Build your own private gyrocopter


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/23/build-your-own-private-gyrocop.html


#2

OK, so it’s “easy to build” and “easy to fly.” I am still a bit concerned that they make no promises about it being easy to LAND.


#3

Pfft. It lands EVERY TIME! A child could land it.

Didn’t they used to call them Autogyros? Or is that technically 2 different things?


#4

Landing is easy. It’s the walking away that’s the hard part.

No. An autogyro is a Greek sandwich that eats itself.


#5

Gravity will take care of that for you. Once, anyway.


#6

I’ve already built mine. The rest of you haven’t?


#7

You couldn’t get a trained monkey to put me in one of those things…


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#8

Why a private gyrocopter?

When I was 16 years old, my parents and I discussed me perhaps buying a car. But I changed my mind and decided upon buying a cheap gyrocopter from some local classifieds. My parents freaked and erected a string of obstacles to sabotage my efforts of acquiring it. To this day I have never had a car.


#9

I’ve always preferred Paraplanes for homebuilts. Worst case you’ve already got your parachute deployed.


#10

I built one with a friend. We couldn’t agree on a name for it. Ruined a beautiful friendship.


#11

Well, do you yet have access to a gyrocopter, at least?


#12

I have no idea! It’s been yonks since I’ve even seen one. Probably not, I guess.


#13

You should definitely build one from these plans and then lend it to anyone who asks, then. Shit, if I didn’t live on the other side of the Atlantic, I’d help just for the lulz.


#14

It is definitively an autogyro.
An airplane with an unpowered rotating wing.


#15

Psshhhhtt.
Wake me up when there’s a home-built dirigible kit.

[edit] Oh.


#16

This will come in handy for the upcoming apocalypse.


#17

If it doesn’t have precisely the number of rockets, flamethrowers, aerial mines and heat-seeking missiles required to take out Blofeld’s helicopters, I’m not interested. You can leave out the machine guns, though, they’re useless.


#18

They go together really fast if you get a kit!


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#20

Until the reboot, anyway.