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  • #16
    So you are still in the proscess o building the helicopter, me and one of my friends werelooking at building one that is in an ad in the back of poular science and were discusing difernt sources of information and I mentioned to him that you were building one anyway how much has it cost so far?
    This is an automotive discussion forum that has some great infromation

    www.autobodytoolmart.com/shoptalk

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    • #17
      I haven't figured any cost yet. Most of the aluminum and steel I had already.
      I also had the engine(which I hope has enough power to do the job). What has cost me so far is radial bearings, tapered bearings, centrifugal clutch,
      drive chain and sprockets and lots of various quality bolts plus many hours of
      my time. Helis are complicated. Even simple ones. If you plan to build one either have a lot of extra cash and buy a proven kit or if you plan to design and build, you better have the tools and knowledge to make the parts. If I didn't have a lathe and mill, this project wouldn't be happening. Go to youtube and see all the homebuilt helis that don't work. Start with "human powered helicopters". What are these people thinking? Oh well.
      Nick
      Miller 252 Mig
      Miller Cricket XL
      Millermatic 150 Mig
      Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
      2-O/A outfits
      Jet Lathe and Mill
      Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
      DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
      Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
      20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
      Propane Forge
      60" X 60" router/plasma table

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
      Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
      and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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      • #18
        RE: picture hovercraft5. I'll say you had a lot more hair then!

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        • #19
          I don't get your post
          Nick
          Miller 252 Mig
          Miller Cricket XL
          Millermatic 150 Mig
          Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
          2-O/A outfits
          Jet Lathe and Mill
          Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
          DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
          Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
          20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
          Propane Forge
          60" X 60" router/plasma table

          www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
          Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
          and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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          • #20
            Beta Range

            Beta generally refers to "not going forward" thrust with a turboprop aircraft.
            It is used a lot with aircraft that use the Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engines & some others.
            I have several thousand hours in aircraft that use Garrett turboprop engines, & the term has relatively little meaning to them. The FAA requires that all turboprop aircraft have a Beta range in the power system. This is only a rudimentary description of the term; however, it should help a bit.

            Some folks call "go forward" thrust "alpha".
            They call "don't go forward" thrust "beta".
            Then, of course, there is "reverse", which means that the pitch of the blades is reversed and the airflow goes the opposite direction than when flying forward such as braking during landing.

            The previous description is extremely crude, & I have no (zero) intention of entering into an extended discussion concerning the finer points. My reply was to simply answer the question.

            Jerry in Anchorage
            (Temporarily in Kansas doing simulator training)
            Last edited by muskt; 02-21-2009, 10:55 PM. Reason: error in spelling

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            • #21
              Monte, cool pics, thanks for sharing.

              Dont forget to say by before your first test flight.

              We have a local radio station host that pilots his own plane and I remember him saying that its much more difficult flying a helicopter verses a plane.

              Good luck, Thats one project I wouldnt want to be involved in.

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              • #22
                Hi

                Wonderful craft mate,
                I am building one for my son as a bit of a school project. I'm stuck on 2 points at the moment. One is the construction and design of the skirt. The other are the propellors. I've been out to our local airport and they're stumped. Can you help? Much appreciate your time.

                Cheers,
                JJ

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                • #23
                  I can't provide designs but will answer the questions I can. Look up Universal Hovercraft on the web.........they have plans and info
                  Nick
                  Miller 252 Mig
                  Miller Cricket XL
                  Millermatic 150 Mig
                  Miller Syncrowave 200 Tig
                  2-O/A outfits
                  Jet Lathe and Mill
                  Jet 7x12 horz/vert band saw
                  DeWalt Multi Cutter metal saw
                  Century 50 Amp Plasma Cutter
                  20 ton electric/hydraulic vertical press
                  Propane Forge
                  60" X 60" router/plasma table

                  www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTu7wicVCmQ
                  Vist my site: www.nixstuff.com
                  and check out some of my ironwork and other stuff

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                  • #24
                    Friggin' awesome monte, I just admire guys who can fabricate as well as yourself.

                    By the way, really dig the sandals and bell bottoms, still believe thats a timeless look.

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