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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:35 am    Post subject: Are these things legal in U.K. Reply with quote

I just found this on ebay. Its about 10 miles away from me and was thinking of going for a look, more out of curiosity than anything else. I was wonderig if its legal to do anything other than own and look at this sort of thing here ?


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http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HELICOPTER-BUG-3-ONE-MAN-BMW-POWERED_W0QQitemZ260308715848QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item260308715848&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1301%7C66%3A4%7C65%3A12%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could give me the longest barge pole in the world and I still wouldn't touch that thing!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may be completely off my trolley, but I still would not actually think of buying it Very Happy if I had the sort of money he is asking I would be booking 10 hours of lessons Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:15 pm    Post subject: Legal? Reply with quote

Can't be all bad.....it uses a BMW engine. Laughing

I see only a gauge for "up and down". It's the "down" part that bothers me.

Would make a nice planter for the yard , or a private place to read the news paper. Very Happy

He gets an "A" for effort in the build.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It just looks stupid and not very crashworthy. I reckon someone farting 10 miles away would get the blades to hit the tail. I thought things couldn't get any worse then the Mini 500, it's appears it just has...
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the description though :

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COME AND SEE IT AND MAKE YOUR OWN MIND UP AS WE ARE NOT

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[sic] Capitals are as per the ebay site not me shouting Wink

Well if they're not aviation experts then what are they doing with it in the first place, no wonder the rotor got damaged!

If you go and see it do you think they would fly it to show how well it works? Probably not if they aren't experts Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if the rotor damage is the apparent kink in the forward pointing blade in the pix?
Would you trust a water-cooled engine? I don't think any other heli has a water-cooled power plant in it - something extra to fail - and has it had mags put in instead of the usual ignition system?
It does look a bit Meccano really...is that vertical wooden looking stick the collective? Not to be trusted - being sold by a s/h car dealer too!

Dodgy C of A anyone?

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Does it even have a C of A? Wink

Yep the cyclic looks a little iffy doesn't it! Smile

Doesn't look like it would give enough range for control to me. A bit like sticking a 1" steering wheel on an 18 wheeler!! Wink

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check this one out then!!


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"We removed those terrible trim tabs.... they really threw things out of balance"

That is possibly the funniest thing I have ever heard!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He doesn't know if it has a permit to fly/C of A as he is still waiting for the paperwork.

Yes, I did ask him! Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2008 7:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

more to the point, why is it being modeled by Vladimir Putin?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like your youtube clip of the small turbine helicopter WhirlyGuy. A perfectly good little aircraft. How many of these small helicopters are out there? I prefer the turbine power-plant to the BMW engine in the 1st posting.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I like your youtube clip of the small turbine helicopter WhirlyGuy. A perfectly good little aircraft. How many of these small helicopters are out there? I prefer the turbine power-plant to the BMW engine in the 1st posting.


Sorry hendrik but I don't know the answer to that one but what I'm wondering is how could anyone ever get a license for one of those. There's no way for training to take place and how could you ever do a check-ride? Wink

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 03, 2008 9:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agree about the training WG but (eg) an FAA licence covers any single engine helicopter rather than specific types.

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