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is rather to different to many others I get involved in, because
this helicopter arrived at my doorstep, with it's "latest"
owner, in what appears to be basically brand new, never flown
condition, despite it having to be at least 10 or more years
After a check
around to find out just what this beast really is, the give away was
the design of the mechanics frame. These are the complete,
original & pretty classic HEIM mechanik system, into which a
brand new, apparently completely unstarted OS 0.61SX motor is
fitted. Even the tank does not appear to have ever contained
any nitro, and the motor has no nitro pipe feed to it.
As you can see
from the first picture (above) of this helicopter, the paintwork of
this very pretty helicopter is almost unblemished, and it is clearly
a pre-painted fuselage, almost certainly purchased from
the well known German outfit - Graupner.
mechanics also come from Graupner, and for background information,
Graupner and Heim have always worked together to produce pretty well
top of the range helicopters at what some may term fairly
"reasonable" prices. I will not say what the current
owner paid for this example, but had I known it was available I
would have definitely torn the sellers arm for it. In original
condition and at that time (10 years ago) it probably cost around
£2,500 all in, so it gives you some idea of the quality
involved in it.
Here are a few
more pictures of the aircraft for you all to drool over........
As you can
see, this helicopter is quite a beast, and is in amazing condition
all things considered.
A strange part
of the design of the Graupner fuselages is that you have to remove
the complete Rotor head from the main mast to be able to remove the
top cover and access the mechanics. The doors do not open, but
you can take out the screws that hold the windshield in for slightly
better access to the front of the mechanics, but it is almost
impossible to access the radio area with the mechanics in the
fuselage. This is a real shame to me, and detracts from the
otherwise beautiful design of the helicopter.
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