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Old Apr 27, 2009, 01:17 PM
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Rich,

The blades are flat (almost) Depron, 12 X 1.75 inches.

Gary
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Old Apr 29, 2009, 06:24 PM
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I'm so glad I made these autogyros for the indoor events. They were an absolute ball at the SPEF event in Plainview, Texas this past weekend. Here's the event thread:

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...1016562&page=5

And here's a video of the one with the taller mast equipped with the original 3-blade rotor...

Gary


Autogyro #3 with 3-Blade Rotor (1 min 27 sec)
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Old Apr 30, 2009, 01:42 AM
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Gary,

My heavier version is good for outdoors, but I really will have to build a lightweight one for inside.
How you manage with this model outside in the winds you have is beyond belief!

I am now trying CF rod on the TE as well as LE, and a stiffer rotor plate. Will post results.

Surely the pusher version is not far away?

Great flying!

John
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Old Apr 30, 2009, 11:29 AM
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Auto Night Flyer

My favorite church parking lot turned out to be the perfect place to test-fly my LED 2-blade rotor. Just a gentle breeze for a change. And no more orientation problems!

Gary

P.S. I simply added the LED and battery to the existing 2-blade.


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Old May 03, 2009, 01:52 AM
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Gotta Go Fly!

Sometimes, even when conditions are not the best, ya just gotta go flying!

Today after work...

Gary

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Old May 08, 2009, 10:40 PM
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Do you have any plans for plans? Thanks
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Old May 19, 2009, 12:00 AM
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yes are there any plans.
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Old May 22, 2009, 05:34 PM
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No Plans

Sorry, but I have no plans; I just started drawing, and cutting, as usual. Here are some photos I made with measurements. I hope you can use them. I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Happy flying!

Gary
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Old May 22, 2009, 11:44 PM
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Just curious, do the "tail finlets" actually perform some function or are they strictly ornamental? This may sound like a stupid question, but lots of aircraft fly quite well without them, including gyros.
Very creative and your design looks good. I admire your courage in using a two blade rotor, I have always been afraid of them.

Chuck
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Old May 23, 2009, 12:07 AM
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Chuck,

Are you referring to the fin and horizontal stab? They are there because I'm too lazy to make full-flying tail surfaces. The rudder (connected to the fin) provides yaw control, and the elevator (connected to the H. stab) provides pitch control.

Gary
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Old May 23, 2009, 11:33 AM
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Gary, sorry for the mix up. I was referring to the white single rotor on page three of this thread and somehow assumed you built it. I see now that it was Norfolk Flyer who built it. It is the features of this white gyro I was talking about. Thanks for responding.

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Old May 23, 2009, 11:47 AM
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Chuck,

Sorry; my bad!

I think those are there to increase the vertical area since the vertical stabilizer is short in order to clear the rotor.

It's calm today (happens maybe twice a year), and I'm at work.

Gary
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Old May 23, 2009, 01:56 PM
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Chuck,


I think those are there to increase the vertical area since the vertical stabilizer is short in order to clear the rotor.
Chuck, Gary, Correct!
And I have had problems with them warping after paint applied, giving me unwanted rudder input.
They are now red, and have now been shortened to start just forward of the stab. L/E.

John
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Old May 23, 2009, 10:47 PM
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Thank you John and Gary. Makes sense to me. Oh, incidentally, you don't have to tell me about the wind in New Mexico. I have never lived there, but have been there many, many times. It would be a rough place to fly a foamie!

Chuck

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Old May 24, 2009, 01:04 AM
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Playtime!

Had a few minutes to play after work before the thunderstorms rolled in.

Got the 2nd 3-blade rotor, and put it on the #3 ship.

What fun!

Gary

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