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Old Sep 23, 2015, 02:25 AM
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RC Aerodyne Beechcraft B200 Super King Air Composite

Gang starting a build of the 88" wingspan RC Aerodyne's B200 Super King Air.

The one I'm building is a pre-production kit.
Cliff is in the process of changing manufactures as the quality of these initial kits just wasn't up to his expectations.
He's made the decision as to who will be making the kits and all I can say is that if the quality of their other kits is any indication of what to expect we'll all be pleasantly amazed!
Never-the-less this pre-production version is still a beautiful kit and I'm excited to get this put together.
These pre-production kits don't have any instructions so will be document as I go.

If anyone has any suggestions or comments on this build I welcome their comments/suggestions!

Here's what the kit comes in (2 boxes)


Here's the packed fuselage box

With the rudder taken out


The packed wing and tail surfaces


Here's some of the parts unpacked (Some I left wrapped to keep parts together.
Here's the interior linings


Parts bag (Engine mounting frames, motor mounts and hardware


Center wing panel


Bottom of center wing panel


Seats


Horizontal stab


One of the props and it's spinner


Fuselage


Fuselage with rudder taped to it (12" ruler placed along side for size) this thing is BIG...


Here's one of the nacelles placed along side of the fuselage


Here's the landing gear package


Here's the nose gear. (This will make you drool)




Here's the main gear with air brakes!!!!


One of the earlier kits taped together
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Old Sep 23, 2015, 04:10 PM
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That looks amazing!!

Probably way outside my price range but wow!
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Old Sep 25, 2015, 05:27 AM
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I luv the B200, shame yr photos are not clear:-(
We don't get enuf Civi toys to play with, everyone is war toy crazy!

Will be interesting to see how tis toy plane goes 2gether, shall keep an eye on this one:-)


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Old Sep 29, 2015, 12:29 AM
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Gang,
Getting started with the landing gear boxes that sit inside a bay in the center wing panel.
This may take me a little longer than usual as there are no instructions yet and one of the reasons I'm doing this build.

Here's the bay that the landing gear mounting boxes sit inside:


My suggestion is to tape all of these pieces together first then mark each corresponding side with matching number/letter before doing any gluing
Here's the 4 pieces that make up the box sides:


Here's the top 2 pieces that the retract is bolted to:


Here's the 4 side pieces laid side to side in the order that they are assemblied:


Here's the box sides taped together. (Note all the notches are facing up)


Here's what it looks like with all 5 pieces taped together:



Here's how the box sits inside the wing gear bay: (Note the notch in the box faces forward as the main gears retract forward into the nacelles)


Because of the wing dihedral the top of the boxes are going to look slanted (Note the slant of the top of the retract mount in relation to the wing panel. While it looks like itís at too much of an angle it really isnít)

Hereís how the retract mounting box, retract and strut look inside the wing: (Again everything is just placed/taped and no gluing has been done yet)



Hereís the first problem I encountered:
The strut support arms are hitting the front and rear plywood wing tube spar supports.


The solution is to notch the plywood allowing the strut to fully retract.
Hereís the before:


Hereís the after:

Hereís how the strut sits now:
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 12:34 AM
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CW, sorry about the picture quality.
I had to change my photo hosting site.
Hope the newer photos are of a better quality
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Interesting model!

What kind of arrangements have been made for battery access?

Does it include a scale cockpit or just the rear passenger section?
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Old Sep 29, 2015, 02:57 AM
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CW, sorry about the picture quality.
I had to change my photo hosting site.
Hope the newer photos are of a better quality
Hey no worries mate, am keen to keep an eye on yr build there. With over 4000 hrs on the old Beech I have a soft spot for them:-)

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Old Oct 01, 2015, 10:25 AM
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Rampage looks like RC Aerodyne is selling at a super deal what they have on stock of their pre-production kits.
http://www.scaleflying.com/Pre-Produ...k-_p_4295.html

This isn't your bolt together kit but is a good deal if you want to get into a nice size King Air
There are no instructions and some of the hardware (Bolts/screws) may have to be purchased but so far my kit is going together with no problems.
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Old Oct 01, 2015, 12:41 PM
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Highfly, The batteries will sit inside the two nacelles.
Will try to post some pictures of this tonight
It does not come with a cockpit but does have the passenger seats and cabin liners
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Rampage looks like RC Aerodyne is selling at a super deal what they have on stock of their pre-production kits.
http://www.scaleflying.com/Pre-Produ...k-_p_4295.html

This isn't your bolt together kit but is a good deal if you want to get into a nice size King Air
There are no instructions and some of the hardware (Bolts/screws) may have to be purchased but so far my kit is going together with no problems.
That's an amazing deal. Unfortunately, buying that airplane would lead to a much more expensive purchase in the form of a vehicle large enough to transport it in.
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Old Oct 02, 2015, 01:02 AM
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Highfly here's a picture of the battery compartment in the nacelle:
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Old Oct 02, 2015, 01:06 AM
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Here's several pictures of the wheels retracted in the nacelles


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You are gunna cause a lot of strain between those poor toy lovers who are married wit those photos!

Looks fantastic, shame the freight costs are prohibitive to us down under....sob sob sob:-(

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Old Oct 03, 2015, 05:17 AM
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I was told by Cliff several weeks back that I would need to figure out a way to strengthen the retract box as well as better attachment of the retract box into the wing bay as just epoxying it to the inside surfaces of the bay wasnít going to be strong enough.
To strengthened the retract box I epoxied spruce square stock to the inside corners. (4 corners and the top)


I'm currently working on a scheme for a more secure way to attach the retract boxes inside the wing.

I located the landing gear, marked the mounting holes and installed blind nuts on the backside.


I noticed that the retracts need to be mounted as far back in the box opening as possible to keep the wheels from hitting the front edge of the wheel well opening. However the scale strut hit the boxes forward edge so I needed to notch it to get the retracts mounted correctly (See yellow circles)


Hereís the main gear mounted to the retract boxes


Next is the wing mounting then on to the servos
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Doing some great work there, well done

Just some advice though most people strengthen up a lot of parts such as Ldg gear mounts etc which is great they need to but most miss the best & most effective way of making something be able to take the rigors of landing & that is to spread the load over a greater area. Real A/C do this.
Spread out the load if you can. Make beams, sub spars that distribute the load over a greater contact surface.
Remember any massive extra strength is only as strong as it's weakest point/link:-)

Keep the pix coming

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