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Early desktop models of American helicopters

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Actually ... have. But only the Sikorsky R-5 on the right -- I still want the others, especially the HSL.
Pretty amazing detail, with all-metal parts (see attached). They just don't make them like that anymore :(
 

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circle-5 said:
They just don't make them like that anymore :(
Unfortunately, I think this sentence pretty much sums up the state of things today.
 

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Can you identify them all?

1.) Sikorsky S-53
2.) Piasecki H-21 "Flying Banana"
3.) Piasecki PV-3 / HRP-1 "Rescuer"
4.) Bell Model 48 (YH-12B version with wider cabin)
5.) Sikorsky R-4
6.) Bell Model 61 / HSL
7.) Platt-LePage XR-1 (I think)
8.) Piasecki PV-14 / HUP "Retriever"
9.) Hiller UH-12A "Raven"
10.) Bell Model 54 / XH-15
11.) Sikorsky H-5
 

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Great Stingray, thanks. The ones I had trouble with were the Sikorsky S-53 and the Bell XR-15, and I think you are right on both counts.

However, the one in the middle is not the Platt-LePage XR-1 but rather its offspring, the McDonnell Model 37 Whirlaway or XHJD-1.
 

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Number 7 is the McDonnell Whirlaway, and looks to based on an early concept of the XHJD-1. (From the era of "discus" fairings over the rotor heads)

Les Morris put out a booklet called "The Helicopter Guide" which was offered in the ancient Helicopters For Industry plastic kits, that used one of the above photos as it's cover.

No, I don't have the book unfortunately...
 
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