Ever thought of building
a multi blade scale helicopter but were afraid of loosing you scale
model during the initial test flight. This is Mr. Jean-Yves
Barrette's approach to his Bell 412 project.
The project started with
getting the SkyFox Mechanics set No. 1002/19 for the 412 he was
building. The mechanics set was fitted with the 4 bladed Bendix
rotor system. To get used to the flight characteristics of the
multi bladed system, the mechanics set was converted to a pod and boom
by installing: skids, tail boom, canopy, tail fins. Dressed
up with a Panther canopy the 4 Bladed trainer is a very cool looking
Now the helicopter can be
set-up, and flight training can begin without the fear or risk of
damaging a full scale fuselage. This approach can also be done
from using a standard Pod and Boom like the Kobold or any other Vario
If you are thinking of
going to a multi bladed system in a scale fuselage a safe approach is to
start with a Pod and Boom and convert it to a multi blade and fly it
while you are building the fuselage. Once the fuselage is ready
the mechanics and electronics are set up and ready. All that is
left is to transfer the mechanics in the fuselage and have fun.
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