In 1973 the first UK helicopter competition sponsored by RCM&E and held at Sywell was won by Jim’s first model helicopter a Bell 47G. A subsequent article in RCM&E later that year led to worldwide enquiries and the start of business activities in this field; initially with the sale of components as it was to be many years before Jim finally decided to go to manufacturing of complete kits.
Morley Helicopters (MH) was formed in 1982 in preparation for distributing complete kits beginning with the Hughes 300. Located initially in Bath then later in larger premises in Melksham and finally into premises in Fairoaks where the last of the Range (model F1) was developed. One of Jim's most interesting projects was the model of the Fairey Rotodyne; unfortunately (like the real one) there was only one produced.
Quick UK had been manufacturing upgrades for Morley helicopters and various other manufacturers models so when Jim Morley decided to 'retire' they took over control of MH. They did not continue with the scale helicopters but marketed the Maverick and F1 Carbon plus their own variants of the F1 utilising Quick UK upgrades called the F1 Carbon "MAX". These models were the last MH designs to be produced after which Quick UK withdrew from production of both helicopters and spares supply.
Jim sadly passed away in may 2010.
|1973||Bell 47G 2B version in 'Home build' form|
|1974||Bell 47G 2C version 'Home build'|
|1978||Bell 47G 2C 1/7th scale version 'Home build'|
|1979||Sea King (prototype)|
|1979||Bell 47G 2C twin 19 engines (prototype)|
|1980||Bell 47G 1/7th scale twin 30 engines (prototype)|
|1984||Three Blade scale head for Hughes 300|
|1984||Four Blade scale head for Agusta 109|
|1985||Bell 47G Mk3|
|1987||Bell AH-1S Cobra (Morley USA)|
|1988||Lynx - Scout|
|1989||Bell UH-1D Huey|
|1996||F1 Carbon (60)|
|1997||F1 Carbon 46|
In Dec 78 Jim started a regular bimonthly helicopter column in the UK magazine RCM&E.
1981 and OD three blade head from John Barrow on a 50 Baron using Morley Blade assemblies
Late 1983 Morley Mk3 rotor head with Bell-Hiller mixing.
Morley Rotor head Mixer Kit Instructions - Kit produced to increase head response on the basic Mk3 head.
Advert from the late 1980's showing the available Morley Helicopters range plus colour brochure's.
1997 Summer Catalogue - General details including spares and tools.
Line up of Morley Helicopters at 2008 MK fly-in (A thunder tiger sneaked in whilst no-one was looking....).
A unique model designed and build by Jim Morley.
A most interesting 'home build' incorporating what looks like two Mk3 heads with the mixer arms, late eighties maybe?
Again by the same designer flyer a further development of the twin theme this time using Maverick mechanics. Deceptively small looking from the photo's except when stood up next to the designer/flyer. Photo quality and the receding hair (which happens to us all....) indicate that these could be fairly recent however, would very much like more if anybody knows this designer.