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10-16-2018 02:10 PM  30 days agoPost 1
steph

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Out of the Blue I acquired a scale project that I could not refuse a century seaking looking in a very bad way
Was not looking for a new project but here we are plenty of work to do

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10-16-2018 02:22 PM  30 days agoPost 2
Grimracer

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COOL... and welcome!

Grim

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10-16-2018 02:29 PM  30 days agoPost 3
wjvail

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Nice! Overall, it looks pretty sound. It's not perfect but it doesn't look crashed either.

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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10-16-2018 06:31 PM  30 days agoPost 4
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It has not been crashed but there are plenty stress marks in the gelcoat so it's going to have a complete strip down and repaint

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10-16-2018 06:44 PM  30 days agoPost 5
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A few more pic's

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10-16-2018 08:01 PM  30 days agoPost 6
jbjones

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It looks like there is some electrical wiring coming out of the hoist winch...cool!

That is going to be a very cool ship when completed.

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10-16-2018 08:10 PM  30 days agoPost 7
chopper37

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Very cool project you got there lots of details, once it’s stripped and clean up you’ll have a great heli

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10-16-2018 11:39 PM  30 days agoPost 8
X-Cell Man

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They make a stripper for fiberglass that is gel coat safe. Its made by aircraft stripper ( Klean). I've used it on both of my Kavan Jet Ranger. Then use Acetone to clean up.
Take your time. Also have a new roll of paper towels.

Dan

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10-17-2018 11:07 AM  29 days agoPost 9
steph

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Thanks Guys
Yes the winch is a working winch needs a little attention but it dose work

I have started to clean the paint from the fuslarge using nitromos and diall paint and varnish remover this is working very well as the main paint is removed by the nitromos then use the diall closer to the gelcoat
the nitromos is not as strong as it used to be and the diall is very soft and like a emulsion

I had a look for the aircraft fiberglass paint remover but only could find it for metal and plastic have you got a part item number for the glass fibre aircraft paint remover ??

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10-18-2018 01:51 AM  29 days agoPost 10
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Seakings are fun. glad to see another being restored. My seaking at 25 yrs old is my oldest model. Its been a hangar queen the last few years but still ready to fly when i get it dusted off and a few things put in place. looking forward to seeing yours done and back in the air.

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10-18-2018 05:26 PM  28 days agoPost 11
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Hey copter doctor nice to see the old seakings coming out of the closets keep them flying is my motto
what version is your Seaking and what are the mechanic's you are using ?
I am not sure at this time what mech's are going in on my seaking thinking of the futura mech's but not sure as the futura mech have a long front that I would have to mod if I was to use them may well look out for a trex 700 that would fit very well.
Here are a few more pic's as I am on a roll now getting there still loads of work to do.

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10-18-2018 05:33 PM  28 days agoPost 12
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Wow you did all that in 2 days? My projects take years

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10-18-2018 05:44 PM  28 days agoPost 13
steph

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Hi Gary

No not in two day this is my second week I have been at it

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10-19-2018 01:15 PM  27 days agoPost 14
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pieced the fuz together today see how she looks I am quite happy with how its coming along few snags but I like it

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10-19-2018 01:30 PM  27 days agoPost 15
chopper37

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That’s looking fantastic!

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10-19-2018 03:00 PM  27 days agoPost 16
jbewley

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Very nice work indeed.

Jim

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10-19-2018 04:58 PM  27 days agoPost 17
MattJen

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Very Nice Work Steph,
What an achievement over a short time, I like the before and after photos, you can really see how with expertise and effort you can transform a fuse..
encouraging, thanks for sharing, hope you are well.

All The Best

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10-19-2018 05:32 PM  27 days agoPost 18
ssmith512

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Impressive transformation!

Steve

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10-20-2018 09:42 AM  26 days agoPost 19
steph

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Thank guys lots of hard work in such a short time that's what retirement can do to you.
Now is all the fiddly details this is the longer part of the project but it's the part I like best' Needed to get the project underway and painted before the winter sets in as I have to spray paint outside in the garden. Now that's done I can take my time and enjoy the rest of the build.

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10-21-2018 10:43 PM  25 days agoPost 20
Copter Doctor

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Steph,
i am not sure what model my seaking is, i copied it from a picture i found online of one stationed in Pensacola Florida which isnt far from where i live. it started out with vario kobold mechs, then used a century predator for a while but i removed the pred to use in a fuselage that needed a predator more so now it has an xcell 60 converted to electric. i never got around to building a cockpit for it but i used air retracts that i later swapped out for mechanicals. head is an old graupner five bladed head with century 600mm wood blades. t/r is a century 6 bladed system with some wood blades i made. It had a crash several years ago when the plastic gears in the gearbox stripped so i replaced them with metal gears. its since been flying but i havent done the cosmetic repairs to the paint job yet. one of these days.

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