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Dmitry Stropalov
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Rotachute Mk III (Fly 1/72)

June 19, 2017 · in Aviation · · 15 · 2.1K

I would never knew about this project without somebody from Fly company, who decided to create a model of this strange flying thing. Rotachute had no engine and it was using a well known autorotation principle. During WWII there was a shortage of silk for parachute manufacture, so Rotachute should be a replacement to deliver a soldier to a battlefield. But it never entered a massive production.

This is a very tiny shortrun kit. I've replaced some parts with a plastic rods and that's it!

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  1. Nice little build...even though I've never seen one (or even heard of it) before. And you simply HAVE to stop using that gorgeous lighter I covet as your "perspective" item. Find sumthin' else, will ya? LOL 🙂

    • I can't imagine working on this model in 1/48, never mind 1/72! Dmitri has a very steady hand! (Also, I don't smoke, but two smells I am fond of is an old store called Tobacco Wharf in our old mall. It had a nice aroma as we'd walk by to Aladdin's Castle to play video games. The other is a Zippo like my Grandma used to use!)

    • Noooo, lighter is something I MUST use 🙂

  2. Interesting little model Dmitri, well done, but how big is that lighter ?

  3. Very delicate. Looks like something the Minions in the Despicable Me films would fly.

  4. Interesting little subject. Hopefully, the blade rotated, not the whole shebang!

  5. This is magnificent. A subject I've never heard of. Great little model.

  6. The British Airborne had a supposedly flying jeep they called the rotabuggy. I don't believe it was successful. Imagine a jeep with a rotor on it. I've only seen a picture, in an old magazine.

  7. Great LITTLE build so tiny,believe this, a guy flies one of these things or very similar over my home on Sunday He does have an engine,can hear him coming long before you see him,he hugs the coastline must have one hell of a view from it.Thanks.

    • Jim, ultralight aircraft. The ultimate build-your-own-airplane in your garage, with a motorcycle engine. Started out here in the US back in the late 50s, I remember from the airplane magazines of the time, like Air Progress. Homebuilts, helicopters as well. Better than the Poid de ciel, back in the 30s. The idea of the everyman aircraft. Me, I'm still waiting for my jet belt, as promised in Popular Mechanics back when I had hair.

  8. Thanks friends for your comments!

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