Heli Ideas - Not yet Plans - But a Great Place to Start:

AS-355F1 Heli
Author: RNAF
Author Email: RNAF at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: 2 or 3mm Dupron
Downloads available:
Notes: Please note that I don't take credit for the plan in any way - it's not designed by me. (Site comment: the source site for this print can be found at: http://www.geocities.jp/hide_ohtuki/ )

Here are some hints and details:
-The plan is printed within Paint at 40% original size.
-Body sides are 2 mm depron - all top and bottom parts are 1 mm depron
-The body is attached by a piece of balsa, running through the triangled spacing in the PicooZ's frame
-The original carbon boom is attached to the upper plate of the tail
-A "bearing" mod is necessary - two square plates with an incision 1mm wide and half a millimeter over the centre. The goal is to give the body some steadyness
-The battery is just pushed in the nose with some added weight
-To obtain some scale-enhancing panel lines: leave the template on the foam, that you glued on. Get an empty ballpoint and follow the lines of the template with some pressure, so a you'll see the lines dented in the foam when the template is removed, then get a fineliner and draw on the lines following those lines you dented in before.

Result: an extremely steady copter that looks nice too :)

Apache Longbow
Author: Chase 6
Author Email: Chase 6 at RCGroups
Specs: N/A
Material Required: N/A
Downloads available:
Notes: Another Apache variant from Tobu's template. The stub wings and front wheels(not gear)are made from a styrofoam dinner plate then skinned w/template, top front sensor(tads) from foam and paper.

Attack Helicopter
Author: RCBilly
Author Email: RCBilly at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: .5 mm foam, acrylic paint
Downloads available:
Notes: Not really a very big mod but I added a verticle fin made of 0.5mm foam and painted the PZ in military desert camo paint. The additional fin seems to help with stability as this particular PZ had a tendecy to to very touchy! I used Krylon H20 from Walmart sprayed in the cap and then brushed on. It seems to be adhering well and now my least favorite PZ has become my most favorite. Bill

Azimov Heli
Author: Azimov
Author Email: Azimov at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: CF Rod, foam dinner plates
Downloads available:
Notes: Here's my modded Picoo. It has the bearing/CF shaft mod and a custom CF frame. Part of the Picoo body is used with extra parts added from foam dinner plates. The frame is super glued and then epoxied for strength. Whisper quiet and increased runtimes.

Bell 222
Author: Jensst
Author Email: Jensst at RCGroups
Specs: Length: 170mm,Width: 24mm / 43mm (landing gear),Height: 36mm, ~2.5-3g unpainted
Material Required: 0.2mm Mylar foil
Downloads available:
Notes: I recently made a prototype vac formed with 0.2mm Mylar foil, no paint, tail fin simply cut from paper (looks ugly, I know). The total AUW was quite heavy - but it flew!! Flight time dramatically decreased though. So I got motivated to work some more on the turbine exhausts and do another vac from run. Here's the result.

Blue Heli
Author: Dogbreath Racing
Author Email: Dogbreath Racing at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Thin styrene strips and Shoe-goo
Downloads available:
Notes: This body style idea uses thin styrene strips, and shoe-goo to attach to the bottom of the foam body. This set up is very well balanced and provides slow forward motion without additional weights per the author,l weighing in at less than the stock 10 grams. The landing skids are spaced wide enough to get good landings and take-offs, much better than the stock body canards....and it looks great in flight!

Carrier Landing Pad
Author: Taketea
Author Email: Taketea Email
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Paper Stock
Downloads available:
Notes: How about a nice carrier flight deck for the SeaKing! Taketea has a really nice paper carrier deck you can build.

Cartoon News 5 edition
Author: Cpt.Krunch
Author Email: Cpt.Krunch at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: 2 or 3mm Dupron
Downloads available:
Notes: My mod...get rid of the "Volvo body". I used some Depron and Zepron with the outer skin removed to save weight and made my cartoon News 5 edition. I matched the stock weight and gained a little stability and forward speed in doing so. POB is still the same but the body is 1 cm longer. Next body in the works is a big old Russian gunship. Thanks Alexander, this chopper is a dream come true for me!

