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10-16-2015 06:14 PM  31 months agoPost 61
Derek Round

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Hi Peter,
Put me down for one! (or maybe two?)
Cheers,
Derek, in Bradford
PS: We had a chat at the Pontefract Vintage do two summers ago!

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10-16-2015 08:26 PM  31 months agoPost 62
Grimracer

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two for me..

Grim

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10-18-2015 09:52 AM  31 months agoPost 63
pchristy

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Thanks for the responses, folks. Things are progressing, but it will be a while before we are ready to take orders. Speaking to the Vac-forming people, they have recommended making them out of different material from the originals. This will make them a bit more expensive, but they shouldn't suffer from the deterioration due to UV exposure that plagued the originals (going yellow and brittle).

As soon as I have a sample, I will post pix and a projected price. Shipping will obviously have to be added depending on where they are going (I'm in the UK).

This is a private venture, rather than a commercial operation, so please bear with us while we get things sorted out. I knew Jim Morley quite well, and its a shame that his excellent models should fade away for the want of a few spares.

Derek: Yes, sorry I couldn't get up to Ponte this year! I'd even built an early 60's aerobatic model specially for the event, but I was already committed to going to the Heli World Champs in Austria, and although the dates didn't actually clash, they were too close for comfort! Hope to make it next year though! Here's some taster vids:

Watch at YouTube

Watch at YouTube

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10-18-2015 09:36 PM  31 months agoPost 64
payne1967

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Jim Morley did try to make a tinted bubble but never succeeded
he even tried tinting it with tea
and when he saw my 47 that was built in 2007 from an unopened kit
he like how with age the bubble had discoloured

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12-05-2015 07:16 PM  30 months agoPost 65
MDSCUSTOMS

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Hi Pete,

If you're still having the canopies made you might get a few more interested people coming your way.

I've mentioned this on the Morley Helicopters owners group on facebook as there are some members looking for canopies. (I'm one of the group admins)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/622684874447009/

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Mark

I'm only here coz I'm not all there !!

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12-06-2015 12:25 AM  30 months agoPost 66
payne1967

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Mark
although I no longer have my Morley Bell47G's I have joined your group
as I'm mentioned in one of the 47's for sale with a link to Joe's vintage helicopter site
I am also the last person to have been awarded the Morley Vintage Cup by the late Jim Morley
when Ige time I'll have a look to see if I've still got my plans for retro-fitting the shuttle head onto the Morley mechanics

Dave

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12-06-2015 12:27 AM  30 months agoPost 67
teamdavey2001

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Should drop strait on. The 47G I built in New Jersey used a shuttle head - the underslung flybar one - and my H300 still flies with a Hirobo 3 blade head.

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12-06-2015 08:56 PM  30 months agoPost 68
MDSCUSTOMS

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Hi Dave,

I noticed you have joined the group and you are very welcome, the more the merrier.

Regards

Mark

I'm only here coz I'm not all there !!

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12-07-2015 12:08 AM  30 months agoPost 69
teamdavey2001

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It's Jim but thanks anyway

Jim Davey

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12-07-2015 02:30 AM  30 months agoPost 70
MDSCUSTOMS

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Sorry Jim,

I was replying to Payne1967's post above yours, I notice you have also joined the group so a warm welcome to you too.

Regards

Mark

I'm only here coz I'm not all there !!

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12-07-2015 03:10 PM  29 months agoPost 71
teamdavey2001

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Oh! I am so used to people calling me Dave.........

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06-29-2016 09:45 AM  23 months agoPost 72
pchristy

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Apologies for the delay in updating this! It took longer than we thought to find someone prepared to take on a small production run, but we now have a small number of Bell 47 parts available:

These are made from 1mm PET-G sheet and should be more robust and less sensitive to UV degradation than the originals.

The price has worked out a little higher than we'd hoped - £30 + p&p - but if anyone is still interested, please PM me and I'll add you to the list. We haven't worked out the P&P charges yet as we're still trying to source some suitably robust boxes. Also bear in mind that we are in the UK, so postage to the US will be higher! (Currency rates are fluctuating wildly at the moment, but today £1=$1.34)

We will notify you of the P&P charges before shipping, so you can decide whether to continue or not.

At present we have about a dozen available, but if there is sufficient demand, we can get more made. We can also get Hughes 300 canopies made, again if there is sufficient demand.

BTW, if anyone has tried to email me via RR recently, I may not have received it. My email address has changed, and I forgot to update it here! All is now sorted!

Cheers,

Pete C

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06-29-2016 09:57 AM  23 months agoPost 73
Bell47Man

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Morley Helicopters.
Pete,

Well done, I'm pretty sure that a great many people will appreciate that you have done this, many thanks.

Tish

You have to keep smiling.

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01-04-2017 07:52 PM  16 months agoPost 74
Grimracer

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Do you have a place on line to order the parts>

Thanks

Grim

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01-04-2017 08:02 PM  16 months agoPost 75
pchristy

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'Fraid not, Grim. We're not a commercial operation, just a couple of guys trying to keep these things in the air!

If you want to PM me with what you need, I'll send you my email address so we can talk direct, and we'll try and help if possible.

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01-05-2017 06:39 PM  16 months agoPost 76
hrc37

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Kavan Aloueteee Canopies
Pete,

Would you be interested in making some Kavan Alouetee replacement Canopies? I have an original set I could send you to make the mold. American RC Helicopters had replacements at one point but they all had a yellow tint to them (like it was old stock) and they were thinner then the original ones. I would like to have a set or two and in the past, there were a number of other guys looking for replacements.

Thanks! Mark

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01-05-2017 07:00 PM  16 months agoPost 77
pchristy

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Hi Mark,

Its probably not something we could tackle. We're not tool makers. We were lucky enough to get access to Jim Morley's original molds for our canopies. We didn't have to make any tooling, just find someone willing to do a small run.

In addition, bear in mind that we are in England (UK), so the costs of shipping single items across the pond is probably prohibitive.

There is a website dedicated to old German machines at helioldie.de The website is in German (the English version doesn't have as much info, or get updated as often!), but it has a lot of info on getting spare parts. Lots of people in Germany are making reproduction bits for Schluters and Graupners. Unfortunately all the references to Kavan seem to mention American Helicopters!

I see they are showing as "out of stock", but surely, if there were enough demand, they would do a run of canopies?

I would suggest starting a new thread to see if you can get enough people to commit to a purchase to persuade American Helicopters to do a run. That's what we did with the Morley canopies.

Sorry not to be able to help much more!

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01-06-2017 08:12 AM  16 months agoPost 78
klauss

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Austria

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Kavan Alouette
Hi Mark!

As Pete wrote, there are a lot of people here in germany making spare
parts for vintage helicopters. Regarding Kavan, there is another problem.
American Helicopters not only bought the stock und molds from Kavan, but also the copyrights. It's no problem if you make it for own use, but if
you sell it, you can get troubles.
So on helicolie.de you will only find parts which aren't still offered by other companies. You will find this also in the helicolie-disclaimer.

Regards
KLaus

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01-06-2017 03:10 PM  16 months agoPost 79
hrc37

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Alouette Canopy
Thanks Peter and Klaus for all the information!

For as long as I've been flying, building, and making my own parts, vacuum forming is the only thing I haven't done yet. So I think it's time to start!

Mark

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01-07-2017 06:30 PM  16 months agoPost 80
Badgerfarm

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American R/C Helicopters should have some new Alouette canopies in stock unless he has sold out already. I know because he pulled them on my machine using new PETG clear stock. Call Tom to see what the availability is.

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