The original Eurocopter EC145 is a twin-engine aircraft that was designed to be used by emergency personnel, search and rescue teams, corporate entities, and the like. It is known to be powerful and big enough to carry up to nine people at a time. As a consequence, it became quite popular for purposes involving transport and utility. The EC145 is largely based on the MBB/Kawasaki BK 117 C1, a joint project of the highly respected Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm division of Daimler Benz and Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Hence, the EC145 and the BK117 C1 share a lot of similarities, particularly when it comes to the spacious rear section.
What distinguishes this model from previous generations is its all-glass cockpit. This give pilots unparalleled viewing angles which is extremely helpful in dangerous search and rescue operations in the mountains. This also makes the EC145 ideal for tourist flights and similar applications. It even manages to have larger cabin space than its celebrated predecessor so passengers should feel quite comfortable. Take-off weight was also increased significantly. Control and instrumentation are top notch. This helicopter has a full 4-axis auto pilot mode and can be made to fly solely under GPS navigation from takeoff to final approach. It even has night vision-compatible controls and lighting in the default configuration.
Helimax RC helicopters decided to pay tribute to this classic utility vehicle with a 1/43 scale model. Their version remains true to the design of the original with great detail down to the rivet placements. This beautiful replica retains the clear windows, tie downs, door outlines, rotor, turbine exhausts, landing gear, and other elements. The Canopy attaches magnetically to the rest of the unit for a secure fit. Removing it will reveal the motor, servos, receiver and more, neatly assembled for the RTF version. Even the paintjob is superb with an attractive white, black, and gold pattern. It really looks slick and well-suited for demanding VIPs.
The Heli-max Eurocopter EC 145 has a four-blade rotor head with a collective pitch for improved agility. This is attached to a powerful 14,750 kV brushless motor. The ESC is rated at 10A. At the tail, meanwhile, is a much smaller brushed motor. These are all powered by a rechargeable 3.7 V Lithium Polymer battery with a 600 mAh capacity. The package includes a balancing variable rate battery charger. This unit maintains its stability by using a Triple Axis Gyro System (TAGS) which compensates for any wobbling in the yaw, roll, and pitch axes to keep it steady. The radio transmitter is a TX 610 that features a 5-point pitch curve, adjustable gyro sensitivity, 10 model memory, and digital trims.
Helimax has a made a thing of beauty with this scale model. It would be nice to display around the house of the office considering its diminutive size. It is only 12 inches in length, 2.36 inches in width, and 2.95 inches in height. The main rotor diameter is a mere 9.6 inches while the tail rotor diameter is at 2.16 inches. Ready to fly weight measures a little more than 3 ounces or 2.5 ounces when empty.