Tomik

[TC15] Nighthawk Tribute - Finished

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Let me introduce you what I was working on last week - it is going to be helicopter loosely inspired by Bell 47. I call it Nighthawk because it is also my tribute to set 8412 that I got when I was child.

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I will feature:

  • crank for spinning both rotors
  • fake six-cylinder flat engine with moving pistons
  • lever in cockpit for tilting main rotor (this is not realistic function but it is reproduction of functionality of set 8412)

Since I build almost exclusively alternative models this helicopter is no exception. I only use parts from rally car 42077. And now some pictures of my progress:

Initial proof of concept to ensure that I have enough gears

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Prototype of cab with seat and lever

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The first assembly of whole helicopter (before I took it apart for structural upgrades)

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Yes, one other Hoover :)

Some litle comments  compared to your reference model:

- The tail section seems fixed too high

- the white panel job on the rear part does not exist on the reference model

- i would lowered a bit the back fixation of the canopy in order to get a smooth curve

Great idea BTW, good work next steps...

 

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Thank you for comments.

10 hours ago, steph77 said:

Some litle comments  compared to your reference model:

- The tail section seems fixed too high

Yes, this is serious issue both visual and functional. Since main rotor was hitting tail I moved it 3 studs lower and it also improved look.

10 hours ago, steph77 said:

- the white panel job on the rear part does not exist on the reference model

Since I'm dealing with serious lack of liftarms I decided to cover tail with panels. Some types of this helicopter like Bell 47H-1 had also enclosed fuselage so I think it will be fine.

10 hours ago, steph77 said:

- i would lowered a bit the back fixation of the canopy in order to get a smooth curve

I did it and it really looks better. :wink:

So I applied few structural and visual changes and got this fully functional prototype. It became pretty huge - it is more than 60 cm (2 feet) long. Now I'm going to take it apart to finish structural changes and make part replacements to improve color scheme and details like dashboard.

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Nice build so far.

I like how you use just one set, a car, and build a helicopter out of it. 

It looks like the original has a winch or something on the side? Will you implement that?

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I am done and these are pictures of finished model:

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These pictures show effect of tilting main rotor in two axis:

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And detail of vertically mounted fake engine:

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So this is c model from 42077?

personaly I would take some panels off the tail if not structural, but otherwise...

...Fantastic! :thumbup:

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12 hours ago, mocbuild101 said:

Looks great, I like how you left an opening so you can see the engine :thumbup:

Thank you for comment.

11 hours ago, MangaNOID said:

So this is c model from 42077?

personaly I would take some panels off the tail if not structural, but otherwise...

...Fantastic! :thumbup:

Thank you for comment. Yes, I've built it only out of parts from set 42077. Panels on tail are not structurally important but I ran out of liftarms so I used panels instead of them. It would look too empty without them...

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