Model Bell 407 helicopter project #5: Cutting the body open.

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 03-16-2012 02:57 AM 8560 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Sanding and shaping. Part 5 of Model Bell 407 helicopter project series Part 6: Clamping the body and adding more to the interior. »

So fo the past while I have been sanding the body to shape. I was also doing anything I could to avoid facing the challenge of cutting the body apart. I was afraid of doing so because it is not a cheap chunk of wood, and also all the effort put into getting the shape correct shape made it more special. Then one day I decided it had to be done and I did it. And that new bandsaw got quite the workout. It did go better then I expected with the minor flaw here and there. after the walls were cut off, I cut the doors out of the walls with my scroll saw. When I was doing this I used a thin piece of plywood to make my scroll saw table bigger. Then when I went to cut, the added table was flimsy and made a slightly squiggled cut on one of my doors. It may not be noticeable to every one who sees the final product, but I will always know it is there and it really annoy me. I cannot trim it flat because it will not fit properly in the frame, so it will be something I will have to live with. By the way, any recommendations for a finish for this chopper?

Thanks for taking a look,

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 04:55 AM

Pretty darn cool project. Did you get a new carver? If so how you like it.

For paint color how about blue and white. Old Nova Gasline patrol choppers from the 80’s & 90’s. Paid my salary for a lot of years. I think they were Bell 206’s.

Great job on the design you did a hand build right.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 11:16 AM

Looking good Ryan, I have been waiting for you to make the cuts. As for a finish, no paints, this is wood that needs to be shown off.
Hay, get that excavator out of the sun before it has a problem.

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 04:43 AM

Ya this is really Cool Ryan, awesome job so far. I also noticed the excavator in the window lol

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 02:36 AM

Thanks guys. Fear not, the excavator is no longer near the window, thanks for pointing that out. @CalgaryGeoff: Yes, I did get a new carver, it the Guinevere sanding system. It does an amazing job and is perfect for this project and many more to come. I could not have done this project without it.

-- Ryan

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