RCU Review: Heli-Max Novus UH-1D Huey

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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: September 2010 | Views: 25715 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of Heli-Max Novus Huey
    Geoff Barber

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    Great Planes Model Dist.
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

    • Scale Body
    • Heading hold gyro
    • Hands-Off Stability while Hovering
    • Fun Indoors or Outside
    • Very Durable Helicopter
    • Comes RTF with a 2.4 GHz Radio with Dual Rates and Digital Trims!

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    Arguably, the most famous helicopter in the world is the Bell UH-1 Iroquois, most commonly referred to as the "Huey." The Huey, which first flew in 1956, served in front-line service in the U.S. military and the militaries of many nations and would continue to do so for many years to come. It earned its fame during the Vietnam War and has been featured in many war movies.

    The Huey has several distinctive characteristics, including its rounded nose, its twin-bladed rotor, and the loud "whomp whomp" sound it makes in flight. It is a particularly noisy helicopter because, when in forward flight, the tip of the advancing rotor blade breaks the speed of sound, creating a small sonic boom.

    The prototype Bell Model 204 first flew in 1956 and was the first turbine powered aircraft ordered by the U.S. Army. Initially designated the H-40 following the U.S.A.F. designating system, this aircraft was re-designated the HU-1 when it entered service in 1959. Although officially named "Iroquois", it was better known as the "Huey" based on this designation.

    In 1962, the U.S. Military changed its designating system and again changed the designation of the Huey to UH-1. At the same time a lengthened version, the Model 205, was introduced. This went into service as the UH-1D. This model had its first flight on August 16, 1961, and went on to become the popular "Huey" that saw so much service in the Vietnam War. Capacity was up to 12 fully equipped troops plus its crew of two.

    Heli-Max has just introduced their rendition of this particularly popular helicopter. Its size makes it easy to fly indoors or outdoors on calm days. The new "Huey" from Heli-Max comes with everything you need to get in the air fast!

    Excerpt courtesy of Ewarbirds.org

    Name:Heli-Max Novus UH-1D Huey

    Price: $149.99

    Main Rotor Diameter: 7.68 in (195 mm)

    Length: 8.27 in (210 mm)

    Flying weight: 2.75 oz. (78 g) with Battery

    Radio Used:2.4 GHz- Heli-Max (Included)

    Battery: (2) 3.7 V 600 mAh LiPo (included)

    Channels Used: 4 total - Fore/ Aft Cyclic Pitch , Left / Right Cyclic Pitch, Yaw, and Throttle

    Items Needed To Complete

    • 8 AA Batteries for the Transmitter

    The Heli-Max Novus Huey comes in a very attractive box that also doubles as a carrying case. Once the box was opened, I found a plastic insert with a clear cover that allows the contents to survive even the roughest of shipping tumbles. The Huey arrives fully assembled, complete with a 2.4 GHz radio, a battery charger and two single cell LiPo batteries.

    Since the Huey comes pre-assembled, the only assembly items are to insert the eight AA batteries into the transmitter, plug the Charger into a wall outlet, and charge the flight batteries.

    After the flight batteries have charged, carefully install one in the helicopter. Now you will link the Huey to the transmitter. Once you see the navigation lights on the heli glow solid, turn on the transmitter and allow the Huey to link to the transmitter. You will notice the lights on the heli start flashing. This indicates the binding process is taking place. The binding has finished when the LED on the tail glows solid, and the anti-collision light on the top flashes.

    Let's get a few pictures of the Heli-Max Novus Huey, and then see how it flies!

    This is the first time I have flown a co-axial helicopter. My previous heli experience has all been with single-rotor helicopters. I want to start out by saying that this is WAY easier to fly than a single-rotor heli!

    With that being said, I would also like to add that the Huey did not feel sluggish. The dual-rates on the transmitter give it very spirited flight characteristics without being twitchy and hard to control.

    Although the Huey can be flown indoors or outside, I like being able to fly whenever I want to, and it was easy flying around in my house. I really enjoyed flying the heli, and I have even let my 9 year old son have a go at the Huey- he's doing remarkably well learning to hover the Huey in the house. As the co-axial rotor set-up is designated as a "trainer" heli, I didn't attempt any aerobatics with it, but rather had a lot of fun practicing taking off and landing on the end tables and coffee table.

    The video and pictures for this review were taken at a new electric event that started this year. As it was a perfect evening, I took the opportunity to fly the Huey in front of an audience at the Watts over Owatonna electric fly-in, and I think the crowd enjoyed seeing the little helicopter flying around. The Huey did very nice pirouettes, and looked great flying against a blue sky!

    Check out the video to see the Heli-Max Novus Huey in action!

    Heli-Max Novus Huey
    Or, Download the Video (24meg)

    As I stated in the flight report, this is the first time I had flown a co-axial helicopter, and I think that the design is great for anyone learning to fly. The real benefit to the Huey is that you get a realistic looking helicopter AND it comes with two flight batteries, to keep you in the air longer. If you're in the market for a small, indoor (or outside) heli, and want one that looks realistic, the Heli-Max Novus UH-1D Huey is the one you'll want to get!

    Great Planes Model Dist.
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

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