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06-20-2014 12:18 AM  4 years agoPost 1
OneHoof

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Now I have a nice scale looking heli-pad; now I just a need a great looking scale helicopter to land on it. LOL

I am not usually this creative. My goal is to move up to a scale helicopter once I feel my flying skills are worthy of such an elaborate and expensive machine.

Back in February, I bought a 3/4" piece of plywood from The Home Depot, an 1 1/2 Fostner bit (which was too large; 1 1/4" is correct size!), with several spray bottles of white paint/primer, and grey paint/primer, a roll of Frog Masking Tape, some wide decorative tape from the Hobbytown USA, submersible LED lights from Michaels, Green clear paint, Yellow clear paint, three hula hoops and sand paper.

Everything worked out pretty well except the ring around the H is not perfectly round, and it does not have a perfectly straight line around it... the paint fades in and out.

But I guess for my Beta test heli pad, it turned out okay.

Also, I should have bought only an 1 1/4 Fostner bit, because the holes were too large for the LED lights.

For my second prototype, I paid a local sign shop to do the H and circle around it for me.

On first helipad, I used the white paint with non slip material, but decided for my second prototype to use regular white paint/primer.

I also, drilled the holes the 1 1/4" size which perfectly fits the LED lights, which I tinted green, like a real heli pad.

I later bought wood filler, filled all sixteen holes, and re drilled them to the correct 1 1/4" size for the green LED lights, and re-painted it except for the circle.

I am currently painting the new helipad, but the paint dries very powdery and I have to blow off paint dust/powder and apply several more coats (I am not sure why paint is doing this?), but I am very optimistic that my 2nd prototype plywood helipad will turn out much better than my first.

I hope to bring them to IRCHA in Muncie, Indiana this August.

Let me know what you think.

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06-20-2014 12:29 AM  4 years agoPost 2
OneHoof

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These are the submersible lights from Michaels. I just tinted 16 transparent green for perimeter around heli-pad and 12 amber/orange for approach lights.

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06-20-2014 12:40 AM  4 years agoPost 3
OneHoof

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1 1/4" Freud Diablo, Austrian made,High-Speed Steel Forstner Bit Fostner bit

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06-20-2014 12:55 AM  4 years agoPost 4
OneHoof

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Okay, this is after filling holes with wood filler, drilling them to proper 1 1/4" size and repainting it, except for circle and H.

I guess this Beta test model will never be perfect... But then again, full size heli-pads aren't perfect either and get scrape marks from helicopter skids too.

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06-20-2014 01:06 AM  4 years agoPost 5
OneHoof

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This is the new prototype. I ensured the guy at The Home Depot cut this one perfectly at 48"... wherea's the first one was not perfectly 48" by 48".

It took a lot of painting, sanding and removing the paint dust, to get the white. Doing it this way, with reverse etching is very laborious. I wish I could figure out how to make a huge stencil, whereas I could simply paint it grey; put stencil down, then paint white H, circle, and square box. Which is how a real heli pad is done anyway.

The guys at the Sign Shop did a fantastic job. I hope it turns out well. I have two coats of grey paint over it now, but most of it comes off in powder. I will spray paint the third coat tonight when I get home.

The only advantage to multiple coats is, it actually looks like dark grey concrete. Wish me luck.

I will post new photos when I get it done; hopefully Friday it will be ready to have masking tape taken off.

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06-20-2014 01:33 AM  4 years agoPost 6
Stephen Born

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Fine detail and compliments the heli. Well done Charles.

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06-20-2014 11:33 AM  4 years agoPost 7
doorman

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Very Nice!!
You might want to take that over to show the scale gang at IRCHA this year...get some pics of those scalers on it for your inspiration on which scaler you want to build!!!
Very nicely done.

Stan

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06-20-2014 12:47 PM  4 years agoPost 8
Ace Dude

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Beautiful! Nice job! Thanks for sharing the build steps.

  

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06-20-2014 03:54 PM  4 years agoPost 9
Mojave

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BAD A$$!!! Well done Now you can make me one that's 8 feet square...
Barry

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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06-20-2014 11:42 PM  4 years agoPost 10
OneHoof

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I have sprayed four cans of grey paint on the new heli pad so far. Again, it leaves a layer of powder I have to wipe off and not a very thick layer of paint. The only advantage to this, is it really creates the illusion of concrete.