Chase 6 Hellfires
Author: Chase 6
Author Email: Chase 6 at RCGroups
Specs: N/A
Material Required: N/A
Downloads available:
Notes: Nice addition to the Havoc

Chinook
Author: IPal
Author Email: IPal at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Foam Core/Balsa
Downloads available:
Notes: Ipal does it again with a Chinook! Here is what he said about this great build:

"It's built around 2 standard Picoos on a 1/32 balsa box girder. (The) 2 Picoos (are) on the same frequency. They are both standard mechanics apart from longer carbon shafts with 3 bearings on each. The front rotor is offset 10 degrees to counteract the torque and the single tailrotor is used to steer it. " Be watching for plans to appear in the future.

Chopper Joe
Author: Electronick
Author Email: Electronick at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: EPP
Downloads available:
Notes: Electronick has an unusual mod made on my Picoo-z. Here is what he did... "I took an old GI Joe action figure and used it as a model to carve a light weight pilot out of insulation foam. The wheels are foam and carbon fibre and the rest is foam packaging material.

I tried as best to keep weight down to ensure long flight time. The rear stabilizer helps slow forward flight as all the prop wash over the pilot causes the little chopper to fly forward way too fast.

I used felt tip markers to paint him and overall weight is only slightly heavier than stock body. The machine gun is too heavy for flight but still its a blast to hover this little Chopper Joe around the lounge... The next one would be molded with Polyurethane foam and a silicone mold, for more detail and professional finish. It looks heavy for flight and needs to be hand launched, it also has slightly weird flying characteristics, but really is a blast to fly! It kind of reminds me of James Bond's 'Little Nellie' mini attack helicopter......"

Couch Z Body mod
Author: Couch-pilot
Author Email: Couch-pilot at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: plastic sheet from flashlight blisterpack
Downloads available:
Notes: Couch-Pilot came up with a creative way to and a new body style to his Z. Here is what he said:
"(I) used some plastic sheet from an old flashlight blisterpack. Flies more stable, and easier to land upright. Looking at pulling/vacforming a new canopy."

Couch Z Frame mod
Author: Couch-pilot
Author Email: Couch-pilot at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: .060" styrene rod, .020" thick clear blister pack sheet
Downloads available:
Notes: Couch-Pilot is back with a new frame for his Havoc / Z. Here is what he said:
"Skids and brace are .060" (1/16") styrene rod (that Stripstyrene brand at hobby stores) and the two main fraimes are .020" thick clear blister pack sheet - I think these came off a flashlight from Walmart. You could also use the tube from WD40 for the skids."

H-300
Author: qwadrat
Author Email: qwadrat at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Foam Core
Downloads available:
Notes: qwadrat has a really nice body mod for the Z, its a H-300 heli body. Nice work :)

Hand Carved Heli
Author: simano
Author Email: simano at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: wire, packing foam
Downloads available:
Notes: This clean looking heli was made by hand by the author. Here is what he had to say about its construction:
"My modified Havoc/Picoo Z. Made the landing gear and skids out of wire. Carved and painted the foam cabin from a piece of my Blade CX2 box packing foam. The ventral fin on the tail boom was cut from a foam picnic plate and it helps stabilize the tail rotation. Flight times are somewhat shortened by the extra weight but it's a small price to pay for a somewhat scale looking heli!!."

Heli Landing Pad
Author: honeybee
Author Email: Honeybee at RCGroups
Specs: N/A
Material Required: Paper Stock
Downloads available:
Notes: With all the cool stuff for Z, we were missing one of the most important things....the landing pad! Honeybee, thanks again!

Hogster Z
Author: Hogster
Author Email: Hogster Z at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Depron
Downloads available:
Notes: David has done a really nice job modifying his Z. Here is what he has to say about the different revisions he has made:

First version:
I set about stripping the body off (harder than I thought) so I could make my own undercarriage and canopy for it. I made the undercarriage from 1/4" flat CF cut into 1/16" strips (ie. 1/16" wide by <1/32" thick). The skids were made from 1/8" balsa wood. All the joints were made with CA and microballoons (similar to the baking soda idea I saw earlier in this thread ... or it might have been another thread).

Then I set about doing the canopy .... argh what a time-consuming process! I started looking for plastic/polystyrene balls in our attic to give the heli a Schweizer-300-esque look to it .... but it actually just looked strange So I found myself a sheet of normaly white polystyrene and started to mark, cut and sand it. Many hours of messy-white-stuff-everywhere work later, and here's the finished result:
It flies really nicely at the moment, although usually after a heavy landing or after charging the battery the trim will have gone awry ....

