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About mtaylor

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    Model shipbuilding. Varied depending on the day.. :)

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  1. I checked OC.. main rotor diameter was 72 ft 2.8 in (22.01 m). Just for kicks and grins, here's all the specs (copied from Wikipedia): General characteristics Crew: 2 pilots, 1 or more crew chiefs Capacity: 38 troops (55 in alternate configuration) or 24 stretchers Length: 88 ft 6 in (26.97 m) Rotor diameter: 72 ft 2.8 in (22.01 m) Height: 24 ft 11 in (7.6 m) Disc area: 4098.1 sq ft (380.48 m²) Airfoil: NACA 0011 MOD Empty weight: 23,628 lb (10,740 kg) Useful load: 8,000 lb (3,630 kg) Loaded weight: 33,500 lb (15,227 kg) Max. takeoff weight: 42,000 lb (19,100 kg) Width (stub wings): 28 ft 4 in (8.64 m) Width (fuselage): 15 ft 6 in (4.7 m) Rotor systems: 6 blades on main rotor Powerplant: 2 × General Electric T64-GE-413 turboshaft, 3,925 shp (2,927 kW) each Performance Maximum speed: 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) Cruise speed: 150 kt (173 mph, 278 km/h) Range: 540 nmi (1,000 km) Combat radius: 100 mi (160 km) 95 mi Ferry range: 886 nmi (1,640 km) Service ceiling: 16,750 ft (5,106 m) Rate of climb: 2,460 ft/min (12.5 m/s) Disc loading: 8.95 lb/sq ft () Armament Two door mounted .50 BMG GAU-15/A machine guns. Some have a ramp mounted .50 BMG GAU-21 machine gun. German CH-53Gs can mount two 7.62×51mm MG3 machine guns in the side doors, which are to be replaced by two .50 BMG M3M/GAU-21 machines guns in the doors and one on the ramp. Here's the video the first 53A doing the loops and rolls. And another one from the inside but this is a 53E:
  2. I think it was around 50 feet. I'll have to go do some Googling as tonite, for some reason, my brain is mush and I haven't had my brandy yet. I check my mixing from now on. I have some flat clear around here somewhere. If not, I'll swing by the hobby shop.
  3. Very nicely done, Jack. I think the base looks good also. Just push it back to a wall and job done.
  4. Ah... thanks for that. I didn't realize they rotated the wings. I'll go spend some time on the video since I bookmarked it.
  5. Da Nang was just up the road from us. Remember that TV show with the nurses in Vietnam... China Beach? That was between us and Da Nang. The only other place I go to overseas was Malaysia to haul Agnew around. Wasn't there long enough to qualify for R&R. Hmm.. 500 feet... you would have been flying under us then most of the time. And now for the build log.... I painted and assembled the first sub-assembly consisting of the swash plate, rotor head, blades, and top hat. I notice I have some glare on the one blade... weird since it's flat black. Working on the rest. I did get my first batch of extra "goodies".... sadly, they weren't a) what I expected and b) were missing half the parts. I strongly worded email has been sent about the missing parts.
  6. Well, let's hope the AE-35 doesn't run amok and try to kill you. Looking great.
  7. I'm not going to like your post, Denis. You have my condolences.
  8. Welcome to MSW, Arne. I hope you/ll start a build log.
  9. Wow... that is beyond cold. I hope everything goes well with the build from here on. I've noticed that unless I make the air inside more humid, my wood dries out and shrinks. I'm still shivering over your temperature up there.
  10. No worries from me on the mind.... my ran off, played in the mud and came back a shambles. Everything seems foggy now.
  11. Ok, the light will be a problem. What you're looking for when using the shadow is for the shadow and blade to be a straight line. If the blade is off, it the shadow will be off to one side or the other of the line. Actually hard to explain and my drawing skills stink.
  12. Try this.... put a strong light shining down on your penciled lines on the board. Now for the tricky part. Use the coping saw (rotate the work piece if you have to) such that the shadow of the blade is inline with your pencil mark. I've done that more than once and also use the shadow method on my scroll saw.
  13. Sorry. I'll go stand in the naughty corner. Seems I've been spending a fair amount of time there lately.
  14. I've read about those but do you know how they broke them down for storage? I'm just curious.

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