Hughes MD500 Fiberglass 450 Scale Fuselage
OverviewKDS has definitely done a great job with the Hughes MD500 Fuselage. It manages to convert any 450 size helicopter into a beautiful work of art that will draw crowds whenever you fly it.
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Ever since I started flying RC helicopters I’ve always wanted to have at least one scale model in my fleet. There is something about a scale helicopter that really gets me excited and I am sure I am not the only one. Up until now scale fuselage kits were very expensive and often too heavy for most electric powered RC helicopters.
Chinese manufacturers have recently started supplying some extremely good looking scale fuselage kits, for various size electric helicopters, but they seem to be concentrating their efforts on the very popular 450 size market. By far the most popular fuselage kit available is of the well known Hughes MD500.
KDS models have released 3 different color schemes for their Hughes MD500and I personally went for the Military variant. At under $50 dollars from HobbyKing it is hard to beat the price.
At first I was a bit apprehensive about getting it shipped via regular air mail but my Hughes MD500kit arrived very well packaged and without any damage to the contents. HobbyKing gets a big thumbs up for their packaging. Upen opening the box I was amazed by just how big the fuselage actually is; it more than doubles the visible size of a 450 size RC helicopter. The fuselage is made from very good quality fiber glass and is amazingly detailed. Included in the box is all hardware that you will require to install the fuselage on a T-Rex 450.
- Scale Hughes MD500
- Transparent Canopy and Windows
- Wooden Mounting Blocks
- Horizontal and Vertical Stabilizer
- Landing Gear Set
- Screw Set
- Carbon Fiber Tail Push Rod
Installing the fuselage on my HobbyKing HK-450 Electric Helicopter was extremely easy. The detailed instruction booklet goes over every step in a very easy to follow manner. Basicall what you have to do is remove the landing gear from your frame and replace it with the wooden mounting blocks. Then remove your tail unit and slide the helicopter into the fuselage. Attach the landing gear and tail unit and you are ready to go. All in all it took me about 2 hours to complete.
The Hughes MD500is considerably heavier than the regular canopy, so I was expecting vastly reduced flight times and very different flight characteristics. I powered up in regular mode and I was surprised that the helicopter lifted off at about the same stick level as if I was using the regular canopy. The handling is a little bit more sluggish but that is to be expected with the added weight.
I recommend that you use regular mode, not idle up, when you are flying scale helicopters. This gives it much more realistic flying style and also helps extend the flight time by placing less requirements on the battery.
The Hughes MD500gave the helicopter a very attractive flight profile and even the simplest and most boring banks and turns took on a new attractive appearance. Within minutes I had half my neighborhood standing around gawking at the helicopter.
The landing was beautiful as I brought the helicopter close to the crowd and made a perfect soft landing.
KDS has definitely done a great job with the Hughes MD500. It manages to convert any 450 size helicopter into a beautiful work of art that will draw crowds whenever you fly it. I am extremely happy with my purchase and I will be buying the 2 other color schemes in the near future. A few things that bother me are the fact that to be true to scale, a Hughes MD500 should have 5 blades, and the tail unit on the fuselage is too exposed. If they start producing a scale 5 blade rotor head and cover the tail unit then I’m sure they will take the market by storm.
- Great Quality and Detail
- Includes all Required Hardware
- Magnetic Canopy Locks
- Exposed Tail Unit
- Lack of Scale Rotor Head