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Posted by HawkerTyphoon | May 07, 2009 @ 07:18 PM | 2,628 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 | 2,489 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 | 2,809 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

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 | 2,913 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 | 2,381 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:

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 | 2,861 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