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03-27-2015 09:48 PM  3 years agoPost 1
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

After 2 years building and printing, everything is now done on the Seasprite, except rivets and paint. My new house with its dedicated spray booth is nearly finished so I will paint the major parts over there, but I can paint the small parts to be attached in my small spray booth in my workshop here.

The first job involved riveting. Normally I use glue and a syringe to make the rivets, but recently I saw on the Scalerchelis forum, a different way of doing it using tiny molded plastic domes. these are about 1-1.5mm diameter and come in bags of 10,000 for less than $10 from China. The guy who first came up with this idea, and I cant remember his name, used a pencil with some clay on the end to dab a rivet, dunk it in CA and place it. This looked a little fraught to me as I could see problems coming when the clay started to deform. I did try it with Playdoh, but the CA stuck to the Playdoh with disastrous results. I came up with the idea of using a vacuum pump and I found a cheap one used for pick and place of electronic components. It had a selection of tips but they were all too big and the rivets disappeared inside them, so I made a small adapter out of a piece of brass tubing. This worked fine for a little while, but when I dunked the rivet in the CA, the CA went into the nozzle as well as on the rivet. It soon blocked up and as it was angled, cleaning it became a nightmare. So, I added a length of plastic tubing and fitted a straight brass tube to the end into which I could put my nozzle adapter and I could run a drill straight through when it got blocked. Now I could do a bunch of rivets and I did not have to touch the release button as the surface tension of the CA on the painted part was enough to pull the rivet off. So, it was pick , dunk and place, and took about 2-3 seconds per rivet, somewhat slower than the glue method, but much more consistent. I need a lot of rivets for the fuselage, so I bought 50,000 to be sure I had enough. I hope I don't have to use them all.

I started on the sonobuoy ejector door

Then I did the other two doors

Then it was time for some color so I started by painting the horizontal stabilizers

I continued on with the color with the dunking sonobuoy

Then I painted the flare ejector

Painting and riveting continues

Peter Wales
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03-27-2015 10:01 PM  3 years agoPost 2
ssmith512

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Very nice!

I too learned of the "cabochon" rivet method a few months ago and used it with great success on my Cobra. Your vacuum pump idea is brilliant!

Steve

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03-27-2015 10:13 PM  3 years agoPost 3
Margaritaman

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What's your secret to keeping the in a straight line?

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03-27-2015 11:33 PM  3 years agoPost 4
Peter Wales

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rivet tape and a scriber with a very sharp point. Just make a small mark at each hole and then pull the tape off and start sticking

Peter Wales
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03-28-2015 01:57 AM  3 years agoPost 5
darrelluh1b

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Can't wait to see this up close.
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03-28-2015 02:34 AM  3 years agoPost 6
helicrunch

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the rivets look great Peter

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03-28-2015 11:43 AM  3 years agoPost 7
doorman

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Really Nice!!
It is going to be another amazing masterpiece!!!

Stan

AMA 2918-Team Spin Blades,,Castle Creations, Unique Aircraft

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03-28-2015 11:53 AM  3 years agoPost 8
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Back to white, and I masked off the landing gear carefully and gave that a coat of white, actually a lot of coats to be sure it was all white

The last two large items are the torpedo

And its carrier

Peter Wales
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03-28-2015 12:22 PM  3 years agoPost 9
heliayto

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Beautiful workmanship. Have you a contact/website for the rivets please, thanks.

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03-28-2015 01:19 PM  3 years agoPost 10
Sleeper

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Another amazing model Peter. Your attention to detail is amazing. Keep it up. Our you close to getting into the new house? Hope hing is going well. Regards, Gayl

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03-28-2015 01:35 PM  3 years agoPost 11
Peter Wales

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Rivets came from ebay. Heres the link

http://www.ebay.com/itm/181021875923?ru ... 26_rdc%3D1

Peter Wales
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03-28-2015 01:47 PM  3 years agoPost 12
chopper37

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Peter, amazing work! Just so I got this correct your dipping every single rivit in CA and placing one rivit at a time in place crazy stuff rigt there.

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03-28-2015 01:56 PM  3 years agoPost 13
Mojave

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Looks great Peter! I've watched this heli progress since it's inception and I've drooled the entire time Did Gavin make the torpedoes and carriers with the kit, or did you 3D print them?
Barry

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

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03-28-2015 02:13 PM  3 years agoPost 14
Rckfish

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Looks great Peter. Nice piece(s) of work.

Thanks for sharing.

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03-28-2015 03:12 PM  3 years agoPost 15
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I had to make the torpedoes, carriers and sonobuoy. Gavin has made the fuel tanks and the carriers for them. He has given me an excellent base to work from and its a pleasure knowing the fuselage I am starting with is scale, not near scale but scale.

Now there are about 200 individual Solidworks files for various parts on this thing. To give you an idea of the lumps and bumps on this thing, this is just nose clamshell doors

Peter Wales
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03-29-2015 05:13 PM  3 years agoPost 16
Mojave

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Wow, this is going to be another masterpiece! I'll be back down at the Cape in February, I may have to swing by your place and have a look at this bad boy.
Barry

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

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03-29-2015 07:17 PM  3 years agoPost 17
dschertz

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Nice

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03-30-2015 06:21 PM  3 years agoPost 18
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Some spare time over the weekend as it was cold, I got the paint out and painted the side flotation pods plus a few other small parts.

Peter Wales
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03-30-2015 06:59 PM  3 years agoPost 19
Peter WalesrrElite Veteran - Orlando Fl - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

I also painted a lot of tiny parts like tie down rings, door handles and hand hold handles. The other things I did was to paint the winch assembly.

This needed to be finished off with a paintbrush and some paint from rattle cans

Peter Wales
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03-30-2015 07:01 PM  3 years agoPost 20
payne1967

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and there's me thinking it was always warm and sunny the wrong side of the pond
if you wanted cold you should have stayed in the uk

the seasprite is coming on well
i can't wait to see it finished

www.alcesterhelicopterclub.bmfa.org

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