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12-08-2017 08:02 PM  7 months agoPost 1
gorhambirds

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Hey Guys,
Just wanted to share one of my latest projects. This is a reproduction Heli Baby from Minicopter. I'm using an OS 46SF. I had the side frames custom made. So far, so good. I've wanted one of these for years.

Steve Z

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12-08-2017 08:13 PM  7 months agoPost 2
chopper37

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That’s looking great subscribed, nothing like a classic heli!

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12-08-2017 09:54 PM  7 months agoPost 3
ICUR1-2

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What's the spring on swash for ?

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12-09-2017 03:43 AM  7 months agoPost 4
gorhambirds

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The swash-plate does not have a captured uniball within its center. There is a brass ball set screwed on the shaft that the swash-plate rests upon and pivots on. The spring pushes down on the rotating portion of the swash-plate and keeps it in constant contact with the shaft mounted uniball. Pretty unique, huh? Again we're talking 1970's technology here.

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12-09-2017 04:11 AM  7 months agoPost 5
Doublah

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Edit....not going to hijack.

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12-09-2017 11:52 AM  7 months agoPost 6
870heli

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Very cool. That's quite a interesting project. I didn't know anyone did recreations like that. I will look into Minicopters.

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12-09-2017 01:57 PM  7 months agoPost 7
ICUR1-2

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It looks very interesting. I enjoy the older stuff as well, there's allot I would like to learn about it. Any links ?

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12-09-2017 05:51 PM  7 months agoPost 8
JuanRodriguez

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I googled the model and came up with a manual and other info about it .....

Been there, done that and old enough to know better.....

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12-09-2017 10:30 PM  7 months agoPost 9
ICUR1-2

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Thanks Juan for posting that insightful comment I was hoping others would care to share their info as well.

again thank you for sharing your knowledge ...

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12-30-2017 01:18 AM  6 months agoPost 10
gorhambirds

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You can also go to Minicopter's helibaby website ( http://www.helibaby.de )or look it up on the Vintage Radio Controlled Helicopters ( VRHC ) website for full info on the original. Lots of cool photos too!

Steve Z

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02-05-2018 04:02 AM  5 months agoPost 11
gorhambirds

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I haven't had much time to work on my Helibaby project lately. I finally got the fan shroud cut, trimmed, and mounted. Wow ! A hell of a lot of work compared to today's models. A real pain in the butt, but it worked out ok.
Steve Z

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02-06-2018 03:07 AM  5 months agoPost 12
Keygrigger

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Nice fitting job there. Brings memories of my old nitro Heli-Baby.

Don

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02-07-2018 03:09 PM  5 months agoPost 13
Craig G.

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Interested in a set of floats for the Heli-baby? If so I'll dig them up...

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02-21-2018 12:48 PM  4 months agoPost 14
slickporsche

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I wonder if this new kit has the old tail drive, or one that actually works.Schluter used a round ball, with the ends milled flat, and then the outside was knurled slightly. That is what was wrong with the original. It was not easy to get its tail stabilized, even with a gyro, because of constant slippage of the smooth flat belt. If it would have had a toothed belt, it would have been a good heli. I built a total of two fixed pitch, and one with collective. This was in 1975-1976, and I learned to hate this heli. I had learned on a Graupner Bell 212, and had a Kavan Jet Ranger, so this was not quite a modern design at the time, at least not in comparison to the Graupner, and Kavan. After the Helibaby, I continued with Schluter helis, which mostly flew very well indeed, until the X-cell came along. They were less expensive than Hirobo, Kalt etc;.

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02-22-2018 01:59 PM  4 months agoPost 15
gorhambirds

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The new reproduction kit I have now uses a toothed timing belt to drive the tail.
Does anyone know what the main rotor RPM on the Helibaby is? I think I read somewhere that it's around 2000 RPMs.

Steve Z

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02-22-2018 04:39 PM  4 months agoPost 16
Keygrigger

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With the factory motor, you end up around 1700rpm and the tail rotor has lots of authority for a change. The first picture is the production prototype I bought the year that it was introduced at IRCHA and the second is my slightly modified production NT kit that has the floats and a full lighting setup.

Don

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02-22-2018 09:28 PM  4 months agoPost 17
gorhambirds

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Thanks for the info but mine is the reproduction nitro model.

Steve Z

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02-22-2018 09:54 PM  4 months agoPost 18
chopper37

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Key,
Would you be able to post a link to the manual? Or able to email a copy thanks.

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02-22-2018 10:28 PM  4 months agoPost 19
Keygrigger

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Steve:
The electric version uses the same gear ratio as the original and the spec electric motor was designed to replicate the same performance of the nitro version. Theoretically, the head rpm would be identical. Hope this helps.

Don

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02-22-2018 10:38 PM  4 months agoPost 20
Keygrigger

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chopper37:
Here is the NT manual link.

http://www.minicopter.de/pdf/Heli-Baby_NT_English.pdf

Don

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