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02-07-2006 10:38 PM  12 years agoPost 1
Sam Verlander

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I finally finished my Bell 222 fuselage for my stretched Trex. I painted it in Airwolf colors even though it's not a true Airwolf, just a standard Bell 222 but I did add the hood scoop on the nose. I got this fuselage from Flying-Hobby.com last year and started it by putting together my second Trex using parts I got for repairing my first Trex which is a 450x-v2. It took a wile getting it set up and flying great before I started fitting the fuselage to the frame. The fuselage came in 4 parts. The front nose came in 2 parts, nose and mid cabin which had to be trimmed and glued together to form a one piece front half or front nose section and the large rear section which came in 2 parts which I cut the end of the tail boom area to make it easier to install. I glued it down the top seam and left the bottom open so I could wrap the fuselage over the top of the tail boom and I used and old carbon fiber tail boom support rod to mount the top main support and the bottom has one screw which screws into the plywood rear landing gear support. I made the retracts from scratch using standard hobby supplies and have a Hitec HS-56HB servo mounted inside the frame to operate them. I have a Servo Rate Reducer on order to slow the retracts down for a more scale look. I have some more pictures in my Gallery and have a short video of it flying on Goggle Video. Heres the link
http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...671624247848148

The front section is held onto the rear section with magnets and I can take the fuselage off and back on in a couple minuets.
Bell 222 fuselage
Trex 450-v2 with stretch kit,335 woodies and long boom
Jazz 40-6-18 ESC with software version 5F4
MEGA 16/15/3 with a 13T pinion
Thunder Power 2100mah 3s pro lite lipo battery
26000 rpm head speed at 0 degree pitch,8 minute flights
Futaba 146iP PCM receiver
Futaba GY240
3 HiTec hs-55 and 1 hs-50 on the tail and 1 hs-56 for the retracts
CNC Aluminum Elevator Base Arm and Aileron Control Arms by Flight Tech
XL All Aluminum Standard Swashplate blue
XL stock black head
Align CNC Tail Rotor Gear Box (Gray)
CNC SE Tail Rotor Control Unit and blue grips
Thanks for looking
Sam
In Virginia

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02-07-2006 11:20 PM  12 years agoPost 2
JeepRubicon2k3

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Thats awsome, I love the retracts!!!!!!

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02-07-2006 11:49 PM  12 years agoPost 3
sunfm

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Sweetness
who makes that scale shell ?

thanks for pics

Align Trex 450 XL HDE ------ I LOVE IT---------

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02-08-2006 11:08 PM  12 years agoPost 4
Sam Verlander

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I got this fuselage from Flying-Hobby.com
http://www.flying-hobby.com/productShow.asp?id=757
It apears they are currently out of stock
Google Video degraded the video quality of the video I posted but that's what you get for free.
Heres a link to the same video at the same quality as when it was recorded.
http://www.hroads.net/~wadesrc/Sam/trexwolf.wmv
I just weighed the heli and the total flying weight is a whopping 882grams-1Lb-15 1/8oz. Even as heavy as it is it still has plenty of power. The batteries do get a little warmer than I would like but I don't think it's a big problem as I am only flying 8 minuets and I can easely get 9 minuets. I could always put a cooling fan in if I have too.
Here's a few pictures I ripped from the video

Sam
in Virginia

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02-09-2006 01:09 AM  12 years agoPost 5
ShellDude

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Hey... I've got the same dryer! They were gonna charge me an arm and a leg to replace the element... JB Weld to the rescue

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

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02-09-2006 01:26 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Graybug

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Nice work! Post some pics of it flying, when you can.


If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to!

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02-09-2006 01:49 AM  12 years agoPost 7
ShellDude

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His video wasn't bad... not bad at all. Really cool watching those retracts.

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02-09-2006 02:39 AM  12 years agoPost 8
Graybug

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Melbourne, Florida

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OOPS! Never mind...I need to read everything ABOVE my reply BEFORE posting one! Nice pics, and video!


If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to!

