Solely invented and built by the slightly insane English inventor, Professor Count Charles Christopher Whiteadder the third duke of webly.
The Iron Sparrow powers through the air with its single coal boiler at dangerous speeds its obviously not meant to handle..
In a matter of fact the professor is not at all interested in aviation.. he has a thing against birds and invented this flying machine because he likes to see them go through the rotors..
Notes: I built this because I wanted to try something in the Steampunk style and the fact that “Gyrocopters are cool”tm
Pushing it along the ground causes the rear propeller and the top rotor to spin, as demonstrated in the movie file on the B-shelf.
Also the panels of the rear rudder can be moved about just like a real Gyro.
History: The gyrocopter is a helicopter-airplane hybrid, offering many of the benefits of both and several of its own.
The autogiro is an invention of Juan de la Cierva. The first successful flight of an autogiro was made at Getafe Airdrome, near Madrid, Spain, January 9, 1923.
Unlike a helicopter, the gyro's rotor blades are unpowered, necessitating a short roll for take-off. A major safety feature of the gyro is that if the engine fails, the craft can glide to a safe landing.
Credit for that goes to: http://www.groenbros.com/product/history.htm
Amazing, I LOVE steampunk and you've captured the essence of the genre perfectly in this MOC. The way the fin connects, the color scheme, and the seamless incorporation of the boiler really just make this work. Great job!
Very slick... the movie file on brickshelf made the model that more insanely creative. From the picture, the inventor/pilot appears to have gone simply mad... Too much nitrous-oxide in the steam generator I wonder? ~ Paul.