From the time I established MIA Micro-FLIGHT, previously and still also known as MIA Designs, my goal has always been to do unique and original models. Models that have a high level of performance, durability and appeal. Models that many larger companies cannot produce with same level of attributes due to logistics in mass manufacturing.
Being a small company, we at MIA Micro-FLIGHT manufacture small quantities but this allows us to concentrate on the things that many times cannot be found in a mass produced products.
A higher level of performance, durability, realism, and appeal has always been and is very important to me and perhaps also to many people that share this wonderful RC hobby and are already familiar with MIA products. So these MIA product characteristics are carried throughout every single MIA product we produce.
Many of the Upgrades we make, at MIA Micro FLight, for other products, also share this level of uniqueness which can be seen in our product showcase at our site Http://www.micro-flight.com and via the various videos archived in our new MIA Micro-FLIGHT You Tube Channel.
I designed this retro simple profile RC Autogyro model inspired by the need to have a true to detail and high performance RC Autogyro lighweight parkflyer that I could also fly indoors.
The model will not make much sence to you if you have not seen the movie that also inspired the design build and flight of this RC model... "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" A Retro James Bond Film. More description under More Info in the You Tube Link.
A more in depth look at this model and similar ones can be found in RC Groups Autogyro section.
This is my Bensen Pusher Type Open Frame design Large Rotor Autogyro, in its second test flight straight from the drawing board.
I am not employing any "autopilots" electroninc gyros or helicopter flybar stabilized rotors, to fly this mode, as I feel this would not justify the true
nature of the real Bensen design whcih flies with DC Direct rotor control.
This model has also been fitted with a scratch designed and built, semi and full small scale body of the Little Nelly autogyro from the James Bond 007 - You Only Live Twice, film. Working strictly from photographs, a lot of hours and attention to details has gone into these models to make them fly and look realistic.
One of my biggest motivators in this project has been my unsuccessful attempt to find an RC Scale Autogyro of Little Nelly that would fly and be true to detail of the real machine. I spent many years looking for one, only to find the ones that made an attempt of mimic'ing Little Nelly, suffered from poor detail or flight characteristics.
I have a full thread going here in RCG Autogyro section and also at my site.
I stand corrected
how's the quad head coming along???
Quad head? Unfortuately very slow, because other stuff hass pushed it behind. I just finished a new 5G6 frame lg retrofit, which I wanted to do for a while now, and some folks have been requesting, it's a lot better.
I have also been making small enhancements to the UPS frame, but its finito.
I am trying to find a time slot this weekend to finish the head parts.
I also just finsished building a new custom CNC machine and hoping to complete a custom micro injection molding one that I designed back in 2005. but never finished it. This machine will do some very cool parts, very fast because it is computerized. I just got some parts I needed for this machine and this is will probably eat up a good part of this month.
Originally Posted by AtTheCross
sounds like some kewl stuff Mario!!
Here are some of the less complex parts I am using on the molding machine, things like dual temp controllers, yet to be received, inject and eject timers, many switches to switch machine from manual to automatic, safety devices for dual hand operation in manual mode, electric multi-port valves, pressure and temperature gauges to closely monitor on board panel. The machine is automated via servos and monitored via PC also, on full...Continue Reading
One of the things I strive for, on a regular basis, is to do something different, I see many products day in and day out, and after a while, they all start to look the same.
My work is a reflection of things I do, so not to get bored with the same products, and to offer a higher dimension in performance, structure and aesthetic content. The satisfaction I get, from this work, is shared with others via MIA Upgrades and Original products. Here is my recent work.
After getting a Blade MCX and loving this little helicopter because it really flies great!, it brought back fond memories of a helicopter I designed back in the day. Went through some boxes I had in storage, and pulled the MIA Sport LE, a vintage, historical and rather unique helicopter I designed back in the 90's and offered it in kit form in 1998 in limited quantities.
What do these two helis have in common, well, both are what I consider tru ultra-lights and controlled by 4 channels RC, although the MCX is a coxial heli and the Sport is more of conventional design.
The 1998 MIA Sport Le is lighter, by size to weight ratio, than the Blade MCX, but the way the Blade MCX flies reminded a lot of how the Sport flew back in the day with the available RC equipment , at that time, and whih in many cases had to be put on a diet, to achieve some decent flight times.
For nostalgic reasons I have decided to bring back the Sport LE anbd restore it with new 2008-2009 RC equipment.
My 4#3 Custom helicopter with a MIA Carbon frame and TUFF LG, Grey canopy and Carbon fiber like window. Actually this canopy/window is made from two MIA Edge canopies, one grey and one Carbon pattern, and simply cut and fitted together. The options to do some very cool canopies with MIA color canopies, at my site, are endles. The helicopter is waiting for battery to be charged for a fun flight. Next to it is MIA JIS #000 ultra precision screwdriver especially designed for the Walkera 4#3 helicopters. This is the perfect tool for removing and tightening those ultra tiny screws that are part of the walkera 4#3 rotor heads. I wanted a screwdriver with the right feel and not finding one that suited my needs, I developed this one. You have to really try it to be able to feel the difference in precision you get when you use it with the Walkera 4#3 tiny screws,on the helicopter's rotor head.