Second version:
Hmm that canopy didn't last long! A few too many unplanned landings made it crumble
I've now scrapped that canopy, reinstated *part* of the old one, and added two supporting struts to give the canopy some strength.


Third version:
Extra mods since the last (version) include: Canards on the front made from thin acetate sheet (the clear stuff that is often found at the front of ring-bound documents), no more blutac in the nose (the battery has been moved further forward into the foam), main shaft support bracket made from thick acetate (see attached image .... it's made the heli much quieter!), and a painted canopy

Huey
Author: petinek
Author Email: petinek at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Polystyrene
Downloads available:
Notes: Huey is made from polystyrene, with pen-knife and sandpaper. My plans were only photos and BW contour drawing from the internet...

Hughes 300-ish
Author: RCBilly
Author Email: RCBilly at RCGroups
Specs: 11.4g AUW
Material Required: 1.5mm CF
Downloads available:
Notes: This is my first Picco Z mod to give it a Hughes 300-ish appearance. It weighs 11.4 grams so is very stable in the air! Flight times are down to about 4 minutes as it flys in the high rpm range and I need to rebuild it to lose about a gram.

I used CF rod for the gear which is 1.5mm and I need to find some CF tube (1mm rod or tube) to replace it! Looks neat buzzing about and surprisingly it is a lot quieter with the exposed and lubed gears!

I used the preformed vacu plastic bubble wrap from a tape dispenser that looked about right. It is painted and adds too much weight so the next one will be clear. The orange trim is from an unused AeroAce sticker sheet. Next one will use decals to cut the weight also!

Excuse the sloppy ca/baking soda joints but I wanted to get as much strength in as I could to make up for my bad landings.. The shell weighs 1.1 grams.

IBeHoey mod
Author: IBeHoey
Author Email: IBeHoey at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: coke can
Downloads available:
Notes: I bought this bird at target (along with 3 others) when they had them on sale for $15 and flew it around for about a week until my curiosity got the best of me and I just HAD to mod it.

So with a new Xacto blade and a real tiny pair of scissors I set out wanting to 1st experiment with removing weight and seeing how it affected the flight characteristics..... I shaved about .6 grams off the body and added a rear spoiler from an old coke can. It flew great. I was amazed at how quieter it was with out plastic gear guards and the lighter weight enabled for it to fly until the low voltage cut off.

IBeHoey mod 2
Author: IBeHoey
Author Email: IBeHoey at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: CF
Downloads available:
Notes: Well here are some pictures of the carbon frame I built. Since it was my 1st attempt at a CF frame I wanted to keep it simple focusing mainly on weight and strength rather than appearance, and knowing that I would probably end up making a lot of changes to it, I decided not to wrap the joints with thread. Overall im quite satisfied with the way it came out, and being held together with only CA, it is very ridged. The only major flaw Ive seen with it thus far is that its not entirely straight, its off a bit to the left.

Shortly after finishing the frame I received my shipment from indoor flyer, awesome service by the way. So that night I went ahead and installed a new lipo. After soldering in the new Lipo I then proceeded to install all of the components onto the frame and chose to mount the receiver underneath the lipo. In order for this to work I bent the IR making it flush with the receiver so that it would point down and then used a rubber band to hold it all together. The 90mAh lipo is about 1.08 grams heavier than the stock 50mAh so I was a bit surprised to see that the Picoo ended up weighing only 10.2 grams (about .2 grams lighter than a stock Picoo).

Right off the bat I noticed a big difference with the 90 in that it took about 40min to fully charge. Over all I got about 15 minutes of flight time, which was awesome, but im sure once I get it fully balanced and the tail rotor doesn’t have to work so hard to keep it level, that time should increase. Over the duration of 15min, with the exception of a few pauses here and there from adjustments and crashes, (the motors) seemed to stay pretty cool (im guessing its because they are fully exposed?).


Landing Gear Mod
Author: hrbeta
Author Email: hrbeta at RCGroups
Specs: None
Material Required: Music wire, hobby wheels
Downloads available:
Notes: Hi there. Some pics of my latest PicooZ. Flies like a dream. The tail skid was moved to the front of the fuselage to look like an antenna! Tricycle landing gear was added and the wings were narrowed. The boom fairing was removed and a larger fin was added.

