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09-07-2011 07:29 AM  6 years agoPost 1
Martinl

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Hi guys,

I´ve got my Vario EC 135 PHT3 finally flying.
Helicommand HC3 still needs some tweaking and I also need some more hours in the air to get used to it.

Just wanted to share this video

Watch at YouTube

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09-07-2011 10:27 AM  6 years agoPost 2
Double Decks

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Very Nice

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09-07-2011 12:03 PM  6 years agoPost 3
MartinlrrNovice - Almere,Holland(Europ e) - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

Thanks!

A few pics.

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09-07-2011 02:46 PM  6 years agoPost 4
mcfast

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Very Nice !

P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!

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09-07-2011 04:28 PM  6 years agoPost 5
helibeli

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Very nice,the ec135 is a frequent visitor in my part of the world as the Helimed.Compared to the twin stage turbine that single stage sounds extremely loud.

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09-07-2011 05:59 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Etan30

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Martin,

The video is, nice great Helicopter good to see it back again in Holland.

Hope to meet you somewhere at a meeting with the beauty.

Kind regards

Ed

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09-07-2011 08:59 PM  6 years agoPost 7
PETER ROB

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I´ve got my Vario EC 135 PHT3 finally flying.

Martin, Heli is looking good, and the video of it flying looks like it fly's well
How long did it take you to get it flying that well?
What were the problems?
Peter R

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09-07-2011 09:08 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Martinl

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Hi Ed,

Thanks.
Maybe next year we can meet at a meeting, would be nice!
This year I'll hope to get some more stick time on it so that I don't look like a total noob on a meeting

@Peter Rob

No real problems. The heli was bought second hand and I changed a few things that were not to my liking on the setup.

I also had to send the HC3 back to Captron to have the internal foam update, that took some time. Also had to wait for the tailmod from Mike, which Mike delivered very quick but customs here in Holland found it necessary to hold back for two and a half weeks!

Adjusting the tail gyro of HC3 and setting the rigid parameters also had to be adjusted. Still not completely satisfied but a few more flights should sort that.

Tail is responding great, enough authority to both sides.

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09-08-2011 09:38 AM  6 years agoPost 9
Etan30

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The tailmod from mike is a great help, I seen this matter also here on this forum.

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09-08-2011 07:32 PM  6 years agoPost 10
paul999

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very nice heli loks real good in the air,be glad to get my 145 flying soon,but the ec135 is still my favorite looking heli,well done and good flying to

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09-08-2011 09:00 PM  6 years agoPost 11
jczankl

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Very nice looking machine!

GAUI/Empire
Spinblades
PowerMaster Fuels
Graupner
Castle Creations
Scorpion Motor

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09-09-2011 01:46 PM  6 years agoPost 12
Wemo

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gorgeous bird and I LOVE that beautiful field and the Big (tail rotors- I mean wind mills in the back grown). With the HC3, do you have to take in consideration phasing mechanically or does the unit allow you to adjust it within the stab system?

Post another video when you get her dialed in.

"How high do they go? Are those things hard too fly? How much do they cost?

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09-09-2011 02:24 PM  6 years agoPost 13
Martinl

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Thanks guys for all the compliments!
Will "scale" her up more during the winter.

@Wemo

The field is great, however the BIG tailrotors caused as a lot of problems when they were placed there 4 years ago. We had a lot of interference from them on the 35 MHz band. Consequently we couldn´t fly anymore until the windmills were fixed by the manufacturer(took 8 months or so).
Since they are fixed and most of us are also on 2,4 GHz band they don´t bother us anymore. Occasionally we encounter some turbulence from them but thats it.

The HC3 software lets you set the required phasing.

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09-13-2011 12:29 PM  6 years agoPost 14
Martinl

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Here's another clip from the same day.

Watch at YouTube

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09-13-2011 11:48 PM  6 years agoPost 15
Turbinator

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Martin

BEAUTYFUL heli and nice flight. GLAD to hear the tail upgrade helped and you liked, sorry postman held and took so long to release to you.

Gorgeous flying area too, I fly between 2 cemetary's, creepy at times especially near dark, I some times wonder if I disturb the dead and get hexed once in a while!!!

MIke

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09-14-2011 08:57 AM  6 years agoPost 16
PETER ROB

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EC 135 history of Doctor Heli

Martin, Your 135 looks well after so many years
It was the first turbine heli I built back around 2000
I flew it for 10 months in grey primer, as I was afraid to paint it because it was a whole new experience for me
Fitted with the basic petrol 4 blade head and plastic blades on the vario petrol fenestron, you can not imagine how difficult it was to learn to fly
Cine-Scale had not developed their fenestron,
Stabilisation units were in their infancy,Heicommand and the rest did notexist
And what was heading lock, all that was available was high gain for the tail gyro
When I painted that livery, the weight increase tipped the heli over the edge and was close to unflyable (had a hard pirouetting landing at a Vario open day)
Fortunatly Vario had brought out carbon blades (I still have them), and the cine-scale fenestron became available from Starwood
Whith the cine-scale fenestron the tail became easier to fly, so much so that the 135 took its first podium place with a 3rd at a scale fly in (2003)
OF head and blades and it flew on rails, no head stabilisation, no heading hold on the tail
I kept it for a few more years flying it occasionally, by this time I was hooked on turbines and had other models to fly, the new owner did not fly it that much, and unfortunatly died 3 years ago, I bought all his heli collection from his estate, so the 135 came home
It then passed on to ED Goubles who did a good job of repairing the misshap it had when I ran it up in the garden to video the turbine running too much negative on the blades it chopped a lump out of the tail fin
I think you know more of what has happened since then
The 135, to my knowledge, has flown in England, Scotland, France, Spain, and Holland, so is well travelled
Seeing you flying, the 135 looks to have taken on a new lease of life, well done, and may it serve you as well as it served me
Peter R

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09-14-2011 09:14 PM  6 years agoPost 17
Martinl

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Wow Peter, didn't knew she was that old!
Nice though to get some info about her history.

Ed sold the heli to a guy in Belgium from which I bought it. So I'm like the 5th owner or so. I'm planning to fix her up some more, already got some scaleparts in, Skidsteps, pitot tubes and a scaledome for the rotorhead. So yes I'm planning to let her live some longer

@Mike

Thanks, it's a nice flying site, it has some issues though but all in all we can't complain. Beats flying between the dead!

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09-25-2011 10:45 PM  6 years agoPost 18
Martinl

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Here's another video from one of the flights I made last friday.
This time I actually flew it and had a lot of fun!

Hope you like it.

Watch at YouTube

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09-26-2011 09:21 AM  6 years agoPost 19
Etan30

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Martin, don't worry about the age the turbine has been complete renewed and updated from jetcat in 2009, the fenestron has also been bought in 2009 from cinescale. The electronisc are also renewed by me I have put in all brand new servo's powerbox gyro HC3x and the lipo's. The helicopter flies fantastic in the video's and the senery is also great.

Kind regards

Ed

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09-26-2011 09:50 AM  6 years agoPost 20
PETER ROB

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Heli longevity

ED, The art of keeping a heli alive is, good maintenance,parts replacements, when required, and the biggest one
NO Crashes
Looks like you did a good job on Doctor Heli
Martin looks to be getting used to, and enjoying it
Peter R

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