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Old Aug 02, 2013, 09:55 PM
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Bell 429 Super Scale detailed build log

700 Size Super Scale Bell 429 Air Zermatt







Building the new 700 size Bell 429 Super Scale from RC Aerodyne.
It's going to be about the same size as my AS350 Super Scale.

Bell 429 Specs:

Body length: 1650mm
Length incl. rotors: 1920mm
Width: 355mm
Height: 480mm
Main rotor diameter: 1560mm
Main blade length: 700mm
Tail rotor diameter: 280mm
Tail blade length: 105mm

So let the fun begin. You should of seen my mail lady carry this down the driveway!



Just like my AS350 this thing is packed for war. Everything is glued and taped in secure.



As usual the paint scheme and fiberglass quality is Excellent! This box is PACKED!

It includes full scale mechanics, four bladed head and tail rotor blades, full interior from instrument panel, seating, down to joysticks and pedals.




Body Parts



Scale Mechanics



Interior Parts



Accessories



Lets take a closer look at the fuselage

Top doghouse cover removed



Side and sliding cargo door open



Battery compartment



Mechanics compartment



Scale Mechanics

Mechanics housing





Main rotor head



Tail rotor



Test fitting the mechanics








Build session #1


I always start by installing the skids so that I have a working platform.



Manual has you starting with interior first but I jumped to getting the mechanics test fitted, tail section aligned, and drilled and glued in tail section mounting blocks



Once tail section was mounted and secure I could move onto horizontal and vertical fin installation





I also glued on the running boards. I moved onto water transfer decals next so I re-installed top dog house cover





Water Transfer Decal Time!

Before



After!

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Instrument panel, foot pedals, joysticks, collective levers, and pilot seats installed







This thing is Big! Not 1/6 scale big, but works for me!



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Old Aug 02, 2013, 09:59 PM
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Body lines are pretty nice, tons of body rivets, the doors don't fit perfectly closed but I'd bet if I sanded down some paint they would close better. The painted main and tail blades are a nice touch and can't wait to see them spooled up. I really, really enjoyed that the skids were finally Air Zermatt white... Had to paint them on both my AS350's.

Bell 429 and AS350 Super Scales











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Here are some Interior detail pics



















Here are some Exterior detail pics





















Here are all electronics needed to complete the build!



Using:
PhoenixTech 500kv motor
Edge HV120 ESC
CC BEC
THOR 45c Lipos
Naza H FBL Unit
Spektrum AR8000 with sat
Outrage BL 9180's on cyclic
Outrage BL9188 on tail

Sexy Outrage BL cyclic servos





The Outrage servos were to deep, the wires hit the metal mechs so I had to move the holes up





Servos horns and links installed





Motor, ESC, BEC, RX, and Naza mounted. Next will be all the soldering and starting the programming!







Test fit to see how she will look





All soldering is done and mechs re-test fitted.





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Old Aug 02, 2013, 10:33 PM
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Looks awesome. How easy are the batteries to put in and take out?
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Old Aug 02, 2013, 10:39 PM
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Looks awesome. How easy are the batteries to put in and take out?
I'm still building it so really haven't had to take them out or put them in.
You simply slide the back center console back to unlock the three front seats, lift up and out to get to the packs.
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Old Aug 03, 2013, 10:58 PM
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Snuck a few hours in tonight while my daughter was sleeping.

Tail case, pushrod, boom braces, and tail servo installed





Close look at some of the electronics





Setting up the Naza H



Still have to adjust all links to proper length for servos and head

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Old Aug 25, 2013, 04:28 PM
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Ok boys. Sorry this build is dragging on, that thing called life gets in the way. With my Lil Hailey and crazy 50hr work weeks not much time for building. Plus this is my prime demo/funfly season.

So any who, after doing a weekend of demos with my big AS350 Super Scale it resparked my drive! Got in about an hours worth on it today after I got home from the funfly.

My Lil Hailey



Mechanics are in, wires are soldered, head/tail installed
Next is linkages and set up pitch

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Old Aug 25, 2013, 08:09 PM
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I see a maiden in my sites!!!

Head installed



Rotors installed



Electronics strapped



Just waiting on a nice day and Big nerves...

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Old Sep 22, 2013, 06:37 PM
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Hopefully I will have an update soon. Took it to the parking lot for the maiden and the ESC went up in smoke. CC is sending me a replacement this week and hope to try the maiden again...!

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Old Oct 05, 2013, 04:16 PM
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Sub.... LQQking forward to vid.....Good Gawd that's BIG !!!!




( Been a long time since I have done a scale..( thinking of doing a 500 with chaos mechanics )
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Old Oct 05, 2013, 04:28 PM
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ESC going back in very shortly! Finishing up a bunch of reviews and getting the replacement ESC back into the 450 Pro! Can't wait it get this beast airborne!



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Old Oct 06, 2013, 10:15 AM
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While you guys wait for me to get back to the 429 here are some cool shots Jenni Orebaugh took at our Heli Jamboree last month.





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Old Oct 09, 2013, 05:06 PM
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Looking very nice, look forward to reading a flight report.
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Old Oct 13, 2013, 09:47 AM
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I am very interested in this Helicopter. Can't wait to hear your maiden report.

Cheers
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Old Oct 13, 2013, 11:13 AM
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I am very anxious to finish mine. Really want to see her fly!
Here is my same model someone built in another country. Going to be sweet!

Bell 429 Superscale Air Zermatt (7 min 54 sec)
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