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02-04-2010 12:57 AM  8 years agoPost 1
oldfart

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Here is a short video of a 1974 Dubro heli being hovered in a stiff wind at the Mayday Heli Event in Sulphur LA in 2006. I was amazed to see Steve even consider flying it in the winds that were blowing that day.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LtnR-gvrjk

Man, that heli would have been 32 years old at the time of this flight!!!

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02-04-2010 03:43 AM  8 years agoPost 2
heli_headcase

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Thanks for posting that video. I remember the weekend was horribly windy and as I brought that Hughes and my Whirlybird 505 with me, wanted to fly SOMETHING vintage. The Whirlybird was a definite "No Way!" but the heavy Hughes would have a fighting chance.

It did OK but unfortunately it suffered two unexpected flame-outs (both missed by your camera apparently) and the second engine failure was the last time this heli has ever flown. The damage was extensive enough to break the fuel-soaked plywood framing around the landing gear rear mount. And to think, that crash was only from 6ft high Just try to imagine how much destruction could have been caused from a fall from this flight:

Watch at YouTube

By the way, that was at the 2007 May Day event, not 2006. In late 2006 I traded the Hughes away in perfect flying condition only to have it traded back in early 2007. I flew it at Birmingham spring '07 and then it had its last airborne actions at May Day '07. I went back through my picture archives to verify this.

Here it is at the Dalton, GA Southern Heli Scale Classic '06 September:


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02-04-2010 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 3
djrformcar

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Man I always wanted one of those Hughes 300s! They were marginal at best but they were so big and basic! Does anyone make reproduction kits? I've looked on E-bay but haven"t found a used one for sell yet.

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02-04-2010 10:06 PM  8 years agoPost 4
heli_headcase

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Hughes 300 availability...
There are no reproduction kits out there. Nobody in their right mind would get into making something like this, seriously.

The core basis of this model is the engine/transmission unit. Without it, you've given up the main 'personality' of this heli. There was a belt drive, .60 nitro engine conversion kit available in 1975 or so and it worked far better than the O&R assembly. Someone could replicate that without too much trouble I suppose.

There's one part that will be available and that's the canopy. I'm trying to locate my extra to lend it for copying but its location in this madhouse-O-heli's is unknown. Real shame that!

Keep your eyes open on eBay as the Hughes does pop up a few times per year. Maybe someone here on RR would be willing to part with one collecting dust. It's worth asking.


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02-04-2010 11:48 PM  8 years agoPost 5
reddragon

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That is nice. Very nice! I like the throaty muffler sound too. I noticed a little vibration in the skids. Still someone should produce it as it would sell. Ahhhh the vintage days.

Wayne - Fly it like you stole it! You're in good hands with Runryder!

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02-05-2010 02:24 AM  8 years agoPost 6
xeon1000

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throaty sound allright LOL cause there aint no muffler! I can't wait to get mine in the air. I had one a while back and was a treat to fly. Darn shame I crashed it pretty bad.

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02-05-2010 02:33 AM  8 years agoPost 7
heli_headcase

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That "throaty muffler sound" better be pointing away from you if hovering close or you'll be left with ringing ears. I was test flying this beast in my front yard while a neighbor watched. Thinking that this neighbor would find the heli's sound annoying, I asked of her opinion of the racket being produced. Her answer surprised me in that she claimed it wasn't bad at all and how realistic the Hughes looked. I was cruising around the yard, not just hovering in one location. Guess that helped with the illusion of realism.

But I say it's loud!


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