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Hirobo Bell 222 build & painting project

Old 08-11-2007, 12:11 PM
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Navigation lights done, since i'm tapping the power supply from the flight pack of 4.8v, i use capacitors for each LED, to step down from 4.8v to 3v. Each LED can be connected/disconnected individually.
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Lumeon ultra-bright lights were used for the landing lights.
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Old 08-11-2007, 12:16 PM
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For blinker light on top of heli, i used a larger-sized top, mix 5-min epoxy, drip it inside, insert the LED, voila...
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She now lights up like a Christmas tree! ... and would look really cool flying it near sundown

The LED lighting system video link is below:

http://www.rcuvideos.com/item/R9Z2H5WMGR5T6HG1
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really cool job there, that looks sweet!
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What is your paint scheme?
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Thanks Blade_Killer!

This one Tex, but in metallic graphite color with gold trimmings. I'll be using automotive acrylic paints and 2K clearcoat for final.

I will be removing all of the LEDs/mechancis and then sand down the whole fuse, in preparation for first primer coat. Cheers!
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You have a lot of patience.....
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Thanks TEX, my good friend always says this to me ... "Patience is a Virtue"
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Steven,
I just love how far that has come along and I am really impressed by the micro switch activated by the retracts! That is really a masterpiece and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Nice vid of the retracts in action also. Your project is really starting to all come together now. the Cobra is looking good too!


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Christmas here already?!!! Nice work...... a lot of hardwork!!!!. This says a lot about your attitude towards R/C hobby. Keep it up my friend!!! [8D]
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[sm=49_49.gif] hi RAJOO....FOLOWING THIS THREAD?......THANKS STEVEN....I GUESS POLO WILL BE BRIGHTER WHEN THIS HELI IS COMPLETED....
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Hi Alpha13, you are welcome! I'm enjoying building your heli, cukup cheras? (Bright enough?)
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Thank you Mechplas
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Yes, Alpha13, how can I not follow this thread. Too much valuable tips and tricks....

I have to respect the builder of the heli and the owner of the heli, both embarked on a common mission...... to launch a beautiful heli for all to see and enjoy.

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COMLPIMENTS SHOULD GO THE THE BUILDER........
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There's a Cobra thread?

What is the link?
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Tex,

The cobra thread is also on the same "Scale RC Helicopters" topic section, it's just a paintjob, not a build thread.
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ORIGINAL: ArrowNaughtic

Steven,
I just love how far that has come along and I am really impressed by the micro switch activated by the retracts! That is really a masterpiece and thanks for sharing it with all of us. Nice vid of the retracts in action also. Your project is really starting to all come together now. the Cobra is looking good too!


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Thank You ArrowNaughtic,

I have tidied up all the wires on the mechanics, and also the wire-driven tail rotor is really easy to install and dismantle. Unlock the front end, pull back the tail rotor, twist it up to about 80 degrees, it will then clear the 3 machine screws at the tail and the whole thing pulls out with ease.
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On/Off switch location next to right middle window, Glow Driver location also situated at this window, for ease of fueling/re-fueling and starting operations.
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Masking done prior to primer painting.

2K Premier Primer Grey SU-5116 used, mixed 4:1 ratio with slow hardener SH-3400 and then thinned down with paint thinner again, took about 2 hours to dry.
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Primer painting went on smoothly, hung to dry for 2 hours, last picture shows pit holes from Hirobo factory, will have to putty it and sand down again another day. After primer painting, i will have to look over the whole fuse carefully, to look out for inperfections and dents, and once all holes are covered up, sanded down, it will be time to shoot the actual colors
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Phew! The whole fuse sanded down and cleaned up. Now is time to make some antennas!

1.5mm carbon rods and discarded plastic clevises from ARFs were used. Sharp penknife was used to slice at an angle on the clevis. Carbon rod inserted and CA'd in place as shown. 1.5mm drilled thru to fuselage and antenna inserted temporarily.

Tail antenna was created with 1/32" birch plywood, 2 pcs CA'd together and hand-sanded down to shape, a tiny hole was then dremeled on the back end of the tail (bottom) for this antenna.

All antennas will be put aside to be painted later, and after the fuselage is painted then these will be glued on with epoxy.
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Door handles were also glued in, here's how she looked at the moment, will start to shoot some paint next couple of nights.
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Wow....even scale windshield wipers! Amazing detail and it looks really good. One question.....did you spray all that in the house with your cup gun? I have a nice little HVLP setup that I use for finishing doors and spraying laquer. It really does a good job for finish and is comparable to automotive finish when I am done. Usually I put about 3 coats of clear over my finished work. Sanding or steel wool between coats with a good wipedown with tack cloth or a thinner soaked rag then wiped dry with a clean one. If you can't tell, the painting part is one of the more exciting parts of any build for me. I love how something is transformed when product is applied properly and care is taken to ensure a quality finish. Thank you Steven for sharing such a wonderful project and in such detail. the tips and trick all through this thread are invaluable also!


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