Now that the
fuselage is clear coated, buffed and polished, it is time to
start assembling all the modules and accessories I have
built already. First are the Turbine intakes. I
need to block them so light does not shine through
them. Black electrical tape is perfect, but then the
adhesive on black electrical tape is as reliable as a macramé
condom. I solved this by folding the tape over the
back pf the part, then running a bead of Qpoxy to seal the
tape down. Now everything should be just fine.
I used tiny bits of double sided tape for the initial positioning, then
"spot welded" them in place with thick CA and an acid brush
with accelerator. This is a handy way to temporarily
affix parts. Once placed and verified, I locked them down with
you can see the result! Those centrifugal fan blades look just
like a turbine. I am really, really pleased as to how these came
out. The reflections on the inside of the intakes get pretty cool,
depending on the angle. I can't wait for Les to take professional
photos of this!
On the more
mundane side, I re-assembled the tail mechanism. I am
using stock blades while I paint up another set.
assembly in the right order is very important! After
installing the intakes, I never would have been able to put
this mesh behind the vents! I am not sure if I really
needed these here, as the slots in the vents are very tiny-
but if I don't put them in now, I never will, so in they
light from Helidirect.ch gets installed. This is a
beautifully machined part.
You can see
the quality of the light better, on this inside view.
I used a JR matchbox to set the direction and limits for the
landing light. Also, it serves as a "Y"
connector to drive the DeLight LED controller, set to turn
the LED on when the light is deployed.
cannon get attached to the underside, here you can see the
mechanics that drive it.
As I was
re-assembling the pneumatics "for-real", I had to
place the center console in the cockpit. This console
has two working air pressure gauges- one for main tank
pressure, and one for gun deployment pressure. I
filled the tanks up to 100 PSI on Sunday, and hopefully in a
week it will still read 100 PSI. I think it will, as
the previous installation held pressure constant for about a
month while I was recovering from surgery.
Here is a
shot of the installed ADF Pod. It seems like I built
this such a long time ago... Actually, it was about a
year ago that I did build it!
is pressurized from a can of air like the ones used in Airsoft
guns. As a matter of fact, the filler here was
scavenged from an Airsoft magazine. I have plenty of
tanks of both the "Green" and "Red"
gas. Apparently, the "Red" gas is now very
hard to get here in the US. The red gas apparently is
capable of charging the guns to a much higher pressure than
the green. Maybe some kid got his eye shot out, so we
ended up with another Kalifornia "Knee-jerk"
legislation against it.
Stainless steel exhausts actually have to be
"suspended" in order to get the right angle and
protrusion. I supported them on the inside using
mounts molded from epoxy putty. Super strong, but the
adhesive qualities could be better, so I augmented the bond
with some Aeropoxy- then touched everything up with paint so
if someone is looking into the fuselage through a vent, they
will not see globs of white Aeropoxy everywhere.