MAC2
Author: Electronick
Author Email: Electronick at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Polystyrene
Downloads available:
Notes: Electronick has created an improved version of his "Chopper Joe" mod. Here is what he did...

"This is the improved version of the old Chopper Joe mod using PZ components; it’s called the Micro Assault Chopper 2000, or MAC2 for short. The pilot is carved from pink extruded polystyrene and the body kit is made from normal expanded polystyrene. I used felt tip markers to paint the pilot and left the body unpainted to save weight.. The wheels are made from pizza plate foam and the struts are carbon fiber rod. The fins are made from foam plates. Since weight is key here, I tried best to build with various light materials to suit the choppers aesthetic appeal and structure. I used hot melt glue (in very light amounts!!!) to join everything. I don't have a scale so I don't know how much it weighs. It does fly though.

The flying characteristics are typical, without the pilot and machine guns the chopper flies like a real PZ; I think they are both the same weight. With the pilot added, the chopper is flyable but can have some very intense forward motion if left to its own device. The chopper will fly fine now for about 30 seconds but usually ends flying into the wall. The video is actually the first flight of the chopper, and I bought a new Silverlit PZ to do this body mod. Unfortunately the 50 caliber machine guns are too heavy to fly with so are only good for the photo shot. It needs to be hand launched because the chopper usually falls over on take off. I can get a good few minutes of flight with the pilot before the excess weight makes it sink. "


MD500 Helicopter
Author: Brian Adams
Author Email: Brian's Email
Specs: 11g AUW
Material Required: Lightweight foam and rolled paper
Downloads available:
Notes: Here is my picco z with MD 500E fuselage. It is made from lightweight foam and a rolled paper tailboom. The rear fins are made from a 3 by 5 index card. The landing gear legs were made from 3 by1 mm carbon and the skids were 1.5 mm carbon. Flying weight is 11g. The drawings came from http://www.mdhelicopters.com

Mash Chopper
Author: del
Author Email: del at RCGroups
Specs: 9.6g AUW
Material Required: 2 or 3mm Depron
Downloads available:
Notes: Did a few test hops with this latest hack of the PZ. It's still a bit twitchy in yaw. But when it gets stable, it looks cool in the air.

Pico M
Author: Marko Kruc
Author Email: Marko Kruc at Yahoo
Specs: Length: 175mm, Width: body 16mm / skids 30mm, Height: 60mm, Weight: about 10g
Material Required: 0.5mm guitar wire, 1.8mm bamboo struts.....see notes below
Downloads available:
Notes: Materials Required: 0.5mm guitar wire, 1.8mm bamboo struts, 0.8mm thick plastic sheet, toothpicks, 3M double sided adhesive tape, an empty pvc water bottle.

Author's Notes:
I really didn't expect this little heli will be such a supeb outdoors flier and a great indoors cruiser! Indoors, it is capable of solid hovering when given a little of the left turn, and it is also capable of quite fast forward flying when a right turn is applied. When flown outdoors, of course it can't fly in the wind, but it can perform some nice and decent flights in a slow breeze! My guess is that this was made possible by removing the stock styro body sides, that are generally affected by the wind a lot. For outdoor flying, those flat surfaces should be minimal, and the heli should also have a landing gear that isn't too light, and isn't too heavy. Since I didn't have any carbon rods or tubes, I made my landing gear out or folded thin guitar strings, and some thin bamboo struts, that added a perfect balance to the heli. The weight is about 10 grams, and flight time is about 5 min outdoors, and about 6 mins indoors.

Still, Pico M cannot be flown outdoors in the daylight when the sun interference is too strong. So I fly it when it's cloudy, or in the evenings...

Picoo BZZZZZZZZZ
Author: Electronick
Author Email: Electronick at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Polystyrene
Downloads available:
Notes: Electronick has created Buzzzzz!. Here is what he did...

"The legs and antenna are made with very thin piano wire and the head is carved from foam. I used a black felt tip marker to color it and hot glue to secure parts. It needed a tad bit of nose weight to promote forward flight.

Very fun to scare the daylights out of someone with this!"


