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Ikarus Eco 8 Electric Helicopter

Kirt Blattenberger flying Ikarus Eco 8 helicopter in Colorado Springs - Airplanes and Rockets

My next venture into RC helicopters (after the DuBro Tristar) came about a decade later when I bought an Ikarus ECO 8 electric chopper from Hobby Lobby (circa 1998). It was pretty lam in performance with the stock motor and a very heavy NiCad battery pack. At least there were no clutch problems to deal with. This time I had a heading hold gyro for the tail rotor and I was actually able to somewhat fly the thing.

After losing patience with the lameness of the power plant, I sold it on an AOL bulletin board to some guy in Florida. It had not suffered any damage beyond a slight dent in the tail boom where one of the main blades slapped it on a less-than-soft landing. No doubt it would have been an entirely different experience with one of today's brushless motors and some LiPo batteries.

Ikarus Eco 8 helicopter in Colorado Springs - Airplanes and RocketsHobby Lobby still sells the Eco 8 after all these years.

My next attempt at RC helicopters would be in 2006, when I purchased an
e-Flite Blade CP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD. There is a lot of good information and there are lot of pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space ...

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