I'm very impressed with FunKey "Fuse's" (bodies), as you may know from my Scale RC Helicopter page,
The fiberglass quality on Fun-Key's bodies is top notch and the pre-finished versions (meaning all painted) save so much time if your air brushing/painting skills are as challenged as mine are.
No, they are not super scale with hundreds of raised rivets (nothing preventing you from doing that later); but for the price, you'll be hard pressed to find better quality pre-finished scale RC helicopter bodies. Paint lines are crisp with no running/bleeding and all get clear coated for a deep rich shine and glass smooth finish. You can also get a few models "unpainted", allowing you to put whatever color scheme you choose on them. The unpainted fuselages cost roughly half that of the painted ones.
One nice detail I particularly like on their Bell 222's & Airwolf's is they now come with actual stainless steel exhaust nozzles.
The latest ones are even
coming with real heat oxidized coloration on the nozzle tips which adds a nice touch of realism. Some people even ask me if it's turbine powered since it's a detail you normally don't see that often on a scale model in this price range.
As I mentioned, the fiberglass work is outstanding and the bodies are light yet strong. The above photo shows off the typically superb interior glass work along with the carbon fiber reinforcements in the high stress areas on this 50/600 size Fun-Key Air Wolf. This will be my fifth FunKey fuse and I'm always impressed - why I stick with them.
Century Helicopter Products is the Fun-Key Aeroplane Models & Balsawood
MFR (their full company name) distributor here in North America
so that is why you will see many of the same exact models offered by Century. A
close inspection inside the fuselage will however confirm it's a Fun-Key
All FunKey fuselages will have this FK-AB decal/label laminated within the fiberglass (generally located up in the doghouse), so you know you are getting the legitimate item.
FunKey Fuselages come nicely boxed, well secured in foam box bracing, and well wrapped in tissue paper & foam wrap unlike some others that are just thrown in a box and get all warped or scratched.
It's always fun and exciting unwrapping them along with the tail fins and other included hardware; and then your eyes pop out when that shiny scale body is finally uncloaked from it's wrapping - drooling permitted ;-)
FunKey Fuselages are meant for larger RC helicopters and come in 3 different size segments. They are numbered by nitro engine size followed by electric heli size:
The other really nice thing is FunKey is one of the very few scale RC
helicopter fuselage manufacturers to offer up an in-depth yet very easy sizing
chart with all their specific body styles & sizes.
These few simple dimensions on these sizing charts make it possible to determine if your set of RC helicopter mechanics will fit into the specific fuselage you are thinking of.
Speaking of mechanics, the 600/50 size FunKey's are my fuses of choice using the proven and superior T-Rex 600 ESP mechanics. The 600 ESP remains to be the best set of electric mechanics ever for all 600/50 size Funkey fuselages. Just do a Google search for "FunKey 600 scale RC helicopters" and you will see the majority are using 600 ESP mechanics. The overall layout and battery placement in the ESP are what make them work so well for scale projects.
Align unfortunately discontinued the 600ESP several years back leaving so many of us "scale guys", out on the limb. For that reason, I have started to carry a 600ESP replacement (clone if you prefer). Here's my full review of it along with the sales page.
FunKey Bell 206L In Action
The rest of this page is devoted to the specific sizes and models of FunKey's fuselages. Fun-Key was kind enough to give me permission to use these photos and dimension diagrams of all their models so I want to personally thank them for that.
I have included photos of every model Fun-Key offers in each of
the three sizes, but I have not shown every color scheme. That said, I do have eBay
links to each of the colors available from what I consider to be the best authorized
Fun-Key dealer eBay store out there - Jet Tech Models. I've purchased three times from them
now and have been elated at the prices. Jet Tech Models also offers free economy international shipping on their fuselages and that is a great value right there considering how large the boxes are. I was impressed how fast each fuse arrived.
I should also mention that Fun Key's Jet Rangers, Long Rangers, and Bell 222's don't generally come with the landing struts/skids or retracts and have to be purchased separately. That said, Jet Tech Models usually includes them in their FunKey Scale Packages (another reason I've been so happy with them). Just keep that in mind when looking at the fuselage kits from them or other vendors to make sure that the retracts or landing struts/skids are included and if not, you'll have to order them up separately.
Highly Detailed 600 Size 222 & Airwolf Instrument Panel Now Available.
Can also be back-lit if you so choose. The hand crafted detail is very good and they don't cost much either. A really nice scale detail to add to your 600 size 222 or Wolf.
I'm also selling 600 ESP mechanics (for electric powered builds) that will work with all of Funkey's 50/600 size scale fuselages if you are looking for a good quality and reasonably priced set of electric mechanics.
To Conclude my Fun-Key Fuselage Write-up, I'll finish off with a video of my 600 size Fun Key Bell 222 powered by Align T-Rex 600ESP Mechanics.