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Old 02-14-2012, 05:12 PM   #61 (permalink)
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Ken Tobey was one of the pilots. Craig Hill was the other. Ken isn't around any more but Craig is... I think I read he is living in France.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whirlybirds

I have a multi-DVD set of some of the shows..... horrible quality because they are all bootlegs or recorded off TV back in the VHS days. But they are all you can get... the show has never been re-released for some reason. There was some really exciting flying in that series and it was all real. There was one where they hovered the heli down so one skid pressed on a log being used as a lever to free a guy's leg. No special effects.

My bird flies very well. Kinda scale like. It is noticeably heavier and I can still get 4 minute flights from Hyperion 250mAH 25C cells but I think the batteries are being stressed getting there. If I remove the scale bubble and interior it flies a lot better, but they look SO COOL.

Unfortunately, I crashed it today. I think what happened was the shim I was suing to prevent the frame from rubbing the right servo output arm shifted and the servo jammed and blew one half of the motor driver. The motor gets very hot and after a while the servo stops responding and just wiggles back and forth. When it failed in flight, it went full deflection and the heli rolled and hit the ground. The only damage was a broken skid and the tail cage popped off. I'm in the process of building stronger skids that actually look a bit more scale and with a new servo it should be in the air again tomorrow.

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Old 02-15-2012, 06:54 AM   #62 (permalink)
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Paul.....
Glad to hear you didn't suffer any major damage!!!! It'd be tragic if you lost a heli that cool!!
Thanks for the "other" pilot's name!! I remember a lot of old TV shows - and their stars -- and it irks me when I suffer a brain and CRS (Can't Remember S---!)....
Probably not enough $$$ to be made putting the show into syndication....there are a LOT of legal hoops to jump through to make that happen, it seems....Maybe with the mounting interest in r/c helis......the real thing may once again be in vogue.....!!!
Thanks again, Paul.....and keep us posted on the exploits of "Seven-Five Bravo"!!!
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Old 02-15-2012, 07:17 AM   #63 (permalink)
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No worries. I've built a new set of skids that look better than the originals. And they plug in so they can be easily replaced. I re-did the tail to let the CF tail boom sit at the right angle to be a more convincing tail shaft. The glue and paint are drying. A new aileron servo (the cause of the crash) and it will be better than new. Pictures to follow.

The beauty of this whole project is that if I destroy it in a crash, for $12.99 I can build a brand new one. And MUCH faster because I have the kinks worked out. The original was painted with enamel, which takes forever to dry. Next one will be acrylic.

I think the real reason The Whirlybirds is not syndicated is that it is old, dated, doesn't have a "classic" following and worst of all, is black and white. I am grateful that I have the DVDs that I have. Got them on Ebay.

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Old 02-15-2012, 10:58 AM   #64 (permalink)
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OK, as promised..... version 2.



I re-made the skids so that they are replaceable and simply plug in. The skid itself is small diameter aluminum tubing, the verticals are 1mm CF rod and the cross members are CF tube. The crossmembers are split at the edge of the fuse so that the skid assemblies plug onto 1mm CF rods through the crossmembers.

I added a short 2mm CF rod on the tail cage and the tail motor carrier plugs onto it.

The rest of the "tail boom" is used as a rear support for the mechanism as well as a simulation of the tail shaft.

I heated the plastic frame in the vicinity of the servos and bent them outward to clear the servos. I need a more controlled method of heating a small area... I used a small flame and almost melted the frame.

The tanks are press fit mounted on the rear canopy support rods using 2mm ID CF tube stubs.

So that is how she stands today. Now that I have the kinks worked out, it will be MUCH easier to build another if I need to. Now to look into some home made decals.....

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Old 02-15-2012, 07:58 PM   #65 (permalink)
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That is very cool pgoelz! I'm trying to find a model kit of the Bat Copter from the 1960's Batman tv movie pictured below that I can put either MSRx or MCPx mechanics into.
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Old 02-17-2012, 09:30 PM   #66 (permalink)
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Well, the Bat Copter looks like a stock Bell-47G with bat wings. Should not be hard to make from the Revell kit. Just keep the wings light!

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Old 02-18-2012, 04:22 PM   #67 (permalink)
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Here are a few photos of my MCPx with a couple different MD-500 bodies.

The bodies are scale outlines of the MD-500 printed on glossy photo paper, folded
and assembled.

