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01-09-2017 12:37 AM  5 months agoPost 1
TaylorDrain

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Original Kavan JetRanger complete with original and all purchase documentation along with upgrade rotor head parts sent from germany when released. This is one of the first original produced kits. Asking $550.00 shipped in the US.

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01-15-2017 10:09 PM  5 months agoPost 2
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Grab this from Craigslist?

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01-15-2017 10:55 PM  5 months agoPost 3
JuanRodriguez

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What's the issue if he did ??

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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01-31-2017 07:08 PM  4 months agoPost 4
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Good price for an original early kit. Free bump for you.

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02-01-2017 02:16 AM  4 months agoPost 5
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NA Original, Complete Kavan Ranger NIB

If this kit is from 1973, you do not want it! I bought one when they were new, and they did not fly well. It was problems with the head, which was corrected in the following year.

It says this one has the upgrades, so it may be one to consider for purchase if you are looking for one.

If you were in a banked turn, they would continue increasing the bank angle right up to the point of impact, unless you already had heli experience, and caught it in time.

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02-01-2017 03:44 PM  4 months agoPost 6
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@Slickporsche, Ernie Huber didn't have any issues back in the day! I hope your flying skills have improved over the years.

Photo credit: Vintage RC Helicopters http://www.vrhc.co.uk/Heli%20History/1979/1979.htm

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02-01-2017 11:15 PM  4 months agoPost 7
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Are you sure?? If my memory is correct, he was one of the first to recognize the problem.

After flying fixed wing for years, I bought my first rc helicopter, a Graupner Bell 212, in 1973. I learned to fly on it, and a year later when Kavan introduced the gyro, I installed one on my 212. Nice!

At the end of 73, I purchased a Kavan Jet Ranger, but was somewhat disappointed with its flying qualities, as not being as easy to fly. I was told when I purchased it, that it was the latest and greatest. I soon found out that was not true. After obtaining the updates, I was able to pull off rolls and loops on occasion. Yeah, it scared the hell out of me the first couple of times I tried it. I believe I paid $395 for the Kavan at the time. I paid quite a bit more for the Graupner. I did a lot of flying with the Graupner and the Kavan, before attempting any aerobatics, and I could not have done that without the Kavan gyro, which had to be hardwired into a servo.

How long have you been flying and have your skills improved over the years?

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02-01-2017 11:44 PM  4 months agoPost 8
TaylorDrain

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I think you want this kit slickporsche! AmericanRCHeli produces parts and even makes a conversion for electric motor!

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02-02-2017 12:22 AM  4 months agoPost 9
JuanRodriguez

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I thought it was Mike Mas to be the first to hover/fly inverted ??

Edit: Maybe he was first to fly "switchless" inverted.......

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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02-02-2017 10:14 AM  4 months agoPost 10
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Mike mas , was the first one to go inverted switchless!! You are correct. Mike was in touch Walt schoonard when he was trying this.
we have come a long ways since the mid 70's. So good some bad. I guess that's why they call it life.

I love the Kavan Jet Ranger I have two of them with extra parts

Dan

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02-02-2017 05:30 PM  4 months agoPost 11
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Oh hell no, nostalgia is not worth much to me I guess. Yes, the AmericanRC Jet Ranger would be cool with all the modernization they have given it. But, no thanks for an electric heli. I don't even use many lipos. Batteries are a real pain even though we all need to use them. I gotta have that nitro smell, and longer run times, and in my mind more reliability.

I do have a soft spot for the Jet Ranger, and Long Ranger. I have a GMP King Cobra wrapped in a GMP Jet Ranger fuse, with Santini air livery on it. However, its not with me, and is back in the Midwest.

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02-02-2017 05:39 PM  4 months agoPost 12
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You are correct that Mike Mas was the first to fly switchless inverted, using his U-shaped pitch curve.

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02-02-2017 06:07 PM  4 months agoPost 13
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OMG you guys are old. You still remember things like this. I started flying back in 1996 and I feel much younger now. Thanks.

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02-03-2017 04:57 AM  4 months agoPost 14
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I was really enjoying this thread like it was yesterday, until the last post. Now I feel very old.

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02-03-2017 05:19 AM  4 months agoPost 15
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Yeah, like what am I doing in this rusty old hulk

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02-03-2017 11:05 AM  4 months agoPost 16
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Its nice to hear that there is still some of us around still (old timers). Today you would never hear anyone flying with out a gyro. Even if you went flybarless ( there is a couple of you out there still).
My first Kavan Jet Ranger was done up as KSTP Channel 5. I had logged 121 flights without a problem. I was in 11th grade, our video club wanted to do a video of me flying my helicopter. So we set up at the practice field, they videoed me fueling, checking the controls and starting it. About 4 minutes into the flight, I made my last 10 foot of the deck high speed flyby when I lost one blade. It exploded in the air. Channel 5 chopper went down. I found out the set screws that keep the blade axle it had backed out. So axle, blade grip and blade were all together.

Oh the good old days!!!!!
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02-03-2017 04:17 PM  4 months agoPost 17
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Original, Complete Kavan Ranger NIB

I'm glad that I was around in the beginning days of proportional radio control, and the beginning of rc helicopters. It was lucky for me that I had learned to fly fixed wing before I purchased my first rc heli, as it helped a bunch. Of course getting my private pilots license really set me straight on many problems I was having, and a better understanding how and why things fly.

My first heli came from Germany with only German instructions,but there was enough info on the plans and other drawings, to get it done. It was frustrating at first, as there was no one that could give any help. I finally did get it airborne with a large float type training gear that helped a lot. Then nearly one year later, Kavan introduced the first gyro. That helped to calm the tail, and I really began to enjoy it more. No heli radio with mixing yet! My second German Heli, the Kavan Jet Ranger was another challenge, until the updates were released, and then it was nice to fly.

Next was a Futaba 7 channel heli radio with mixing. Wow, was that neat and easy to setup a heli. Then the Gmp Legend flybarless. I never gave it a second thought about no flybar, except it was supposed to be more aerobatic, and with the mechanical gyro it was everything as advertised. Lots of fun with that one. Yes the "good ole Days" are gone, and it was a great time to be in RC.

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03-17-2017 07:44 PM  3 months agoPost 18
TaylorDrain

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$550.00 Shipped in the US.

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03-17-2017 08:05 PM  3 months agoPost 19
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Great Price Bump!

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03-17-2017 09:28 PM  3 months agoPost 20
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bump for a model with a coolness bar

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