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06-04-2011 11:37 PM  8 years ago
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Rckfish

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1/4 scale Vario Bell 47
Doorman made an acquisition from Peter Wales last weekend. I'll let him do the commentary but here are some photos from the field today...hotter than all blue blazes but some beautiful flying by Stan.

Thanks for bringing her out Stan, I can't wait to see the new subject ship.
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06-05-2011 12:04 AM  8 years ago
FloridaHeli

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Wow, still as beautiful as the day I first saw it a few years ago.

Thanks for sharing.
This hobby is WAY too expensive!!
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06-05-2011 01:57 AM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Yeah, he's had a bad case of "PERMA-GRIN" since he got it! Sent me a PM and I thought he was describing a new girlfriend!!! The new lady sure looks good in the air... Hope you post a vid...All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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06-05-2011 02:13 AM  8 years ago
Rckfish

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Yep...he is still grinning...

Unfortunately I only shot stills... we will get some video soon.
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06-05-2011 02:35 AM  8 years ago
Yeehaanow

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Where do the batteries go?-Tim
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06-05-2011 12:32 PM  8 years ago
helibeli

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What are the flight durations per charge?
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06-05-2011 04:22 PM  8 years ago
doorman

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Nice Pic's!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Paul you really got some great looking shots... thank you..... and yes I still have that grin:!! I am really liking the way this heli flies....it is big, smooth and just a pleasure to fly....
I am really looking forward to finding a new subject heli so that I can get started on the refinish......even though it certainly does look good as it is... it just needs a couple of parts (already on order) to straighten it out just a bit more then it already is....
As for the flying time.... right now I am up to 6:30 on the timer, but have not been able to get an accurate time or charge on the batteries yet since I have been taking them down and letting them cycle on balance charge for the first few times so that I know that they are going to be in good working order... since they sat awhile... as of now it looks as if it would be able to go about 7 to 7 1/2 minutes once I have everything the way I want it, but 6 to 6 1/2 minutes are plenty for me, and I don't like to push them any harder then I need to!!!!!
The batteries are easy to get too... they are located under the floor and all you do is open the door and remove the pilot, control console, and floor, which are all on magnets, so it is very easy to do...
The set up is 3- 5s 4900 Rhino batteries in series for 15 cell. The motor is an AXI 5330 with a Kontronics 200 amp ESC.... and there is a 2600mah 2 cell in the left fuel tank along with a BEC that runs the airborne electronics....

Having flown just about every size heli out there, from the smallest to, now one of the largest, I have to say that the bigger they are the better they fly.... it really has a solid feel to it, but it does not feel like it is a 35lbs+ heli in the air ( you can certainly tell it when you carry it to the flight line though!!!!)....great fun to fly machine... and I am looking forward to scaling this one out... it is big enough so that you will be able to see the details, and these big old clubs will be able to do the work...
Thanks, Stan
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06-05-2011 05:27 PM  8 years ago
helibeli

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Who would have thought all those years ago that one day we'd be flying a 35pound heli with an electric motor and batteries!
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06-05-2011 06:36 PM  8 years ago
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The batteries are easy to get too... they are located under the floor and all you do is open the door and remove the pilot, control console, and floor, which are all on magnets, so it is very easy to do...
Not to mention that with the size of that Heli you can stick your whole head inside the cockpit to see them
I though your last 47 was big!
You had me at Hover
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06-05-2011 06:37 PM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Here are some paint schemes for ya Stan. Are you planning to paint the mechanics in the same color as the airframe? My personal preference is simple paint schemes for this airframe. IMHO, with the very limited canvas, ie: small fuse/cabin area and being all greenhouse, it doesn't lend itself to fancy graphics/stripes etc.. The graphics tend to take away from the basic shape of the fuse. The first 3 in this list are my personal favorites, you'll want to avoid the last one on the list for sure... I'm facing the same quandry with my schweizer 300, a very limited canvas to work with.
Barry

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Flee...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Ital...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Bell...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Bell...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Bell...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Bell...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-...028cb476e85a42c

http://www.airliners.net/photo/McDe...028cb476e85a42c
All helis and planes have an expiration date stamped on them...you only find it after you crash!!
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06-05-2011 07:57 PM  8 years ago
geink

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What about yellow.
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06-05-2011 08:31 PM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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Helibeli, I hope you enjoy your 47 as much as I have over the past 2 1/2 years !If so you will have gotten your monies worth . I'll stick to gas on the 47 since its a gasser in real life but will probably go to electric if I build another quarter scale machine.I may build a 1/4 scale turbine machine ,powered by electric, if someone comes along and wants to buy my Bell 47. Mine autos very nicely at 32 lbs and yours should also at 35 lbs..Have fun with it. Wayne
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06-06-2011 12:19 AM  8 years ago
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Thanks.....
Mojave, thanks for the list of pics and you can bet that I will do my very best to not choose that last one!!!!!! I have sent an email off to the owner of one that I found that I really like and hope that they will get back to me about letting me model thier heli....
Brian, you are right, I can almost get my big head in there to see what I am doing while changing the batteries.... and lovin every minute of it!!!!! Helibeli, you are correct... who would have thought... and not that long ago either... it is truely amazing and I am really liking it on the e-power... but I have just about converted everything that I have to electric now, and not looking back....
Wayne, I think you have helbeli and me mixed up but that it OK too.... I agree that the full size is gas and it is quite on electric but I really really do like it this way....might have to add one of the new sound systems to it that one of the other members gave me a link to....I am already enjoying flying this machine and it has already become my favorite, so I hope to get as much fun out of mine as you have yours.... I might even have to try an auto sooner or later with it after watching your video.... that is too cool....but these blades do carry and hold a lot of power, so I am sure I will get my nerve up sooner or later... thanks for the encouragment...

Stan
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06-06-2011 03:20 AM  8 years ago
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Good Job on your new heli Stan.... I like it the way it is!!!! TomTom
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06-06-2011 03:27 AM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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Yep,gotcha confused ! It will auto just fine ,BUT,the problem you may run into is that you may not be able to bail out of the auto if its not looking right ! I found that with my first electric when I tried to bail out.I couldn't , as the ESC wouldn't let me come in with enough power quick enough to keep the head speed up !Not a pretty site. I guess you can work around that. Try your first ones as full slide on autos as they are more forgiving . WP
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06-06-2011 05:45 PM  8 years ago
jack726

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The Castle speed contolls can be set up in bail out mode.
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06-06-2011 08:27 PM  8 years ago
cwright

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Very nice heli Stan. It should be a great addition to your fleet.. Chuck
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06-06-2011 08:44 PM  8 years ago
Peter Wales

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The Castle speed contols can be set up in bail out mode.
Is bail out mode what the pilot has to do when his heli is going down in a big ball of flames.

CC controllers have a bad rep on 12S On 15S You will need a fire extinguisher every time you hook up the batteries.

I'm glad you are enjoying my baby Stan, I loved every minute flying it, but as you say, it is a big heavy bird and I just couldn't manage it with one hand. I'm delighted it is giving you so much pleasure.
Peter Wales
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06-06-2011 09:18 PM  8 years ago
Héli Suisse

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CC controllers have a bad rep on 12S On 15S You will need a fire extinguisher every time you hook up the batteries.
From own experience I fully agree and back-up Peter's comment. Unfortunately even on 12S I needed an extinguisher
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06-07-2011 01:59 AM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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Well,if you're smart you'll have a extinguisher with gas or glow also. I carry a Halon with me everytime I go out. WP
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