This odd contraption is a gyrocopter, a sort-of-helicopter with an un-powered lift rotor, which instead spins in the wind as the rear propellor drives the vehicle forward. It looks terrifically dangerous as only the maddest (and usually cheapest) form of transport can, with paave‘s minimalistic looking Technic version being pretty much as robust and complex as the real thing.
Paave’s version includes complete flight controls with the main rotor pitch and yaw controlled via the joystick, the rudder via pedals, and a working two-cylinder piston engine linked to the propellor.
Head to Eurobricks to see more, and you can see the controls in action via the video below.
We’re not sure how much shopping you’d be able to take home, but flying by gyrocopter is surely the coolest way to get to the general store that there is. This beautiful gyrocopter, tuk-tuk, and general store scene from the video game Far Cry 4 comes from Markus Rollbuhler of Flickr, and the details are simply wonderful. Make the trip for yourself via the link above, and we’ll be back tomorrow with another of Markus’ superb vehicle-based dioramas.
After today’s earlier sci-fi aircraft* we have another to post – although this one is slightly more modest. This inventive recreation of Far Cry 4’s gyrocopter was found on Flickr. It’s the work of Wookieewarrior and there’s more to see here.