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04-08-2014 06:21 PM  4 years agoPost 41
Pistol Pete

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I bet it does. Theres a reason I dont place stickers on half my canopy. Looking forward to videos.

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04-09-2014 03:32 AM  4 years agoPost 42
Rckfish

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So upon Barry's advice in did the inner frame in black. Instead of painting I used auto pinstripping. It worked out well, it was quick and clean.

The Rit dye method worked on the glazing. Basically I took a 5 gallon bucket and filled it with the hottest tap water I could get. I put 3/4 of the dye in (all I had) and added half a cup of vinegar. The glazing went in and I left it until the water cooled.

The glazing turned out well but I may do it again to take it a shade darker...that said the RIT worked better than the other methods.

Next I will do the fuel tank bands. In one of the photos you barely can see them. They are styrene and will be painted.

Thanks for checking in....

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04-09-2014 03:52 AM  4 years agoPost 43
Mojave

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Bud, that looks GREAT!! I love the striping tape for the window frames, sure saves a lot of time and paint prep. You just taught an old dog a new trick! I think the glazing looks very good. Are you sure you want to darken it up more? What does the vinegar do when combined with the RIT dye?
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04-09-2014 01:05 PM  4 years agoPost 44
Rckfish

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Thanks Barry,
The vinegar etches the glazing...Doorman put that trick on me! Great scale community.

Yep, the pinstripping tape is the cat's meow!

Thanks also for the comment on whether it needs to be darker or not. Currently the tint is visible but not too dark.
Paul

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04-09-2014 01:06 PM  4 years agoPost 45
Rckfish

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Need scale sized working shocks
If anyone knows a great source from 1/4 or 1/5 scale rc trucks, etc., let me know.

Thanks

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04-09-2014 02:01 PM  4 years agoPost 46
helifinance

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Wow, super nice looking helicopter! Well done.
Ray

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04-22-2014 01:01 PM  4 years agoPost 47
Rckfish

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Well the exterior is pretty much done but will need some rework.

On about the 2nd or 3rd pass around the field my 300 got real quiet. I made a turn into the wind and the bird pirouetted.

So with no forward airspeed I hit the throttle hold switch and brought her down.

So as I said earlier...she needs a little rework...

The next post will be the beginning of the rebuild and repair.

We thought the heli shut down but in studying the data log it looks like it did not. What we did discover is the gears in the tail box blew out. Evidently they blew out in the downwind leg and that is when it got really quiet leading us to believe it was shutting down. The tail was tracking behind the nose with the forward momentum and no collective or tail input.

As quick as I started the turn into the wind it got a bit crazy.

Watch those tail gears...

Paul

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04-22-2014 01:59 PM  4 years agoPost 48
Sleeper

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Great job Paul. Regards, Gayl

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04-22-2014 02:42 PM  4 years agoPost 49
Mojave

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Bud, sorry to hear about the mishap But I'm sure you'll have her back in the air soon...
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04-22-2014 03:24 PM  4 years agoPost 50
Grimracer

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Looking great Paul! Sorry to see her get banged up!

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04-22-2014 09:23 PM  4 years agoPost 51
Keygrigger

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Man, that's a shame. Hope it goes back together without costing another arm and a leg.

Don

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04-22-2014 10:48 PM  4 years agoPost 52
NitroMedic

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So Sorry!
Wow! Really sorry to see this, Paul. I'm in the middle of a complete rebuild from a failed fenestron bearing myself. I know you'll have her back in the air in due time and I can't wait!

Hey y'all, watch this!

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08-20-2014 01:21 AM  4 years agoPost 53
Rckfish

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Redux/New Build
Long time no post...on this topic anyway.

The 300C rebuild is well underway. She has been in the air and everything is tracking true, smooth and vibration free.

I will spare you most of the gory details but suffice to say that after some bucks invested in a new fuselage kit and some Unique Aircraft tail gears we are back in the air. Not everything was totaled in the crash but I want a clean start and the opportunity to change a few things up. That and I ended up with a bunch of spare parts...all good.

At this point and I starting to work on some scale details and will begin to post them. I want to get this all done prior to primer. So stay tuned we are back on the boards.

Tonight I fabricated and mounted the extra framing that the 300C has but Vario does not offer in the kit.

Thanks go out to Mojave for sharing some good detail photos. The current plan is to go to the PLPC scheme that was on it prior to the crash...unless I find a better scheme with more docs.

Next is on to build the speaker box and install the sound system.

Paul

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08-20-2014 03:10 AM  4 years agoPost 54
Mojave

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You're very welcome bud, happy to help out. I'm still trying to get the other pics for you. It would be cool to put both of ours together for pics, in the same paint scheme. Kinda like the Movie Twins with Arnold Swarz... and Danny DeVito.

I like the way you were able to locate the top support strut in the correct scale location (top/side of the tail boom). My skyfox kit wouldn't allow that config, due to the tail servo being in the way.
Barry

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08-20-2014 04:23 AM  4 years agoPost 55
doorman

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Yet Another!!
Gonna be a typical "Paul" masterpiece!!
I got to see the test pops and the new tail gears are very noticeibly quieter...

Stan

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08-21-2014 12:58 PM  4 years agoPost 56
Rckfish

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I love big electric helicopters! One of the things I love about big electric helicopters is they are clean and dependable...love it.

Now some might say, "well they sound electric" and that is true until...you add sound.

I had great success with the Model Sounds system in my OH-6A. It has the actual OH-6A sounds, guns, radio chatter, etc. In fact, I like it so well I knew when I rebuilt the 300 it was a must.

First step and most complex part of the sound system installation is building a speaker box. The great thing about the 300C in 1/3.5 scale is the room under the cabin inside the chin area.

So hopefully the photos will tell the story. This sound system is using two 4" speakers, 8omhs on 6S putting out 105 decibels. I had it loaded with the 300C Lycoming sounds and I will produce the radio chatter etc., with a free program call Audacity...The sound system cost all up is $200.

From here I will do the wiring and hookup and see if I can get a video with sound to post.
Paul

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08-21-2014 02:11 PM  4 years agoPost 57
doorman

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Looking Good!!
That speaker set up looks really nice..I like the way it tucks in that area, and the angled box...as usual, very nice!!

Stan

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04-27-2015 07:06 PM  3 years agoPost 58
Rckfish

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Well sports fans it has been awhile since I have updated this thread!

After a fun summer and fall flying season with the 300 I decided to quit messing around and finally...finally went to work breaking her down for refinish, rework and paint.

The first thing I did was to convert the motor to a KDE 295KV motor and clutch...the spool up is so sweet it makes me weep.

That all done, Mojave really messed me up! When I saw photos of his big 47 and its frame being powder coated, I got frame envy...

I had already planned to powder coat all of the metal truss work, landing gear, etc., but just could shake the thought of a powder coat frame out of my mind. The frame is so visible that I just couldn't let it go. So, inspired by Mojave and incited by Doorman I de-constructed the heli down to parts.

The frame powder coat cost $30...all other parts about $100. Photos show it coming back together.

My progress should pick up the pace now and have something to show for my work.

Thanks Barry, Thanks Stan
Paul

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04-27-2015 08:26 PM  3 years agoPost 59
doorman

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Call Anytime!!
Paul, anytime you need a positive input, on anything heli, you know you can always count on me!!!
Now, that said, it looked good before, but it will be awesome this time around!!!

Stan

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04-27-2015 08:45 PM  3 years agoPost 60
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Paul, looks like your rebuild is going to be a smash hit. If it makes it to Darrell's, I will be taking a bunch of pictures of it. Nice job.

Don

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