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11-06-2015 03:13 AM  3 years agoPost 61
ssmith512

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So I recently bit the bullet and purchased a used 5x8 trailer to transport my larger aircraft. I had it cleaned up but there is quite a bit of rust so I'm going to have the undercarriage sandblasted so I can paint it and replace the plywood floor. Then I'll have to trick it out a little and maybe wrap it with some cool graphics. It's pretty small and I can see myself wanting to move up the a 6x10 or 6x12 V-nose sometime in the future.
I totally need to get a trailer........

Steve

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11-06-2015 02:10 PM  3 years agoPost 62
doorman

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Trailers... +++1
I pull a 6x12 v nose... that gives you an additional 2' +/- up front..
They will eat up your mpg, but it is great to be able to leave the big stuff in it, and have room to haul a lot of "stuff"...
Plus being able to drop it, once you arrive and have a "hangar" at the end of the day...
The weight on mine isn't too bad, but still requires a 3k towing capacity...
Once you have one, you'll wonder why you waited so long!!#
Stan

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11-06-2015 04:46 PM  3 years agoPost 63
Double E

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I resisted as long as I could because I have to pay to park it at a storage facility when I'm not using it. But now that I've got several large aircraft, I can finally justify the extra $70 a month to park it down the road. My wife wasn't as supportive of my decision.

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11-07-2015 02:21 AM  3 years agoPost 64
Double E

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Craziest thing happened today. I decided to stop by a sandblasting and signage shop near where I live to get a price on sandblasting the undercarriage of my rusty trailer. The owner was an older gentleman named Robert "Bob" Bretschneider. It didn't take me long to realize this guy was ex-military and that he had some connection to military helicopters. Low and behold he was a crew chief on a UH-1H Huey in Vietnam. He flew on the Foxy Lady which was the squadron leaders ship. He showed me his metals and an article about him being the first person to have mounted a 50 cal on the side of a Huey and get a confirmed kill. They were testing out the mount when the pilot spotted some NVA and gave him the order to open fire.

Needless to say, I pulled out my phone and showed him the Huey I as working on and you could see the amazement in his eyes. I told him that I would bring the helicopter by and spool it up for him. He asked if he could come watch me fly it sometime. Hell yeah.

I'm not big on fate but I can't help but think there was some force in the universe that led me to that sandblasting shop to meet Bob. What a small world.

Of course I'm going to give Bob the job of sandblasting my trailer, even if it's more than I planned on spending.

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11-07-2015 01:00 PM  3 years agoPost 65
ssmith512

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Ha! That's cool! Funny how "stuff" like that just seems to happen.

Steve

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11-10-2015 04:31 AM  3 years agoPost 66
Heli143

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Awesome story!!

I think you have definitely touched his heart. His type of memories run deep.

Roy Mayoral

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01-01-2016 01:00 AM  35 months agoPost 67
Double E

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So I really like setting up my head and stabilization using my digital pitch gauge. The problem with the Huey blades is that they are too wide to use any standard pitch gauge. So I thought of a pretty simple solution. Some fender washers and a spare piece of carbon plate and now I can set/check my pitches without having to install the nearly 4ft long blades.

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01-01-2016 02:20 AM  35 months agoPost 68
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that is a pretty clever idea!!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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01-01-2016 02:31 AM  35 months agoPost 69
ssmith512

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That is one awesome idea!! I ended up installing some 600mm blades on the Wolf when I set my pitch. Looked really funny. I like your idea better. Thanks for sharing!

Steve

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01-02-2016 05:06 PM  34 months agoPost 70
Mojave

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I really like your adapter idea! I have something similar that works very well for bench set ups, I use it on every build. But I would recommend that you also buy the big pitch gauge from Joe (Vario). The bench set up method will get you in the air, but it doesn't account for slight twist in the blades. So it's nice to have a pitch gauge handy to correct for any small tracking differences. You can check the blades near the tip.
Barry

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

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01-03-2016 03:09 PM  34 months agoPost 71
Double E

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When I had my little mishap with the Huey, one of the things that got damaged was the wooden support bridge that connects the top of the mechanics to the fuselage. The stock item was just some laser cut wood glued together and wasn't really designed to handle the helicopter rolling onto it's side at full rpm. Instead of gluing it back together and hoping for the best I decided to fabricate a new, more durable support out of carbon sheet and aluminum angle. It was a simple idea but it took me quite a bit of time to actually get it all put together.