More details over in the other thread:
https://www.helifreak.com/showthread...288157&page=45
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:50 AM   #68 (permalink)
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OK, I am about finished with the Bell 47 conversion and I've created a photo album with some better photos.

I installed the cockpit controls, painted the blades, installed a white tail rotor and generally cleaned things up a bit.

With a Nanotech cell, it flies for three minutes with decent head speed and reserves. Really turns heads too. I keep trying to tell people that it was MUCH easier than it looks but I don't think they believe me in this RTF day and age

The only thing that remains is to find some inkjet water slide material and do some decals. I'd like to at least put N975B on the sides of the cabin and the Whirlybirds logo on the front of the canopy to hide the glue dot that holds the canopy to the cabin interior. But I think the blades would look cool with some tiny Bell logos on them too.

I was thinking of lights but if you look at N975B in the TV show, it doesn't have any lights except the landing light under the cabin.... right where my battery goes.

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Old 02-21-2012, 03:55 PM   #69 (permalink)
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Paul, That is "WAY TO COOL"!!!
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Old 02-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #70 (permalink)
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Thanks! I am pretty pleased with it myself. Best $12.99 I have spent in a while. That is on a par with a replacement MCPx canopy

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Old 02-21-2012, 04:08 PM   #71 (permalink)
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Great Job, Paul. Very impressed. :thumb up:

I am hoping I will be able to show something soon. Not as nice, but still.

Fly Safe!

Erwin


Edit: Hmm... the Thumb up icon isn't working for me... oh well.

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:57 AM   #72 (permalink)
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that looks totally awesome!
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Old 02-24-2012, 12:44 PM   #73 (permalink)
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Here's a link to a pdf of write up I did for our club newsletter with a bit more detail.

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Old 03-08-2012, 04:35 PM   #74 (permalink)
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And for those of you who wanted to see it fly.... and especially those of you who remember the 1950s TV show The Whirlybirds, here you go!

The Micro Whirlybird(s) (better audio) (1 min 57 sec)


You have no idea how hard it is to be the pilot and the videographer at the same time.... and fly low and accurately

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:32 PM   #75 (permalink)
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And for those of you who wanted to see it fly.... and especially those of you who remember the 1950s TV show The Whirlybirds, here you go!

http://youtu.be/_weSctgar7M

You have no idea how hard it is to be the pilot and the videographer at the same time.... and fly low and accurately

Paul
Look Out!! It's Godzilla!!!

cool video, dang giants wandering the place must make it hard to fly sometimes.
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Old 03-08-2012, 06:47 PM   #76 (permalink)
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By the way, in a related vein.... I switched to Turnigy 300mAH 35C cells to handle the added weight. They were fine for a couple weeks but just the last couple days have dropped off very noticeably. Just as others said they do. They would still be OK at the stock weight, but in the Bell, they are falling off fast. They are now just a bit better than the stock 250mAH cells.

So on to Lightning Power cells.... they claim to be even better. Should be here in a day or two. We'll see

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Old 03-08-2012, 06:56 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Look Out!! It's Godzilla!!!

cool video, dang giants wandering the place must make it hard to fly sometimes.
I thought it was cool when the guy walked through the scene and passed behind the heli instead of in front like the perspective suggested.

OOH, that reminds me of that creepy Twilight Zone episode with the flying saucer and the farmhouse

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Old 03-11-2012, 12:36 PM   #78 (permalink)
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HAHAHAHA.. I don't think there's any multi-blade out there to convert..

I got inspired by a TURBINE Mi-24

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STdAr1JNXIU

Like what badfrog say.. weight will be an issue and the narrow chassis will be a challenge to fit as well..

In fact after my Snowwolf.. I pick up a few other kit.. cost of kit is too good to reject

This is too addictive..

Daddy wants!!
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:41 PM   #79 (permalink)
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Hi guys,

Here are two of my babies. The Four Blade will be dressed up as a OH-6 and the Three blade will eventually become a Schweizer 300C.

Just have to get them so far that they actually fly nice and true... still work to be done...

Fly Safe!


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Old 03-18-2012, 04:49 AM   #80 (permalink)
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Hi Erwin.
My compliments for the heads!!
Did anyone try these fuselages from Germany?

http://www.heli-scale-quality.com/co...art/Itemid,43/

I am working on a M*A*S*H Bell following pgoelz's style..

Regards,

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