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02-15-2006 03:47 AM  12 years agoPost 9
Sam Verlander

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Here's an update. Last Saturday I went to one of the local RC clubs annual swap meet and brought my Trex Bell 222 and they let me put on a hovering demo inside the building. The place wasn't large enough for anything but hovering but my buddy took a short video so hears the link
http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...593764522250115
I finally got a chance to take it out to the field and fly it around some. Yesterday afternoon I flew 3 battery packs right before dark. I had a 8 to 10 MPH wind and it flew like the wind wasn't even blowing. Even though it weighs almost 2 pounds(882grams) it had plenty of punch and handled like a much larger heli. I cant believe how good this thing flies. I was thinking it would fly like it had a brick strapped on but it is really a joy to fly. I think the aerodynamic fuselage has a lot to do with it. I flew 2 more battery packs today before dark and haven't had so much fun. I really think it's capable of loops and rolls, not sure about mild 3D but I am not ready for that. So far I have done a few stall turns, FFflight Piro rate is fast,and can keep it in the air. So far haven't crashed this one, it has the same set of blades I started with. Maybe soon I'll get up the nerve to try a loop. Airwolf has to loop. Theirs nothing like a scale heli flying around. Next I plain to add some navigation lights.
That's all for now.
Sam
In Virginia

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02-15-2006 04:52 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Squirrlybird

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Suffolk, Va US

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Beautiful!!!

I have got to meet up with you some time and check out your bird, or should I say wolf. Where do you fly at (besides the front yard)? I just started flying at Fentress.

Love the airwolf music!

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02-15-2006 05:02 AM  12 years agoPost 11
Sam Verlander

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I fly at the barrow pit(sand pit) at Benns Church behind the bakery/ Deli in Smithfield Va. but I have flown at Debbies once, I might come by their one Sunday if the weather is good.
Sam
In Virginia

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05-31-2006 03:02 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Sam Verlander

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Just uploaded a new video of my Bell222 Airwolf in flight.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...770460746271836
The flying might not be the best but I get it up and down in one piece
Most of the time
Sam
In Virginia

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05-31-2006 05:20 PM  12 years agoPost 13
MarksRC

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Sam;
Nothing wrong with that flying! Love those retracts. Scale flight is what you're after with that Airwolf body. Nice to see something other that 3D.

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05-31-2006 05:21 PM  12 years agoPost 14
Pinoy_zoom

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mine doesnt fit!!!!
Thats a nice scale.... I got one from GAUI (not sure of the spelling) but mine is smaller...

-=<< where can i buy flying skills >>=-

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05-31-2006 06:31 PM  12 years agoPost 15
sthorpe1118

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Sam,

You have an awesome bird.

Do you know if the fuselage will fit the TREX SE v2?

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06-01-2006 02:51 AM  12 years agoPost 16
Sam Verlander

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sthorpe1118
I believe it would fit the Trex SE just fine as I think the Trex 450X V2 with the stretch kit has the same length tail boom. I have it in a stock gray frame HDE and the only problem I had was with full negative pitch it would hit the top of the fuselage and bind so I cut a hole for it to pop though. I don't have a CCPM Trex but I see no reason it wont fit. Also it is not a true Airwolf but just a Bell 222. I made the airscoop on the hood myself and it doesn't have the mods for the turbo bust or the extended gun pods but with the Airwolf paint job you cant tell from the air.
Sam
In Virginia

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06-01-2006 01:34 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Planehazza

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Newcastle, England

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Nice vids, but please don't use the airwolf music anymore

As far as they know, I already had it!
T-Rex 450 XL HDE with metal upgrades

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06-04-2006 06:00 PM  12 years agoPost 18
sthorpe1118

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I kinda like the Air Wolf theme music with the Sam's Videos.

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09-14-2007 04:04 AM  10 years agoPost 19
Ka1oxd

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Bristol CT

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Original Airwolf body
Larry Jolly was the one who made all the bodies and did the flying for the show airwolf. I have his body and worm drive electric retracts for a 60 size bird. One of these days I will finish it.

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09-15-2007 05:04 AM  10 years agoPost 20
Heli-X5

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This Airwolf started out as an Align 450 SA! but now the only thing on this heli that is SA is the Aluminum side frames! I just noticed that the rear vertical fin is up-side-down..that is now fixed....its ben to windy to fly this week, hope to fly it in a few days...

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