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01-03-2016 04:51 PM  34 months agoPost 72
Mojave

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Nice design, that should survive anything you throw at it. I like the fact that you tied it into a metal mount at the fuse. Also, nice job cutting the graphite, no delamination at the edges.
Barry

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

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01-12-2016 03:26 AM  34 months agoPost 73
Double E

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For those guys flying turbine powered helicopters, what switch are you programming the turbine to? I initially programmed mine to one of the three position switches on the right side of the transmitter but I was thinking of moving it over to the Flight Mode switch since it isn't being used like it normally would with a 3D helicopter. Instead of being normal/FM1/FM2 I would disable flight mode and use it as off/idle/fly. I'm not sure that it matters but I wanted to ask some people that have been flying turbines for awhile.

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01-12-2016 01:16 PM  34 months agoPost 74
ssmith512

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I set mine to a rotary dial on the face (Futaba). My reasoning was I felt it would be less likely to accidentally turn the rotary dial and shut off the turbine at an inopportune time than it would be to accidentally flip a switch. I still have my standard "throttle hold" switch which does kill the turbine in the event of an emergency.

Steve

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01-12-2016 01:46 PM  34 months agoPost 75
Double E

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i think that is pretty sound reasoning. I've worried about accidentally flipping a switch and the turbine shutting down mid flight. That wouldn't be a fun scenario.

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01-16-2016 05:45 AM  34 months agoPost 76
Double E

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IMPORTANT SETUP INFO FOR VARIO SCALE UH-1 HEAD

Here are the two most critical reference documents from Vario for setting up the scale UH-1 head. Pay particular attention to the fact that the swash movement is different than a typical 90 degree phased head that you would find on a 3D helicopter.

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01-16-2016 06:02 AM  34 months agoPost 77
Double E

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In the spirit of full disclosure, I had no idea what the first document was trying to illustrate until I rolled over my helicopter on the maiden attempt and then figured out I didn't set up the phasing properly in my Demon 3x stabilization system.

For the scale head, when the swash tilts forward the helicopter rolls right. When the swash tilts left the helicopter tilts forward. When the swash lowers the blade pitch increases.

To be fair, there are a few exclamation points printed on the page but it was fairly easy to be a little confused by what these drawings were trying to communicate. I've set up at least a dozen scale and multi-blade heads but this one caught me by surprise.

Don't make the mistake I made in failing to program your stabilization system correctly for this head.

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01-20-2016 07:01 AM  34 months agoPost 78
Double E

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This is a little off topic but here is a little side project I took on over the weekend. We have a stray cat that we sort of adopted a year or so ago after seeing her catch and kill a squirrel in our back yard. It was a real National Geographic moment and we were so impressed with her skills we decided to start feeding her in an effort to keep her around to keep the rodent population down.

With the cold snap that hit Georgia the past couple of days, I decided to build our adopted stray cat a little house to get out of the elements in. Our son named the cat Kitty Pie after some cartoon he use to watch so I'm calling this the Kitty Shack. My wife and I gave her the code name Sling Blade because we've seen her be a stone cold killer.

I still need to finish painting and adding the porch cover but I'm pleasantly surprised how well it has turned out. Who knew all this scale helicopter building and fabrication would hone my skills as a cat house builder? Go figure.

The picture on the left was the original inspiration and the one on the right is my work in progress. I'll get back to the Huey once I've completed the Kitty Shack. Sorry for the diversion.

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01-20-2016 04:46 PM  34 months agoPost 79
ssmith512

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Thanks alot Double E. I showed my wife this and she turns to me and says, "Guess what you are building for our cat."

Argh!!!!! LOL!

Steve

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01-20-2016 05:51 PM  34 months agoPost 80
coptercptn

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This was one I built for a couple of Ferrel cats we took care of in IL.
Called it the "Kitty Chalet".. they loved it..."food court" was on lower level, and Penthouse on second floor. We gave it to a cat rescue center when we moved...

Those are a couple of old coolers inside the lower level for insulation...and the back opened up for cleaning

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

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