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Posted by Minibichus | Apr 15, 2009 @ 12:21 PM | 8,566 Views
The sixth generation of the MB family is finally out of the assembly line... and this time as a Hughes 500MD TOW Defender scale helicopter. It all began back in 1985 when I first saw Blue Thunder, and since then I've always wanted to have a scale Hughes 500, and now, after 25 years, the wait is over.

Here is what the MB-6 is made out of...

-EXI-450 Airframe.
-Align 500MD Tow Defender fuselage painted and weathered in olive green.
-Lightning Heli 5-Blade rotor head modified for 'flapping hinges'
-Changed rotation direction to be CCW like the real 500MD.
-RCT-450 Skyshark gray CNC tail case.
-Align 325mm plastic blades (painted black with white tips)
-Align TREX450 Pro tail rotor blades.
-Spartan DS760 gyro & Futaba 9257 tail servo.
-Skookum SK360 flybarless stabilization system.
-Scale lighting system: 2 nav lights, 2 red strobes and 1 landing light.
-Spektrum AR6100 receiver. (soon to be AR7000)
-3x HS-65MG cyclic servos.
-Upgraded all philips screws to hex heads....Continue Reading
Posted by Minibichus | Apr 15, 2009 @ 11:57 AM | 8,437 Views
After a lot of effort and considerations, the MB-4 (SJM-180) wasn't really working out for me, too much trouble with it, too unreliable, not enough support for parts, too heavy and somewhat expensive to maintain so I decided to take it apart and put it up for sale. I took all the electronics out and left the airframe most in one piece. While it was fun to fly for a while, in the end it didn't measure-up to the superb performance the MB-3 has to offer.

MB.