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06-03-2014 02:15 AM  4 years agoPost 41
JuanRodriguez

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The Villages, Florida

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My God !! That is a labor of love !

Looks great !

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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06-03-2014 03:00 PM  4 years agoPost 42
coptercptn

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Mesa AZ. USA

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Hey Barry.. not sure of move timeframe yet...but realistically sometime in Sept.. I am leaving today with my "Wingman" Jay (Cabojay) to take a load out in the trailer and do some work...
Also gonna stop by and see my Flying buddy who has ordered us a new R66 to fly this summer...
I hope he has it already...
your Bird is lookin good!!! girt-done!!!!!

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

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01-31-2017 03:36 AM  18 months agoPost 43
Mojave

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Palos Verdes, Ca. USA

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Simple mod for making the Vario R22 tail boom easy to install and remove for transport.

So, I was tinkering around with the R22, getting ready for details and paint. I get tired of having to reach blindly inside the fuse to install the 4 retaining nut/bolts for the removable tail. So, I split the top of the fuse cover and installed magnets and a locating tab. This made it easier to use the retaining hook for the tail boom and it gave me great access to the top 2 bolts. I'll fill the old screw holes before painting the heli. The hook holds the boom in place while you get the fasteners started (vario design). Then I drilled and tapped the fuselage side of the bracket for 1/4-28 allens and opened up the holes in the tail boom side for the larger bolts. Now all I have to do to install the tail is pop the access cover off, hang the tail boom with the hook engaged, then simply run the bolts in. No other tools necessary and I don't have to fidget around inside the fuse. Takes less than 1 minute to install or remove the tail boom for transport. Seems like such a simple mod, I'm really surprised that Vario didn't design it this way.
Barry

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01-31-2017 01:32 PM  18 months agoPost 44
doorman

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Sherwood, Arkansas

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Nice Mod...
That was a great idea Barry... looks good too...

Stan

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01-31-2017 01:58 PM  18 months agoPost 45
Ace Dude

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Nice job!

What's the secret to making a nice straight cuts like that to the fuse?

  

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01-31-2017 06:19 PM  18 months agoPost 46
Mojave

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Palos Verdes, Ca. USA

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Thanks guys.

Straight cuts: I draw a line on the fuse, then use a diamond wheel in my dremel. It helps to have a steady hand
Barry

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02-02-2017 11:16 PM  18 months agoPost 47
gonzalom

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Northern California

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I guess I will need to b ring the R22 to HSM 2017!

Gonzalo

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02-03-2017 02:54 AM  18 months agoPost 48
Mojave

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Palos Verdes, Ca. USA

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Gonzo, sounds great my friend! I had a blast flying with you in the R44 last year, I'd be happy to fly in the R22 with you this year. Let me know how much gas money to bring along You are an excellent Heli pilot!
Barry

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02-03-2017 03:49 AM  18 months agoPost 49
gonzalom

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Super my dear Friend! I will bring both helos to the event! The R22 it's so much fun to fly too!

Gonzalo

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02-03-2017 10:51 AM  18 months agoPost 50
PETER ROB

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Devon UK

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Boom beacon
Barry, thought I would share this retro fit, as I know you will be fitting one onto your R22
It begins with this

start by drilling a hole large enough to accept cutting tube( tube with teeth cut in the end, then use tube to drill through the internal wooden boom supports, Push tube to next support to check distance for final light position, if needs be drill through the next support

Finalise beacon position and fit base plate, this will give you an accurate size to remove for the beacon

Thread a draw wire inside the tube, I cut off the teeth to leave clean end, a piece of bent wire to hook the draw wire

Draw the lamp wire down the inside of the tube, I soldered mine gives a better purchase if things get tight

Check that the beacon is an easy fit

Remove beacon and base plate, finish painting parts, and reassemble using silicon, I made sure I had a big blob on the top of the tail boom, act as an anchor and an insulator
The finished beacon, the black plug is a cover all as I did not fix the correct position of the second boom support before drilling

Peter R

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02-05-2017 01:44 AM  18 months agoPost 51
Mojave

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Peter, that beacon looks great! I'm looking forward to getting one for my R22. Nice job and well thought out. I also like the tube saw concept, I'll have to give it a try.
Barry

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