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Bell Jetranger Scale Body For Silverlit PicooZ Micro-RC-Helicopter

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Convert your toyish looking PicooZ into a scale Bell 206 Jetranger or nearly any other single rotor helicopter.

I bought myself a 3-channel heli so this one was ready for experimenting. if you want to create a unique body shell for your PicooZ yourself, take a look at the parts and tools list:

Parts List

- blue foam sheet (20mm thick)
- acrylic paint

Tools List

- Printer
- Dremel
- set of files
- small saw
- hobby knife
- brush
- foam glue
- pen, fineliner

Also, I suggest to wear a dust mask and, when working with the dremel, protective glasses.

Ready? Let's start!

This instructable will give you advice for building a custom scale body of nearly any single rotor helicopter. It is easier with the 2nd Gen. PicooZ since it has two smaller gearwheels inline, instead of one large gearwheel, which needs more space inside the body.

Think of your favorite helicopter and proceed to the first step!

Step 1: Tear it apart!

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packaging setup.jpg
Before we create something new, we must destroy the old. Well not really, if you're careful enough.

Take your PiccoZ and slowly tear apart the two body halves. Carefully cut the glue between the body parts with the hobby knife and remove the sticker from the tail boom.

You will end up with the PicooZ chassis which looks like in pic.

Take a pciture of it from the side or take mine as a reference. Next, go to www.the-blueprints.com and choose your favorite helicopter blueprint.

Merge the blueprint and the chassis with a drawing software (e.g. the one included in OpenOffice) and set the size of the blueprint. Keep in mind that:

- the body can house the chassis
- the tail rotor is in place
and, very important, the IR receiver (the little black box at the lower end) touches the outside of the new body shell.

Once you got it all fitted nice and properly, print this sheet several times (also mirrored) and proceed to the next step.
 
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One thing you could have done to move the rotor forward a bit is to turn the battery on its bottom instead of keeping sideways. This way you could move the chasis over the top of the battery increasing your space for adjustments.
cool
shooby6 years ago
Very nice. Did you try flying it without any foam body on it?
i tried that once and the whole body span round as well and prevented it from staying in the air for long
Robin87 (author) 6 years ago
Yeah, it's always a compromise, you can't get everything right at the same time. If I had placed the main Rotor more to the front; I would have had problems with the LiPo-cell looking out the front windows. Maybe it would fit better on a smaller helicopter like a R22...
CameronSS6 years ago
The rotors are way too far back, and the skid is too short, but there's not much you can do about that. I was surprised by how close you got to the actual shape by hand. Nicely done!
Robin87 (author) 6 years ago
Thanks. Yeah I think I did once, but it wasn't very different, I think.