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09-21-2005 04:10 AM  12 years agoPost 1
imsofaman

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http://www.whirlybirdaviation.com
RC Autogyro Plans, Scratch build autogyro, RC gyrocopter http://www.whirlybirdaviation.com

This original post was very old and I just wanted to update some information. The old web site that I had listed in many posts....has changed. But I did link that old address to the new address anyway.

Also....the build guide CD is not needed anymore. I have reworked the prints and add all the information needed to complete the model as per the print.

I am still workign on new designs. I still have a new design that I have not introduced yet. Currently.....I am working on a gyro design that no one else has done....stay tuned for that one!!!!

Dave

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01-09-2006 12:00 AM  11 years agoPost 2
imsofaman

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I will be working on some new designs soon. Stay tuned!

DAG-Series Autogyros Scratch Build Plans

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08-16-2006 08:51 PM  11 years agoPost 3
High Flying1

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I have always wanted to try out an auto gyro. They look interesting!

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08-16-2006 09:39 PM  11 years agoPost 4
imsofaman

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Go for it!!!!

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08-17-2006 10:07 PM  11 years agoPost 5
High Flying1

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Tell me more about. Like building time and equipment. It looks very nice.

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08-17-2006 11:01 PM  11 years agoPost 6
imsofaman

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It is a straight forward build. If you have built any planes in the past...it is a breeze. Even if you have never built before....you can do it. I am always an email away for questions.

The fuselage is stick confuguration and covered on the top and bottom with 1/16" balsa. The fuselage is strong anc take some bunishment as long as the covering is tight. I have had mine for over a year and have smacked it around quite a bit. I have finally laid it to rest and will be building a brand new one this weekend.

My blades work awesome. I show you exactly how to buld them. If you chicken out on the blades....no big deal because many of my customers use the Aerobalsa 2" wide blades. Even Autogyros of Arizon has blades that will work...the ones for the Gyro Bee.

The head has a G-10 rotor blade that flexes for the flapping hinge effect for forward flight. You can use that alone or you can use a carbon fiber plate undernieth the G-10 plate to keep the blades from drooping down too far.

Look in my gallery under DAG-1 Autogyro...you will see tons of photos and you will get a better understanding of what it is all about.

Dave

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08-17-2006 11:08 PM  11 years agoPost 7
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08-18-2006 08:53 PM  11 years agoPost 8
High Flying1

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What is your price for the kit. What would it take to convert to gas?

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08-18-2006 08:59 PM  11 years agoPost 9
imsofaman

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It is not a kit. It is a plan. Got to the site and look around.
http://www.whirlybirdaviation.com/
Email contacts at bottom of page.

Dave

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08-19-2006 10:37 PM  11 years agoPost 10
High Flying1

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Oh, ok what would it take to convert to gas? It looks like it flys really good I watched the videos. Looks like fun.

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08-20-2006 01:19 AM  11 years agoPost 11
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It is in the build guide. What I did was build the gyro in the glow version on the CD. To build it electric, you just omit the tank set up. The key is in the balance. Once it is built....then you can move the battery around for the proper CG (nose down attitude).

Dave

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08-22-2006 03:18 AM  11 years agoPost 12
RJacobs

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What would you say the estimated cost of the autogyro is for the average person to build himself?

RJ

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08-23-2006 02:38 AM  11 years agoPost 13
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RJ,
Here is the list from the plans:

1. 2 pcs. 1/4" balsa 4" wide 36" long. One piece for making 1/4" strips on the fuselage. One piece for parts.
2. Balsa stripper
3. Master Airscrew gearbox for speed 500 motor.
4. 2 pieces of .125 music wire and shaft collars
5. 2 pieces of .078 music wire and shaft collars
6. 1/32" plywood
7. 1/8 plywood
8. 5/32 plywood
9. 2 pieces of 1/16 x 12 x 12 plywood
10. 1 piece of 1/16 x 12 x 12 balsa
11. 1/16 G-10 fiberglass sheet Unless you go to http://www.MJPcarbon.com, they have the rotor plate and the carbon fiber base plate to keep the rotors from tail strikes.
12. # 11 Trexler tires You can use any tire really...
13. 3 pieces 1/4 x 3 air foil shaped balsa by SIG
14. 3 pieces of .093 music wire
15. 3 servos for electric, four servos for glow
16. Engine and tank for glow, outrunner motor for electric
17. Glues, Balsa Loc and covering.of choice
18. two small rare earth magnets (I use them to close the hatch door, works great!)

If you have your motor and servos....the gyro is not much money. Probably $50.00 or so in wood and wires not including your covering and motor and servos and rotor gear box.

Dave

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09-07-2006 07:50 PM  11 years agoPost 14
eyeflyhelis

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that things looks sweet! do you fly real gyros? just wondering what peek you to build one....

only you have the power to make no difference!

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09-08-2006 01:37 AM  11 years agoPost 15
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My first air show when I was very young....1968....there was a guy there with an autogyro. Looked like a Benson type but not sure. I was arguing with my dad because I called it a helicopter and my dad told me it was an autogyro. I had never heard of such! Non powered rotors? Are you kidding me? When he took off.....I could not believe it. It was soo cool to watch and he was one Hell of a pilot with tons of stall turns....fast flybys and then when he landed....it just floated down like a feather. THEN....dad actually took me over to talk to pilot. He was such a nice guy. He explained everything to me and even let me sit in the gyro. Man.....after that.....I was hooked. Then it all came to me as I would watch old movies with autogyros in them. I saw Jame Bond flying his Little Nellie gyro that same summer. I saw an old movie on TV that showed the Kellet gyro land on top of a building in PA. "It Happened One night" was on TV and my dad made sure I saw that! My dad was the best!

I got into RC planes and eventually helicopters. I learned AutoCAD and I started designing planes, parts, motor mounts and heli parts. I had the old version of the Gyro Bee. I loved that thing. There were some short comings on that bird and I eventually lost it.

It hit me one day.....design your own autogyro. The only thing holding me back was my own fear of failing. I went for it. I made like three version until I was happy with the current one. The first version....with my home made blades flew on my second attempt. Man that was exciting.

Now....I am sending my plans all over the world and it is very exciting that people like what I have designed and enjoy flying it.

Dave

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09-08-2006 03:56 AM  11 years agoPost 16
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pretty cool story dave. you should send that out with your plans as a keep sake. maybe even get a little forum started up as to why people areflying today - could be lots of interesting stories like yours out there.....

only you have the power to make no difference!

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09-08-2006 04:25 AM  11 years agoPost 17
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There is a real autogyro that lives here at my home airstrip, and one of my buddies here on RR owns one and does testing of them. Seeing them fly has really peaked my interest, thank you for your work on this. Thanks to you I'm sure I will build one!

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07-23-2008 06:39 PM  9 years agoPost 18
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A movie of my newest design...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZfTpA6gPfg

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07-23-2008 06:45 PM  9 years agoPost 19
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Here is another movie of Richard Harris of the UK flying his DAG-R1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEhwW5Yp6O8

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07-26-2008 04:02 PM  9 years agoPost 20
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That Rich!!!! Here is another movie!!!

This shows off my newest design's stability and smothness in the air. Rich is using an OS40FS for power and it does very well in the air.

Dave

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vu0I6I3sIVc

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