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Fairey Rotodyne - Compound Helicopter
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In the late 1950s an experimental model of a British compound gyrocopter was tested -- it was called the Fairey Rotodyne. (Don't you just love that name?!?!) It was planned as a small commercial passenger plane. The overhead rotor had four fanjet-tipped blades, enabling it to lift straight up during take-offs. Yet its wings and propellers let it fly like a plane. It did not succeed in the marketplace; only one was ever built and the project cancelled after a few years.
I designed this model in August 2017 (but have not built it). The model is about 370 pieces and features a working cabin door (seen in the picture) as well as two gull-wing doors (standing open in the picture) at the rear of the fuselage. Below: the actual aircraft.

Below: manufacturing executives and guests walk toward the aircraft for a test flight.

Below: the co-pilot greets the arriving passengers at the cabin door while the pilot works the pre-flight checklist.

Below: In this cutaway view, the gull-wing doors at the rear of the aircraft have been opened and the rows of passenger seats can be viewed all the way to the pilot's cockpit.

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