Topic Subscribe
WATCH  2 pages [ <<    <    ( 1 )     2     NEXT    >> ]10750 viewsPOST REPLY
JR AMERICAS . HeliDirect . Heli-Max
. .

Main Discussion

 >

Magnum PI

calypsos15

Heliman

Irvine, CA - USA

Hi everyone! I'd really love it if someone could tell me the exact colors of the magnum PI hewi? TC's chopper...you know the one.

Thx man!!

"A-Team"

02-10-2008 Over year old.
Hughes500Pilot

Key Veteran

Anaheim, CA

Other then brown, yellow and orange, I dont know what to tell you. However, the heli is a Hughes 500, not a hewi (or correctly spelt, huey). That refers to a Bell UH-1. But to be more acurate, there were several different "TC Chopper" on the show, ranging from a model 369D to a MD 500D.

On the next 2 photos, note the "T" tail vs the "V" Tail.

Here is a Huey...

Here is some info about the helis used... -Steve

T.C.'s ubiquitous, multicolored helicopter is a Hughes 500D, the civilian variation of the OH-6 military helicopter. The Hughes 500 series is one of the most popular light turbine helicopters in the world. Its rugged construction, superior performance and reliability, crisp handling, precise maneuverability and fast speed combine to make it a favorite of many helicopter pilots. The Hughes 500D entered the commercial market in 1977 with a new five-bladed rotor system, a T-Tail, and the Allison Model 250 turbine engine. In 1984, Hughes Helicopters became a subsidiary of McDonnell Douglas and the 500D became the MD 500 series. Unlike most choppers, the 500D is piloted from the left side.

Contrary to popular belief, the chopper's paint job is not a custom design. The paint scheme (namely the diagonal bands) and colors (bright) are one of several standard factory designs available in the 500 series.


Island Hoppers
T.C.'s chopper was the sole flight craft of his air charter company Island Hoppers. Primarily a tourist sightseeing business, Island Hoppers first homebase was at a public heliport in Honolulu (first two seasons). For most of the show, it operated out of the Makai Research Pier on the SE coast of Oahu, close to Sea Life Park. In the late '70s, before he owned Island Hoppers, T.C. flew birds for a charter compnay called Ken Enderlin Charters. After saving his money for "years", he was able to purchase his own chopper and charter business in 1980. Somewhat surprisingly, T.C. never named his helicopter. It's simply refered to as "The Chopper". The chopper's registration number (the tail number) is N1095-A.


Magnum & T.C.
The chopper has endured numerous hardships over the years. It sustained countless damage from small weapons fire, several perilous emergency landings, even skyjackings. And then of course there was the neverending "gas money" issues. The chopper was totalled on two occasions during crash landings in "Past Tense" (3.5) and "Under World" (5.5). In the case of the later, it actually crashed in the Pacific ocean and sank to the bottom!

The show used several different Hughes 500-series choppers for filming, as well as a Hughes 369D early in the first season, each with a slightly different setup and look. The main differences were with regards to the tail and skids -- T-tailed (500D), Y-tailed (500C), high skids [pic], short skids, skids with floats [pic], and gray and tan interiors were all used in various configurations. The T-tailed/short skid setup (the 500D) was by far the most commonly seen in the show.


In Flight
Most of the birds used in the show were owned by Jetcopters Inc. and operated out of Van Nuys, California. Several different pilots were used in the show, including Marc Wolff, Steve Kux (also Aerial Coordinator) and Beau Vanden Ecker. Steve Kux was seriously injured in Oahu (1997) after crashing a Hughes 500D (with the same paint job at T.C.'s chopper, but not one that was used in the show) into a drainage ditch. Steve was pinned in the cockpit, and under water, when local Hawaiian "Tiny" Amarel heroically lifted the chopper up enough, so he could be pulled out! The incident was dramatically caught on film, and can be seen on a variety of "Caught on Video"-type TV shows. Steve recovered, but lost the use of his left arm and had to retire from flying. The cause of the accident was engine malfunction.


Chopper Surprise!
During the filming of "Skin Deep" (1.6), in a low-flying aerial sequence, a Hughes 369D (N58243) helicopter crashed into the ocean, tragically killing cameraman Robert Van Der Kar. N58243 was the chopper with floatation gear and long skids seen in the opening credits and in the first several episodes. The official NTSB report finds the cause as pilot error, a misjudgement in altitude. The episode contains an In Memoriam caption in his honor.

02-10-2008 Over year old.
WiscHeli

Veteran

Wisconsin USA

I always liked TCs flying Easter Egg ,, I was thinking for that Fusage for my T450

T-Rex450seV2,, 600N-Pro ..500CF... Jr 9303 Syn 72Mhz

02-10-2008 Over year old.
artimus

Key Veteran

Buckley WA

Isnt it the 530 E ...with the round nose?

