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12-09-2019 11:33 PM  44 days ago
Peter Wales

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Thanks Ron,
Wasn't it a good weekend, in the 70- 75 degree sunshine with no wind. Attendance was down this year so when Sandy Marcus and I showed up, we virtually kept one flight station to ourselves. The marshals were good enough to block off the next station when Sandy flew some of his big models that used a lot of air. I was content to cruise around closer with the 47G, Trex Lama and Marvelcraft 212. My eyes dont have the depth perception they used to. Marcus meanwhile was teaching me how to fly. Damn he is getting smoother every time he goes up. Great weekend and if you weren't there you missed out big time.
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12-10-2019 06:37 AM  44 days ago
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I was confused when Jon said to support the bottom of the motor, yeah I get it now.
Motor mount attached to top plate of heli.
Thanks Peter.
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12-10-2019 11:26 AM  44 days ago
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What a fantastic read. I miss reading these type of builds. Thank you for posting this my the way...... I bought your book. Lol.BD Team Pilot / Get !T - Got !T - Perfect !T
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12-23-2019 05:20 PM  30 days ago
Peter Wales

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After a long time thinking about painting it, I finally decided to do it all in red. Then my wife told me it was going to be yellow, with a green stripe, so yellow it is.

Getting the green stripes to line up was a real pain as the full size does not have the fuel trays under the tanks, or the lumps and bumps on the top of the tanks as the kit does. Just masking off and painting the green and black stripe on top of the previously painted yellow, took 6 hours and 48 miles of masking tape

Now I get to do the cockpit and then add some external detail such as fuel filler caps, search lights and antennas
Peter Wales
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12-23-2019 05:25 PM  30 days ago
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My favorite color
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12-23-2019 05:32 PM  30 days ago
Mark Ryder

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Peter Wales 48 miles of masking tape
That's alot. Looks good.
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01-07-2020 06:50 PM  15 days ago
Peter Wales

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Then came the dreaded cockpit! The full size seats were sheepskins and I figured off white would be a good simulation. The one thing about the Hirobo 47G is the cockpit is all wrong, designed around 80's electronics and a gas motor air inlet. They had glued much of the wood work in place and changing it would probably have destroyed the cabin shape, so I made the best of what I had. So I painted the seats inside the clear plastic molding ,after some crazy masking of course, and they turned out pretty good. Then I got to work on the instrument panel. I had a piece of Balsa which was the main column and a load more pieces to make boxes to mount mechanical gyros and receivers together with batteries under the floor.

I covered 3 sides of the Balsa column with thin styrene, and then designed a panel to fit. I made it with holes for the round instruments and separately designed and printed the outer bezels so they could be painted black before fitting. The throttle and choke controls have 1mm thick arms separated by a 0.5 mm spacer. Tricky printing stuff. While it was printing, I designed the appropriate upper panel for my model and when that had printed I was worried it would not fit in the bubble, but it did. Then a battery box was made, with a couple of wires from it and it was off to the spray booth for paint. Meanwhile my printer cutter was chewing up vinyl pretending to print and cut instruments. I made a piece to go from the panel along the floor to mount the radios as the full size but I didn't really have good pictures and the woodwork as fitted by Hirobo made it all wrong anyway. So this is one you wont see winning the Nats, but I like it.

Some 10" pilots are flying in from England, courtesy of a few tips from Glen and they will be belted in when they get here. I also want to add a few extra details like fuel piping and what looks like a loud hailer underneath but my printer needs a rest and so do I. A new high powered computer is coming next week so everything will be installed on that. Plenty of small details to do. As they say, a scale model is never completely finished
Peter Wales
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01-08-2020 07:12 PM  14 days ago
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WOW!!
What else can be said when a scale master does his magic on a new build!!!
Peter, as usual, over the top!!!

Stan
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01-09-2020 02:58 AM  14 days ago
Peter Wales

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Thanks Stan,
glad you like it.
I fixed my suicidal Starwood Lama and flew that in 14 mph winds. Solved a bunch of computer problems and then I opened THE BIG BOX
Thats as far as I got with the EC120 other than perusing the manuals, but it was a good day today
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