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10-24-2016 12:41 PM  24 months agoPost 21
cobieg

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Hey Barry,
I did some more work on it last night. it is starting to take shape. it looks like this is going to be a long build.
That 212 is going to be nice. How did the EC135 turn out?

Ron

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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12-18-2016 01:42 AM  22 months agoPost 22
cobieg

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well, I hate it when life gets in the way of things. Unfortunately this project got hit hard by the budget axe, so it is going to be back to the original "E" model. A "D" model nose is a little costly and the floats need way more work than I am willing to give right now. Maybe another time down the road.

Ok, so I still want to do a full cockpit so I started with getting it somewhat balanced and hung it from the main shaft. I made a battery tray that mounts under the cabin floor. Cut the floor to fit, I think I am really starting to get into this part after I found these interior pictures on line.

With the batteries installed, it hangs almost spot on.

Ron

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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12-18-2016 01:49 AM  22 months agoPost 23
Mojave

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Looking good bud! That's going to be a nice looking cockpit too. The 135 is flying nicely, but I haven't had much time to fly with work being so hectic. The 212 is coming along well, she's on the skids now.
Barry

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

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12-18-2016 03:29 AM  22 months agoPost 24
cobieg

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Thanks Barry, I am mocking up the instrument panel and radio stack now. File folder paper is great stuff for making templates. I need to find something to make the seats with. I have a new Hobby Lobby about 5 mi. from here, time to go check it out.

Ron

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12-18-2016 03:44 AM  22 months agoPost 25
Mojave

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Hey Ron, check out this cool site: Iflytailies they have a lot of scale instruments and radios in all different scale sizes. They have seats and seatbelts, pilot figures etc..
Barry

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12-21-2016 12:19 AM  22 months agoPost 26
cobieg

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Hey Barry, I checked out that website, they have some amazing stuff but mostly too big. Maybe one day when I get an 800 size, hmmm...

I made a little progress last couple of days on the cockpit. It isn't permanent but I think it is starting to take on a good shape.

Ron

I didn't crash. I just ran out of airspeed, altitude, and ideas all at the same time!

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12-22-2016 02:51 PM  22 months agoPost 27
cobieg

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Got some more done on the instrument panel. Need to do a little more filling and sanding, but I think it looks good for a first timer. Seats are next. I think I will get the sticks and pedals from RC Aerodyne.

Ron

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12-22-2016 03:08 PM  22 months agoPost 28
Thumper217

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Ron,

First timer or not, I think that instrument panel looks great. You got the shape and once you get it finished and painted it will really look the part. You get a lot of satisfaction from making these kind of parts yourself instead of just buying them off the shelf. Keep sharing your build there's some good info here.

Andrew

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12-22-2016 07:53 PM  22 months agoPost 29
Mojave

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That looks great Ron. Here's a little trick for you. Seal the wood with thin CA, then cover the entire outside with thin sheets of styrene. It makes for a nice flat smooth surface to paint. I used it on my 300 dash.
Barry

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12-22-2016 08:45 PM  22 months agoPost 30
cobieg

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Thumper217, Thanks for the complement, I have some .015 clear sheet that I am going to punch out the gauges to give them a recessed look.

Barry I think I got more CA on my fingers than on the project LOL.
That 300 dash looks awesome. I was planning to seal it with water based urethane. It applies easy and sands smooth. Takes paint very good.

Ron

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12-28-2016 12:13 AM  22 months agoPost 31
cobieg

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I Hope everyone had a happy Holiday.
I took a break from the interior to tackle this gap where the nose meets the fuselage on the top of the dog house. I tried a piece of balsa, but it didn't turn out crisp enough. So, I used wide electrical tape on the nose side to build up a gap line and then filled it with bondo. It turned out perfect, a little more sanding and primer should be ok.

The first picture is what I started with. I had to slice it on top to stretch it because it wasn't wide enough.

Ron

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12-28-2016 12:24 AM  22 months agoPost 32
Grimracer

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yep.. we need an update!

Thanks

Grim

Michael J Zaborowski

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12-28-2016 11:09 PM  22 months agoPost 33
ScaleCrazy

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Salem, OR-USA

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I would not go to too much work with matching up gap lines, etc. until you get the clear canopy installed as the fiberglass of the nose section is so incredibly thin that, if it is anything like mine, it will be altered again once the clear canopy is affixed to the flimsy nose section.

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01-01-2017 02:10 AM  21 months agoPost 34
cobieg

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Like I have said in the past, I wasn't very impressed with the way the nose fit. The gap on the bottom is something I will live with (I hope). The only way to correct it would be to cut off the lip on the nose side bottom and re lay in a new lip to close up the gap.

I got a little more done on the instrument panel. Just something I found on the web that was taken straight on enough to print halfway decent. It had a glare spot on the right side, took a lot of edit finesse to clear it up but I got most of it out.
Need to mock up some radios next.
Ron

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04-09-2017 10:02 PM  18 months agoPost 35
cobieg

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Well, it has been a while. I have been having too much fun flying lately and all the while looking forward to the Panama City event.
I guess this has put the build bug back in me. I needed a pilot that could make to as close to scale as possible so, I went to Black Ops Toys (what a cool place that is), and ordered some stuff.

I need to make this as light as possible, so I did not order a body.
Instead, I had this foam covered wire laying around and made a skeleton with it.

Then just put on the clothes and stuff with cotton. The boots fit snug around the foam. For the hands I pulled back the foam and cut the wire. I put a cut off bar straw over the wrist peg and slid it up in the hole. I will make it permanent once he is.

I think he looks pretty handsome.

Ron

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04-10-2017 01:20 AM  18 months agoPost 36
Mojave

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Wow Ron, your pilot turned out great!! You're absolutely right, handsome pilot, looks just like ME
Barry

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04-10-2017 02:40 AM  18 months agoPost 37
cobieg

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Thanks Barry, they sell a head that looks a lot like you except it has hair lol. It was fun to build, like a G.I. Joe, but with way more cool factor.
Now it is time to cut the front of the frame off to give this guy some more room in there.

All marked up and ready to cut on the mini table saw tomorrow.
The frame spacer holes have been pre drilled.

Ron

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04-13-2017 03:15 AM  18 months agoPost 38
lightfighter

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Sacramento, Ca

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Following . where can i get a Funkey MD500 defender fuselage here in U.S?

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04-13-2017 05:49 AM  18 months agoPost 39
cobieg

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I don't know of anywhere in the U.S. Keyrigger knows a guy up in Canada. I bought mine when Heli world decided to stop selling scale stuff. They may be able to get you something if you email them.

Ok, so I broke out the mini table saw and cut off the front of the frames to give him some shoulder room. Then I bonded fish plates to them. Been mocking up the seating arrangement for this guy.

Ron

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04-13-2017 12:40 PM  18 months agoPost 40
lightfighter

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Thanks Ron. I will search it.

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