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Posted by xbted | Apr 18, 2012 @ 04:04 PM | 1,499 Views
Well, it's taken a few days, but the physical construction of my Helios is complete! What I have left is to balance the plane out, program the radio, and get out and maiden her. The plans are to head out here on Friday (two days from now) morning for the maiden- perfect weather is forecasted, so I'm not going to rush it. This has been a great build, and I am looking forward to getting out and trying this beautiful plane- it's my favorite plane that I've built ever! Bet she flies great!
Posted by xbted | Apr 16, 2012 @ 05:27 AM | 1,463 Views
I think the Helios is a pretty easy build, but it's going a bit slow right now. Saturday was really nice, so we were out all day and seeing sights in Berlin. Sunday I spent the better part of the day building, but a lot of time was spent making servo leads, miniture screwdrivers, and getting the servos just right in the wings. Oh, and there was that entire bottle of CA glue that I spilled on the dining room table and floor... luckily it missed my wing by about .5 inch.

I have one servo in the wing, and one waiting to be glued in. It's pretty intense getting the measurements just right, a lot of trying to pull servos out and trimming and rebending control rods. Anyway, it got pretty late last night, and I didn't want to make a mistake, so I put the plane away.

Also, been trying to build the plane in a room with an airplane obsessed toddler, which isn't exactly easy. He just stands next to the table, waiting for me to turn my head for a second, little hand within wingtip reach...

More pictures tonight, I've been too embarrassed to put up pics of the tail feathers, but the installation was very straight forward and easy. The control wires were easy to run.
Posted by xbted | Apr 13, 2012 @ 03:31 AM | 1,584 Views
Ok, here's the second part, had to move the pictures a bit. I started out the construction by carving out the wing pockets. It was very easy and straight forward using coordinates provided by Kristof. I used a scalpel blade to cut through the skin and a chisel blade to remove blocks of foam and scrape the rest of the foam off the skin. I think it looks pretty clean, and the fit is very snug. Yay!
Posted by xbted | Apr 13, 2012 @ 03:08 AM | 1,560 Views
Oops, somehow put the next set of pictures in the comments. I'll get that fixed in a bit, but if you want to see the next part, click on the comments below in the original build log post.
Posted by xbted | Apr 12, 2012 @ 09:11 AM | 1,635 Views
I'm in the second week of my Spring Break (it's good to be a teacher) and my long awaited Helios has arrived. Kristof's reputation for creating beautiful airplanes is reaffirmed here- my Samurai skin Helios has arrived, and to my surprise, the pod is one of his new black glass skinned ones. Together with the all carbon wing and the Samurai cloth boom, the black pod looks awesome.

Anyway, I can go on and on about how awesome this plane is, but what I really need to do is get it built so I can see how good it flies. As the cliche goes, a picture is worth 1000 words, so here's my humble little build log for the Helios. Now, it may take a couple of days to complete, I'm visiting the in-laws, and we have to head home tomorrow (plus I'm working in camper-trailer, or as the say here in Germany, a caravan) So here we go!