Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 V2

Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 Radio Control Helicopter

January 21, 2009



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Airfield Models (http://www.airfieldmodels.com/)Building the Thunder Tiger Raptor 30 V2 Helicopter Step Nineteen

 
 

Step Nineteen Body/Canopy Assembly

  • This step is on page 16 of the Instruction Manual.
 
Parts for the body/canopy assembly. Parts for the body/canopy assembly.
Use a sharp X-Acto knife to cut the excess from the body. There is a deep "V" molded into the body.  Use a sharp X-Acto knife to cut the excess from the body.

Several light cuts work better than trying to cut all the way through in one shot.

Save the excess for testing paint if you plan to paint the body.  The plastic is bleach bottle material that a lot of paints won't adhere to.

I've read that primer for rubber car bumpers works, but I'm going to test before trying it on the actual body.

It's not just if the primer sticks but also if the paint I use is compatible with the primer.

Cut the nubs from the inside rear of the canopy where the grommets will be mounted. Cut the nubs from the inside rear of the canopy where the grommets will be mounted.  Use a fine file or fine sandpaper around a dowel to smooth the edge.

Be sure to sand all edges of the body for neatness and to help prevent it from cutting anything that may rub against it.

Insert the grommets into the body. Grease the inside and outside of the rubber grommets using non-petroleum grease.  Insert them into the body.

Open the air inlet holes on each side.  The only way to the receiver switch is through the air inlet on the right side of the body.

Body Clip A (right) and B (left) with hardware. Body Clip A (right) and B (left) with hardware.
Use an awl or a small drill bit to open the dimples on the bottom of the body.  Use the two self-tapping screws to thread body clip A on the outside of the body. Use an awl or a small drill bit to open the dimples on the bottom of the body.

Use the two self-tapping screws to thread body clip A on the outside of the body.

Place body clip B inside the body and tighten the screws. Place body clip B inside the body and tighten the screws.  Just snug is good.  Don't strip the plastic.
 
The clip slides over the front landing gear. The clip slides over the front landing gear.
Spread the canopy in the rear and push the grommets over the posts. Spread the body in the rear and push the grommets over the posts.  Greasing the grommets makes it easier.

Once you run the engine a time or two the whole heli will be nice and oily and the body can be removed and replaced easily.

It's easiest to mount the canopy to the body with body mounted to the heli. It's easiest to mount the canopy to the body with body mounted to the heli, so just leave it in place.
Trim away most of the excess plastic using scissor.  Score the plastic along the line by making several passes.  Cut reliefs at the front and back of the plastic.  Flex the plastic to break it free where you scored it. The canopy is a little more difficult to trim because it has a fine molded line.  I worked seated under good light.

Trim away most of the excess plastic using a scissor.

Score the plastic along the line by making several passes with an X-Acto.

Cut reliefs at the front and back of the plastic.  Flex the plastic to break it free where you scored it.

Finally, use a sanding block with fine paper to finish the edge.

Apply several pieces of double-sided cellophane tape to the body where the canopy will mount. Apply several pieces of double-sided cellophane tape to the body where the canopy will mount.
Place the canopy on body and align it.  Press it against the tape. Place the canopy on body and align it.  Press it against the tape.
Use an awl to punch through the dimples in the canopy or drill with a small (1/16" or smaller) bit.  Thread the self tapping screws in place. Use an awl to punch through the dimples in the canopy or drill with a small (1/16" or smaller) bit.

I used a 1/32" drill bit.  Thread the self tapping screws in place.

Remove the canopy, remove the tape and replace the canopy.

Decorate to your heart's content.

 
 

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