Kaman Helicopter


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Kaman Helicopter  
by J Bishop
from Aeromodeller
January 1970 
24in span
Tags: IC F/F
all formers complete :)

This plan was found online 05/10/2012 at: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=22905611&postcount=619
Outerzone planID: oz3476 | Filesize: 1871KB | Format: • PDFbitmap | Credit*: aeromeddeler


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Kaman Helicopter - 24" rotor FF helicopter. For .049 motors. From January 1970 Aeromodeller.


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Hi Steve, I made one of these Kaman Helicopters, probably about 1971/72. However, I recall that I must have made it too heavy. I see that the article says 11 ounces, 312 grams, maximum. I remember flying mine very clearly, as it would just hover - not climbing, and not descending. It was very stable, but just didn't want to go "Up"!! I can't remember that I tried doing things to improve its performance - such as a different propeller, or "lightening" things, or even more nitro in the fuel? (now I wonder that perhaps the engine was worn-out, or the fuel was not very good?) but I was probably more anxious to use the engine in another airframe. In those days our few engines had many aircraft to power, and I had just bought a Single Channel RC set!! I can fully understand the article where it describes the flight characteristics, and I am sure that it would fly like that - if it was light enough/powerful enough. I think that the Kaman "flight philosophy" was that the lifting thrust comes mainly from the propeller, and the rotor blades just "assist" and provide the gyroscope effect to maintain stability. Best wishes,
VinceDay - 12/12/2014
Hi Steve/Mary, Thank you for a great site - I still spend far too many hours on it!! Further to my notes about my building and flying the Kaman Helicopter - my brother found a photo of it - from nearly 1/2 a century ago!! [more pics 003]
VinceDay - 13/03/2017
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