AMA #890376.....Flying RC helis is like sex....you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it

02-10-2008 Over year old.
scamp62

Veteran

Shermen Oaks, CA

it's a "Hughes 500D"

Dimmit..I can stop this anytime I want..no..really I can

02-10-2008 Over year old.
vortexheli

Heliman

Turangi, NEW ZEALAND

No such helicopter as a 530E

500C
500D
500E
530F

520N(notar)
etc.

Magnum P.I/ TC's 500 is a D model

Oh Yeah, It FLYS

02-10-2008 Over year old.
WiscHeli

Veteran

Wisconsin USA

get one like this and repaint it to TCs 500

T-Rex450seV2,, 600N-Pro ..500CF... Jr 9303 Syn 72Mhz

02-10-2008 Over year old.
artimus

Key Veteran

Buckley WA

I ran across this on aweb site:
The first prototype of military version OH-6A Cayuse flew on 27 February 1963 and the type was in production since 1966, whereas the civilian Hughes 500 version was built since 1968. Total of 1434 of OH-6As was built for the US Army. The early version was equipped with 184 kW engine, while later versions had stronger engines (207 - 313 kW). Several different civilian and military versions have been built. Civilian versions: 500C and 500D (1000 examples built since 1975), 500E (with longer fuselage, in production since 1982), 530E (new 485 kW engine built since 1983). Military versions: Hughes 500M (export version), 500MD Defender, 500MD Scout Defender (armed), 500MD TOW Defender (with 4 missiles), 500D ASW Defender (anti-submarine variant) and 500MD Defender II. Total of more than 3000 of all versions was built. The licensed production was undertaken in Japan, Italy and South Korea. The helicopter is widely used by armed forces of the following countries: USA (1400), Argentina (14), Bolivia (12), Denmark (15), Spain (12), Israel (30), Japan (170), Jordan (8), Colombia (10), South Korea (150), Mexico (10) and Taiwan (18).

AMA #890376.....Flying RC helis is like sex....you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it

02-10-2008 Over year old.
vortexheli

Heliman

Turangi, NEW ZEALAND

Hmmm, Looks like I stand corrected

Oh Yeah, It FLYS

02-10-2008 Over year old.
artimus

Key Veteran

Buckley WA

It all good Bro....it's Production date fits in with the time frame of the Magnum PI TV show. I have been looking into building a TT Hughes 530 out of my Raptor 30.Just ordered it yesterday.

AMA #890376.....Flying RC helis is like sex....you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it

02-10-2008 Over year old.
vortexheli

Heliman

Turangi, NEW ZEALAND

Yeah I'm dying to convert either my Raptor 70 or Raptor 90 to a scale 500, either a D model like magnums or a replica of a E model I fly

Oh Yeah, It FLYS

02-10-2008 Over year old.
artimus

Key Veteran

Buckley WA

Thought a bout doing my 90 but that gonna be a big Heli to pack around

AMA #890376.....Flying RC helis is like sex....you dont have to be good at it to enjoy it

02-10-2008 Over year old.
David Blain

Key Veteran

Mt. Dora, Florida (USA)

Is there such a word as "Spelt"?????

02-10-2008 Over year old.
GimbalFan

rrProfessor

Big Coppitt Key, FL

Is there such a word as "Spelt"?
Yup -- spelt

op-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-thwop-t

02-10-2008 Over year old.
JAGNZ

rrProfessor

Auckland, New Zealand

Spelt is the 'English' version of the more American 'Spelled'. Spelt is also used in NZ and Oz. There are quite a few other words that whilst (American = while) technically correct in the English language, have regional application only.


Jason Greenwood

www.3dheli.co.nz

02-10-2008 Over year old.
HOMEPAGE  
inkspot1967

rrProfessor

ri.

im sorry nice heli for sure but those colors are ug and ly, now put them together you get UGLY.......LOL

02-10-2008 Over year old.
Hughes500Pilot

Key Veteran

Anaheim, CA

New photos added. -Steve

02-10-2008 Over year old.
vortexheli

Heliman

Turangi, NEW ZEALAND

Awesome scale 500D Steve, almost looks real with the mountains in the background. Now I really need to do a scale 500

Oh Yeah, It FLYS

02-10-2008 Over year old.
vortexheli

Heliman

Turangi, NEW ZEALAND

Hey Jason, I just checked out your new website www.3dheli.co.nz
Looks good, keep it up,
ROB

Oh Yeah, It FLYS

02-10-2008 Over year old.
flyingquisinart

Senior Heliman

Detroit Area

If you do a fuse you need to add a little mustached guy with really short shorts!

must have been a downdraft

02-10-2008 Over year old.
WATCH  2 pages [ <<    <    ( 1 )     2     NEXT    >> ]10750 viewsPOST REPLY
Scorpion Power System . Ron's RC Helicopters . Thunder Power RC
. .

Main Discussion

 >

Magnum PI

 Print TOPIC Advertisers 

Topic Subscribe

Wednesday, July 23 - 4:18 am - Copyright © 2000 - 2014 runryder.com | email | runryder needs cookie