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10-11-2005 05:41 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Dakine

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This was my first forward flight with my Turbine Hughes 500 Camera ship.

It was also my first time flying 35 lb. bird. WOW, it sure flies differently than my Raptor 50 But, it will give me more practice on flying heavy birds for aerial photography.

A funny story: In the video, on spool up, you'll see the video with a lot of camera shake. It was my camera person. He hadn't heard a turbine heli before. I had told him to step back. He said, "Don't worry, I can handle it!" Well, upon spool up, you'll see the camera shake. That was due to him back pedaling quickly from the intimdating spool up, and he decided to step back and use the 'zoom' feature instead

Next on the list, mount the camera. This will be my 'Marketing' tool. Then for hardcore shooting, use the Maxi

TURN UP YOUR SPEAKERS!

Hughes 500_small

Hughes 500_big

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10-11-2005 05:52 PM  12 years agoPost 2
Lorents

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Wow! Very impressive!!

Your link got messed up - this works better:
http://4.19.64.6/tony/hughes500b.wmv



What comes around goes around.

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10-11-2005 05:55 PM  12 years agoPost 3
Scrub

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Damn that thing is f$*#ing cool!

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10-11-2005 05:56 PM  12 years agoPost 4
aambrose

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COOL! Nice job Tony!

I like the spot light.

Did you have to answer the standard questions after the flight? (to the guy watching in the parking lot)

-- how high will that go?
-- how much does that cost?


Tony

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10-11-2005 06:01 PM  12 years agoPost 5
Load Factor

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S W E E T ! ! ! ! !

That sound is too cool! Can't wait to hear and see some on board audio and vid

Tanner

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10-11-2005 06:51 PM  12 years agoPost 6
Dakine

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Thanks guys.

aambrose,
Did you have to answer the standard questions after the flight?
-- how high will that go?
-- how much does that cost?
No, I got a more stupid question:

"Is it jet powered?"

Tanner,

I don't think on-board sound would be audible

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10-11-2005 07:13 PM  12 years agoPost 7
Menno

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This will be my 'Marketing' tool
Like I said before, people are going to hire you just to see that puppy fly.

I suspect that your turbine will draw a bit of attention in populated area's.

What is your first impression on vibration. Are you going to need a lot of dampening on the camera mount?

Menno

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10-11-2005 07:44 PM  12 years agoPost 8
GMcNair

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Nice Tony. And your flying skills have come along very well...great nose-in work!

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10-11-2005 10:33 PM  12 years agoPost 9
R Hudson

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WOW!
That is just too cool for school!

Next thing you know, someone ask you to give their pet a ride.

What the heck, just send a trained monkey up to shoot video for you.

Ah, yes....................

"This Late Night Heli-Monkey Cam moment is brought to you in part by Rawlings Photography."

I can see it now!

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10-12-2005 02:48 AM  12 years agoPost 10
lowandslow

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Flat out nice!

How bad did your knees knock the first time up?

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10-12-2005 04:23 AM  12 years agoPost 11
Dakine

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Thanks McNair. Practicing stationary piro flips really helped me all around. It taught me how to focus and fly from all attitudes. Learning to fly backwards really helped me as well. I used to freeze when a heli would go into a tail slide. Now, it's just second nature without having to think. But, practicing 3D is not required for all. It worked for me. But 3D gets old quickly. A helicopter should look and fly like a helicoter. Flying a camera ship is similar to flying scale, gracefully. I got really lucky on learning how to fly. Can you believe it was just a year ago I bought my first beautiful scale bird from you and I didn't even know how to fly? I think playing video games in my younger years (even now) helped. I hate to admit it but can you say, "Pong"? Remember this video game? Since then, I was addicted to video games.

Hudson, good thought. Maybe I should put Rawlings Photography on the Hughes

Menno, I'll find out soon how to and how much, to apply vibration dampening.

low, the TX almost slid off my hands from sweaty palms the first time up

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10-12-2005 08:28 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Torsten

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how bad is the remaining jet thrust with that split nozzle ? I see you holding back a bit during the hovers.

