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    Latest addition to that Thai scrapyard.

    Bell 47?
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    That hurts...one of my favorite types and the only warbird I've soloed.

    It looks like a Bell 47G or G-2 (H-13G or H). But it has the curved skids later used on the G3, 4 and 5 series as well as the OH -13S.
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    Are the (cyclic) stick tops the wrong way round? Is/was it going for scrap - or at least, to the scrap yard?

    Anon.

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    strange Bell47

    Yes, the cyclic hand grips do look like they are upside down.
    Also the skids look very skinny compared to the normal curved ones. Or maybe there are just higher and wider than the normal ones.
    That rotor head is also completely different, no stabilizer bar or push pull tubes for the swash plate?
    The blades have a lot of droop.
    Interesting photo, thanks.
    The real 47 was a joy to fly.
    Last edited by Good Vibs; 17th April 2017 at 19:44.

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    I would be amazed if they scrap that, as it is such an attractive and iconic curiosity and easy to transport.

    If you did scrap it you would end up with a very modest quantity of mixed metals, even less if much of the engine is absent.

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    Actually I should stop refering to the place as a scrap yard as its now something entirely different.There is a shop that sells ex mil clothing and other stuff while towards the rear of the shop are cockpit components ,instruments ,panels, radio bits etc.Outside at the road side is a restaurant with an airframe on a pole and behind this is a kind of antique vehicle area.There is also a thriving jeep/Humvee restoration area!!

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    I'm no expert but it just doesn't look right. Could it not be a movie prop replica?

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ID:	252651Heres a pic of the engine fitted,looked like the real deal .

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    I'm inclined to think it's "real" - or at least based on a real machine - just restored less-than-sympathetically!
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    No, it's real.
    It has, as pointed out by "Good Vibs" above, several makeshift or incomplete parts, but it's real.
    The engine compartment and cockpit have far too many correct details for it to be just a mockup.
    If the cabin looks crude, it's because early-model 47s were like that. The one I flew even had a floor mounted, heel activated, starter button. The panel has non standard three additional gauges mounted to the left of the mixture and carb heat levers. The crude looking pedals are correct for that early model.

    Heck, I'd take it in a heartbeat, though greeting it back into the air would cost about $100,000 or so.
    Last edited by J Boyle; 20th April 2017 at 13:43.
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    Agreed, engine is right too, its just been sympathetically tarted up to make it complete, judging by the direction of the stick tops it must be an Italian military version

    I used to watch Teen Weeny Airways ( Army Air Corp ) trying to get theirs started on a cold winters morning at Aldergrove with snow on the ground lol.
    Last edited by TonyT; 20th April 2017 at 09:11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyT View Post

    I used to watch Teen Weeny Airways ( Army Air Corp ).




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    Being a bit dim and a newby, what is this scrap yard place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grave Digger View Post
    Being a bit dim and a newby, what is this scrap yard place?
    First off, welcome to the forums, It is in Thailand, if you check his other threads out you will see a lot of interesting stuff comes in, click on his name then select new started threads and you will find stuff like this

    http://forum.keypublishing.com/showt...rd!&highlight=
    Last edited by TonyT; 20th April 2017 at 14:56.

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    Interesting stuff, thank you.

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