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Old Dec 04, 2011, 11:41 AM
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Here you go. The pics are from several different sessions over the past week.
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 08:26 PM
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Mike, I probably have the size grub screws you need. Looking good BTW.
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Old Dec 05, 2011, 09:44 PM
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Mike, I probably have the size grub screws you need. Looking good BTW.
I think I'm okay... I used some small self-tapping screws and cut the ends off them so they don't stick out. Once they were mounted, I painted 'em black. You can't see them, as far as I can tell. But thanks.

Didn't get to the shop tonight; gonna try to get out there tomorrow night. I plan to mount the missiles. I figured it would be easier to mount and adjust them before the mechanics are installed. If that goes well, I'll mount the rear strobe light also.
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Old Dec 14, 2011, 08:15 PM
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More done today. I mounted some of the windows, installed the strobe light, and painted some of the epoxy. When I mounted the windows, I tried using RC-56 canopy glue.... the curvature of the plastic along with the tape NOT sticking to the fiberglass meant that RC-56 wasn't gonna work. I sanded the edges of the windows down and used medium CA. That did the trick. The first ones I did were ugly (from the inside) as I used way too much CA. I realized I can tack the window down with 6-7 drops of CA at various points along the perimeter, and that should be plenty strong. It's not a load-bearing part so it should hold. I realize vibration may become an issue down the road but I'll worry about that if/when the time comes.

I think I'm finally ready to mount the mechanics, and hope to do that tomorrow.
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 07:28 PM
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Got a little bit done today. I worked from home and work was busy so I didn't get much done. Tomorrow is a vacation day, the Blackberry and laptop are both turned off, so I plan to get a lot done.
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Old Dec 16, 2011, 02:59 PM
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More progress

I got more work done today. I finally got the mechanics mounted, but it required a lot of steps to get that far. Plus, I have to pull them out - again - because I missed a step in the well-written instructions. I had enough for one day, and will continue tomorrow.
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Old Dec 17, 2011, 04:39 PM
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The home stretch!

I worked on the heli all day today. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it's NOT a train! I should have it complete in the next day or so, barring any unforseen circumstances. Pics from today's progress are below. Enjoy!
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Old Dec 18, 2011, 08:02 AM
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Neat kit, I'm enjoying seeing the build
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 04:07 PM
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Finished it up today, and put a couple of test-hovers on it. It flies!! Here are the rest of the build pics, and I'll have a video uploaded soon.
One word Awesome
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 06:42 PM
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Thanks Jose! I'm very proud of it. I've got a couple of housekeeping things to do... I'm going to remove the KBDD paddles and reinstall the stock Align paddles... that should help reduce the cyclic response. I also have to install the exhaust pipe. I don't have much hope for the plastic thing that came with the fuselage so I think I'll have to fabricate something. It should be simple enough to do with toilet paper rolls or something similar.

Video is below - enjoy!

RC Aerodyne 600-sized Eurocopter Fennec AS-550 (4 min 1 sec)
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Old Dec 19, 2011, 08:45 PM
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Thanks Jose! I'm very proud of it. I've got a couple of housekeeping things to do... I'm going to remove the KBDD paddles and reinstall the stock Align paddles... that should help reduce the cyclic response. I also have to install the exhaust pipe. I don't have much hope for the plastic thing that came with the fuselage so I think I'll have to fabricate something. It should be simple enough to do with toilet paper rolls or something similar.

Video is below - enjoy!

http://youtu.be/S_bV8CY2qyk
Great videos... it did look like at 85 it might have been a bit much... your middle flight look fantastic.. it could have been the wind though....
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