A "historic" Graupner Bell 222 build/checkover

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This Project 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 old.

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.

The Heim 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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