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Jan 24, 2004, 06:49 AM
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Century Scale Hummingbird Heli's


Guys,

I'm seriously considering getting one of the great looking Century Hummingbird models at www.centuryheli.com

The Jetranger, the BK117, or the Airwolf model. I can't make up my mind. I like the idea of the wheels on the Airwolf and know I'd probably beef up the landing gear. But my main question is do these heli's come pre-painted?

Are they worth the money? I have searched the threads and read about them, but am looking for even more info.

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Jan 24, 2004, 08:26 AM
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i think the century ones come prepainted. but imo, i think the paintjob is kinda ugly (except on the airwolf, cant go wrong with black.) i think im going to end up getting one of those fuseloges that you paint urself. im looking at this one here....

http://www.slyshobbyden.net/inc/pdetail?v=1&pid=147
Jan 24, 2004, 09:09 AM
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Ok, cool. Thanks.

That Hughes looks pretty nice!
Jan 24, 2004, 10:49 AM
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The pre painted ones are already $75 ~ $80. I was going to get the Jet Ranger, and it occured to me to just spend $25 more and get a whole new set of HB mechanics and motors with the painted body... I have heard that the ones shiping straight from Century come with the ball swash and shaft collar mods and thier 370 motor. Only catch I've heard of, over the stock HB, is longer main and tail blades that can strike and destroy each other in flight...
Jan 24, 2004, 09:57 PM
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Yeah, I've read about that too Vince. Pretty amazing that they sell them with that major flaw. Has anyone come up with a good work around? I read that one person trimmed the blades but he said the helo would "buck" in flight. Seems to me they need to redo the blades for them.
Jan 25, 2004, 02:02 AM
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Perhaps a direct drive tail would allow for clearance between the main and tail.
Jan 25, 2004, 01:33 PM
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I like the Bell 206!
I have the Ikarus Bell Huey on my Pro Piccolo now and the weight does make (any/the) heli more stable but you get shorter flights. Do not go for the Airwolf, your flighttime will be very low because of another servo.

Kind regards,
Dave
Jan 25, 2004, 02:43 PM
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RNAF: Do you have any pics of your huey? i was looking at making mine a huey also.
Jan 25, 2004, 04:16 PM
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the Century Airwolf doesnt need 3 servos, I bought one used from a guy ....... you can set it up with retracts then you'd need a 3rd servo........
Jan 25, 2004, 04:20 PM
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A simple fix for the interaction of the main blades and tails on the scale birds is to use the V1 tail rotor which is shorter or the v1 blades which are shorter

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Jan 25, 2004, 05:19 PM
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I think the scale bodies look really good, and I know for a fact that they help me recognize the flight orientation. My old Concept 30 sure had a calmer life after I got that Jet Ranger fuse...
Jan 25, 2004, 08:22 PM
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Getting one right now and plan on putting a spare set of MS blades on her and DD tail to take care of the interaction problem. Will play around with DD tail and slightly cut down main blades. Should do the trick as well.
Jan 25, 2004, 09:36 PM
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Airwolf was ordered yesterday with LiPo batteries. Thanks for the tips on the V1 blades. I'll most likely do that as well.

It looks too good to pass up, from all the pics and videos I've seen.
Jan 26, 2004, 02:11 PM
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GO TO www.naeve.tk FOR PICTURES
Jan 26, 2004, 02:17 PM
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wow RNAF, that's pretty cool.