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Oct 23, 2004, 05:32 AM
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CHARYBDIS, or the single bladed helicopter thingee...

Here's a link to something in the FREE FLIGHT threads.

It's a Free Flight "nearly" helicopter thingee from 50 years ago. They really work- I've seen them.

With all this phenominal cosmic power and the weights of small electrics and lithium batteries, I would love to see someone make a small, RC (throttle only?) version, if not a free flight version of this thing.

I bet you could make one with a pager motor and a piece of fanfold foam. Even if it were just throttle, it should still be a hoot.

They were desinged for a COX .010 nitro
I actually think they would work better and smoother in electric version.

Anyone out there gonna give it a go?
How about an all up, last down contest?

This thread has a link to the full sized plans in PDF form-

Here's a simplified drawing of the beast.
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Oct 24, 2004, 06:23 PM
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Here are 2 pics that people have shared of this unusual craft.

One is nitro, submitted by tim hooper and the other is JETEX, from

These things are so cool. I love the shape of the JETEX one. Just like a "seedpod" or a feather.

Has anyone else got photos of this type of craft?

Oct 25, 2004, 10:54 AM
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It would seem someone has already been playing with an electric R/C version-

scroll to the bottom of the page for an electric rc version:

here's a movie of a rocket powered model:

This fellow, Ron Jesme ([email protected]) is pretty intense- he is building a magnetic directional tool and hopes to have one full axis steerable soon. The pictures I post here come from his webpages and from his club's. I found them by following the link above.

This is really a neat project, anyone else?

Dec 31, 2009, 08:37 PM
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never knew what you called em but

if you check you tube for fai france events for last 3 years ive seen a few intresting free flight bird logistic for rc version seems astronomical but hey id love to see it

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