I had ever planned it to take. The final heli will look pretty much like it is supposed to. I now need to find the smallest cable ties they make and I have one to go by. I think it was from a lighting kit but I can't remember now. Here it what it turned out to be.

Don

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02-04-2013 10:16 PM  5 years agoPost 78
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This is going to be a masterpiece Don!!

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02-05-2013 08:09 AM  5 years agoPost 79
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Thanks for the compliment. Now, you're going to think I have lost what's left of my mind.

Something has been sitting in my craw and has been nagging at me from the moment I discovered the very large mistake in the cockpit measurements. Most were based on having the battery under the seat (it still is but way lower) and having enough room above it to let the cockpit be installed over it. I just cut 3/4" in total height off the bench and now it finally looks like it should have in the first place. The final nail in the coffin was finding a great reference on the 500C model (OH-6 military) and in there was a definiative placement of the seat and the bench, which for some reason, was not clear to me when I first started the measurements. Oh well, you'll be hard pressed to find a reason for this not to have been done, as now both pilots have ample room to have their heads placed where ever I would like. I may also rebuild the seat back to be higher but that can wait until another day. All this was done today and tonight. I'm mad................

Don

Part of the wood removed.

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02-06-2013 11:56 PM  5 years agoPost 80
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Today, like any other day waiting for parts to arrive, I made my own interior detailing (and I might tackle the raw instrument panel later this week) to add something to the insides. A lot of great helis fall short with detailing yet they have full cockpits and even opening doors. I will admit that finding detail shots that you need are sometimes hard to locate unless you have direct access to the subject you are modeling. Hey, I finally got to try some Squadron Products Green Putty after reading hundreds of articles in past plastic modeling magazines. It works just as they all said it did.

I wanted to give the appearance of a complete cockpit with as little weight as possible. Foam board to the rescue here, I also wanted to create the door frames as they are (to make them fully real and working, a second .050" strip needs to be added to create the full jamb and I am not likely to want to add the doors as the open doors are part of the ventilation system. I had seen handles in OH-6's but I never noticed them in the 500MD. Sure enought, they are there but since the pictures are of a black interior, they blended in. Now I really need those panels as this is getting me jumpy for getting it finished. Take care.

Don

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