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  • Primer done. So next Wednesday I will start to actual painting.

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    • Looking great Gravy. I’m definitely in on the 3D parts when you get ready. 95% of my parts are in hand for my AH-64 build so I’m getting pumped.

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      • Ok, net time I print in grey I’ll print you a set. I’ll pm you when I get to that point. Might not be until next week though. I have a bunch of stuff I’m printing this week already.

        I got an idea on the main rotor sensor. DCORSAIR and myself went back and forth adding ideas to it. So he’s made one similar for his 700.
        I used a 500 canopy post, a quad frame stand off, a 450 main shaft lock collar, two 500 frame cup washers and two flat washers. I think it came out pretty good.

        I also changed out the main wheels. I’m using the one on the left. I will paint the hubs to match the buddy.

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        • Wow Gravy, I think you got me beat, I need to go a little taller on mine.
          Thank you for the idea on how to make this scale part....​​​​​
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          • Originally posted by DCORSAIR View Post
            Wow Gravy, I think you got me beat, I need to go a little taller on mine.
            Thank you for the idea on how to make this scale part....​​​​​
            It’s all team work. The Idea was born then both raised and matured it.

            I can’t wait to have them siting next to each other. It will remind me of the time I had my 450 MD530 sitting next to your 800 AH-6.

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            • Looking good. Are you planning to cut down your main shaft to lower the head like F106?

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              • Not at this point. I had a shorter shaft but issues I ran into was how much it limited my pitch throws. So I’m going to stick with control over scale on that.

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                • Painting on the dirty.
                  tomorrow she’ll get you Helo green.

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                  • Originally posted by Gravythe clown View Post
                    Painting on the dirty.
                    tomorrow she’ll get you Helo green.

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                    Love the progress updates. Keep'em coming!

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                    • Got some paint done tonight. I’ll have to check it out in the sun tomorrow to really see if it’s done or not.
                      If done then I’ll put LG on so I can glue on the bottom antennas. After that I’ll mount the nav lights into the nacelles and attache them.
                      after that I’m sure n the home stretch.
                      got decals from F106DeltaDart, thank you sir, they are perfect.

                      no real glam pics yet, just a teaser.

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                      • Looking good Gravy! Glad the decals made it there!

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                        • Another teaser

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                          • Got some work done today. Next need to do some clean up and touch up.

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                            • Originally posted by Gravythe clown View Post
                              Got some work done today. Next need to do some clean up and touch up.

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                              Wow, looks great, can't wait until we get to put them side by side or even maybe fly them together..............

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                              • Well time to put the mechanics back in.

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                                • Can’t wait to hear the colorful language.

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                                  • Actually the Apache installs really easy. I have them in and out a few times. It’s the Cobra that will require the colorful vocabulary.

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                                    • All put together today. Decided to hot glue the tail support block in instead of epoxy. I did it so it can be removed later if needed. Glad I did, as it needs to come out again. The tail control arm transition plate is bad design. I thought I fixed mine but was wrong. I’m going to make one out of metal so the hole won’t oblong. The hole section is just sloppy. I knew it was going to be an issue, and should have just built the metal one to start off.

                                      https://youtube.com/shorts/t0gcPiwx9B8?feature=share

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                                      • Thanks, Gravy. Good info. Haven’t progressed that far yet....still waiting on 4 blade tail hub from China.

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                                        • Got my piece made tonight. I found a piece of metal at work that was the same thickness ( or close enough) as the original piece. Marked it up using the original al as a template, drilled out the holes then cut and grinder it into shape. It’s a little bigger size wise but the holes are on mark. It’s also strong. So now I just need to uninstall the mechanics again and change out this piece. This is where I am glad I used hot glue to glue The wooden tail tube holder in. A little if alcohol and the glue will come right off.

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