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Project by DaleMaley posted 01-18-2019 02:31 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The March 2019 issue of Wood magazine has a neat pattern and parts kit to build a wooden Apache helicopter. I think my grandson would like this one, so I decided to build one.

All of the parts are either hard maple or cherry. The fuselage is 16.5 inches long.

This project could be a challenge if you don’t have any experience making or gluing/clamping small parts safely. Fortunately, I have a lot of experience making small parts, so it wasn’t too bad.

This project uses the compound scroll saw or band saw method for making the fuselage and 2 sponsons. You glue the pattern on the top, and glue on the side pattern…......then saw the side…..then saw the top…....yielding a 3D shaped part.

I always struggle when using Cherry….........stain it with cherry stain when you build the model….....or let it darken over time. On this project, I chose to let it darken over time.

The finished Apache looks really neat…........much better than my photos illustrate.

You can see my Trials & Tribulations on my woodworking web site. The web site also has the links to buying the plans and a parts kit.

Thanks!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/





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Orvile Baker

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 03:39 PM

Well done sir.

-- Bud Baker , Ojibwa, WI. http://papabudswoodtoys.webs.com/

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 06:24 PM

a very nice helicopter Dale from town items to crosses and now toys GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 06:55 PM

That is really well done. I have just started playing with compound cutting on the scroll saw. I find it great fun.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 01-18-2019 07:16 PM

great build. I plan on picking up this edition of Wood magnesia and building one of these helipcopters.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-18-2019 07:56 PM



That is really well done. I have just started playing with compound cutting on the scroll saw. I find it great fun.

- PaulDoug

Everytime I make something using the compound cutting on the scroll saw, I am totally amazed when you peel back the scrap wood…........and you have a beautiful 3D item inside!!

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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htl

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#6 posted 01-19-2019 12:41 AM

Nice work and went to your site and your info on wooden locks was VERY INTERESTING!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#7 posted 01-19-2019 01:03 AM

You already complete this? I have the magazine sitting on my desk contemplating building it….guess I’m a little behind. Great work!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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GR8HUNTER

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#8 posted 01-19-2019 01:21 AM

hey Kim you should build this one : http://toysandjoys.com/134-the-apache-attack-helicopter.html :<)))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 01-19-2019 12:36 PM



You already complete this? I have the magazine sitting on my desk contemplating building it….guess I m a little behind. Great work!

- KimAccurso

Yes, I just got the magazine a week or so ago. It looked like such a neat model, I had to built it :)

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#10 posted 01-19-2019 12:42 PM



Nice work and went to your site and your info on wooden locks was VERY INTERESTING!

- htl

Yes, Tim Detweiler’s all wood locks are fun to build. My hat is off to him for coming up with the idea of using ash wood for the springs required in a lock…........so then you need no steel in the lock. His books are still for sale on Amazon with the Patterns.

thanks

Dale

-- Dale, Illinois, http://dalemaley.webs.com/

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#11 posted 01-19-2019 12:44 PM

So awesome toy helicopter.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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PaulDoug

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#12 posted 01-19-2019 05:33 PM


That is really well done. I have just started playing with compound cutting on the scroll saw. I find it great fun.

- PaulDoug

Everytime I make something using the compound cutting on the scroll saw, I am totally amazed when you peel back the scrap wood…........and you have a beautiful 3D item inside!!

- DaleMaley

My third attempt of compound cutting was the Nutcracker
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/407976

The hair was really amazing. When I started digging it out of the block of wood all I was getting was small bits and pieces of wood. I thought I had really blew it but when I finally got the piece out, it was just as it was suppose to be.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#13 posted 01-20-2019 04:10 AM

for sure “You did yourself proud”, really like it….nice work

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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