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Posted by jbewley | Oct 01, 2016 @ 07:08 AM | 12,411 Views
I used an RC Aerodyne, MD 500D shell. The had a blunt nose where the later versions of the MD 500 were pointed.

If you use the CF frame for the 230s, the tail pbe will line up and the front servo will fit nicely. With the standard frame the tail tube is too low and the front servo hits the shell.

I used the standard frame, cut the dog house to allow for the sero and the servo arms and mounted the tail tube separate from the frame.
Posted by jbewley | Sep 11, 2016 @ 01:32 PM | 11,269 Views
I used Canopy Glue and a 25 gauge needle for this 250 size chopper. If you are doing a 450, then you might find a 22 gauge needle better.

1) Mark the lines where you want the rivets first. Apply a coat of primer and draw the lines with a led pencil.

2) Have a damp sponge and a Q Tip, close at hand

3)Fill the syringe with glue and push the plunger until it starts to flow. Watch how the bubble of glue grows and make some tests to see how large you want the rivet.

4) Once you know the size bubble you are looking for, start adding them to the shell.

5) DO NOT touch the shell with the needle. If you do, it will flatten the bubble and it will spread, getting larger. Just get the needle close and the bubble will suck off and stick to the shell, remaining nice and round.

6) If you don't like a rivet or it is out of place, wipe it off right away with the Q Tip and make another one.

NOTE: If you stop to wipe one off, the dot will have grown larger on the needle and be too large. Wipe needle on a sponge and let it grow again.

7) The glue will feed on its own. When the dot starts to form more slowly, then push the plunger with your chin and keep going.
NOTE: You might have to wipe the needle on the sponge, after doing this.

8) When done, pull the plunger back to take the pressure off the glue. If you don't, when you put the cap back on it will slowly fill up with glue.

9) If you are only waiting an hour or so to start again, just put the cap on and wait. If you are done for the day, remove the needle, fill a second syringe with warm water, attach the needle and flush it out. Put it back on the glue syringe, uncapped and let it dry out, then cap.
I learned all this the hard way. It is not a fast process, but the result is well worth the effort. I find it rather relaxing to do
Posted by jbewley | Aug 12, 2016 @ 12:13 PM | 11,080 Views
I took a Testors model kit and started making mods to the shell. This kit screws together, making it perfect for inserting RC mechanics.

It is a bit heavy and the brushed motor for the 071 would not lift it, so I converted it to BL. It will fly, but I developed an issue with the PCB and have not had a chance to sort it out. Still a work in progress.

The weathering came out well I thought.
Posted by jbewley | Aug 12, 2016 @ 12:03 PM | 11,510 Views
I changed the exhaust, removed the pods, nose sight and Tee top on the tail and added a mini gun, pilot and observer. Still trying to decide how to put the side mounted stabilizer on the tail to make it more correct.
Posted by jbewley | Aug 12, 2016 @ 09:32 AM | 12,168 Views
Working on the Huey SR fuselage and plan to put my 230s in it. I have the markings all done and the kickup converted to take the BL motor.

This ship is based on an actual ship that flew in my old unit in Vietnam.
Posted by jbewley | Apr 21, 2016 @ 06:54 AM | 12,422 Views
I am consulting with Craig and putting an FX071 inside an Eflite Jet Ranger body. We attempted to put the mechanics in from the bottom, but just wasn't going to work, so the nose has to come off.

The fuselage has been painted and after much thinking, consulting and thinking again, this is where I plan to make the cut.

The skids are off the 230s and work just fine.
Posted by jbewley | Feb 03, 2016 @ 04:06 PM | 12,010 Views
OK, the Devo 10 is all fixed and working fine. the folks on the 070 thread recommended I get a V911 to learn to fly with first, so I ordered one. It arrived and is TINY. As soon as the transmitter arrives I'm ready to take to the air.

While waiting I messed around with some Water Slide decal paper I had never heard of it before, but that stuff is wonderful. Made some mods to my FX070C.
Posted by jbewley | Jan 22, 2016 @ 04:11 PM | 12,294 Views
I started out flying control line planes in high school and continued with it while in the Army. In the early 80's I started to dabble with RC, but life seemed to get in the way and I drifted away from it. I have always wanted to try an RC helicopter and, by chance, my wife gave me an FX070C for Christmas.

It has been a challenge to this point, as I am learning one has to be an electrical engineer, able to write computer code and solder circuit boards, to be successful in RC. When I last dabbled with it, one only had to be coordinated. :-)

The folks here have been answering my newbie questions and trying to guide me in the right direction, which I am grateful for. Without the help, I am sure I would have abandoned the idea completely.

Hopefully, I'll get the programing on my Devo 10 figured out and get some air time.