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10-22-2019 01:52 PM  3 months ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

I was hoping to get some more flying in this year on my Sikorsky S-67 Blackhawk but decided after a great flying season to rip it apart and begin the arduous project of paint prep, detail, and finally paint.

The exterior fuse detail is a bit minimal however the tail cone will have a butt load of rivets which will be fun. There are some access panels, vent holes, pitot heads, stuff like that that will get hinges, screens and micro screws but nothing too complex.

The cowlings fit very good so not a lot of work there other than some good sanding before primer. Same with the fuse, a touch of work here and there but not bad at all. The pylon trailing edge fairing needed some fitment work so got that finished up over the past day along with some minor cockpit seat detail. The cockpit will get a lot of attention which will be fun.

The MLG doors still need to be made and get the them working. Not sure if I will use servos or a mechanical system to open and close the doors. I am leaning towards a mechanical system with some springs but we will see.

Here are a few pics for the tear down and what is underneath.

I will post pics along the way.

UIH

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10-26-2019 12:24 PM  3 months ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Some progress pics.

Main fuse and tail cone about ready for some primer. A couple other parts are about ready as well. Maybe soon

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10-28-2019 04:27 PM  3 months ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Laid up the main hear doors this weekend. Now to fit them to the sponsons, place some hinges and figure out how the heck I am going to close them. There is a slight curve to the door so this is going to be fun I am sure.

B

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10-29-2019 08:58 AM  3 months ago
g5sean

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Nice work Butch!
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10-29-2019 11:18 AM  3 months ago
chopper37

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looks great, curved door and hinges, cant wait to see what you come up with.
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10-29-2019 12:38 PM  3 months ago
CoachE

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Just doing your thing!!!!
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10-29-2019 04:49 PM  3 months ago
Grimracer

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Thanks for posting your progress. We all need that as winter approaches.

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10-29-2019 06:37 PM  3 months ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Thanks Gents,

If anything it will give my heli friends something to look at during the daily constitution each morning.

HA!!!

B
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10-30-2019 08:03 PM  89 days ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Ok, that was not too bad.

Both bear doors are fit and have hinges mocked up and placed. I was pretty surprised it went as well or easy as it did. The door cure was not an issue at this point.

I used the 3M gray tape to hold the hinges in place to fit the doors. The hinges are Off Set Door Hinges PN 5525 from BVM. I will need to fit a bit more once the hinges are permanently mounted. Had to play with hinge placement to clear wheels and tires. I will use a horizontal mount wing servo mounted inside top of the sponson to actuate the doors. Checked that all clears while the struts are compressed and all is good.

UIH,

B.

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10-30-2019 10:52 PM  89 days ago
Heli143

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Looking forward to seeing it with paint on it. I got to see this bird in person at Dalton and it is meticulous. It flies very quiet and smooth. Very very impressive work by Butch!Roy Mayoral
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10-31-2019 12:48 AM  89 days ago
bwellmaker

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Dang,

Thanks for the nice comments Roy. I have to throw kudos to “g5sean” for the main mechanics, flawless. That is its heart beat.

My next detail, engine inlets.

B

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11-30-2019 02:26 PM  58 days ago
bwellmaker

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Gents,

Finally getting back to things. Both gear doors are working great. This is the last "functional" feature that needed to be installed. I have not been too motivated over the past month or so but really need to get busy on this thing along with some other projects as well.

B

Watch at YouTube

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11-30-2019 02:33 PM  58 days ago
chinooker

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Awesome work Bruce. Looking forward to seeing the finished model.
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11-30-2019 11:08 PM  58 days ago
g5sean

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Lookin’ good Butch!
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12-02-2019 12:16 AM  57 days ago
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Yup in person real nice work.. Rich

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01-10-2020 03:38 PM  17 days ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

With the holidays and such, not much progress. I was able to get the plugs for the cockpit glare shields made and stated laying up the molds this morning.

I really need to get back to work on this thing

B

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01-10-2020 03:59 PM  17 days ago
Grimracer

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Man.. I miss the old "Epoxy Days".. I too used carbon powder in my mold building too. (this is fun to watch)

Now.. I have to have a "plan B" because i cannot be anywhere near Epoxy..

If you start feeling frigidity after using epoxy, or your chest gets sore when you lay down.. ITS TO LATE....STOP and get a fresh air system.. .and PLEASE heed all warnings..

Want to ruin a perfectly good hobby? NOPE.. it sucks!

Just a friendly reminder from somebody who knows.

Grim
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01-14-2020 12:55 PM  13 days ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Thanks for the heads up with epoxy. My full scale has been in maintenance and will be for another week so taking advantage of a little extra time.

I finished up the simple molds and pulled the first parts. They came out pretty good. Now to bet them fitted.

B

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01-16-2020 04:53 PM  11 days ago
bwellmaker

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UIH,

Looking pretty good.

B

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01-16-2020 05:08 PM  11 days ago
Grimracer

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Wait a darn minuet here.. I SEE PENCIL MARKS on that..

YOU HAVE TO KNOW I AM KIDDING.. LOL

Dude.. your WAY PAST the norm and I mean that.. wait.. I can not make that come out right...

well done...

Grim
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