Model Bell 407 helicopter

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 05-06-2012 11:22 PM 6764 views 10 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my Scale Bell 407 model. I started it in January and finally finished it today. The length of the body (not counting the rotor blades) is 44”, with the blades it is 52”. The body is made out of cherry, if you’re interested on how I managed to make it, check out my blog entrees here: . Other woods used are maple, walnut, wenge, padauk, and beech. All the doors open. Inside it is set up in the commercial seating configuration (7 seats). The seats are made of cherry, padauk and walnut, I wanted to give them a nice leather look. I also had a little fun and ,made a small coffee cup in the middle row cup holder. The rotor head is functional and the blades change pitch in both cyclic and collective movement. The blades are maple and padauk at the top and wenge on the bottom. The tail rotor is made of wenge and maple, it does not due to the small scale of the parts. I made the high landing gear set up because of personal preference. Due to the mass of the chopper, the landing gear is not able to support it. The first time I tried did not go to well and a second set was made. I will make a nice stand for it to sit on. It was buffed and finished with spray lacquer. I honestly did not think this project was going to turn out too great, but I am very pleased with the finished project. This helicopter was made for my dad, it’s his dream helicopter. Like all of my other models, it will be going to his work place to show off. It will probably sit near the Liebherr crane.

-- Ryan

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#1 posted 05-06-2012 11:53 PM

RYan, beautiful work. I love helicopters, but have never considered building one.

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 12:02 AM

Ryan, I absolutely love it. Great job son.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 12:49 AM

Ryan, I followed your blog on this build. You did an absolutely amazing job! The detail is incredible. This is a project you should be very proud of. This is the type of project that needs to be recognized and rewarded on this site. And you are only 15 years old? You have some serious talent. I would venture a guess that there aren’t a handful of people on this site capable of building that.

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 01:02 AM

amazing work, keep it up!

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 01:35 AM

Wow, that is really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 01:49 AM

That is one amazing model Ryan. If you can do this quality of work at 15 years old I hope that I live long enough to see what you can accomplish in another 10 years.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 02:18 AM

Stunning. I love it.

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 05:19 AM

Absolutely gorgeous!!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 05-07-2012 08:49 AM

hi ryan great looking helicopter great detail and great craftmanship i wish i could make things like that when i was your age

-- robert dignam

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 10:45 AM

Wow, very impressive! You topped any of my best projects ;)

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#11 posted 05-07-2012 12:45 PM

That is awesome!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#12 posted 05-07-2012 12:53 PM

Ryan – that is REALLY impressive! Nice work. You have alot of patience – especially for a young guy…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#13 posted 05-07-2012 12:57 PM

Nice work, great detail

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#14 posted 05-07-2012 01:16 PM

Now I should say something smart on this – no way, I’m speachless.Amaizing work on so many deatils-not to mention rotor mechanizam.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 05-07-2012 01:27 PM

Thanks everyone!

-- Ryan

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