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Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 25, 2009 @ 09:43 PM | 3,028 Views
I have been working on this as a small, long-term project.
My friend who is a A&P(airframe and powerplant) mechanic, gave me these as a surprise and thought I should learn how to do simple repair work as I plan on becoming a licensed A&P mechanic also.

Not much really, like the title says they are from a North American T-6 texan, and as you can see, they are needing some attention and some time.

It is crazy how really old grease turns into a glue, I had a really hard time with some of the parts.

as of right now all I have really completed are the rudder pedal adjustment levers, they allow the pedals to swing forwards and back allowing for a taller or shorter pilot to fly comfortably, much like how you move your seat back and forth in a car, but instead the pedals move.

not all the pieces are on the assembly he gave me, but I doesn't really matter as he said if I gave him a list of small parts I needed he could send any extras or found pieces my way

well that is all for now, until I get some paint stripper for the old, flaky pant and then I can just reassemble what I have using some new, non rusted certified hardware
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 21, 2009 @ 05:27 PM | 3,540 Views
I have made some more progress and now have the Sea-Snorkel roughed out .
It is nowhere near scale but if I had made it scalsish it would have been really fragile so I just captured the essence of the shape with the v-shaped fins and little ridges on the top.

Also I joined the aft and center fuselage sections together.

progress on the engine stuff has been slow but I think I need to find something else besides the rubber things because of the weight and also the shape.

I am not sure and will decide soon.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 18, 2009 @ 10:25 PM | 2,654 Views
I found some rubber chair leg caps and they are almost perfect.
only drawback is that they are almost an ounce adding a total of about 1.25 ounces to the uber light structure so far.

the metal tube is a rolled piece of that sheet aluminum =

and I started on the Sea-Snorkel
It is just a dowel with a few angle cuts the gaps are going to be filled and sanded since this piece will probably be painted
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 17, 2009 @ 01:04 PM | 2,362 Views
I had never heard of these before until the other day

My friend went to New York and bought me this as a gift.

It is a little trying on the patience with all the small parts but is a real builders project for sure

It comes with everything you need in one box including the "microbeam" glue

The pieces of wood are large matchsticks and the glue is a fast drying wood glue

the only thing I think you would need separately would be a piece of sandpaper but other than that it comes with everything you need

oh, one more thing, they give you this acetate pouch to insert the plan pages in and then you glue the parts to the sheet and to each other so they stay square until dry then you can pull the parts off the sheet and then continue building.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 15, 2009 @ 06:46 PM | 2,545 Views
Just got back from a couple days in Yosemite National Park

The weather was awesome and the Merced River was insanely high.
We did all sorts of stuff, biking, hiking, eating, wandering and just plain having an excellent time. We go all the time so all the touristy things to do are boring because of the crowds of all those who haven't been there before.

All the photos are by my mom, who is an amazing photographer!
We had an amazing time and hope to go back before our big camping trip there later this summer.
If you have a chance to go, do it it is a amazing place to go and just walk around.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 14, 2009 @ 06:55 PM | 2,369 Views
I still am working on the Skycrane but progress is just fine tuning and alignment on what i have so progress is not very visible.

Also look up East Coast Scale helicopters, all the stuff is huge but very awesome and inspirational, when you have a chopper powered by a jetcat
turbine, it is going to be undeniably sweet!
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 10, 2009 @ 11:45 AM | 2,505 Views
Here are some of my awesome pets.
They are two Oriental Firebellied toads, they eat live crickets and like
warm water and their sunlamp

I couldn't take a good picture because of the glass and the reflections but I did manage

They like to lurk in the water and wait like crocodiles, it is kind of amusing
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 07, 2009 @ 07:18 PM | 2,201 Views
I have carved up a radome/avionics blister for the nose,
also I followed up on the battery issue and a 3S pack should fit quite nicely
up in the fuse. with room to adjust for CG.
i also spent a lot of time yesterday doing the tedious job of trying to align the two belly tank/mechanics bay halves to fit together and on the bottom of the fuse. with no gaps at the 3 seams.
Glad that is over with, sand, sand some more, test fit, realign, and then sand some more.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 07, 2009 @ 02:04 PM | 2,071 Views
Besides balsa I like plastic models
They are harder in my opinion but more fun to build
For some reason I hate car models, but like to build any thing else, cars for some reason seem to be really hard in comparison to planes,boats, or what ever, some of my models are really good and others not so good, but oh well
All of the kits are Revell-Monogram, I find they have a really good quality of parts with little to no flashing. They really are my personal favorite, although I have built a few other brands for friends....Continue Reading
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 06, 2009 @ 07:08 PM | 2,404 Views
This past spring break I went down to sunny Palm Springs and convinced the parents to go to the Air Museum. There was so much cool stuff and also a P-51 demo flight as the museum is right on the airport. All of the stuff at the museum flies including the B-17, B-25,P-63, PBY Catalina,T-33, A-26 and many more awesome flying pieces of history.
website is http://www.palmspringsairmuseum.org/

so anyway, here are some pictures.
really a neat place and if you time it right like we did, usually on the weekends, they have a flight demo going on after lunch.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 05, 2009 @ 08:50 PM | 2,459 Views
Here are some more pictures, I just taped the fuselage sections together for now only the real trouble spot is the water tank especially the removable side, the alignment still needs some fine tuning. But all in all it really looks amazing, sometimes I surprise myself. BTW sorry for the dramatic lighting and angle or what ever it is. playing around with the camera is sooo much fun
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 05, 2009 @ 04:06 PM | 1,933 Views
Some things I forgot to mention are,

I am making this from my own drawings
I have been working for about one week
I really don't have a 450 size helicopter
I did measure one at the LHS
and I really, really, really enjoy detail and building with balsa.

any way here are some more pics.

I think I will cover it with ion on covering in a Italian "Forestale" scheme
like this: http://www.airliners.net/photo/CFS--...ane/1238787/M/

Did you know, the picture at the link above is copyrighted, and the copyright owner's name is Alfredo! isn't that sweet! how awesome would it be for your name to be Alfredo?

I really never thought about the battery situation till just now,
It will probably will need to sit forward of the stock location for proper CG
I do not know how that will work, maybe it will fit in the fuse. just between the cockpit and the rotor mast . OH well I have to address that later.
Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 04, 2009 @ 10:57 PM | 2,439 Views
Blogosphere time

anyway here is my new project
I feel it doesn't merit a thread that will just sit around, so here ya go

It is a 450 size S-64 Skycrane, anyway it is a work in progress and really a neat subject

taking a leaf from darthdrk's book it will have a n-60 motor in the tail
it is mostly made of 1-32 balsa and some 3-32 and 1-4 inch reinforcement.

I chose this subject because I really like the machine and it is rarely modeled but when you get down to the nuts and bolts it is really pretty easy because of the lack of compound curves. the only really challenging part is the nose but it hasn't beat me yet.
i'll post more tomorrow