MD500 Tow Defender Build
A little history before I start.
This is my first real detailed scale build. I have also built the Blade 400 Jet Ranger but I don't include that in a scale build class at all. It was an exercise in putting a lexan body over
the Blade 400 heli. Nothing really scale about it. Next I took my Trex500 and put it into an Airwolf fuselage. I do consider this a scale build and really my first. I did buy the fuselage pre-painted which saved a ton of work. But the Airwolf was not even close to the amount of work and detail that this Tow Defender is. I am planning to have this thing look very nice on the pad
and in the sky. I am doing more detail work with all the custom electronics used to do various things.
When I first started this project I had planned on using my Hirobo SDX 50 SWM mechanics in it. I have changed my mind and decided to go electric with this heli. I chose a Trex600ESP
kit as the price was right, I like the way my Trex500 flies, and Hirobo took too long to get back to me with their electric conversion kit. Although the Hirobo is a great flying heli, I did
not want the mess to clean up all the time after flying.
With this heli I plan to have a auto rotating FLIR, lighted instrument panel and radar screen, cockpit lighting, and a sound system that will emulate machine gun and rocket launch
sounds. I will also have all the navigation lights working as well. I will also be putting the Century Diamond 5 blade head on this heli.
Now you can either go through page by page using the links at the top and bottom of the pages, or you can click on a photo that links dirrectly to a page. I hope you enjoy reading through my build. If you have any questions or suggestions please go to my About/Contact Me page and send an email.
Getting Started Intro
Fuselage Body Work and Prep
FLIR Mounting and Control
Fitting the Mechanics (part 2)
Fitting the Mechanics (part 1)
FlyBarLess Setup / testing
Electrical Systems Cont.
Fuselage Crash and Repair
Painting (inside/Outside) and Final Assembly after painting.