and more modelers are challenging me with their own micro helicopter developments. I
simply wanted to stay ahead. 48 grams or 1.7 ounces with the 5 cell battery on board.
Pixels keep on shrinking. This one has a 30 cm
rotor, one DC5 motor and no gyro. Without the gyro, I must admit that you have to be good
at the thumbs to correct the tail. But the gyro alone is 'worth' 3 grams. I have continued
my research on a light mechanical gyro, but have not had any significant success. I
continue to believe that I can make one for about 1 gram extra . One of the biggest
problems is that friction starts playing a very big role at these small sizes.
Servo's are the eternal WES 'Classics': 2.4 gram a piece.
Receiver is a spectacular new 1.5 gram device called SHR-RX72. See below for further
If you want to start building your own Pixel, I would recommend
not to start at this size. It does not make life easier. I feel that the next step in
shrinking down will need the injection of a new concept. I however have no clue yet what
it could be...
You may recognize the scene from the
Pixel IV pages. This is actually taken in my garden. The blossoming waterflower
indicates that Pixel 2000 came about one year after Pixel IV
Pixel 2000 can have different clothes
on. This one is the Hughes 300 dressing. Canopy was vacuum formed from .5 mm ABS. I have
never been more intimate with the vacuum cleaner than the last couple of months.
The little creature is really having
fun. Some people asked me how I made this picture up. The answer is that I didn't.
It took me 100 shots or so to get the chicken and the Pixel 2000 together. I used
PhotoShop to take away some 'dirt' that was showing on the surface. The 'dirt' was of the
kind you could expect from a chicken.
Sugar and milk give another perspective
to the size of the Pixel.This may be very personal, but I continue to prefer the simple
shapes of a (non scale) Pixel 2000.
I am working since a
year on a scale Huey Cobra fuse, still need some extra time (and ambition) to finish that.
This spectacular piece of hardware is
the fully proportional 5 channel FM receiver I purchased from Sky Hooks and Rigging from
Canada. It is the SRH-RX72. Weight is 1.5 gram after I replaced the
standard antenna with a carbon rod.
When I ordered from SHR, I thought two
things. First that it was one of these mysterious internet products that never seem
to ship. Second that, if it shipped, it would show not to be a professional product. I was
I got it only a couple of days after my
order, and it looks very well made.
The one on the left has
still the original antenna on. This version is about 2 grams. You can have it with