|Project by Ryan Haasen||posted 05-06-2012 11:22 PM||4537 views||9 times favorited||34 comments|
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: http://lumberjocks.com/RyanHaasen/blog/27447 . 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.