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Old Jan 02, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Mcx Uh-1

I got this paper model UH-1 from the Fiddlers Green website. It's free if you register as a new member. I printed the pages at 77% of the regular size.

It came in at an all up weight of 25.7 grams or .9 oz. If anyone is able to quickly check the weight of their stock MCX, that would be much appreciated so I don't have to switch the body back to stock to compare. It seems to fly fine.

I should be able to post a video pretty soon.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 11:55 AM
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Here's the video

Flickr Video UH-1 body on MCX
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 12:13 PM
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very nice!! my mcx weighed 23 grams without the batt. thanks for sharing this.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 12:17 PM
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very nice!! my mcx weighed 23 grams without the batt. thanks for sharing this.
Thanks faithalone. The Huey is weighing in at 22.1 grams without the batt. so I may have lightened her a up a bit with the paper fuselage.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 12:51 PM
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Looks sweet. How durable is it?
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 01:52 PM
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Looks sweet. How durable is it?
It's made out of printer paper so it could certainly crinkle a bit if you cut the throttle and fell several feet to a hard floor. But all you would have to do is reach inside with a tooth pick and pop the dents back out. If, say, you broke or crinkled the tail boom, you could always print and build a new one for free. Not too many heli repairs are that cheap or convenient.

I haven't crashed it yet, however, so the truth about durability has yet to be discovered.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 02:09 PM
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Is it hard to hold or get the battery in without denting it? I know it would dent with a crash, as expected, but as far as transporting and normal use how is it?
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 02:30 PM
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Is it hard to hold or get the battery in without denting it? I know it would dent with a crash, as expected, but as far as transporting and normal use how is it?
Yeah. You can't hold it by the body, but I usually didn't hold the stock MCX by its body either. The battery is completely exposed underneath the fuselage which hurts the scale looks a bit but makes the battery much more convenient to access than if it were tucked inside somewhere.

One thing you can't do with the paper fuse is grab it out of the air by its tail like with the stock tailboom. The carbon tailboom has been completely removed so that's something to watch out for.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 02:35 PM
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Flight characteristics

The UH-1 fuselage on my MCX makes the heli a tiny bit more nose heavy than the stock body, which seems to help my forward speed potential but doesn't prevent a stable hover.

I noticed that when sliding left or right with the roll cylic the chopper wants to yaw around in the direction of the slide because (I think) of the greater profile area of the tail boom compared to the skinny carbon rod. To slide left and right without the nose yawing around requires a little opposite rudder. With some practice this is becoming fun and easy to coordinate.
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Old Jan 02, 2009, 11:56 PM
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Just for fun and to improve the scale Huey looks, I added the horizontal tail plane. That seemed to kill off what ever extra forward speed I had gained by being slightly nose heavy. The heli is still nose heavy but, I think the down wash on the tail plane resists forward pitch as speed increases. I shortened the pitch cyclic control rod four turns and gained back some of the speed I lost.

The strange thing is that before I added the tail plane, I had great forward speed in both a left and right banking turn. Now I have scary fast forward speed in a wide left banking turn, but its pretty slow in a right hand banking turn. I have no idea where that is coming from.

Anyway, the tail plane completes the Huey look so nicely that its worth putting up with its weird aerodynamic characteristics.
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Old Jan 03, 2009, 09:44 AM
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That looks really good. Very cool!

Wow. I just watched the video- it even sounds like a real huey.
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Old Jan 03, 2009, 10:59 AM
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That looks really good. Very cool!

Wow. I just watched the video- it even sounds like a real huey.
Thanks. Anyone could do it. It just takes some really sharp Exacto blades, some elmer's glue and several hours of fiddly work with small paper shapes.

I just found this online last night as well. I might have to try it. Its a Bell 222 in Air Wolf colors.
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Old Jan 03, 2009, 11:12 AM
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Another nice possiblilty, but not free.
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 12:18 AM
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New Huey - Oh! Canada

New addition to the fleet:
See the video here
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Old Jan 06, 2009, 01:22 AM
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check out my wheels

This a prototype it sure makes this little bird fly stable.
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