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10-12-2005 10:40 AM  12 years agoPost 13
Crazy Horse

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zoinks now thats pucker factor

It was nothing short of amazing to see a bird of this calliber possibly bigger: jet ranger by rotortech at IRCHA have the tail let go in a low hover and the pilot saved it.

beautiful Hughes Tony

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10-12-2005 01:49 PM  12 years agoPost 14
HUTCH964

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Taylor,Texas 76574 local airport T74

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OMG!
That looks and sounds soooo REAL!

The only thing that would be better would be the 4 bladed head... Would that be as stable in flight with the camera gear on it?

Yes put your ad on the bird but make it scale so people will look @ it harder & remember it...


SWEET BIRD!


*****

Tim

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10-12-2005 04:27 PM  12 years agoPost 15
R Hudson

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"Hudson, good thought. Maybe I should put Rawlings Photography on the Hughes"

I definitely would!

That is a very unique way to advertise, I must say. I don't think many people would forget the name.

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10-12-2005 04:40 PM  12 years agoPost 16
Dakine

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That is a very unique way to advertise, I must say.
Consider it as one of the most expensive business banners I've purchased to date

Torsten,
I see you holding back a bit during the hovers.
That was not the heli's forward thrust. It was my shaky hands I'll get a video of her hands off and see what she will do.

Crazy,

I'm also prepared for the tail to let go. I'm prepared for a crash without crying. I also realize that when people watch these things, they (unfortuntely as humans) also would like to see a crash, or hear about a crash on this forum. Such mindset don't bother me or else I shouldn't be into this 'stuff'. Hopefully though, a crash is not near. Though, crashes will happen. On the first hover, I almost tipped her over. Now, I'm familiar with her characteristics. Thanks

Hutch,

A four bladed head would look cool! But, I don't want to deal with taking off the blades everytime I go out. I like it to be RTF anytime. It's a give and take. I'm not entering in contests and don't plan to so I chose the practical route. Ok, lazy route

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10-12-2005 04:51 PM  12 years agoPost 17
R Hudson

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I, for one, would definitely NOT want to see or hear about this fine machine crashing.

I'd prefer only to hear about your many, many hours of trouble-free operation and how people are amazed at it's grace and beauty.

That being said, if you do auger it in, best to catch in on video right?

All kidding aside, I hope she behaves for ya!

Just couldn't resist being a little sarcastic.

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10-12-2005 06:15 PM  12 years agoPost 18
Crazy Horse

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Ok let me try this again
Sorry Tony I think you took me the wrong way....I am deffinitely not sitting here going "oh man youre gonna cry if you crash that"; I have the intellect to know if it goes in its not going to ding you very hard by seeing the toys you have and the large collection you was selling off in the not so distant past. Up here a model heli is a perty rare thing in itself so before I went to IRCHA I had only seen one other heli that was in the class your turbine Hughes. Then I went to IRCHA this summer and saw the gents from Rotortech with thier huge jet ranger tuning it in the hover area when the tail let go and he managed to set it back down unscathed. So you see it was much more the tone of "wow a model heli this size will really knock your socks off" and not "oh geez man dont fly that thing or youll crash it".

CH

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10-12-2005 06:53 PM  12 years agoPost 19
rkeith2

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Tony
OK that did it -

Now I have to have one...

Point me in the right direction please.

Ron


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10-12-2005 10:12 PM  12 years agoPost 20
Dakine

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Hudson,

I'm always open to a good laugh, even if it's on me

Crazy Horse,

Sorry, I didn't refer to my feedback toward you at all. Your point simply got my mind going but it was not to reflect on your comment at all. I think Europeans have bigger birds and bigger heli toys. I admire the courage you folks have over there. The most beatiful birds are the ones I've seen in pictures from Europe. As a matter of fact, I've even made offers to buy some of the scale birds over there but shipping is an issue. In short, no hard feelings here at all toward you

Ron,

I couldn't resist to fly it and luckily one of the flyers got the video for me. Let me know when you want to see her fly. Then, you'll get one for sure!

N74,

I love the Hughes 500. They were everywhere in Hawaii. So, when I was vacationing, I had to get one....picked up the phone from the hotel room and bought it

Thanks

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