Christopher J got wind that I was building up a Benzine so he asked me to try some prototype frames for fit and adjustment if needed…no adjustment was needed! Right on the first time, Chris and team got their homework correct. In the near future these frames will be produced by SMI and they have a winner. This frame set is for the Benzine trainer or use in scale application. The difference between this frame set and the standard Vario frames is moving the swash servos into the frame set and lining them up for direct link to the swash at the rotor mast.
The frames are spot on for alignment, holes are where they should be and the cool thing is unnecessary things are not present. These frames are super rigid and are a great piece of engineering. Chris and team have done a great job in taking something great and making it even better. The red finish is a prototype engineering finish (very nice) but will be anodized in the production runs.
This pre-production frame set us going in a Benzine trainer re-build. While the frames are set up to go gas, I am doing an e-conversion. This Benzine will be using a KDE-395 motor with a CC120HV Esc running through the clutch system via the conversion kit sold by East Coast Scale Helicopter. It will be a 12S 5000mah system.
This build will be running a four blade head and Helicommand Extreme stabilization unit. While I will set it up and trim it out in pod and boom, I will be taking into a fuse as quick as I choose the next “subject”.