In this tutorial I will guide you through making a very simple flying autogyro model. This one is modelled on a Juan De La Cierva (who invented the autogyro) "Autogiro" from the 20s or 30s. This model can be dropped or thrown from a height or used the same way as a kite or my other gyro instructable. Here is the link:
Step 1: Draw and cut out parts
Firstly, the materials & tools needed are:
Lightweight foam (usually from some sort of packaging)
A 60 degree set square or protractor
Something to use as ballast. I used prestik but you could use anything. taping a small coin to the nose will work fine.
2 beads or wheels
Now, From that sheet of thin packaging foam, cut the main parts out. Before you can do this, you should draw them first for accuracy and scale.
Start with the rotors - Basically 3 long rectangles, it is very important that each one is exactly the same or the rotorhead will be unbalanced.
Next will be the fuselage and rotor pylon. Draw to the scale shown with the fuselage about the same length as 1 rotor blade.
Then cut out the tail and the slot it should fit in. Also cut out 2 small circles and an equilateral triangle with each side the same length as the width of a rotor blade. Put a little bit of tape on either side of the 2 circles to reduce friction.
Bend the ends of the tailplane up as shown in pic 5.