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The Hafner Rotachute
About this creation
Here’s the kind of aircraft you might expect a little kid to fashion out of Lego blocks during free play…

As it turns out, this aircraft was real, and it really flew.


The Rotachute had no engine. In test runs in 1942, it flew as a gyrocopter under tow (from vehicles and aircraft) to altitudes of 200 to 300 feet, then would be released to auto-rotate to its delivery point.

Though intended as a means to deliver troops to the battlefield, it was not deployed. Only 8 were built; a sole survivor is on display at a British military aviation museum.

This model of the Hafner Rotachute features all the essentials; it:

  • has rotors (dark gray), fuselage (dark orange), landing skid plus wheels (light gray), pilot seat (dark green), control stick (yellow), tail (dark red), and stabilizers (brown);

  • is minifig scale;

  • mimics the profile and proportions of the real aircraft;

  • but takes just 23 elements to assemble (not including the mini-fig shown)




I especially invite your humorous comments such as “At only 23 Lego elements, this model sinks to a new low.”

So to get you started here, complete this sentence: “After taking one look at the Rotachute he was ordered to fly, Corporal Minnyfigg said [insert your comment here].”



Comments

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Chess Knight
  May 15, 2018
[April Fools' day was two months ago!] Good job.
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting Chess Knight [April Fools' day was two months ago!] Good job.
Yes! It sure looks like something to use to play a practical joke on sombody... Thanks.
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting BATOH rossi who knows where you find all these prototypes ... good job!
Well Yes! When I search for images, my web browser sometimes returns the darnedest-looking things to be found on the Internet... Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting Daniel H. This is so cool, I had no idea this existed! Great recreation!
Yes, it has the appearance of one of those old low-cost Popular Science do-it-yourself projects that you build in your garage! Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting Michiel Norp "Keep it, I rather use one of Michelangelo's flying contraptions" Hafner must be inspired by him:)
Ha! Maybe even adding foot pedals to spin the rotor would have been too much extra weight. Thanks!
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting Gabor Pauler Rotabuggy was even more strange, it would be great fun for you to build it.
You're right about that! The Rotabuggy also does not look like it should be able to fly, but like the Rotachute, it managed to stay aloft awhile. Thanks.
 I made it 
  May 15, 2018
Quoting P. Andrei [Keep it, I'll just throw myself off a cliff without the extra baggage.] Pretty interesting, had no idea something like this existed.
Ha! Nothing to protect the pilot, is there?!
 I like it 
  May 15, 2018
who knows where you find all these prototypes ... good job!
 I like it 
  May 15, 2018
This is so cool, I had no idea this existed! Great recreation!
 I like it 
  May 15, 2018
"Keep it, I rather use one of Michelangelo's flying contraptions" Hafner must be inspired by him:)
 I like it 
  May 15, 2018
Rotabuggy was even more strange, it would be great fun for you to build it.
 I like it 
  May 15, 2018
[Keep it, I'll just throw myself off a cliff without the extra baggage.] Pretty interesting, had no idea something like this existed.
 
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