PicooZ Plane
Author: Laurent Vogel
Author Email: Laurent's email
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Depron
Downloads available:
Notes: Laurent has transformed a picco Z into a plane! Here is what he says about his creation:

“picco Z proto planes 1 & 2” the direction is done with the anti-torque one"

Picooz Transparent Cockpit
Author: Ang Paul
Author Email: Ang Paul's email
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Plastic from Z box
Downloads available:
Notes: I used the plastic which holds the helicopter in the box when I first bought it. I carved out the styro cockpit and glued the plastic and it fits perfectly. I have also added a vertical fin on the tail rotor for more flight stability. Hope you enjoy.

Pixell Clone
Author: palomo
Author Email: palomo at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Carbon Fiber
Downloads available:
Notes: This one is for Alexander!!
Here is my modification with the PiccoZ. I completely inverted the Piccoz as you can see. The reason being, is that I am a BIG fan of the Pixel II - and I had to turn this poor little fellow up-side down to give that appearance. Performance is really nice - especially with the bearing up grade. ENJOY.I will soon make a carbon canopy instead of this one.

Reflex Defender
Author: dragonclass
Author Email: dragonclass at RCGroups
Specs: N/A
Material Required: N/A
Downloads available:
Notes: While not a Z (or Havoc) I thought this was a good mod to post for the Reflex - a truly meaner look!

Rocket Pod Mod
Author: Birchased
Author Email: Birchased at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Unknown
Downloads available:
Notes: Here is what Birchased had to say about his creation:

"The few grams of extra weight actually helped with trimming and directional control now that I use slightly higher throttle settings to achieve a stable altitude."

Shrink Wrap Canopy
Author: StephanB
Author Email: StephanB at RCGroups
Specs: Shrink wrap canopy mod
Material Required: Shrink Wrap
Downloads available:
Notes:

Shrink Wrap Canopy #2
Author: klausbub
Author Email: klausbub at RCGroups
Specs: Shrink wrap canopy mod
Material Required: Shrink Wrap
Downloads available:
Notes: Authors Comments:
The yellow screen may be a tiny bit heavier than the cut out piece of epp but I notice no difference in flight times. it has a nice forward flight without additional *useless* weight now.
Note:
If you cut out the foam on the cockpit be VERY carefull on the lower half because you may touch the lipo with your knife and then its ruined or starts to burn! Therefore I left about 2mm of the black painted area. this has two advantages:
1) You have no real open hole in the body (i painted it black so it looks fine),
2) You have a bit space to glue the screen on.

Sorta Sikorsky Skycrane
Author: del
Author Email: del at RCGroups
Specs: 9.1g AUW
Material Required: 2 or 3mm Dupron
Downloads available:
Notes: Here's my first hack of the Pico Z electronics/framework. It's a profile model that's supposed to look sorta like a
Sikorsky S 64 Sky Crane. All of the parts are stock except, of course, for my hacks.The all up weight is 9.1 grams, about a gram less than the off the shelf model. Making it even lighter, for those who are so inclined, should be fairly easy.

Stealth Chopper
Author: yumscrunt
Author Email: yumscrunt at RCGroups
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: 1mm CF Rod
Downloads available:
Notes: Closeup of the super ligthweight stealth heli made from two dead choppers.

If you notice the pic with the front part curved. That was the original design. Now it is straight an angled down. That was not done on purpose the carbon fiber on the left bent down like that so I had to break the carbon on the right to make it match the left. That is why you see that break on the pic with the stick man sitting in the heli. I like it like that even though I didn't mean to do it that way. The right side is just temporarily taped in place.

Tiger Havoc
Author: dragonclass
Author Email: dragonclass at RCGroups
Specs: N/A
Material Required: N/A
Downloads available:
Notes: Got the Apache yesterday. My Havoc looked pretty aged next to, so I worked on it for awhile and came up with this. The linkages are bent for better stability, less "see-saw" effect.

Translucent Mod
Author: Pierre.M
Author Email: Pierre's email
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Mylar
Downloads available:
Notes: Pierre has come up with a translucent body mod for his PicooZ! You can see the inner workings in action as it flys. Way to go Pierre!

Westland Puma
Author: Len Martin
Author Email: Len Martins Email
Specs: Unknown
Material Required: Polystyrene
Downloads available:
Notes: Len has created an interesting body for the PiccoZ. It is a scale body based on a Westland Puma. He sculpted it out of basic packing polystyrene, using an anairfix kit as a template. The decals are those from the kit.