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02-06-2016 01:31 PM  31 months agoPost 1
airplanejunkie

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43 year old garage sale find. Boxes were terrible but the contents were perfect. Not a single part missing. Extra blades,main gear,blade holders,and extended main rotor shaft kit were also included. I owned 3 of these in the mid 70's and I am amazed I have remembered the tricks to making this model work. The wooden wide stance landing skid struts (ugly)
made this a great trainer as well as facilitating the underneath belt start system. It is powered by a stock HB 60 that was always reliable. The radio systems of the day tended to glitch at the most un-oppertune times. The 2.4 systems of today will most likely correct that issue. The model was a real contender in the day with a whopping head speed of 1350 to 1400. I was honored to win the Nationals in the intermediate class with the Bell 212. I originally bought this with the intention of re-selling but the old memories won out and off I set to the construction. It is nearing completion and the only delay is the wait for warmer weather to once again feel this great helicopter in the air.

Thanks for letting me share a bit of history. Dave George AMA5129 RW2500

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02-07-2016 09:38 PM  31 months agoPost 2
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Graupner Bell 212
I can attest to it being a good copter, as I learned to fly on one, without a gyro, and later added a Kavan gyro as they became available. I still have mine, and would sure like to find another just because.

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02-07-2016 10:52 PM  31 months agoPost 3
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I dunno, I don't think that is ugly at all. I've only been flying for 5 years, but man that looks pretty sweet to be honest.

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02-07-2016 11:20 PM  31 months agoPost 4
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YES NO GYRO!
I too learned to fly without a gyro. In the early days of competition, You were not allowed to use a gyro. After competition they listened to your model for the then spinning motor type gyro. Fun days to remember. Dave

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02-08-2016 02:40 AM  31 months agoPost 5
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Nothing ugly about that machine. It is more a classic machine of beauty and lends itself well to proper scale conversion if you want to go down that route. I am surprised at how many are still around so that has to be a good thing.

I remember when these first came out in 1973, I was a 10 yr old kid living in Germany on an overseas posting. (My Father was an Army Air Corps Heli Pilot). We used to go to the local big dept store (Karstadt's) and they had these hanging from the ceiling. I always used to stop and admire them.

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Mark

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02-08-2016 02:55 AM  31 months agoPost 6
Keygrigger

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I remember that helicopter very well. A fellow I knew had two of them, one was a wreck so he put the drive train in a boat that I owned for a while. I could never afford one back then and had the Heli-Baby for a year or two. It had a Webra Speed 40, no gyro, and mixing via the first Futaba radio with on-board servo switching. I now have the prototype production Heli-Baby and love it to death. You can take the very slight ugly look out of it by making a really nice set of scale landing gear to swap out if you want to have it look as scale as possible. You have done a very, very nice job putting it together and I hope all your flights are perfect.

Don

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02-08-2016 02:59 AM  31 months agoPost 7
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Fully agreed with Keygrigger above, even just swapping out those skids to a more scale set will vastly improve the looks. Sounds daft but it really does work.

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Mark

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02-08-2016 11:41 AM  31 months agoPost 8
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airplanejunkie
I see your 212 also has the main shaft extension. I bought mine from the first ever batch to come into the USA, and it did not have that. Consequently, it was very easy to get a boom strike. I installed that extension as soon as it was available, and it certainly made landings less stressful.

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02-09-2016 03:17 AM  31 months agoPost 9
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Flybar limiter
My correction for the tailboom strike was a flybar travel limiter. You would be shocked how much flybar tilt movement can can be mechanically limited without any noticeable flight difference. Lesson - go to lowest pitch tilt the flybar to the extreme and be amazed how much negative the one blade will have. During a hard landing with a low speed head the blade can untrack and dive into the boom. Not a good day. Even though the days of flybars are diminishing, any model I own with a flybar has the movement greatly reduced. Try it you'll like it. The 212 was so bad that I constructed a mold to make replacement fiberglass upper tailboom caps. With the limiter and even the stock short shaft I never hit the boom again. Thanks,Dave

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02-17-2016 02:20 AM  31 months agoPost 10
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Beautiful helicopter!

Team KBDD/Compass Team Manger/Experience RC/Team JR Americas/WR Field Rep

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