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:
- blue foam sheet (20mm thick)
- acrylic paint
- set of files
- small saw
- hobby knife
- 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!
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.