Well seeing it is about Christmas time. I was asked a favor from a friend……………
My friend Dave has a eight year old who is in to helicopters. Not quite old enough to pilot a expensive RC model. But wants something that works. Dave brought me over the latest New Ray S.W.A.T. flat black Agusta Westland NH-500 "toy". And asked if there is anyway I could do, the stuff I do? I looked at the toy and said to myself, "Muuu Haa Haa a challenge?". So here is what I did after taking the toy apart. I applied Future on the clear windscreen. Installed two crew members with the traditional blue helmets. Detailed the instrument panel. Added a motor with a RC type plug at the exhaust port. And this connects to a four battery pack with a on and off switch. Run time about 35 minutes. (not bad). One really cool thing about this model is that each rotor blade has a micro screw at the attaching points, so when they are hit, they just fold back and not break off. Yes, little fingers will test this. This was a really fun project to do for a friend. I think his son will have some fun. I hope so. I know I did.
Oh, the body of the model is metal, and the rear boom is plastic. Just right for a eight year old to bang around.
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