General Product Description
Our PlaneArts Eurocopter BK117 German Police Model exhibits unique, unrivaled quality and detailed design to come as close as possible to the accuracy of the actual aircraft. It comes as standard with a robust, durable base or stand which is available in a variety of different finishes designed to match your own personal requirements including solid wood, wood with polished metal supports or adjustable wood wall mount and will be ready within about 8-10 weeks from placement of order.
The Eurocopter BK117 German Police Model is made of the finest kiln dried renewable mahogany wood (commonly known as Lauan or Meranti) which has undergone many stages of carving and meticulous and careful sanding giving the beautiful finished museum quality masterpiece. Many collectors and model connoisseurs demonstrate their preference for genuine handmade and hand painted mahogany wood models rather than plastic or die cast (diecast) alternatives due to the overall look and totally different feel of the item - we trust you will find the same. We can however, if required produce the same model in Solid Cast Resin so just click and contact us for further information. Our craftsmen and gifted artisans ensure that our finely handcrafted model airplanes match the precise blueprint details of the original aircraft. The paint scheme, markings and parts are closely matched, reflecting the original aircraft. This stylish top-quality desktop replica model will surely enthrall anyone who receives this as a gift and for sure one of the most appropriate and desirably collectable gifts for any aviation enthusiast and avid aircraft collector whilst also displaying a perfect resemblance to the actual aircraft.
If you require we can also make the Eurocopter BK117 German Police Model in any other airline, private livery or colour scheme you require and if necessary in a different size or scale. Just click here to contact us with a description or photographs of what you require and we will let you have a quotation for the necessary customization by return email. We can also make bespoke scale replicas of any other private / civil commercial airliner or airliners, helicopter, glider, gliders with engines, military jet, warplane jets, propeller warplanes, biplane, triplane, tail fin, spacecraft, rocket or NASA model you require in any airline, military or civilian livery or colors. We also produce model airship, blimp, dirigible, blimps, boat and ship collectibles. Wall plaque or seal for military, government or private customers. Again by clicking here to contact us just let us know exactly what you need.
Eurocopter BK117 German Police Model Details
The BK-117 medium-weight multipurpose helicopter programme was given the go-ahead on 25 February 1977 with the signing of an agreement between the German consortium +Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm+. and the Japanese company +Kawasaki Heavy Industries+., following more than two years negotiation. Both partners could boast considerable experience in the rotary wing sector and the new aircraft, which was an eight-ten-seater, was intended to replace two projects studied independently by the two companies: the German Bo.107 and the +Japanese KH-7+.. Joint development costs were to be divided equally, the financing being guaranteed by the respective governments. MBB was to be responsible for the main rotor and tail rotor, tail boom, empennage, hydraulic system and controls, while Kawasaki was to develop the landing gear, fuselage, transmission and other minor components.
The original programme was based on four prototypes, two to be built by MBB in Munich and two by Kawasaki in Gifu, all to be completed by mid 1979. In each case, one of the prototypes was intended for flight testing and the other for static tests. However although the German company succeeded in completing its two models by the end of 1979, only one of the Japanese prototypes was ready on time.
The relationship of the BK-117 to the +Bo.105+. is evident in many respects. Firstly, a fair percentage of parts and systems are identical to those of the German helicopter. The hydraulic system is based on the original Bo.105 version and even the rotor is taken from the Bo.105, suitably enlarged to match the demands of the bigger and heavier BK-117. The four-blade rotor is of the rigid type with a titanium hub and reinforced fiberglass blades. The transmission is, of course, derived from the Japanese KH-7 project: a seven-ten-seat helicopter which was to have been fitted with two 590shp Lycoming turbine engines. The BK-117 in fact also has a pair of Avco-Lycoming LTS-101-650B-1 engines, delivering 600shp on take-off and 550shp maximum continuous power. The fuel tanks, with a total capacity of 605 liters, are housed in the lower part of the fuselage.
The executive version of the BK-117 carries a pilot and five passengers, but given the volume of 3.22m there is ample room for nine passengers in the high density version or in those used for commuter and offshore services to oil platforms. In the latter roles, it can carry a substantial payload, and even bulky goods can be easily loaded through two large sliding doors, one on either side of the fuselage. Behind the passenger cabin is a large baggage hold with a capacity of 1.34m, which is reached through two hinged doors at the rear of the fuselage. Alternatively, the helicopter can be equipped to carry four stretchers plus two medical attendants; other roles include fire-fighting, search and rescue operations, or a cargo hook can be fitted to the cabin floor for external lift work.
The first German prototype flew on 13 June 1979 and the third (Japanese) aircraft on 10 August of that year. Production was initiated almost immediately and a year later, more than 100 BK-117s had been ordered. By the beginning of 1982, the BK-117 prototypes had logged more than 750 flying hours and type approval by the German Federal Authorities followed shortly afterwards. Half of the 130 aircraft ordered by February 1982 were for customers in the United States, where deliveries began in early 1983.