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User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1542 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 10 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3611 times:

I am searching for (a small chunk of) a used helicopter rotor blade or rotor blade glove from which the intention is to hew a set of wedding rings. It’s a long story, but that’s the gist of it for the purpose of this thread.

Can anyone help out on this one? Metal is important, don’t know how much metallic-bladed or -gloved rotors get rubbished these days. Cost is important too, don’t know what scrap value these items may have.

Many thanx!!

Faro


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User currently offlineTdscanuck From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 12709 posts, RR: 80
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 18 hours ago) and read 3482 times:



Quoting Faro (Thread starter):
I am searching for (a small chunk of) a used helicopter rotor blade or rotor blade glove from which the intention is to hew a set of wedding rings. It’s a long story, but that’s the gist of it for the purpose of this thread.

Does it have to be a helicopter, or is a propellor blade acceptable?

Tom.


User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 9 hours ago) and read 3406 times:



Quoting Tdscanuck (Reply 1):
Does it have to be a helicopter, or is a propellor blade acceptable?

A helicopter blade if at all possible; failing that, a helicopter tail rotor blade or blade glove if it's got sufficient thickness.

Thanx in advance!

Faro



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User currently onlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 4 hours ago) and read 3346 times:

I've got 2' sections of Huey rotor blades, but I'm not parting with em. When they take a D or H model Huey and chop the rotor blade to fit on the smaller B or C model (or take a 205 blade and put it on a 204) they have to lop 2' off of each side, and that's what I got. You would be amazed how heavy it is.

Good luck with your quest though, cool idea.  Smile



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User currently offlineJarheadK5 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 216 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3296 times:

Interesting idea.

Quoting Faro (Thread starter):
Metal is important, don’t know how much metallic-bladed or -gloved rotors get rubbished these days. Cost is important too, don’t know what scrap value these items may have.

Cost depends on the spar material. A titanium-sparred blade will have significant scrap value; even an aluminum-sparred blade will have a decent scrap value.

I'd be pretty surprised if any operator simply threw those sorts of things away. I know when I worked for Carson Helicopters, they kept every S-61 main rotor blade they had ever flown. They probably still have all their old metal blades, even though they've been flying their all-composite blades on all their aircraft for several years now.

Good luck with your search!



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 3290 times:
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Quoting Faro (Reply 2):
failing that, a helicopter tail rotor blade

Here's one.

Here's another.

Edit - Just found a main rotor tip assembly

2H4

[Edited 2009-11-03 14:49:04]


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User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 3227 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 5):
Here's one.

Here's another.

Edit - Just found a main rotor tip assembly

2H4

Thanx a million, never occured to me to look at Ebay, but there ya go!

Faro



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19566 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 3148 times:



Quoting Faro (Thread starter):
I am searching for (a small chunk of) a used helicopter rotor blade or rotor blade glove from which the intention is to hew a set of wedding rings. It’s a long story, but that’s the gist of it for the purpose of this thread.

I can't help you, but it looks like 2H4 did a fantastic job of it.

But that's a beautiful idea, whatever the story behind it is. Are you going to have a stone set in hers? If so, consider sapphire, an allusion to a clear, blue sky, as an alternative to diamond (and often cheaper, too).


User currently offlineFaro From Egypt, joined Aug 2007, 1542 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3092 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 7):
But that's a beautiful idea, whatever the story behind it is. Are you going to have a stone set in hers? If so, consider sapphire, an allusion to a clear, blue sky, as an alternative to diamond (and often cheaper, too).

Funny that the idea was actually hers, and she's anything but an aviation-person. Still not set on the stone but we have to figure out how to tranform a chunk of tail rotor into a ring first (machining, melting, etc). The rotor itself is aluminium but the glove attachment should be steelesque. Sapphire is certainly a very pleasing sky blue, will think about it.

For information, the item is 1.95 meters long and 41 cm wide and prolly over 30 kg in weight: in tail rotor terms it's a whopper. The vendor is not sure of the helicopter model but there's a fair chance it was intended for the CH-37 Sikorsky Mojave, the biggest helicopter in the West when it came out in the 50's.


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