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04-04-2016 12:02 PM  32 months agoPost 1
Heli143

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While Emile tries to get that vibration out of the Bell 429 mechanics, I have been staring at the fuselage trying to get motivated to get some work done on it. My work schedule doesn't help at all
Well, when my wife bought me the Roban Air Med kit she did so because I wanted a 429 with a scheme different than all the blue/black and red/black corporate schemes that were out there.
My buddy Rich looked at pics of my 429 and commented how it had similar colors to his NCPD Bell 407.
He jokingly remarked I should do it in his scheme, and the rest is history.
I got my local graphics provider to make me up some NCPD decals and special N numbers. I applied them yesterday and with the additional small scale details I am adding to the fuse, I think it's looking pretty good.
Here are some pics of what it looks so far;

Roy Mayoral

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04-04-2016 12:06 PM  32 months agoPost 2
Heli143

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I still have to do the decals on the fins but I am also adding the required searchlight and FLIR unit on the 429 which will add a lot to the scale look of a PD helicopter.
Here is what I'm starting with. I haven't decided if I want to make them move yet but I'm thinking about it.

Roy Mayoral

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04-04-2016 12:35 PM  32 months agoPost 3
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Looking great Roy, I am like you, I rarely ever do a prepainted fuse for myself but when I do, its going to look different from all the rest. And I love the clever "N" number

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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04-04-2016 03:30 PM  32 months agoPost 4
marc28

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Looking good Roy. You have enough time to have it ready to fly at Dalton. Can't wait to see it

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04-04-2016 04:59 PM  32 months agoPost 5
Heli143

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Thanks Emile. Glad you noticed the N number LOL

Thanks Marc! I plan on being at Dalton with it and a couple other scalers I am trying hard to finish

Roy Mayoral

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04-04-2016 09:25 PM  32 months agoPost 6
Mojave

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Looks great Roy! I also noticed your N number, pretty clever... You need to get down to Top Gun, I'm buying the tequila...
Barry

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

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04-04-2016 09:38 PM  32 months agoPost 7
Heli143

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Hey bud, I wish I could go to Top Gun but guess where I will be that week?? Cali-for-niiaa... San Diego to be exact, working...

Just my luck when you are on the right coast they send me to the left coast LOL

One of these days.....

Roy Mayoral

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04-05-2016 12:37 AM  32 months agoPost 8
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Looking really fine Roy!!! Should be perfect by Dalton!

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

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04-05-2016 03:29 AM  32 months agoPost 9
Heli143

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Thanks Jim!! I appreciate it!

Looking forward to Dalton this year and finally bringing my finished projects.

Have a great time at Top Gun. I hate to miss seeing a gathering of top of the line beautiful scale helicopters.

Roy Mayoral

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04-08-2016 11:45 AM  32 months agoPost 10
Heli143

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OK, don't get mad because this is not a pic or info about my 429...

I couldn't help myself going off topic for a minute.

this is my three year old grandson wanting to fly my son's quad.
Judging by the look on his face and his relaxed stance, I believe he is HOOKED already with flying.

Roy Mayoral

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04-08-2016 12:13 PM  32 months agoPost 11
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Nice just like my son when he has my remote in his hands

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04-11-2016 08:09 PM  32 months agoPost 12
Heli143

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Hey Ed, they are just too damn cute, aren't they?

My son began flying helis when he was ten with a Kyosho Concept 30.
Now 40 and after 30 years of no flying at all, he was still able to pick up my Trex 600 and hover it like he hasn't missed a day.

damn young whipper snappers LOL

Roy Mayoral

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04-12-2016 02:22 AM  32 months agoPost 13
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Rite i know what u mean!

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04-20-2016 12:55 PM  32 months agoPost 14
Heli143

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Last night I decided to try and correct some of the scale details that are wrong on this fuselage. The exhausts and vents are closed off and painted over and it just bugged me. So I cut them out best I could considering this fuselage is already painted and I couldn't afford to take a chunk out of the paint (which I did on the tail fin )

here are pics of the exhaust on top of the doghouse. After cutting it out I painted inside the fuse in black so it would look a little more realistic instead of looking at white fiberglass inside.

Roy Mayoral

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04-20-2016 01:01 PM  32 months agoPost 15
Heli143

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here is the side intakes on each side of the fuselage. I looked at full scale pics and did the best I could to replicate it. it's not exact but I think it will do with just a little bit more cleaning up. Again I worry about taking off too much or damaging the fuse since it's already painted...

Roy Mayoral

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04-20-2016 01:04 PM  32 months agoPost 16
Heli143

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The engine has an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) which normally has it's own small exhaust and this 429 has it on the left rear part of the fuse as per the full size. I cut it open and I think this cut came out the best of all my cuts. I used my hot knife to cut it open then wrapped sandpaper around several dowels until I got it where I thought the hole was big enough for this scale. I then used window screen from Home Depot to back fill the hole. Once I painted parts of the inside fuse black it helped a lot when looking at the exhaust and not seeing white fuse behind the hole... Not bad

Roy Mayoral

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04-20-2016 02:22 PM  32 months agoPost 17
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looking great Roy, its all about the small details

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04-20-2016 03:04 PM  32 months agoPost 18
ssmith512

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Nice! Brave man going in on a painted fuse like that!

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04-20-2016 03:20 PM  32 months agoPost 19
flyawayed

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Damn nice work Roy doing a clean job on already painted fuse thats brave.

edward lopez sanchez

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04-20-2016 05:30 PM  32 months agoPost 20
Heli143

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thank you all! a great compliment coming from you guys that
I do look up to!

I don't know if it was brave or stupid, or a little of both LOL
But I just couldn't stand seeing closed exhausts which were painted over on a heli labeled a super scale.

I have a lot more scale details in the plans for this bird. I do still have to fix the tail fin where I took a chip out of it making the hole for the white tail nav light which is missing on this fuse. Also the light set they provide doesn't even have provisions for one. So I am using a different RC Aerodyne light set which gives me a few more options.

on my Roban 407 which I bought unpainted so I could completely redo the scale details, I will be using a Quinby scalerchelis light set which is one of the best, if not the best, light set out there.

be back with more detail improvements pics soon

Roy Mayoral

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