Author Topic: Helicopter UAV  (Read 3793 times)

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Helicopter UAV
« on: November 23, 2017, 04:11:49 AM »
WIP I don't have a name for it yet but it is based on the 1/72 Revell RAH-66 Comanche.  I will be adding other bits to it.

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« Last Edit: November 23, 2017, 06:21:59 AM by The Big Gimper »
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 04:19:38 AM »
 :smiley:  Has a nice sleek look !!
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2017, 09:22:34 AM »
That'd look good in matt black, with no national markings but a few stencils to break the monotone. :smiley:
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2017, 10:21:53 AM »
Looks like a prototype for one of Skynet's tools; perhaps add a few more sensor heads for more panoramic sensing.

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 01:27:01 AM »
interesting...
Is it remotely controlled? I have heard that piloting a helicopter is very uneasy, I suppose it cannot be automatic, yes?

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 02:59:31 AM »
 :smiley:
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 03:15:56 AM »
interesting...
Is it remotely controlled? I have heard that piloting a helicopter is very uneasy, I suppose it cannot be automatic, yes?
I believe that both Sikorsky and Bell have flown tech demonstrators that show that it can be done.  The challenge is transforming a "one-off" prototype into a production vehicle.

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #7 on: November 24, 2017, 03:19:15 AM »
interesting...
Is it remotely controlled? I have heard that piloting a helicopter is very uneasy, I suppose it cannot be automatic, yes?
I believe that both Sikorsky and Bell have flown tech demonstrators that show that it can be done.  The challenge is transforming a "one-off" prototype into a production vehicle.

Errr...there are plenty of Helicopter UAVs in existence.  Just google "Helicopter UAV".  Not sure why anyone would have any doubts.
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #8 on: November 24, 2017, 03:28:05 AM »
Is it remotely controlled? I have heard that piloting a helicopter is very uneasy, I suppose it cannot be automatic, yes?
You may be surprised to learn there are several unmanned/"drone" helicopters in use with the United States' military and a few elsewhere, Tophe. So far most have been conversions of existing piloted machines but they are rapidly becoming part of our world.

I see Greg's just said the same after Evan's post, both of which I missed - based on looks alone the Northrop Grumman MQ-8C is my favourite and, luckily, there are kits available. Kaman's K-MAX has seen service in its unmanned form in Afghanistan, I think.

Looks like a prototype for one of Skynet's tools
I was about to say it looks like a Terminator prop!

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2017, 09:08:18 AM »
MQ-8C is a fun beastie, I worked on the first prototype.  Lots of interesting little bits I learned there.

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2017, 08:23:40 PM »
Helo UAVs have been around for quite some time, even in operational service.
This one's pretty cool:
Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH -  LINK!
Basically a stand-off delivery vehicle for torpedoes, used from the late 50s/early 60s onwards.

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2017, 09:03:31 PM »
Gyrodyne QH-50 DASH.    Remember those well from the era of FRAM I & II conversion of Gearing and Sumner destroyers.  Seen in person.
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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2017, 10:38:00 AM »
Old time IPMS-Seattle member and curmudgeon Jim Schubert was closely associated
with those during his years with Boeing Turbines.

He was also involved with this:
https://youtu.be/Io9514RNb2Q

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #13 on: November 27, 2017, 05:08:41 AM »
looks good

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Re: Helicopter UAV
« Reply #14 on: December 13, 2017, 01:47:31 AM »
I'm watching it,that should be interesting.  :smiley:
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