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500 size UH-1C Huey - 174th AHC

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  • F106DeltaDart
    started a topic 500 size UH-1C Huey - 174th AHC

    500 size UH-1C Huey - 174th AHC

    For quite a while, I've wanted to model one of the Shark-mouth Huey Gunships of the 174th AHC. I am planning on configuring this bird with the Mk5 Thumper up front, and the older style 7-shot rocket pods:



    After several months of waiting, I just received my 500 UH-1C Fuselage from PKM, so its time to get started. I already had a few of the parts waiting at the ready, including a microhelis scale head, and some zeal 500mm blades modified with the Huey's signature squared off blade tips. The cockpit and pilot shown were purchased from another forum, and are a perfect fit in the airframe. Overall first impressions of the airframe are very good, surface detail is great, but lacking in a few key areas. The door sliding tracks, steps, and fuel caps are not present, and will have to be added later. Stay tuned for more progress..






  • JFandL
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    One step at a time and before you know it you will have the skills

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  • propbender
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    I would like to go fenestron but the price for me is out of reach. it would be really cool though. I have test flown the ec135 with a two blade rotor, but it just needs a four blade head. it would defiantly look better and would probably handle better. I'm an older retired guy. I got in helies back in 96 mainly because there is no place to fly fixed wing near where I live. I have a very large yard with enough room to fly helicopters in. I only fly sport scale but I have a lot of respect for modelers who have the skill to bring out the best in their models. That uh-1 is going to be a beauty. good work and thanks for sharing.

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  • JFandL
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    Yes fenestron tail would be cool

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Originally posted by propbender View Post
    that is really nice. I'm working on a 500 ec135, it will be a while before it flys though.
    Thanks! Good luck on the 135 build, feel free to post a build thread so we can see it come along. Are you going to be going for the full fenestron tail?

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  • propbender
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    that is really nice. I'm working on a 500 ec135, it will be a while before it flys though.

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  • rifleman_btx
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    Agreed, I really like that thing!

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  • JFandL
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    WTG!!!!

    She really looks well up there in that air where she should be.

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Finally got my new batteries and got in a few flights this weekend on the Huey! It needs a bit more nose weight, and some blade tracking adjustments, but otherwise flew pretty well. Once thats done Iíll re attatch the rocket pods and get the interior finished up.

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  • JFandL
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    Looking forward to your flight!!!
    Glad to see she's going to fly again

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Originally posted by Hardway View Post
    Wow. Glad it was fairly minor. Still sucks though!! Looks fantastic!
    Thanks! Just got it all fixed up today. Got some 5/16 aluminum tube from the hobby shop, and tube bender from Lowes and whipped up a few spare skid tubes. Now all I need is for the wind to die down a bit, and for my new batteries to arrive!

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  • Hardway
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    Wow. Glad it was fairly minor. Still sucks though!! Looks fantastic!

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Well, I finally got in my replacement shaft and went for a test hover last night. Everything went well for a bit, and it flew as good as I remember. And then, in a 3 ft hover, the ESC went into LVC. Lost power, and had a hard landing. No damage other than a broken rear skid tube. Could have been much worse, but still incredibly frustrating.

    After pulling the ESC logs, sure enough, the voltage dropped off sharply to LVC under about 25A of load. Battery was a 3 year old Thunder Power 4400 65C 6S pack. Itís been a bad week for batteries with me. One of my Admiral Pro 4000s dropped a cell, and another crapped out in hover earlier in the week. Time to make a bulk battery order I guess.

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  • Hardway
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    Looking great!!! That will be cool...

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Originally posted by Hardway View Post
    Looks great! Bummer on the main shaft...
    Thanks man! Akuma, , I guess I did.

    In the meantime while I wait for the replacement shaft, AkumaZero sent some update photos of the pilots and they are looking awesome! Canít wait to get them in the chopper.

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  • AkumaZeto
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    You got the shaft. Sorry had too

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  • Hardway
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    Looks great! Bummer on the main shaft...

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    Thanks JF! Unfortunately, the test flight didnít happed today. I worked like crazy today, almost 10 straight hours trying to get it finished up. Finally got it together, and was going to do a quick test hover before gluing on the rocket pods. Started to spool up the motor, and it was immediately clear I had a very large problem. The rotor mast was bent! It was not bent enough to see when turning by hand, but with the blades on, it was very obvious, and would have had disasterous consequences. So, time to wait again, shafts are on order but are coming from Germany so it may be a while. Hereís where I am at so far.

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  • JFandL
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    Love it!!!, in the air it's going to look real!!!! with all the detail you added

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  • F106DeltaDart
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    More Huey progress. Sliding doors are complete, and finished the maintenance steps and fuel port on the right side. Also got to mounting the MK5 ďThumperĒ Grenade launcher in place. Glue is currently drying on the forward windows as well. If all goes as planned, Test flight will be tomorrow, and itís off to the Texas Scale Championships on Saturday!

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