I am about to head to The Home Depot to buy some more paint and put on a few more coats before I head to Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan for a delivery at zero dark thirty tomorrow morning.

These are the submersible LED lights I bought at Michael's along with the Tamiya Clear color acrylic paint I bought at Hobbytown USA in Cincinnati.

I won't be back off the road until Sunday afternoon. Hopefully, these next few coats of paint will give me adequate coverage so I can finally peel the stickers off to reveal the finished job.

I will post the pics once I get it complete.

I have posted all of my materials and steps so if anybody else would like to build a great looking heli pad for their scale bird, now you can.

Of course, the print shop told me they can literally print a heli pad and attach it to the plywood making it much easier. Supposedly the material they will use is designed to be walked on in a house, so it should work well for a heli pad. But for now, I am working on my second prototype. Hopefully, it turns out even better than my Beta test model.

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06-20-2014 11:45 PM  4 years agoPost 11
OneHoof

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Thanks guys! I hope to see you at IRCHA if I can get off from work.

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06-21-2014 12:22 AM  4 years agoPost 12
Ace Dude

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I'm not a scale builder, but perhaps a gray laminate (Formica) might work and eliminate the painting process.

  

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06-25-2014 12:16 AM  4 years agoPost 13
stunt4fun

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Awsome work! Here is a pic of mine.. the undercarage lights up neon blue at at night. The top has 4 lights that light up the heli and 4 stobes for the corners. On top is my century 600 size jet ranger.

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06-25-2014 03:03 AM  4 years agoPost 14
Mojave

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Ken's heli pad is super sweet, but the ranger is nicer...
Barry

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06-25-2014 08:40 PM  4 years agoPost 15
OneHoof

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Yes. Excellent job on the elevated helipad and the sweet looking JetRanger.

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06-25-2014 09:16 PM  4 years agoPost 16
OneHoof

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Okay. Yesterday was the big day. I got final coats of grey paint applied and even painted the bottom to protect it from wet grass.

I peeled the masking tape and am very satisfied with the way my 2nd prototype heli pad turned out.

In the final pic, you will notice I lowered the lights to be more flush with the pad by cutting the clip off of LED light with my Dremel, which makes them the perfect height.

This was a very laborious project, even more so than my Beta prototype, and vastly more expensive because sign shop charged $135 to put H, Circle and Square Box.

It also took way more paint than it should have; maybe my lack of painting skills? LOL

Anyhow, I am very glade that it is finally done. It proudly sits in the basement waiting for IRCHA.

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06-25-2014 09:20 PM  4 years agoPost 17
OneHoof

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For my next project I want to make a heli-port rotating beacon, which is green, amber and white. I can easily use my submersible LED's by just painting them the appropriate colors. I just need to find something that rotates slowly...

I am currently planning to try the solar powered, rototating display I bought from the hobby shop. Normally, you display a small car or aircraft on the round disc. But if I remove disc/plate, and put a dowel stick on it and 3 lights on top, then I just need to rig a clear cover and I'll have my rotating beacon for my heliport.

Any ideas or suggestions? :-)

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06-26-2014 09:17 PM  4 years agoPost 18
Joel Rosenzweig

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Very nice work. The heli pad looks super. Where do you put your battery for the LEDs?

I am sure that your scale heli will look super when you finally set it on top of your pad.

Thanks for sharing.

Joel

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06-27-2014 12:56 AM  4 years agoPost 19
mustang67ford

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I had made a heli pad out of plywood as well. I put rubberized bed liner on it then painted the H. Problem i found, was that the heli really shook around on the paf because there was nothing to absorb the vibration like when flying off grass. I guess it would work if flying an electric heli. Now i just have a circle painted on the grass and look for the dead grass from the nitro exhaust.

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07-02-2014 07:34 PM  4 years agoPost 20
coptrdr2

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lights
OneHoof,
I have a question on your lights. Do you turn them on individually or did you wire thin in parallel?
Ken

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