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Folding ROTORS for deck space??

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Folding ROTORS for deck space??
Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:20 AM
Do some of the larger helos have folding rotors like the Sea kings?

I have seen 'one' drawing of the Super frelon from the top where it looked like the main rotors fold for deck space or something.

Is it possible?
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Posted by allan on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:33 AM
The Super Frelon SA 321 is carried on board the French carrier Charles de Gaulle. So the main rotors definitely fold. The H-53 Stallion family also have folding rotor systems.


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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:53 AM
COOL! I think I found it!



I think this answers my shelf space question!......makes for easier display at contests too!
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Posted by chopperfan on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:02 PM
So much for straight-from-the-box!!!!! Smile,Wink, & Grin [swg] LOL

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:26 PM
And why not both alternatives????

Maybe trying to get two pairs of rotors, or some sort of scheme to fold the blades....

Just my though, since i wanted to build some Navy helos, with both options for the same helo...

I'm open to suggestions...
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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:53 PM
Golly!.... when I get home today from work ( you know....that thing that interferes with our Hobbies! ) I will check out the possibilities of making it with possible rotors, I would have to do some work to make them folded anyways.Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by allan on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:06 PM
Wow! Thats a great line drawing. Is there a kit of that in 72nd?

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Posted by HeavyArty on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:17 PM
I made the rotors of a Heller 1/35th scale Super Frelon in the folded position. The kit parts came with the hinges molded as separate pieces and they could be made folded or in the locked configuration. It was a great space saving feature. Looks pretty cool too.

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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 9:48 PM
Thanks again Gino!!

I can't wait!Big Smile [:D]
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 2:35 PM
All US Navy and USMC helos have folding blades:

H-53s
H-46s
H-60s
H-3s

AH/UH-1 upgrades with 4 blades will also fold

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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Wednesday, January 7, 2004 8:19 PM
Thanks!

The Heller 1/35 Super Frelon's rotors can be positioned into the folded mode so easily I'm surprised that they did not make it part of the kits options! .......either way it works for me!

Making GOOD progress! new and better pics soon! Cool [8D]
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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 2:51 AM
The CH-53E has 7 blades, six of which fold. The #1 blade hangs over the back, and therefore doesn't need to fold. The tail pylon folds to the right and down to shorten the length of the aircraft and reduce the height of the main rotor blades. This allows the aircraft to fit inside the hanger deck of LHA (Landing Helicopter Assault) and LHD (Landing Helicopter Dock) ships.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 6:36 AM
FYI,
The blades on our HH-60G's fold up as well so we can ship them out on C-5's or C-17's. That's how we got them over to K-1, and Iraq. The blades on Pave Low's and Little birds fold as well.
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Posted by Papa-Echo-64 on Wednesday, January 14, 2004 8:52 AM
Thanks guys! cool info!
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