Model Bell 407 helicopter project #2: Cutting Out The Basic Shape.

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 01-08-2012 10:07 PM 2556 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Ready to build! Part 2 of Model Bell 407 helicopter project series Part 3: Seats and rotor head. »

Today was the big day; cutting out the basic shape of the helicopter. I did it like you would do those scroll saw or bandsaw reindeer (cutting out two perspectives to get a final shape in the middle). I have to admit that this morning before I started I was nervous because I had never cut anything so big on the bandsaw, and messing up would be costly. The blank for the body of the copter weighed 30lbs, and was difficult to manuver around the bandsaw, even when I was constantly lubricating the table. But, it all went great, although I wish I would have worn a dust mask because I don’t have dust collection and am still coughing from the dust. the next step will be cutting it in half and then temporarily glueing it back together to sand all the curves.

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 11:11 PM

Hi Ryan, where did you get the drawings from?

-- Ray

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 02:19 AM

I drew them, using many pictures form the internet. They are still not complete, but I thought I’d do what I can.

-- Ryan

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 02:36 AM

A very interesting project! I am looking forward to watching your progress.

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 02:36 AM

sanding compound curves are a pain. I got an inflatable drum sander sander and life got a lot better quick. There are several types out there and some just for us model builders. I would send you a picture of mine but it is 7349 miles from me now. It is especially good for “old truck” fenders and cabs. I took a look at whats available today and see some that attach to a drill for under $50, mine is bench mounted and a strong mounting seems necessary to me.

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#5 posted 01-09-2012 06:37 PM

Looking good! You have a G.I. Joe to go in the pilot seat?

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