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Old 08-06-2015, 09:31 PM   #381 (permalink)
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Thanks a bunch. It was well worth the time and effort to get this model back in shape. There is still some work to do on it but it is a few hours to get the lighting back in operation. Take care.

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Old 08-07-2015, 02:25 AM   #382 (permalink)
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Congrats Don!
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Old 08-07-2015, 08:29 PM   #383 (permalink)
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Thanks Peter. IRCHA flying starts tomorrow but I will not be competing. I will be helping out where needed and might have an entry not it next year. Long story but it is a fair way to balance the two competitions. Take care.

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Old 09-26-2015, 10:50 AM   #384 (permalink)
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A small update. Since the crash in California, I have not had the lighting in operation. I had intended to quickly move it to another body but that has stalled for a while now. That body will be done as an MH-6E Little Bird where there is no skid lighting but lots of small strobe markers around it (at least, I think they are strobes). This bird has had a rough time and this past month, through poor collective management in a low battery situation, I broke the front strut and messed up some of the woodwork. It was this hard landing that forced me to get off my butt and get the skids replaced plus put the lighting system back in.

It is a tedious process to make up the struts with the wiring set to be pushed through them. I tried inletting the wires in the leading edge of the strut and although it worked great, if a strut broke. Factory skids have an awful time handling a very heavy helicopter, as they are really meant to have not much more than the chassis inside, and certainly not 1.75lbs. of pilots plus a full plywood cockpit nor a 12s set of batteries. I only need to paint them and do the final installation of the wires across the floor of the body.

The cockpit is the last thing to tackle and it will require the pilots be removed along with the windows so that I can put back in the landing light, connect the instrument panel, install the white light for overall lighting once the landing lights come on, and hook up the TOW sight once more. This is putting it back to an improved version of the helicopter I had at HSM 2013. I can put a brand new windscreen on if I need as I have three in total on hand.

I will take pictures of the completed rebuild as all other parts builds have been covered in the past. I hope to get it up in the air tomorrow and will try a set of 105mm blades just to see what happens. I need to be very careful how and where I put this down as the blades stick out past the tail skid wire by a few millimeters. When I re-installed the horizontal stab lighting wire last night, I had nightmares about feeding the wire down the inside of the vertical fin. It turned out to be a non-event that took no more than 5 minutes to work it in and then fish it out with a set of tweezers. Child's play. Anyhow, take care and pics soon to follow.

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Old 09-27-2015, 08:38 PM   #385 (permalink)
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Here are some pictures that I took this evening after my last flight for the night. I will do some aging on the skids before I head south to Florida so it doesn't look like they just were out of the paint shop, lol. The rest looks really weathered now even without any aging done by me. Take care.

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Old 10-02-2015, 05:57 AM   #386 (permalink)
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looks awesome Don!
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Old 10-19-2015, 08:43 AM   #387 (permalink)
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Hi guys:

I have some sad news to post. While taking off at a warbirds event in Florida, a pitch link let go and the TOW Defender took a nose dive from only 5 feet up and is a total loss. The body is completely ruined and will not be rebuilt but the body will be used for patches to make up a brand new MH-6 Little Bird that is based at the American Helicopter Museum. It was fun, I had some great flights, and had a ball putting it into competitions all over the continent. I will be doing the same with the new helicopter once it is built. Thanks for all the tips and compliments. Take care.

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Old 10-19-2015, 12:58 PM   #388 (permalink)
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Sad story of a beautiful helicopter. But I guess you'll name the next one Phoenix?

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Old 10-19-2015, 02:28 PM   #389 (permalink)
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Sorry to hear of the crash Don. The fear we all have with scale models that embody sooo much time and effort.

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Old 10-25-2015, 04:26 PM   #390 (permalink)
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Wow Don, so much of bad things happend while I was interrupted with setting of my daughter new room. I feel really sorry about outcome. Hope you will continue to make so nice scale stuff as you did.

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Old 10-25-2015, 08:13 PM   #391 (permalink)
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Thanks to all of you. You'll be happy to know that I have already put the electronics of my CH-139 to use in a brand new Heli-Baby 40th Anniversary Edition prototype. My next project is going to be the starting of an MH-6 Little Bird, a second CH-139 700 size, and a second Heli-Baby with the more powerful new motor being developed. I really have a great time building, posting, and helping others get their birds as best as they can build them. Take care.

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