workmate of mine who flies as crewman on our AS350FX2 Squirrel recently became
part-owner of a Bensen B8M Gyrocopter in need of a little TLC (see picture
below). As I've been a fan of gyros for a long time, I was inspired by the
spectacular 1:72 Fa330 build here at ARC to build my own mini-Bensen from
scratch....a little project to tide me over until we restore the 1:1 item to
images below to see larger images
roughly 1:48 scale build is made up of bits and pieces from several kits.
They include: BAC Strikemaster, TSR.2, Fokker Triplane, Curtiss P-40M,
F-15 Eagles, Bell JetRanger, Aerospatiale AS350 Squirrel, P-51D Mustang,
MD500, Supermarine Walrus, Airspeed Oxford, even a Cessna Bird Dog! The
model is 8cm long with a rotorspan of 12cm. Real palm-of-your-hand
build was started on the Saturday afternoon and finished by dinner next day.
Great fun, an enjoyable way to kill a rainy weekend, and very
rewarding....especially when I took it in to work and everyone asks where I
bought it :-)