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03-30-2005 04:23 PM  13 years agoPost 1
chinnook

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Help, going to get a 222 or airwolf. My question is can I retrofit skids on one of these birds instead of the retracts. I herd so many people complaining about the fit on the 30 size on the retracts. If so, any suggestions will help alot. I also came across the vario 230 and has the skids in lieu of retacts but like the century products for now. Sport Hawk .32, 401 gyro. My second forward flight was awsome. I am hooked. Looking for some scale while in training thanks Copter Doc "You the Man"

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03-30-2005 05:12 PM  13 years agoPost 2
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cool deal!!! believe it or not, the fullsize 222/230/430 has the option for skids or retracts so it is accurate if you go for skids over retrax. the exeption is the airwolf as all the birds used in the series were retractable.

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03-30-2005 05:20 PM  13 years agoPost 3
heliham

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I believe that the designation for the skid version is "UT". If you search the web for pictures of a Bell-222UT, you'll find what you're looking for.

...paul

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03-30-2005 05:27 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Airwolf crazy

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Greetings,

I could see building a 222 UT (with Skids) but I can not see building Airwolf as a UT version. This is just my opion. If you want an Airwolf and it has to have the skids then just go for and enjoy.

As far as attaching the Skids I would think it should just be a matter of drilling your holes throught the Fuse so that bolts will attach your skids to your mechs. My Black Shark has a base plate that will be glassed in and the holes will go through that.

Have fun building, please post pictures.

Christopher

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03-30-2005 05:43 PM  13 years agoPost 5
chinnook

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222/airwolf
Thanks for the reply. I do not wish to go with full size. Is that 60 or bigger ? Like to stick with the century line 30 scale, with mechanics , ARF series. Prepainted also. I wish to install the engine, gyro, scale muffler, rig it fuel it and fyt it! The UT version mentioned is from vario, which offers retracts or skids. Wondering if the vario skids will fit the 222 century 30 size. I may have to call century to find out if they offer fixed gear on 30 size scale.

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03-30-2005 06:57 PM  13 years agoPost 6
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by "fullsize" i am refering to the real aircraft

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03-30-2005 07:02 PM  13 years agoPost 7
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you couold use the skids from a pod and boom model or you could make a scale looing set yourself from the brakeline tubing or you could have Jestrr make you up a set or even i could make you up a set. the possibilities are endless. i know there arent any skids for the 30 size 222 available from a manufacturer though.rr member Jestr here does up nice sets. give him a pm or contact him at http://www.scalerchelis.com.
if not i can show you how to build your own or i can even do you up a set.

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03-30-2005 07:54 PM  13 years agoPost 8
chinnook

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222
Hey doc, that sounds cool will do a little more research, I might just take the plunge, buy the airwolf, and take my time with the retracts. If I get frustrated, I will go to the skid version. I know Skids are for Kids. Thanks for the infor, and will check that web site later. Rene

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03-30-2005 11:53 PM  13 years agoPost 9
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cool man. if you get the airwolf and you get frustrated with the retracts, just take more time and be a bit more patient. dont do the skids on the wolf. trust me. after flying it with the skids on the wolf, you will wish you'd taken more time with the retrax. the regular 222 is more acceptable with skids

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04-04-2005 10:32 AM  13 years agoPost 10
chinnook

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Well doc, I am a newbie to this hobbie so I decided to go with the centuty twinstar. I will get the airwolf sometime down the line. I ordered it friday still waiting on her. Have the .37 engine. Is this a good choice withe the box type scale muffler? Also, on your twinstar do you have the pilots winshield open for ventilation or most of the side ones?Thanks Rene

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04-04-2005 10:59 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Copter Doctor

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i leave the side windows open for ventilation. the 37 will be more than enough power. good choice, the twinstar is a nice lookin' ship.

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04-04-2005 12:57 PM  13 years agoPost 12
Airwolf crazy

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Good luck with the TwinstarGreetings,
Greetings,

Best of luck on your first scale ship. There are a lot of people here who can help you. If you have not already done so check out http://www.scalerchelis.com Great site too.

When you do get around to building an Airwolf there are also plenty of people who can help. Copter Doctor has already offered to help me with the construction of better landing gear when I get to that stage.

Please post pictures of your progress on the Twinstar.

Have fun.
Christopher

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04-06-2005 05:33 AM  13 years agoPost 13
superstallion

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wheels look much better than skids. I am thinking about scale too. I was thinking about the airwolf or the bell 222 for a while, but I don't know how strong the landing gear is on rough landing, so I decide to look into the agusta 109a. I will get a landing gear with strenght and a cool look. I have a venture 30/50 and a raptor 50 I don't know if the 109a will fit in any of these.
century have a new bell 222 50 size fuselage which I think came out last year because I never saw it before, but the compatiablity chart is saying it was last updated in 2002

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04-06-2005 11:16 AM  13 years agoPost 14
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your venture and raptor should fit fine with little if any mods. the wheels on the 222 will take even a rough landing so no worries there. have a ball!!

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04-06-2005 11:54 AM  13 years agoPost 15
wolfdad

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Here's a link for some excellent pics of the Bell 222UT

http://www.photovault.com/Link/Tech...ft/Bell222.html

The Airwolf was a "one of a kind" aircraft modified for the television series and is a "retract only" aircraft, so to be authentic and meet the 518 rules, guess what.....retracts only. Now into my "second" Airwolf project (this one is turbine powered), I can fully understand the concerns and problems with retracts (although I have not exposed myself to the Century genre of this aircraft). I also think the 222UT is an extremely attractive and functional aircraft and one that lends itself very well to a scale proejct.

wolfdad sends....

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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04-07-2005 02:33 AM  13 years agoPost 16
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got the twinstar with flight pak, muffler scale. she is a beauty. will take my time. can somone tell me how to put the pictures on this place? rene.

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