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12 ft. 7 in.
The mid size Bell 212, known as the Twin Huey, is a more powerful, longer version of the model 205. Its smaller military version became famous during the Vietnam war. It is known for its excellent powertrain, reliability, and versatility.
The power plant of the Bell 212 is comprised of a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PT-6 turbine engines, linked to the rotors through a single gearbox. This gives the Twin Huey helicopter the ability to operate, even at full loads, with one engine out. The engine of the maritime version of the helicopter has anti corrosive protection.
The cabin of the Bell 212, depending on its mission, can hold two pilots, up to 12 passengers, or four stretchers. To lessen drag on helicopters equipped with floats, they are deflated. In an emergency on board compressed air bottles are activated to inflate them. The helicopter can be equipped with an automatic flight control system capable of maintaining cruise or hover.
Agusta produces the maritime strike version of the Bell 212 under license in Italy. The 212 ASW is capable of all weather operations and is used for both anti-surface vessel and anti-submarine warfare. The helicopter can be distinguished from other models by its prominent dome that houses a search radar. The radar has a range of about 90 miles. The helicopter is also equipped with submarine sensors and a dipping sonar. In the attack role it can carry homing torpedoes, depth charges, or missiles.
In addition to Italy, Greece, Iran, Peru, Spain, Turkey, and Venezuela have all purchased the Bell 212.
Civilian versions of the Bell 212 have been equipped with a 300 gallon belly tank. They are popular water bombers in Canada and the United States.
RC Bell 212
The RC Bell 212 from Just Scale NZ comes as a fuselage kit or complete with Z G26 engine and rotor blades. The fuselage is fiberglass and measures 64 1/2 in. in length and 12 1/2 in. high. It uses a 71 in. rotor.
A RC Bell 212 fuselage for Blade CX and Lama is available from Raptor blade.com
The RC Bell 212 fuselage from Baumann is made from epoxy and can be used for glow or gasoline power. Length is 61 1/2 in., width is 9 1/2 in. and height is 15 1/2 in. For .60 to .90 glow or 23 to 26 cc gasoline engines.