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is again rather to different to many others I get involved in, because this helicopter
has actually been owned by me for about 18 years, but it is
now in pretty terrible
condition, having been carted over to the USA with me and remained
in a storage box for 10 years over there, and then brought back to
the UK in 2008
is that it got into it's current state all by itself, as when I was
last flying it, about 18 years ago, it had Schluter .60 mechanics in
it, and used an old JR radio. The real problem was the fact
that it was using 35MHz, but rather stupidly, I had decided to route
the tail drive piano wire down a lovely piece of brass tubing that I
happened to have lying around.
Now to those
of you that understand these thing, a piece of piano wire rotating
inside a piece of brass tube at high RPM will cause LOTS OF RADIO
It was back in
my early days, so I really did not not know better, so I used to
ignore the fact that when on the ground with the radio on and the
motor fired up, all of the servos used to "chatter" to
themselves. It always seemed fine once it was in the air, so I
just put up with it.
Anyway, to cut
a very long tale short, one day I had her up on a field close to my
house, flew her for one tank full, all was great. It was a lovely
flying day, so after a cigarette break, I tanked her up again,
restarted the motor and went to take off.
the last command she ever got from me.....
and after the post mortem, the flight pack battery was not fully
charged as I had thought, and that, coupled with inteference from
the tail drive wire, meant that just after take off, she decided to
go to full throttle, full pitch, and TOTALLY IGNORE ALL MY RADIO
She climbed up
to around 150 feet, rolled on her back, and plummetted back to
earth, nose first. Luckily, the motor cut out on impact, but
the entire removable front section of the (then) very pretty
fuselage was a pile of fibreglass shards all over the surrounding
area. The head had some damage, but not too bad really, and
there was some damage to the top part of the main fuselage as well,
but all this damage was/is repairable, as can be seen form the
picture below in the early stages of the repair.
- If anyone out there reading this has a complete .60 size long
ranger nose section that matches the dimensions (all are fairly
approx) I would really love to know about it. I will either buy it
from you, or if you will allow me to, will borrow it and make my own
mould of it ?
new one up from scratch is not going to be something I really fancy
trying to do,.
This is, of course, what the Bell 206 should look like.....
Above inside the red
rectangle is the bit I am trying to replace that is totally
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