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Building report about a Sikorsky S-64F Skycrane in scale 1:32, which can then fly


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Back right.

 

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The cables at the front right are under a fairing. It was also thermoformed in foil. It was primed and paint green.

The three parts of the cladding are cut from the foil. Small foil angles are glued on the inside for fastening.

 

 

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The smoothed printed pads and clutches are very filigree. There are a few more than needed, because so small parts are quickly gone.
 

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The long shaft behind the rear is made of 3 mm carbon tube. Degrease before painting.
The small parts are put on according to the drawing in the necessary distances and aligned. Check on the fuselage that all supports touch the ground. If not, build small foil plates underneath.
Prime the jerked parts beforehand, then paint them with the appropriate paints.
 

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Partitions are located between the engines and the central gearbox. According to templates (in the kit then) these walls are cut from 1 mm sheet and glued Y-shaped.

 

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This is partly covered by a plate.  Then I decided to imitate the slats on the metal sheets. No. 102 from StripStyrene. It takes some time until they are all glued and cut. 

 

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Here we continue with small parts. The steps at the outriggers and the tail fin are very filigree and printed "smoothed". You can hardly touch them.
First all parts are primed with white. A 10 mm wide strip is cut from 0.2 mm foil and primed as well.
 

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The steps on the outriggers are glued on.

 

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Now the mass of decals is on it. Pair were already to be seen. In front at the bow of the Indians and the white stripes.

 

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You can do the upper strip with a straight decal. For the lower one I had to draw a rounded strip afterwards. Then it looked good.

 

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Then the green stripes on the outriggers. I thought it would be easier with decals. That turned out to be a mistake. It would be better to spray them with green as well.

 

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The stripes on the top and bottom of the tail should also be sprayed better.
 

 

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In order to get the long lettering on the underside straight, I drew a "help line" with masking tape.

 

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I also used this "aid" for the treads on the rear tail. The masking tape is just as wide as the rear wave. So I glued a strip in the middle and aligned it straight.

 

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The crane hook for the water hose is attached (it has nothing to hold). A "smoothed" printed part. Drill three holes, fit in, paint on it, glue on, done.

 

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The steps on the outriggers are glued on.

 

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The water absorption pipe consists of three parts (in terms of printing technology). They are inserted into each other, aligned and glued.

 

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After the small pump the fastening is glued at the back.

 

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The pipe has already been painted and is now aligned and glued at the front.

 

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The large triangular surface is glued to the right of the pump. There is still something missing, but I have to find out its exact size with templates first.
 

 

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That's (almost) what it looks like. On the right side the horizontal holder is missing. I also had to cut a stencil to draw the part. The kit-buyer has it all ready in the package.

 

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At the hydraulic table I had indicated the many lines and valves with decals. But at the fronts I couldn't do that, so something was drawn and printed smoothed.
 

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The rear shaft is finally glued.  Also the lower rear gear with the shaft upwards.
The treads at the rear are glued.

 

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I had to "adapt" the tailgate for my model, it was too filigree. With paint on it, it looks that way. It is also quite resilient.

 

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The Skycrane has many lines and pipes outside. I at least wanted to recreate the clearly visible ones. At the outriggers are also different many. The here left in front I have drawn and "smoothed" 3D print let.

 

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That's how it looks with paint. The front lower part is hardly after the original, there are simply missing meaningful pictures.

 

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For comparison the previous version. There is a difference.
That is a problem in the reproduction of originals: It can only be as good as the material it is made of.

 

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Last big construction phase. The supports and struts of the tailplane. The front support is glued on. Two holes are drilled 18 mm below for the pins of the struts.
 

 

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Holes at a distance of 14 mm are drilled into the already finished tailplane on the side (left). The single hole for the bracing has a distance of 18 mm to the edge.

 

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