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Old 05-15-2007, 01:16 PM   #1
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Does anyone scratch build helicopters or do you just take a base frame and make it pretty by customizing?

Unlike a plane where you need only a good knife, a stack of balsa, and glue; for a heli I imagine you would need a mini machine shop. Must be tough cutting out those swash plates and turnbuckles, and hand carving the rotor blades.
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If you've got access to some basic equipment it's not too difficult to make your own parts but basing them on the mechanics of another machine for the harder stuff (such as the rotorheads).

I've seen custom frames, skids, blades, gears, you name it, all made with basic shop tools that most folks have.

If you got access to CNC milling equipment (oh, how that'd be nice!!) then it's easy enough to design your own head in AutoCAD too .

You don't see many who actually totally scratch build a model though from the ground up. Probably because there is really no reason to since helicopters are modular designs by nature. It's easy enough to mix and match/swap parts as you see fit to get the results you desire and at much less cost than trying to make the parts your self.

No joke about hand carving rotor blades though, some guys do it, and usually with very good results!!
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Old 05-15-2007, 02:15 PM   #3
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Helis used to be less prefab ... and less reliable.

I did see one completely scratchbuilt heli, I never did see it fly though....

Here's an interesting link to a reputedly scratch built heli;
MAAC# 12719
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Old 05-15-2007, 05:19 PM   #4
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I have ben thinging about makeing a scratch built heli for awile now. And to top off the thought I just started a job in a machine shop that has cnc mills and cnc lathes and all the stuff needed to make some real cool stuff. well see how things work out in the next little wile I may jst start a custom Heli.
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The problem is a stated above....most of the parts needed are all the same...unless you come up with something totaly different you will be back to the same parts...that the Jap and China folks are making cheaper than you can......

that is not to say you couldn't do frames, mounts etc......making them totaly unique!!!
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