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Old Jan 28, 2013, 01:46 PM
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Need help identifying scale helicopter

I am completely new to scale helicopters, came across this 20 something year old Bell Jet Ranger and was hoping to see if anyone can tell me which model it is or any specific information so I can see about restoring it to working order. Thanks for any help.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:05 PM
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I can't help too much with the id but it would help others if you have the canopy removed and have some shots of the mechanics and any other spare parts that might have come with it. Good luck.

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 02:49 PM
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Ok thanks, well here is a picture of the mechanics. Hopefully is the right angle, if not I can take another one.
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Old Jan 28, 2013, 06:49 PM
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Must be a Heim Star Ranger. I still have a set of mechanics that are getting converted to electric in a Heim Bell 222

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Old Jan 28, 2013, 06:50 PM
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Let me know if you need any info. I have all of the original plans and instructions.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 05:06 AM
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Yep.... that is an original Heim Star Ranger by the looks of it....
Most likely a little bit older than 20 years, closer to 30 probably.

The Vario SkyFox series has evolved from this very mechanics, and most likely every part of that old Heim, you can find a compatible Vario replacement for or a part that will fit with minimal additional parts (some shaft diameters were changed, some ways of fastening gears to shafts, but nothing shocking, 90% of the SkyFox mechanical parts are still a direct fit).

I remember this helicopter to be a very friendly flyer (for a helicopter), and the use of Vario parts really improved its durability and reliability.

But I would recommend to get rid of the mechanical mixing, that was not the best, even for its time...

Good luck with it
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:11 AM
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yes I would definately like to get as much info as possible, if you could send me what you have, I would definately appreciate it.
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:33 AM
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Brutus1967;

Is there a good website to get the mechanical mixing parts? Also, I saw some videos of the electric converted Heim Star Ranger and I was wondering, would you suggest me to go ahead and covert to electric? I have never worked with nitro helis and don't know which way to go with this; i'd rather make the right choice the first time Thanks,

And also, can you tell me what class size it is? Dimensions are 56"L, 14"H blades are 25.5"L
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 08:38 AM
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They were .60 size. It is already set up for mechanical mixing as shown in your photos. The servo that is mounted sideways is on a pivot for pitch, instead of electronic where all three servos move in tandem. My drawings show both arrangments. Give me a couple of days to make copies or scans and you are welcome to whatever info I have.

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Old Jan 29, 2013, 09:49 AM
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mligosh:

Would you recommend converting it to Electric? I have never used nitro and I am already looking at having to buy another motor. I also have to replace some buckles as they have become brittle and have broken by just a little pressure. Do you have any websites to suggest for those kind of parts? Thanks,
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 12:56 PM
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Brutus1967;

Is there a good website to get the mechanical mixing parts? Also, I saw some videos of the electric converted Heim Star Ranger and I was wondering, would you suggest me to go ahead and covert to electric? I have never worked with nitro helis and don't know which way to go with this; i'd rather make the right choice the first time Thanks,

And also, can you tell me what class size it is? Dimensions are 56"L, 14"H blades are 25.5"L
The website of Vario is www.vario-helicopter.de
They have an importer in the US, most likely you can find his data also on the (german) website.

I would not convert it to Electric, first of all because it never was meant for it, second because you are working on a helicopter that is, as is, allready unfamiliar for you.

Glow engines are not that hard, but you need to get to know them. It is not black magic, you know? You can always ask somebody that is knowledgeable, to help you out....

Brgds, Bert
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 01:18 PM
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Brutus1967:

Thanks for the website and I appreciate you insight on keeping it nitro, I must say after doing some research today it looks to be the best way to keep it, (particularly this heli). Thanks
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 03:44 PM
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If you still consider going electric, I suggest you get yourself a Vario "Hanging mechanics", that should more or less be a drop-in fit, but is a lot easier to electrify, because the Heim original uses the engines heatsink as forward mounting point, where the "Hanging mechanics" has these points integrated in its side panels (so it is easier to eliminate the engine and replace it with an E-motor).

Brgds, Bert
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 05:31 PM
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Gives me options, Thanks a lot!
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Old Jan 29, 2013, 05:49 PM
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The side frames 50/10 and 51/10 should accept all the bits in your set up and will replace the engine as a stressed member allowing for an easy conversion.
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