Ha! And you thought I had given up on the Hornet gyro. No, the frame is in my living room.. I am pretty broke after that two-month tour of the country with Kris, but it was a blast. The videos are on my Youtube channel (link on the left). I am still broke, mind you, but just received the missing delrin blocks needed for the landing gear, flight controls and mast reinforcement for the rotor head. The whole aircraft can be built with a drill-press and other run-of-the-mill tools, but for a few items that must be machined. I had purchased a set of used parts from a disenchanted seller on the Rotary Wing Forum. He had bought the parts from a third party, whom I shall not name.. I can’t blame him for giving up on his project, because honestly, I wouldn’t have used parts of that quality, or lack thereof, to build a tricycle, never mind an aircraft. I found off-center holes and double-drilled holes throughout. Those parts went to the trash. Not being a machinist, and without equipment, I worried about spending a small fortune by having a machine shop make the parts.. This is why a forum of dedicated gyro-nuts is your greatest asset! It didn’t take me long to find help in the person of Denis S., CNC-machinist-extraordinaire, who made the most precise parts I have ever seen, and for a price that won’t have me eat rice and pasta for a month.. Thanks again Denis!
I know some people are waiting for new build videos. Please be patient. You can’t cut corners when building something your life will depend on. When I can afford the aviation-grade hardware and materials, I will build the landing gear and put the engine on. That will be a big step forward, and probably will boost my motivation to see it take shape. I don’t want to give myself a deadline, but I certainly haven’t abandoned the project. The secret to finishing anything is to keep at it, no matter how long it takes, or how little you do at a time. Getting those blocks was an important step forward. Stay tuned for more!