Model Bell 407 helicopter project #6: Clamping the body and adding more to the interior.

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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 04-06-2012 02:10 AM 3375 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today was an all shop day, and it was a productive one. I clamped the body back together carefully. And of course filled some unwanted gaps, but less then I expected. It clamped together well, doing one side at a time just to make sure I was getting the best fit. Sanding was also needed to account for the displacement of material from the band saw blade when it was cut apart. I chose not to glue the roof on just for more simplicity when adding more interior components.

The seats were set in for test fitting and they fit just as planned.

I then began working on the cockpit and the abundance of controls and gages. I finished the collective lever and started the insturment dash. To make the dials on the dash I glued Beech veneer onto the walnut casing and proceeded to drill trough the veneer to reveal the walnut beneath it.

Thanks for taking a look,


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 04-06-2012 02:33 AM

Great work Ryan. Here is a 15 year old teaching a 63 year old what detail really is.

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#2 posted 04-06-2012 02:38 AM

Thanks a lot Doug.

-- Ryan

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 06:17 AM

Very nice progress.

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 07:13 AM

I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it.

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#5 posted 04-06-2012 08:08 AM

It is pleasure a going through your post. I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff from your side.

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#6 posted 04-06-2012 09:52 AM

I love seeing this too. The detail is amazing! It is going to be awesome when finished! (It already is!)

Keep us posted! :)


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#7 posted 04-06-2012 11:12 AM

Your attention to detail is amazing. Please keep us posted as you progress through to completion.

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#8 posted 04-06-2012 11:45 AM

Your model is impressive now, I’ll be watching to see the finished project.

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#9 posted 04-06-2012 07:22 PM

Just went through the rest of your projects, you really have an eye for detail. Keep up the good work, really do want to see this when you are done.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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