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02-08-2011 04:59 AM  7 years agoPost 1
Starwood Models

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We have known for a long time that we would eventually have our own helicopter line. Choosing the first scale helicopter was not too difficult a process because it had to use a Jakadofsky turbine. There were a few choices but we instantly decided on the classic Lama scale helicopter because it would appeal to a larger number of scale modelers. The Lama has all of the desirable characteristics that many pilots who are considering a first scale turbine model will find attractive.

Out of the box, without a single stroke of paint, our Lama looks like a finished model. The powder coated framework is flight ready or can be painted to match your favorite Lama. The majority of critical systems are fully exposed. Inspection of the main rotor, tail rotor and drive train systems is straight forward without requiring dis-assembly and the turbine engine is in its perfectly scale position.

As much as we love our Jakadofsky turbines, we also recognize there is a growing market for large electric scale models. The Lama is an excellent candidate for conversion to electric and we felt this should be an included feature rather than an after-thought. Modelers can buy either version and can purchase parts to switch the power plant.

We have invested a lot of time to fine tune the scale details and have extensively tested the precision three blade rotor head system. It looks fantastic and it is great to fly. In fact, we have created a scale model that we have always wanted to build, but didn't exist.

Well timed with the Lama release is the new Jakadofsky Starwood Edition turbine engine designed for this model.

Al Wert
Good Flying in 2011
Starwood Scale Models

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Turbine Lama
http://www.starwoodmodels.com/produ...15Toverview.php
Electric Lama
http://www.starwoodmodels.com/produ...15Eoverview.php
Jakadofsky Starwood Edition Turbine Engine
http://www.starwoodmodels.com/produ...SMToverview.php

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02-08-2011 06:10 AM  7 years agoPost 2
R.J.

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I am one of those modelers who loves the Lama. I decided to purchase a Starwood 1/5 scale Lama electric kit. I won't have time to start building it until I get my taxes done, but thought I would do an "open the box" in the meantime. I was expecting a whole bunch of little bags with parts in it, but was instead surprised at how much was prefabricated by the manufacturer as you'll see.

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Rick

One Big Box...

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02-08-2011 06:11 AM  7 years agoPost 3
R.J.

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Opening the main box:


Just inside the main box


Main rotor head box on top of landing gear, under foam padding


Landing gear exposed


Landing gear and Main Rotor Blade Bag removed

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02-08-2011 06:11 AM  7 years agoPost 4
R.J.

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Main rotor Head box:


Main Rotor


Just inside


Main rotor head

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02-08-2011 06:12 AM  7 years agoPost 5
R.J.

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Tail rotor "Accessory" box:


Accessory box


Tail rotor gearbox, hub, and blade grips; tail blades, and horizontal stabs


Tail unit

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02-08-2011 06:12 AM  7 years agoPost 6
R.J.

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Cabin and dummy turbine accessories box:


cabin accessories box


Just inside


Turbine air screens, seat, instrument binnacle, nav light mounts, cyclic & collective sticks, TR pedals, oil reservoirs


Seats


Binnacle and air screens


Closeup of plastic parts

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02-08-2011 06:12 AM  7 years agoPost 7
R.J.

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Main cabin box:


Main Cabin box


Just inside


Cabin doors and glazing


Cabin and door openings pre-trimmed

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02-08-2011 06:13 AM  7 years agoPost 8
R.J.

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Main Unit box:


Main Unit box


Just inside


Wood parts on sides of box


Main Unit as it comes out of the box


Tower and Swashplate


Bellcranks


Rear triangles


Electric Motor Assembly


Left Side of Tower


Front end

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02-08-2011 06:13 AM  7 years agoPost 9
R.J.

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Tail Truss and Main Rotor blades box:


Tail Truss and Main Blades box


Just inside


Tail Truss, Tail Driveshaft, Pushrod, and Main Rotor Blade Set

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02-08-2011 07:23 AM  7 years agoPost 10
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Wow, absolutely awesome!! You guys out did yourselves.

All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!

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02-08-2011 07:43 AM  7 years agoPost 11
Pistol Pete

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WOW. a classic indeed.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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02-08-2011 01:22 PM  7 years agoPost 12
Copter Doctor

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very impressed at the levelof prefab. all the pushrods are in place even on the rotor system and the blades are included.
Very nice!!

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-08-2011 02:02 PM  7 years agoPost 13
BarracudaHockey

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Thats going to be awesome!

RJ, what are you using for a power system?

Andy
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02-08-2011 07:04 PM  7 years agoPost 14
R.J.

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The electric Lama comes with a 165kv motor installed, along with cooling fan and centrifugal clutch. It is meant for 12S so I will likely try some 12S 5000-6000mAh packs and see how the current draw is and go from there. I will have to figure out how to configure the packs so that I can fit them inside a dummy fuel tank. I will be using a 12S 120A HV ESC.

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02-08-2011 07:08 PM  7 years agoPost 15
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Excellent

Andy
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02-08-2011 07:17 PM  7 years agoPost 16
Copter Doctor

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you know, i have never given a Lama a second thought, but thats a nice looking kit. saw one fly at ircha and it was nice.

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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02-08-2011 08:42 PM  7 years agoPost 17
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10 grand for starters on the turbine version... yikes!

Darling, we should sell our car...

It's easy to find an excuse to do wrong. Hard is not to find an excuse to do right.

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02-09-2011 03:05 AM  7 years agoPost 18
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Thats with the Turbine !!

From Simple minds come simple ideas! Approach Engineering

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02-09-2011 03:54 AM  7 years agoPost 19
atvracer

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absolutely awesome would love to have one
you know, i have never given a Lama a second thought, but thats a nice looking kit.
same here till i saw this

i love the open mechanics makes you want to have one

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02-09-2011 04:24 AM  7 years agoPost 20
Copter Doctor

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i guess i should say that there is one other lama i was impressed with and thats Peter's. its big, detailed and sounds nice. i guess all the smaller ones i have been seeing lately made me forget about his
right out of the box, that starwood lama looks ready to use in a contest

drive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft

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