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Ok guys, here is another question that I am confused about:

 

 

 

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Damn these instructions!!   :BANGHEAD2:

 

 

I wish they were more detailed.  Even though I have never built a helicopter before, I can still read directions, especially if they more detailed.

Thanks for answering what seems to be a stupid question in advance.

 

 

Richard

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One last update for the night.

I added the struts to my ESSS wings and I tape the ESSS wings in place to let the struts cure.

 

You may have noticed I detailed the pylon a little.  It looked to bare to me:

 

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Now the pictures of the strut in place:

 

 

 

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I removed the fairings from the helicopter and I replaced the fairings with .015 pieces of placticard.  I didn't like that spot bare.

And it was a suggestion from Erick and it made sense.  Thanks Erick.

 

Wow, now my helicopter is starting to look like a DAP!!

 

 

Richard

 

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not sure what the upper part is but that doesn't go on the stab but the bottom one does for sure.  That is the stab actuator.  The ESSS looks really good now that you put that plastic in place it set just right.  Looks good

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not sure what the upper part is but that doesn't go on the stab but the bottom one does for sure.  That is the stab actuator.  The ESSS looks really good now that you put that plastic in place it set just right.  Looks good

 

It was a part that  academy says that belongs on the tail, but just like I said, I have never seen that part on a black hawk tail before.  I will just add the stab actuator to the tail section.

And thank you Erick on the tip to add plasticard to that spot.  Now everything looks correct.  

 

 

Richard

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Alright.

I will be working on my windshield and getting it glued to the helicopter today.

May the modelling Gods look on me when I do.  

 

 

Richard

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Here goes the window.

 

Now to complete this task I use MM liguid cement:

 

 

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Now I have seen people use Tamiya thin cement and I used Gator Grip for the chin windows.  But I like this product because there is no fogging of the windows and it allow you to place the part, and if you had to move the part around to a better position, even after 10 minutes.

 

 

 

Now the first thing that I did was remove the tape from the ESSS wings strut after the glue on the struts cured, and then glued the ESSS wings to the helicopter.

 

 

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The windows:

 

Now I have glued the windows and even though I put pressure underneath the front of the helicopter, I could not get rid of the gap on the front of the windshield.  My windows are still curing so mind the tape.

 

 

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Side attachments near the chin windows are near perfect.

 

 

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Now before I glued the ESSS wings to the helicopter, I started to block out my cabin entrance and the gunners windows preparing it for painting.

More will be added to the foam in the cabin entrances and gunners windows before I prime the DAP.

 

 

 

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Now in the meantime while my window is curing, I will start to add everything else the bird that won't interrupt my sanding of the gap in the front windshield.

 

 

My helicopter is starting to look the part:

 

 

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-Richard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She's coming along beautifully Richard, you're doing a great job so far. You're almost home my friend!

 

Tim

 

Thanks Tim.

I am trying to be patient because the painting is what I enjoy, even though I cannot airbrush but I am learning.

 

 

Richard

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Close to painting i see

 

Almost there.

But I have a lot of work before I even prime the helicopter.

Sanding, rescribing, more sanding.....lol

 

 

Richard

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Alright while my windshield was still curing, I took to the sub assemblies on the helicopter.

 

 

Chaff and Flare:

From the information that you guys and other people in ARC told me, the chaff should be faced up so the chaff gets distributed on the rotors and the flares point down.  

 

 

 

 

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Now one of the things that I saw is when I put on the wheels on the helicopter, the right wheel did not set correctly.  It may because of the legs of the wheel was inserted a little incorrect.

But one of the things that I cannot stand is when the model is set correctly but one of the wheels is not.  So I took steps to correct the mistake that I did.  What I did was used a razor

saw and I cut into the peg that the wheels go on, but not all the way.  Then I set the peg to the right position and then used CA glue and accelerator to fix the part:  I hope that I am making sense.

 

 

The wheel on the left side of the picture was in this position that I drew in:

 

 

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What I did to solve the problem:

Little razor cut and a liitle CA glue and accelerator.

 

 

 

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Now the wheels are in the right position:

 

 

 

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The FLIR:

There was no way to make the seams go away without taking off the fine detail, so I proceeded the best that I could:

 

 

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Then I added that to the helicopter:

 

 

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Then I added the little nose to the helicopter.  But I had to put Tamiya putty around some of the sides of the nose because the fit was not perfect.

In the pictures, I still have a lot of sanding to do so mine the mess.  

 

 

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And the last thing I did was the disco ball:

But it is not glued to the helicopter.

 

 

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I will continue to build my sub assemblies on the bird.  And then I will sand, and sand, and sand the helicopter to get it ready for priming.

 

 

Richard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You have the chaff and flare buckets backwards, the ones that are angled out on both sides are the newer flare buckets and the chaff is the older one you have facing down.  Is there any way you can switch them around still.  Looking good so far Yeah I hate to see wheels like that too good fix on yours well done.  Like the PE as well

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You have the chaff and flare buckets backwards, the ones that are angled out on both sides are the newer flare buckets and the chaff is the older one you have facing down.  Is there any way you can switch them around still.  Looking good so far Yeah I hate to see wheels like that too good fix on yours well done.  Like the PE as well

 

Unfortunately they are already glued.  But I will take that knowledge with me when I start my MH-60s build.  

Thanks for the information Erick, your information has been very useful in helping me with this kit.  Especially to a first time helicopter builder.

 

 

 

Richard

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Construction Inquiry:

 

The little sensors in the front to the right of the nose of the helicopter.

Is the sensor (I have no idea what that part is....lol) seated correctly or do I have to move it.  

 

 

 

 

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I see a lot of different reference pictures but they are not always in the same spot.  It may because the model that I am looking at is a little older variant, I don't know.

I just wanted to know before I glue them to the helicopter and then I found out I should have glued them differently.  Thanks.

 

 

 

Richard

 

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