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11-17-2013 03:34 AM  5 years ago
Heli143

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Emile's right, I'm a very happy camper right now.

Sometimes one has to stop and get some fresh more experienced eyes to look at something and get it right.

Well Emile looked at the heli and figured out right away the gyro settings were wrong.
But on the first run up the 407 shook like a virgin on her wedding night.
Emile eventually put on the main and tail blades from his heli on my 407. Well she lifted into a nice hover with no unwanted responses.

There was a swift wind as usual and even with no stab unit on the Century four blade head Emile was very happy with it.

I need to reinforce inside the tailboom end as there is some flexing and it should be good to go.

here is a short video of the initial test flight.

Watch at YouTube

Roy Mayoral
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11-17-2013 12:19 PM  5 years ago
Copter Doctor

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Except for me looking fat, the vid was perfect, your camera does a great job. glad we got her smooth as silk againdrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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11-17-2013 04:35 PM  5 years ago
coptercptn

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I like how you guys have converted the "Dog Park" into a flying field... Home of the "Sea Cobra".....
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12-15-2013 03:04 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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This round fuselage has drove me crazy ever since I bought this 407. I can't believe how easy is was to fix and why it took me so long to come up with this simple modification. Thought I would share some photos of the before and after so others could try it as well. So, after changing out the skids, changing the angle of the tail boom and now squaring off the front of the fuselage, this thing is getting pretty close.

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12-15-2013 03:12 PM  5 years ago
Copter Doctor

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hmmm, never noticed that round part, gonna have to see about that as well, thanks for the tip. how did you fix the tail boom angle? Roy (Heli )143 has been pointing that out as well and I may have to follow his lead and do mine too.drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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12-15-2013 03:33 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Just took a saw and cut a thin slice off the boom to change the angle. That's it. The wood former still had enough material to re-connect.
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12-15-2013 03:40 PM  5 years ago
doorman

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Takes A Good Eye!!
I had to go back and look a couple of times at the original pic to see what it was you were looking to fix... then I saw it....
It takes a good eye to spot little quarks like this... and isn't it great, with a little thought, how easy it was to cure it!!!
Nice job.... looking forward to some video as you progress in your build...
Hey Roy, you and I both know that Emile can make a brick fly if you hand him the tx!!!!! You have one of the best giving you a hand....
So, let me ask... how bad does the Virgin shake??!!!

I am seeing some new interest in these scale builds.. so is 2014 going to be the biggest NATS ever???

Keep it up!!! Stan

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
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12-15-2013 03:40 PM  5 years ago
Copter Doctor

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Roy is gonna kill me cuz I kept telling him it wasn't worth it for me to do it to mine but now its gonnna bug me if I don't drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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12-15-2013 03:55 PM  5 years ago
206 pilot

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407 Stewwww
Nice Job Stew, be glad you dont have the 407 V2, with that disaster, you have to becareful how you make your platforms for the landing gear, if you press down to hard on the belly, none of your doors or seems or doghouse line up, just for the hell of it, check your bottom make sure you dont have any cracks, last week, I was ready to throw mine out the window lol, But it's coming together real fine, I got lucky with the tailboom angle, I didnt have to cut anything.
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12-15-2013 04:07 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Photos are very deceiving with angles. especially with skids. After looking at the full scale it is apparent that the boom pitches up towards the end.

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12-15-2013 04:26 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Hey 206,
How far along are you with your 407 ? some pics ?
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12-15-2013 05:04 PM  5 years ago
Heli143

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when I first got my fuselage I sent pics to Rich (206pilot) as he was interested in the 407 fuse. He pointed out right away the roundness of the fuselage bottom. Mike Jestrr also picked up on it right away and told me. Mike also advised me on the tailboom angle.
I will have to try Mark's fix on mine

Hey Roy, you and I both know that Emile can make a brick fly if you hand him the tx!!!!! You have one of the best giving you a hand....
So, let me ask... how bad does the Virgin shake??!!!
Stan you are absolutely right about Emile LOL... but I can say that after doing what he taught me about flybarless set up, I am able to fly it smoothly also without a stab unit and I'm nowhere as good a pilot as Emile.
And the virgin... she shakes so bad it's almost funny

Due to my constant travel in my job, I am always super slow at getting my helis built. Well, I start a new job on Monday and travel will be much, much less. Angie wasn't convinced as my first trip in my new position is two weeks in Puerto Rico next month
Roy Mayoral
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12-26-2013 04:27 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Anyone have ideas on how to fix this seam on the doghouse ?
Styrene strips/filler/sanding ?
Heating with heat gun while clamped to flat surface ?

Thanks,
Scott
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12-26-2013 04:37 PM  5 years ago
Copter Doctor

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what I would probably try is gluing some plywood strips 1/8th inch thick in the crevice on the inside of the lid, then clamp it to a flat surface while the glue curesdrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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12-26-2013 04:58 PM  5 years ago
Mojave

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X2^^^ Or, you can fill the dip with bondo, then sand it until it's flat.
Barry
All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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12-26-2013 09:14 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Thanks guys. Just before I started to trim some wood and begin gluing I thought I would try a little heat. I ran the cover under hot water and gently formed it back to where it should be. Worked really well and once affixed it should be spot on. Also started a little detail work on the nose. I'm Going to have to do some more file work on the cabin vent slots to get them more uniform
They looked pretty good until I zoomed in with the camera
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12-26-2013 09:19 PM  5 years ago
bell222

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i would go down the road you are thinking
on mine i have used magnets to hold the dog box on and some small dowels
to locate it correctly
the magnets should hold the top in place nicely
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12-29-2013 08:38 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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Little more detail work on the nose.

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12-29-2013 08:41 PM  5 years ago
206 pilot

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Looking goodddd wats with the pills? Lol
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12-29-2013 08:56 PM  5 years ago
sstewart

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LOL Now I'm going to have to figure out how to fabricate the landing light housing.
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