Sunday, October 7, 2012

Week TechVideo, 2012 #40 - Bell UH-1 Huey

One helicopter after the other...

This week I wanted to bring the amazing helicopter made by Steph77 from SeTechnic.
He presented this piece of art at SeTechnic forum and EB, but continued to work on it. Finally he has declared it as finished in his last video, after having made the Hiller-Bell stabilization system fully operational.

This is one of the very few MOCs which implement the full set of helicopter rotor mechanics. Which btw TLG never did in any of the official LEGO Technic helicopters.

In its final version, this model features:
  • Rotors
  • Collective Blade Control on main rotor
  • Cyclic Blade Control on main rotor
  • Pitch Angle Control on tail rotor
  • Hiller-Bell fully articulated main rotor
  • Hiller-Bell stabilization system
  • Rescue winch
  • Opening front doors
  • Sliding lateral doors
  • Maintenance panels opening (for battery access)

    Read more about the helicopter rotor technology and swashplate function, from Wikipedia. Other related literature may include: 1, 2, 3, 4.

    Steph77 made several videos along the building process, which you can find at his YT channel, and some photos of earlier versions at his Brickshelf gallery. Other photos I'm afraid they're scattered through ImageShack, but we could find some nice ones along his presentation of the model at SeTechnic.

    Really awesome work.

    Please avoid sending requests to post specific models on this TBs section.
    We understand some of you would enjoy to see your creations featured here, but please understand  that because only one video gets highlighted per week, it is impossible to accommodate all the great MOCs continuously build by the Technic builders out there. They simply won't fit all and that's also not the purpose of this blog (see the header statement).
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